University at Buffalo Announces Advanced Manufacturing Institute; Harper International is Founding Member
The University at Buffalo recently announced it will contribute to a new advanced manufacturing institute announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the Buffalo Billion initiative. The institute, operated by EWI, is intended to support economic development by shaping the future of manufacturing through innovative technology solutions. Through this initiative, businesses will partner with the institute to solve manufacturing and production issues, and to develop and commercialize technologies that improve product performance, quality, reliability and cost competitiveness.
The Advanced Manufacturing Institute will be housed at 847 Main St. in Buffalo. The building was purchased by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) with an $8 million Buffalo Billion grant from Empire State Development (ESD). The agreement calls for BNMC to provide, at no cost, space to house EWI for their start-up operations. In addition, New York State will invest $45 million of the Buffalo Billion toward machinery, equipment, future facility needs and operations.
Harper International, Praxair, Sherex Fastening Solutions, The InVentures Group and Jiffy-tite Co. will be among the institute’s founding members. Technology focus areas will include flexible automation and controls, advanced materials and testing, additive manufacturing, and advanced fabrication.
For more information, visit www.buffalo.edu.