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AMP SoCal Monthly Newsletter
October 2020


  • B2B Matchmaking - Oct & Nov appointments available!
  • Monday, October 19 - M.A.R.S. Pathways Virtual Career Fair
  • Apprenticeship Innovation Forum - recording available
  • HUBZone Certification Webinar - recording available
  • AIA unveils "Roadmap to Recovery" to guide A&D industry's comeback

  • Celebrating the National Manufacturing Day and Manufacturing Month CA
  • UCLA, aerospace accelerator Starburst win federal grant to launch innovation hub

Partner Spotlight
  • ToolingU-SME & Aero-Flex

Resource Spotlight
  • COVID-19 Resources Page
  • CMTC's Return to Work Guide
  • International Trade Administration A & D Resource Guide
  • CAMX 2020 Webinar Series - now available for view on-demand
  • SME 2020 Aerospace & Defense Yearbook

  • SME & AeroDef Monthly Webinar Series - the Satellite Sessions
  • Association of Defense Communities Summit Series
  • National Defense Industry Association, San Diego Chapter 2020 Fall Forum
  • The Best of SMX - October 29, 2020
  • Military Additive Manufacturing Summit & Technology Showcase
  • Space Tourism Conference
  • 54th International Paris Air Show
  • U.S. Commercial Service - Upcoming Webinars & Events
  • Aviation Week - Upcoming Webinars & Events
  • Aerospace & Defense Forum - Upcoming Virtual Meetings & Events
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) - Upcoming Meetings & Events
  • CMTC News & Events
Following the success of our 2020 Annual Summit Virtual Matchmaking event, we have expanded the program to include more appointments in October and November! B2B matchmaking is all about making the right connections and initiating relationships. Our B2B service matches A&D suppliers with OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers seeking to do business with specific types of products or services. Sign up today for the opportunity to meet one-on-one with OEM's!

October 19, 2020
Preparing for the Jobs of Tomorrow

LA College Promise students who are interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing, robotics, or aerospace are invited to a virtual career fair featuring some of today’s leading companies in these fields. This is a special opportunity to hear from industry experts and former students on how you can prepare and launch your career. Industry experts include representatives from SpaceX, Virgin Orbit, Northrop Grumman, and more!

The M.A.R.S. Pathways Virtual Career Fair is made possible by LA College Promise Works in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. For more information, please contact your LA College Promise Counselor or LA College Promise Works Career Coach.

Recordings now available:

Apprenticeship Innovation Forum | HUBZone Certification Webinar

If you missed our Apprenticeship Innovation Forum or the HUBZone Certification Workshop, no worries! Recordings are now available on our website.
AIA unveils "Roadmap to Recovery" to guide A&D industry's comeback

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has released its report and strategic action plan for the recovery of aerospace and defense industries from the COVID 19 crisis. Supported by independent research and expert analyses, the report identifies issues currently undermining the industry and provides a blueprint that guides recovery.

SME 2020 Aerospace & Defense
Manufacturing Yearbook

Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing 2020 offers a comprehensive industry outlook, as well as expert opinions on the technologies shaping its future growth.

In “Six Trends to Watch" for this year, Cyient’s John Kenkel noted, “the world has changed remarkably in 2020. The new decade began with a sense of optimism and historically strong economies in both the commercial aerospace and defense sectors. Both sectors had seen a decade or more of continued growth. Healthy backlogs and strong demand looked unlikely to end in the foreseeable future.”
And then, the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
“No matter how well you handle the current problems, if you don’t position and align the business to what’s next, it may all be for naught,” he wrote. To that end, he presents six main issues the A&D sector needs to consider and address over the next six to 12 months.

