The manufacturing industry is on the brink of innovation with new technologies being created every day. However, funding is needed to continue pressing forward and that’s just what the government is looking to do. A Senate bill that will focus on establishing manufacturing research facilities recently passed through the Senate Commerce Committee.

Can you imagine what that would mean for the composites industry? Not only will this proposed bill jumpstart the implementation of research facilities designed to promote a new wave of advanced manufacturing, it will also give the composites industry a chance to make the entire manufacturing industry more aware of what composites can do. “Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act,” S. 1468, would allow the Department of Commerce to form public-private research centers around the country. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) are the sponsors of this bill.

“Establishing a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation would create thousands of jobs and ensure the United States remains the global leader in advanced manufacturing,” says Brown.

In recent news, the Obama administration announced a competition led by the Department of Energy (DOE) for an Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The DOE will award $70 million over a span of five years. The goal for the institute is to approve upon the current manufacturing of FRP composites with a focus on production speeds, costs and overall performance.