January 23, 2017
AMP SoCal News and Events
  • AMP SoCal Bi-Annual Meeting @ SoCal Aerospace Expo March 9th
  • Strengthening Competitiveness Program Looking for Defense Impacted Firms
  • ELAC / UCLA Manufacturing Technology Bootcamp Seeks Hiring Companies
  • Join the Southern California Space Consortium
  • Fac-a-thon for Aerospace Manufacturing

  • Industry 4.0 Workshop Survey
  • Investing in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Nominations for AMP SoCal Executive Council
  • SAMPE LA Chapter Meeting
  • Inland Empire 2017 Manufacturers Summit
  • Design & Manufacturing Expo in Anaheim
  • ExporTech Los Angeles for A&D Manufacturers
AMP SoCal Will Host: Aerospace & Defense - Industry in Transition
on March 9th
 at SoCal Aerospace Expo

AMP SoCal will be hosting its upcoming bi-annual meeting: Aerospace & Defense - Industry in Transition at the SoCal Aerospace Expo, an aerospace-focused business matchmaking event at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Several manufacturing relevant conference tracks are available to attendees, which will be held concurrent to ongoing matchmaking sessions. The conference includes a highly informational full-day program hosted and led by AMP SoCal on Thursday, March 9. The AMP SoCal event focuses on aerospace as an industry in transition, with several speakers and panels highlighting advanced technology, new opportunities and what to look out for in the months and years ahead.

Strengthening Competitiveness Program Seeking Defense Impacted Firms

The Strengthening Competitiveness program is led by the Price School-USC Center for Economic Development as part of AMP SoCal. Our main goal within the program is to identify the distinct needs of each participating business, and then offer personalized free or reduced-cost business assistance to help the company grow and become more resilient for the future. 

Now Hiring:
Technology Manufacturing
Bootcamp Graduates 

ELAC / UCLA Intro to Manufacturing Technology Bootcamp Grads Need Jobs
If you are an employer seeking workers with fundamental manufacturing skills that you can train to your company's specific processes, then here is your chance. East Los Angeles Community College and UCLA Extension's Introductory Level Manufacturing Technology Bo otcamp is graduating their first class on February 3rd .  

This accelerated 5-week certificate program immerses students in the fundamentals of manufacturing procedures and processes. What better way to celebrate the successful completion of this program than with a job interview!  

This program is an innovative approach to close the skills gap with educated workers. If your company would like to view the final presentations and interview the graduates at the end of the program please contact us now, as we expect to have several interested A&D firms.

We Are Seeking Interested Space Related Manufacturers to Join the
Southern California Space Consortium

The Air Force Space Command SMC – Space and Missile Systems Center posted a Request for Information for interest in establishing a consortium-managed “Other Transaction Agreement” (OTA) for prototyping space related requirements.  This opportunity is open to many different entities in the space sector. 

The LAEDC, an AMP SoCal partner, submitted a letter of intent in response to RFI to lead consortium as agent. We are now looking for interested members to join. If interested, please submit your name, position, company, contact information and tech specialty areas through our letter of interest using the below link. There is no obligation attached. You will be informed of new developments as they occur.

Upcoming AMP SoCal Innovation Forum:
Fac-a-thon ~ February 10, 2017

Join us for the AMP SoCal Fac-a-thon on February 10. This aerospace research opportunity is available to all interested industry, faculty representatives and their chosen graduate students. We will use the information gathered through this initiative to prepare a proposal to the National Science Foundation's Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Future Aerospace Platforms. This ties into the Fac-a-thon's ultimate mission of sharpening the competitive edge of A&D manufacturers and their supply chain, which includes more efficient technologies and processes for product development.

  AMP SoCal Innovation Forum: 
Industry 4.0 Workshop 
Being Planned for March 13, 2017

If you are a small- or medium-sized aerospace manufacturer who performs machining or metal-forming, we want to hear from you on exactly what is and is not of relevance to the growth and sustainment of your business, please see the brief questionnaire after reviewing the background on Industry 4.0 (linked below). Your feedback will inform the topic of a workshop that will be held in March for Southern California small- or medium-sized aerospace manufacturers.

Guest post by Has Patel, Founder & President, Infologic, Inc. and AMP SoCal Pillar Committee Member
Investing in Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Infrastructure
Traditional physical infrastructure investment policies and programs are always useful to a nation. However, a January 2017 report by the prestigious Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, titled: Investing in “Innovation Infrastructure” to Restore U.S. Growth states the following observation, "While support for traditional physical infrastructure could help increase employment if it is debt funded, we should not expect it to address the underlying structural problems of low investment and productivity stagnation that face the U.S. economy. Nor will it do much to revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector, which suffered unprecedented output and job losses in the 2000s. In addition, innovation-based growth seems to have stalled except in software. Filling potholes and repairing sewers will do nothing to address these deeper problems."

Still Accepting Nominations for the 
AMP SoCal Executive Council

Just when you thought election season was over, AMP SoCal has started the nomination process for positions on its Executive Council. We are continuing to accept nominations through the end of January.  The elections will be held in February.  If you are interested in participating, please follow the instructions below.

SAMPE L.A. Chapter Meeting: Composites for Narrow-Body Aircraft - Element Materials and Technology - January 26th

The next SAMPE LA (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering) Chapter meeting will be held January 26th at 6 pm in Duarte.  The meeting will be hosted at Element Materials and Technology located at 1857 Business Center Drive in Duarte. The meeting will include a tour of Element followed by a presentation on Composites for Narrow-Body Aircrafts by Mr. Jens Hinrichsen, Project Manager, Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China and also a tour of Element.

2017 Inland Empire Manufacturing Summit

Join us at the 6th Annual Summit, Friday, February 3, 2017, at the Ontario Convention Center. The Annual Manufacturers’ Summit provides relevant information for area manufacturers, highlights the successes of business in the Inland Empire and promotes manufacturing jobs. Summit attendees are given the opportunity to discuss solutions to the most pressing issues facing the manufacturing community, including regulations, workforce development, resource efficiency, exporting, marketing and more.

The Manufacturers’ Council of the Inland Empire (MCIE) supports and provides education on manufacturing topics to manufacturers, employees, students, and the community.

Design & Manufacturing Expo
February 7th - 9th in Anaheim

Pacific Design & Manufacturing unites industry professionals with the largest collection of advanced design and manufacturing suppliers in the world — right in the heart of sunny Southern California. Kick off 2017 with access to the solutions, connections, and education required to take your products from concept to market, faster and cheaper.

EXPORTECH Los Angeles for Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers Starts in February
ExporTech™ helps businesses reach their international sales potential by providing capacity-building and planning services focused on global markets. It is the only national program that helps individual companies design an export plan and will be offered through a series of workshops.

CMTC, an AMP SoCal partner, will use ExporTech™ to help manufacturing firms develop simple, actionable plans to expand into global markets and grow their export revenues.

Session 1 February 16, 2017
Session 2 March 30, 2017
Session 3 April 27, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / 7:30 – 8:00 – Continental breakfast

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