National Manufacturing Day
Manufacturing Month CA

Observed annually on the first Friday in October with events that continue throughout the month, MFG Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. If you missed out on the celebrations last Friday, no worries! Many organizations, including our partner CMTC, celebrate Manufacturing Month so there is plenty of time to learn from our manufacturers and show appreciation for their hard work.
UCLA, aerospace accelerator Starburst win federal grant to launch innovation hub


UCLA and Starburst, a leading global aerospace and defense accelerator, have been awarded a 2020 Venture Challenge grant of $1.4 million by the U.S. Economic Development Administration — complemented by $1.4 million in private matching funds — to create an aerospace innovation hub in Los Angeles.
The new Starburst–UCLA public-private partnership, Scale Aerospace Ventures, will build on the region’s existing aerospace ecosystem and accelerate the growth of startup companies based on novel technologies developed through the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering’s department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, the Technology Development Group on campus, and by innovators outside UCLA. Continue reading
Employer-Centric Apprenticeship Programs for Advanced Manufacturing

Blended learning plans driven by employer requirements, work experience and industry-recognized stackable credentials that enhance individuals' career options.

The Aero-Flex Apprenticeship Training Program is ideal for high school graduates and post-secondary students, veterans, returning service personnel as well as other under-served or under-employed individuals, new hires and incumbent workers. These current and future employees have access to a structured entry point into advanced manufacturing career pathways. For additional information you can contact Patricia Carlson, 949-377-6352,, Manufacturing Training, Tooling U-SME,


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resources related to COVID-19
CMTC's Return to Work Guide
While most manufacturers are back to work, the struggle to keep facilities safe and compliant with the latest rules and regulations regarding workplace safety have just begun. CMTC has developed a Return to Work Guide that's a comprehensive COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and response guide for manufacturers that includes information on:

  • Expanding/resuming operations
  • Monitoring and detecting cases
  • PPE
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Procedures for suspected infection
  • A comprehensive checklist that will help ensure your facility is safe
International Trade Administration
Aerospace and Defense
Resource Guide

The 2020 edition of the Aerospace and Defense Resource Guide is now available! Providing in-country market intelligence from ITA's expert from around the world, the digital guide allows you to explore aerospace and defense export opportunities in different international markets.

CAMX 2020 Webinar Series:
now available for view on-demand
CAMX has made its exclusive webinars available to the public! Learn virtually from leading experts to gain a basic knowledge base and more understanding about composites.
Next Webinar: October 22, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SME wants to help you stay connected to the best and brightest in the aerospace manufacturing community via The Satellite Sessions. This series of monthly online webinars produced by the SME Technical Community and AeroDef Manufacturing cover a variety of topics ranging from “Next-Generation Automation” to “Industry 4.0 for Aerospace Manufacturing” and more, these monthly sessions will lead the way to AeroDef Manufacturing 2021 in Long Beach.

Association of
Defense Communities
Summit Series
September 24 – October 22, 2020

Five Topics. Five Weeks.
One Community.

The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) recently unveiled their brand-new Summit Series, which will be held virtually over 5 weeks in September and October. Each week will feature a keynote session delivered by experts on hot topics in the defense communities. The Summit will kick off on Thursday, 9/24/2020, with a Town Hall with DoD leaders.

Visit ADC's event website here to learn more about the Summit Series, including specific topics covered and what's included in entire benefits package.

NDIA San Diego
Fall Defense and Industry Forum
October 27-28, 2020

The National Defense Industrial Association - (NDIA) San Diego Chapter has been actively promoting dialogs between the government and the defense industry since WWI. Every year, NDIA San Diego hosts a Fall Forum to facilitate information exchanges between the industry and the defense leadership.

This year's Fall Forum will be held virtually and presents an excellent opportunity to meet with the new leadership at Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. Senior leaders will provide candid insights into their vision, goals and objectives, organizational challenges, their perspective on what the future holds; and “where they are looking to industry for support.”

Advance Your Manufacturing Smarter and Faster
Join The Best of SMX on Thursday, October 29, 2020

Explore new products with interactive exhibits, chat with experts about new manufacturing technologies and how best to implement them, and hear from other manufacturers about how they have increased productivity, decreased costs and developed new products using these transformative technologies.

