By David Turpin
You have an opportunity to engage in an important initiative to help
our industry advance its competitiveness and sustainability goals.
With support from a federal grant, the forest products industry’s
Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance seeks your perspectives on developing breakthrough manufacturing technologies to reduce energy demand, conserve water, increase recycling and recovery of waste products, and develop new revenue opportunities from wood-derived chemicals, feedstocks, and biofuels.
Those familiar with Advanced Manufacturing often think about it in terms of emerging capabilities, cutting-edge materials, and the latest in information technology and controls. But according to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Advanced Manufacturing is not limited to emerging technologies; rather, it is composed of efficient, productive, highly integrated, tightly controlled processes. These are exactly the type of processes that the forest products industry operates in many cases and strives to develop in others.
As part of the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) created the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia Program (AMTech) in 2013. AMTech is focused on developing advanced technologies to address major technical problems to spur the growth of advanced manufacturing in the U.S., and to identify and prioritize research projects addressing long-term industrial research needs and opportunities.
The Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance received a grant under the AMTech program to develop Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing of Pulp, Paper and Forest Bio-Products that will improve the industry’s global competitiveness and contribute to the achievement of its sustainability goals. Two broad categories of technological need and opportunity—sustainable manufacturing and advanced bio-based materials—provide an overarching focus for the project. The AMTech award will create industry-led, shared-vision technology roadmaps for the development of technologies underpinning next-generation and/or transformational innovations.
In phase 1 of the project, two open forums workshops will be held to gather input from a broad range of experts and stakeholders to identify the most promising areas for technology development. These forums are open to the public. Registration is required.
November 18, 2014
Marriott Perimeter Center
246 Perimeter Center Parkway, NW
Atlanta, GA 30346
December 10, 2014
Spring Hill Suites
8101 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631
Further information can be found at http://www.agenda2020.org/amtech-program-roadmaps.html.