Arriving early at McCormick Place pays off with special live presentations from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m on the Grand Concourse Stage, located between the North and South Buildings on Level 3.

Each day IMTS features a different topic, including reshoring, how to accelerate the manufacturing renaissance, presentations from the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes and an IMTS 2016 show wrap-up report from the MakingChips Podcast team. We encourage you to grab a coffee and enjoy these free events as you wait for the show to open. Presentation details are located below.

IMTS 2016 – Grand Concourse Stage Presentations
September 13 - 17, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Location: Grand Concourse Level 3, stage below the Jumbo Tron, McCormick Place
Watch: Opening Ceremony video and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker's Keynote


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Reshoring and FDI: Proof that the U.S. is the Place for You to Invest, Produce and Source Now.

Speaker: Harry C. Moser, Founder and President, Reshoring Initiative®

While the candidates debate how to make the U.S. more competitive, reshoring and FDI are proving that the U.S. is increasingly the right place to manufacture for the U.S. market. FDI is at record levels, with manufacturing representing 70% of total FDI into the U.S., up from a historical average of 36%. If U.S. companies did the math correctly, manufacturing would grow by 7% with corresponding increases in investment. TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) is a procurement tool to help quantify all of the relevant costs, risks and strategic impacts. TCO is a sales tool for contract manufacturers and technology sellers. Reshoring tools also work in other countries including Canada and Mexico.

Contact: harry.moser@reshorenow.org  |  web: http://www.reshorenow.org


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

National Network of Manufacturing Innovation: the Next Stage in Advancing U.S. Industry

Speakers: Mike Molnar, Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office and Ed Morris, Director, America Makes – the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute

The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation is a growing network of manufacturing innovation institutes that each have different technology focus areas but work toward a common goal: to secure the nation’s future through manufacturing innovation, education, and collaboration.

Supported as public-private partnerships, the institutes provide members with access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, as well as workforce training and skills development customized to support new technology areas. This session builds on the announcement at the IMTS opening by the Secretary of Commerce about the value of the network to the U.S. manufacturing community.

Nine institutes have been launched with six more planned by 2017. Learn why you should join an institute or be involved in starting one. Mike Molnar will discuss how the program works and Ed Morris will discuss one institute, America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the first of the institutes in the network.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

How to Accelerate the Manufacturing Renaissance

Speaker: Harry C. Moser, Founder and President, Reshoring Initiative®

The U.S. has added about 850,000 manufacturing jobs since the employment low of 2010, reversing a 30 year negative trend line. About 250,000 of the jobs are due to reshoring and FDI (Foreign Direct Investment), the rest to cyclical recovery and organic growth. Balancing the trade deficit would bring back 4 million more jobs, increasing manufacturing by 25%. To accelerate the renaissance and make the U.S. more competitive we need much higher investment in advanced manufacturing, driven and enabled by dramatically better recruitment and training of our skilled workforce, supplemented by some combination of: lower USD, corporate tax rates and regulations; a VAT (Value Added Tax) offset by reductions in other taxes, and increased use of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) by companies for sourcing and siting decisions.

Contact: harry.moser@reshorenow.org  |  web: http://www.reshorenow.org


Friday, September 16, 2016

The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation: the Next Stage in Advancing U.S. Industry

Speakers: Mike Molnar, Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office and Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, Executive Director, PowerAmerica—the Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute

The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation is a growing network of manufacturing innovation institutes that each have different technology focus areas but work toward a common goal: to secure the nation’s future through manufacturing innovation, education, and collaboration.

Supported as public-private partnerships, the institutes provide members with access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, as well as workforce training and skills development customized to support new technology areas. This session builds on the announcement at the IMTS opening by the Secretary of Commerce about the value of the network to the U.S. manufacturing community.

Nine institutes have been launched with six more planned by 2017. Learn why you should join an institute or be involved in starting one. Mike Molnar will discuss how the program works and Nick Justice will discuss one institute, PowerAmerica, the Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Making Chips Podcast

Remedies for the IMTS 2016 Hangover
The sixth and final day of IMTS. Your mind overflows with new information and a hundred possibilities for improvement after experiencing this “manufacturing Super Bowl.” Your feet only want to find the nearest beach. Long-time IMTS veterans and hosts of the MakingChips Podcast, Jason Zenger and Jim Carr, share their collected wisdom and offer some solutions to answer that big question we all have after walking through 1.3 million square feet technology innovations: now what?