2021 Military Additive Manufacturing Summit
February 23-24, 2021 | Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel

Defense Strategy Institute’s 5th Annual Military Additive Manufacturing Summit is designed as an educational “Town Hall” forum, where thought leaders & key policy-makers across military services, defense agencies, & civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions & debate. This year’s Summit will focus on the latest 3D printing technologies being developed & the push across the DoD to provide rapid equipment to the Warfighter on the battlefield. Additive manufacturing innovations are being utilized to increase the current level of capability and reduce the cost of parts, in order to deliver greater operational flexibility to the Warfighter and further enhance the defense industrial base.

Space Tourism Conference
April 28, 2021

With decades of development behind it, and passing from its first phase—seven people have each paid millions of dollars to rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) as private space travelers with one flying twice—the space tourism industry has entered its next generation with private enterprise flights and a variety of other consumer offerings.

The Space Tourism Conference (STC) is an annual event that will be produced with support from the Space Tourism Society (STS), the world’s leading space tourism advocacy organization for over 20 years. The April 28 conference date was deliberately chosen as the anniversary of Dennis Tito’s lift-off into the history books in 2001 as the world’s first private space tourist. Tito’s flight jump-started the space tourism industry, generating massive consumer awareness as to the possibilities of private space travel and commercialization of space through earth-based experiences. STC attendees can expect concrete, actionable information, real-world use cases, and stellar deal-making. PLUS, you’ll have an insider track to the growth areas in space tourism, including earth-based space experiences, such as Zero Gravity aircraft flights.

June 21-27, 2021

The Paris Air Show is the largest air show and aerospace exhibition event in the world, measured by number of exhibitors and size of exhibit space. The latest was the 53rd Air Show which was held from 17 to 23 June 2019 with 2,453 exhibitors from 49 countries. Established in 1909, it has been held every odd year since 1949 at Paris–Le Bourget Airport in north Paris, France.

U.S. Commercial Service - Upcoming Webinars & Events

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 markets help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to global markets.

  • April 21-22, 2021 FAMEX - Mexico
  • FAMEX is the prime Defense and Aerospace exhibition in Latin America. Organized by the Mexican Ministry of Defense and its Air Force (SEDENA/FAM), U.S. exhibitors will meet potential end-users and business partners. In 2019, FAMEX received more than 50,000 visitors, 635 exhibitors, and 39 countries participated.
  • For 2021, the U.S. is the honored guest country. A package of incentives are offered to take advantage of B2Bs, B2G, site support, business briefing (virtual), and an Official Reception. For further information please contact: and
  • October 12-14, 2021 Inaugural Aerospace Special Process Supplier Summit
Aviation Week Network - Upcoming Webinars & Events

Aviation Week Network provides business-critical information, predictive intelligence and connections with opportunities and people to commercial aviation and aerospace communities. Visit for award-winning journalism, deep data and analytics, world-class events, and other resources.


Aerospace & Defense Forum - Upcoming Virtual Meetings & Events

The Aerospace & Defense Forum is a global aerospace and defense leadership community that provides opportunities for sharing of information and analysis, mutual support and encouragement, partnering, innovation, and performance breakthroughs. Visit for descriptions and links to RSVP to any of the meetings.

A&D Forum National Online Forums:
  • November 18: "Dealing with Future Sales Challenges"

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) -
Upcoming Meetings & Events

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is a professional society for the field of aerospace engineering. The AIAA is the U.S. representative on the International Astronautical Federation and the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences. Visit for more information.

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) News & Events

  • Join 2000+ California manufacturers - register your company for the Made in CA network!
  • Learn how adding a Made in CA logo to your website and marketing and packaging materials can really pay off for your business! Click here for more information.

  • Long-term Effects of COVID-19 Business Stabilization Consultants can help you develop a customized plan of action to help get your business back on track. Request a meeting today. 


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