FlexTech Team Member Brewer Science Will Help Accelerate Innovation at Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute
August 28, 2015, Rolla, MO – Dr. Terry Brewer today confirmed that the U.S. Department of Defense has selected the FlexTech Alliance, a consortium of microelectronics industry leaders including Brewer Science, to receive funding to create a Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute (FHE MII) as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.
The tech companies selected to operate the FHE MII will be tasked with creating the next generation of small, flexible, low-power devices to keep our armed forces on the leading edge of technology. The products will be manufactured in the United States by our best and brightest innovators from the Midwest, Silicon Valley, and the East Coast.
“This center represents a new era for electronics manufacturing and for our nation,” said Dr. Terry Brewer, founder and CEO of Brewer Science. “This collaboration of industry leaders will connect us and protect us in ways that are not achievable today. In addition to improving our safety and security, the center will drive robust economic growth across many industries in the U.S. including our growing advanced manufacturing sector capabilities. We are excited about the work ahead and for the opportunity to be a part of this national initiative."
Dr. Brewer has been a leading national advocate for the FHE MII for the Defense Department as well as a network of advanced manufacturing centers to grow innovation on U.S. shores.
Dr. Brewer testified before Congress in support of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, sponsored by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and signed into law last year. The landmark law creates a new network of advanced manufacturing centers across the country to help ensure the United States remains a global leader in advanced manufacturing and innovation. While not a part of this specific legislation, the new FHE MII is based on the concept of collaboration for which tech leaders across the country have advocated.
The new FHE MII will be located in Silicon Valley and managed by the FlexTech Alliance consortium. The FHE MII will work on state-of-the-art design and manufacturing for the next generation of sensors and electronics. Centers such as the new FHE MII are meant to bridge the gaps among research, development, and commercialization of flexible hybrid electronics.
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About Brewer Science
Brewer Science is a global technology leader in developing and manufacturing innovative materials, processes, and equipment for the reliable fabrication of cutting-edge microdevices used in electronics such as tablet computers, smartphones, digital cameras, televisions, LED lighting, and flexible technology products. In 1981, Brewer Science revolutionized lithography processes with its invention of ARC® materials. Today, Brewer Science continues to expand its technology portfolio to include products enabling advanced lithography, thin wafer handling, 3-D integration, and chemical and mechanical device protection and products based on nanotechnology. Brewer Science recently unveiled a new high-volume manufacturing facility at the Rolla National Airport to accommodate increased product demand and demonstrate the company’s commitment to continuous improvement. With its headquarters in Rolla, Missouri, Brewer Science supports customers throughout the world with a service and distribution network in North America, Europe, and Asia.
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