OverviewProject Leaders

Supply chains are a critical part of the manufacturing ecosystem and it’s essential that the U.S. provide the infrastructure, policy frameworks, and resources needed to help manufacturers maintain successful relationships with suppliers. Increasing digitization of information, smart data, and engagement of existing Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers (MEPs) across all 50 states could a) provide better access to supply chains for startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and b) enhance collaboration and innovation among participating firms. This study will undertake a deep dive exploration of the challenges that suppliers and manufacturers face on a daily basis, and it will identify opportunities for improvement.

This project is a follow-up to recommendations made in the recent report “Democratizing Manufacturing: Bridging the Gap Between Invention and Manufacturing.”

MForesight is collaborating with the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) on this project, and Leadership Council members Michael Russo and Susan Helper are leading the project.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us at info@mforesight.org.