February Roundup: Machining in the News

In February, U.S. cutting tool orders rise in 2022, a new VR simulation program aids in college workforce training, Georgia High School Students  are to receive manufacturing and engineering training through SME PRIME program, and EIT InnoEnergy partners with New Energy New York to upskill the battery manufacturing and supply workforce. Continue reading our news round-up to learn more about what’s happening in the industry this month.

U.S. Cutting Tool Orders Rise in 2022

December 2022 U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $188.4 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report collaboration, was up 14.6% when compared with the $164.3 million reported for December 2021. With a year-to-date total of $2.2 billion, 2022 is up 10.8% when compared to the same time period in 2021.

These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals reported by the companies participating in the CTMR program. The totals here represent the majority of the U.S. market for cutting tools. 

For more on these numbers click here.

VR Simulation Program Aids in College Workforce Training

Training for some vocations has been a time and opportunity obstacle for many community colleges for years. If a student wanted to become a crane operator, part of the education requirement would require the student to spend hours in live training on the crane.

In many parts of the state that would be a significant issue if there were no cranes available. But a new virtual reality program at Arkansas Northeastern College could render problems like this moot.

Click here to read more about ANC’s new program. 

Georgia High School Students to Receive Manufacturing and Engineering Education Through SME PRIME Program

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and Georgia Association of Manufacturers (GAM) have partnered with the SME Education Foundation to provide a unique industry-informed, hands-on manufacturing program to select high school students across the state, through the Foundation’s SME PRIME program. 

Details about the SME PRIME program coming to Georgia high schools were presented to Georgia educators at the Georgia CTAE Administrators Winter Conference. The initiative is being supported with a $4.5 million dollar grant from GaDOE to help ensure a qualified pipeline of talent for the state’s growing manufacturing industry.

Check out sme.org for more information.

EIT InnoEnergy Partners with New Energy New York to Upskill the Battery Manufacturing and Supply Workforce 

EIT InnoEnergy, the innovation engine for sustainable energy, recently announced its $1.29m three-year deal to support New Energy New York (NENY) to upskill the battery manufacturing and supply chain workforce in Upstate New York.

With the North American electric vehicle battery market set to reach $23bn in value by 2027, NENY, an initiative comprising a coalition of academic, non-profit, and government organizations in collaboration with industry, aims at growing a competitive battery development and manufacturing ecosystem in Upstate New York including a well-trained workforce.

With the partnership, New Energy New York will utilize EIT InnoEnergy’s learning services platform, the European Battery Alliance Academy (EBA Academy), which is aimed at training current and prospective members of the battery workforce and includes curriculum, train-the-trainer services, a learning management system, and insights into delivery methods.

For the article on this new partnership click here. 

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