RMI News and Updates

The NEXTgen M Conference was a great success!


We had 256 register to attend. A huge thank you to all those who participated in this Baltimore-first event to promote additive manufacturing. Here is a sample of what some RMI board members had to say:

“Best RMI event ever!”  -Dan Goldberger
“I learned so much that day. RMI is engaging people across many industries in a new vision for manufacturing.”  -Susan Ganz
“We gave everyone a look at the future of digital manufacturing and the opportunities for our region.”  -Jan Baum
“RMI is Maryland’s industry leader and the NEXTgen-M Conference on rapid technologies proved that.”  -Peter Gourlay
“The Economic  Alliance of Greater Baltimore applauds RMI’s leadership, and we will continue to support RMI  in advancing next-generation manufacturing.”  -Tom Sadowski

Over 25 exhibitors participated in the event. We will continue to work with everyone that attended by hosting a series of conversations to identify action steps for promoting digital manufacturing.

Mike at MEDA
Last week, I presented a fun and informative Ignite presentation at the Maryland Economic Development Association’s (MEDA) conference on Maryland manufacturing. RMI board member Jan Baum also presented at Ignite MEDA on additive manufacturing and the future of our industry.

Anirban Basu of the Sage Policy Group reported at the conference that Maryland continues to see a decline in manufacturing jobs while other states are showing growth. For the third year in a row, Basu warned the audience of over 250 representing Maryland economic development leadership, that we cannot ignore Maryland manufacturing in light of the drop in business in federal contracts. Let’s hope someone will work with RMI to change that.

RMI and Towson University Present: SCM Forum: Supply Chain 2020
Thursday evening, May 17, 2012, 5- 7:00 pm, FREE

Two RMI Board members – Susan Ganz and Fred Whiton – are speaking at this event on supply chain  Join us for an interactive discussion on emerging opportunities and challenges in supply chain management, led by industry leaders from the Baltimore region.

Please RSVP by May 10 to 410-704-3342 or supplychain@towson.edu

Dr. Leo Christodoulou to Keynote RMI’s June 6 Energy Conference
On June 6, Dr. Leo Christodoulou, Program Manager of the Advanced Manufacturing Office at the U.S. Department of Energy will be the keynote speaker at RMI’s Next-Gen Manufacturing Energy Forum. Dan Gundersen and I met Leo at a recent conference in New York on advanced manufacturing.

REGISTER TO ATTEND at www.rmiofmaryland.com

Sponsorship: $1,500
To secure your sponsorship, contact Peter Gourlay at (301) 305-3700 or peter.gourlay@mdaep.com

Drew Greenblatt on CNN
Check out the job news at Marlin Steel.  http://www.cnn.com/video/standard.html#/video/business/2012/05/05/jones-econ-manufacturing.cnn

Inside DAP
On June 13, RMI and the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) will present Inside DAP, a look at the Maryland-based market leader in general patch and repair products. Register to attend at WTCI.org.