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NATIONAL CENTER FOR MANUFACTURING SCIENCES AND CONCURRENT TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION SIGN HISTORIC MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

 ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- On Feb. 3, the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will offer both organizations and the U.S. manufacturing base the opportunity for broad collaboration on projects of mutual benefit. U.S. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, hosted the two companies for the Washington, D.C., signing ceremony.
 Chairman Murtha commented on the significance of the event to the nation: "This is a very important agreement, bringing together the NCMS as the largest industry-led manufacturing consortium and CTC, a major advanced manufacturing technology deployment activity supporting the Department of Defense. The alliance will provide opportunities for collaboration which will greatly facilitate the transfer of technology between the Defense Department and the domestic industrial base. The NCMS/CTC partnership will especially benefit U.S. manufacturing firms as we enter a period of decreasing defense budgets and increasing emphasis on transitioning advanced technologies from the defense arena to the private sector."
 The agreement encompasses a variety of programs, including among them:
 -- A multi-faceted teaching factory and user facility to demonstrate manufacturing technologies developed by the two organizations and their affiliates and train domestic companies and defense activities in their implementation and use.
 -- Joint research and development activities to coordinate and perform high priority manufacturing research and development initiatives with industry and government.
 -- Information and technology exchange programs to disseminate critical technical and manufacturing information and facilitate strategic initiatives to address the common needs of the domestic and defense industrial sectors.
 -- Personnel interaction and exchange programs to advance technology development initiatives of mutual interest.
 Under the MOU, officials of both organizations envision a broad range of opportunities for cooperation which will result in significant benefits to the public and private sector. NCMS President Edward Miller sees the agreement as "a major step toward restoring competitiveness of our manufacturing industries by bringing together the talents, resources and strengths from diverse entities into effective collaborative partnerships." Miller adds that this agreement is the latest of several similar cooperative pacts that NCMS has forged in an effort to bolster government/industry partnerships.
 Daniel Devos, president and CEO of Johnstown, Pa.-based CTC, also sees the benefit of the agreement to his non-profit corporation. "CTC's focus," Devos said, "is on the development and application of cost- effective, energy-efficient and environmentally compliant agile manufacturing solutions to 'real-world' problems encountered by government and industry. CTC looks forward to working with NCMS in deploying technologies developed by both the DOD and industry."
 Serving as a national resource for the research, development and demonstration, test and evaluation of advanced technologies, CTC operates three major Centers of Excellence for the Defense Department: the National Center for Excellence in Metalworking Technology, the National Defense Center for Environmental Excellence and the CALS Shared Resource Center.
 The Ann Arbor NCMS is a not-for-profit collaborative research and development consortium organized under the National Cooperative Research Act of 1984 and incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware. Most industry leaders describe NCMS as the nation's foremost authority on manufacturing practices, processes and technologies. With more than 175 member companies throughout the United States, NCMS is the largest consortium of its kind in North America.
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 /CONTACT: James A. Richter, vice president, Strategic Development, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, 313-995-0300/


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