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Keeping it local

By Meghan Boyer

August 2010 - Conducting business with vendors and suppliers nationwide can be costly for manufacturers, who often must pay transportation costs to get necessary products to their facilities from their business partners' varied locations. One method of reducing overall manufacturing costs is to work with local suppliers, according to the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competition & Conference, a recently launched initiative in western New England that supports manufacturers in the area.

Many contracts move outside of local regions because manufacturers and suppliers often are not aware of each other, according to AMICCON. New England business leaders uncovered one example while observing this problem in the area: a Wilbraham, Mass.-based wind turbine company was seeking laser manufacturing of some of its components. Although it was looking out of state for OEMs, the company was able to find a laser OEM nearby in Chicopee, Mass., according to the organization's website.

Not every example ends with the company choosing an area business, however. Many companies enter contracts with businesses outside of the New England region before realizing potential partners are nearby.

Promoting area businesses
AMICCON formed in fall 2009 to combat the problem, and the organization's goal is to identify, expose and promote advanced manufacturers and their supply chains in western New England. The group supports six manufacturing-industry sectors: precision machining, plastics, paper and packaging, electronics, clean/green technology and medical devices. "AMICCON started because projects were being sent out of the region and time zones for all the wrong reasons, mostly because the manufacturers did not know each other and therefore failed to use one another," says an organization spokesperson, noting the group is unaware of similar initiatives in other areas of the country. "It is by manufacturers for manufacturers."

For those in the metals industry, "the goal is to make western New England the hub for advanced manufacturing in exotics, metals, metal finishes, nano, micro, high-end components and products," says the spokesperson. Through AMICCON's events, website and company database, the organization hopes to introduce manufacturers to companies in the region that serve them, including those with robotics, CNC and other computer-run metal-cutting equipment services.

Additionally, AMICCON will introduce OEMs, procurement professionals and government contractors to the region through strategic marketing, private-invitation and focused manufacturing events, according to the organization. An upcoming event on Nov. 16 at the MassMutual Center, Springfield, Mass., will bring together precision manufacturers from various industry sectors throughout the multistate western New England region with the purpose of introducing manufacturer to manufacturer, as well as OEMs, procurement professionals and supply chains, according to AMICCON.

The organization will offer manufacturing matchmaking services on its website, where introductions can occur virtually. It also is forming a database of manufacturers and supply chain members.

A future event will bring more than 30 colleges and universities in the area to manufacturers to demonstrate how higher education can help manufacturers compete globally, according to AMICCON, which is working on achieving status as a nonprofit organization. Additionally, the group is holding an innovation competition for manufacturers known as the Advanced Manufacturing & Innovation Competition.

The organization already has formed partnerships with the National Tooling & Machining Association's western Massachusetts and Connecticut chapters; Connecticut Small Business Innovation Research, Hartford, Conn.; and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, Mich. FFJ

Sources

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competition & Conference
    Springfield, Mass.
    phone: 413/596-3008 or 413/272-3899
    www.amiccon.com

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