GLOBALFOUNDRIES, in collaboration with the University of Michigan, Battelle, the AutoHarvest Foundation, the CONNECTORY, CONNECT, the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), and the Hudson Valley Technology Development Center (HVTDC) commit to create the National Supply Chain Network Initiative (NSNI), an online network that will connect the supply chain to markets and innovation in the Hudson Valley of New York. The NSNI platform will provide access to information and b2b 'matchmaking' to those who may benefit by this connectivity. The development of a user friendly system to accomplish this goal will leverage existing assets, experience, and databases and build upon them; ultimately developing a 'one stop shop' of connectivity intended to help develop and maximize the untapped potential in the supply chain.
The overall goal is to connect all sized manufacturers in the supply chain in order to grow their markets and to provide better access to both product and process innovation, through better connectivity, sharing of best practices, and leveraging existing platforms. The initiative also aims to address the following broader issues facing manufacturers: access to capital and financing; sustainability/environmentally friendly operations; ability to secure a skilled workforce; access to business opportunities and business assistance; better access to design enablement processes.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES will commit to facilitate a process by which others from around the nation will be engaged. This will include leading and facilitating the National Supply Chain Network Initiative (NSNI) by engaging various levels of government, businesses, and academia, as well as utilizing internal expertise in procurement and manufacturing in the development and execution of the required strategy. The other partners will bring their existing platforms and expertise to the development of the regional pilot in the Hudson Valley of New York through the use of both a web portal and on the ground facilitation. The initial regional pilot will utilize the existing HVTDC platform in conjunction with CEG to prototype a new web-based platform leveraging the expertise of AutoHarvest, Connect, The CONNECTORY, and others involved in the initiative.
2Q 2013 - Execute MOU with partners.
3Q 2013 - Preliminary outreach to manufacturers to identify 'early work' opportunities with a limited number of OEMs (align on process to ID & meet the current/obvious needs of the supply chain)
4Q 2013 - Ensure alignment with State and Federal stakeholders; outreach for funding. Leverage National Manufacturing Day activities in November 2013 (announcement; partnership with NAM/MEPs (NIST), etc.)
Analysis and Engagement
1Q 2014 - Finalize pilot model; inventory existing work and ID gaps. Develop implementation/execution strategy.
Capture current status of supply chain to establish baseline. Survey manufacturers to better understand their needs.
2Q 2014 - Evaluate existing platforms/databases and resources; merge/link and develop pilot region's platform. Initial outreach to all pilot region manufacturers; Engage entities to develop web portal; select vendor
3Q 2014 - 1st phase development of web portal
4Q 2014 - Evaluate existing databases; reach agreements for mechanism/format to share data (i.e.: links, data sharing, etc.)
Completion of Major Milestones & Implementation
1Q 2015 - Formal engagement of all pilot region manufacturers will be completed; system fully functional with all manufacturers onboard. Develop Manufacturing Day 2015 messaging around successes
2Q 2015 - 'Go live' for the official launch of new web portal. Engage elected officials and administrators with various press/media events
3Q 2015 - Update survey of manufacturers; determine current status of supply chain
4Q 2015 - Capture/celebrate successes; public affairs strategy centered around messaging for Manufacturing Day 2015.
Evaluation and Preparation for Scaling
1Q 2016 - Step back and evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot and modify the approach to scale. Measure the effectiveness via established metrics
2Q 2016 - Package initiative for scaling/moving to other markets. ID new markets. Modify web portal to accommodate new markets. Open to new markets
The success of modern manufacturing is an integral part of the growth of the US economy. Identifying markets within the US supply chain will provide opportunities for manufacturing growth. In particular, strong linkages between manufacturers of all sizes are imperative to insure that the US manufacturing sector can compete and lead in the global economy. Large manufacturers need to be able to easily identify smaller manufacturers who are able to supply needed goods and smaller manufacturers need to know where they have the potential to supply to larger manufacturers. Unfortunately, it is currently very difficult for the supply chain to access innovation and connect to markets and suppliers. While data and information exists in various forms and housed in various databases, it is extremely difficult for especially small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to know what is out there, access needed information, and make necessary connections. In many cases, these businesses do not even realize the potential that exists.
Representatives from GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the University of Michigan, Battelle, the AFL-CIO, the CONNECTORY, and others met at the 2012 CGI America Meeting to discuss ways in which they could collaborate to address this need. These original members have since been joined by the Auto Harvest Foundation, CONNECT, the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), and the Hudson Valley Technology Development Center (HVTDC) with the latter two organizations also serving as their respective region's Manufacturing Extension Partnerships.
The NSNI is seeking partners and assistance in the funding and development of the web portal, expertise in the collection, analyzing and categorization of required data and welcomes the participation/input of interested parties with experience in initiatives that have helped to improve supply chain connectivity. Those interested are welcome to participate via sharing best practices or funding the development of the web based portal which will be made available for nation-wide use.
Those partnering in the development and implementation of the NSNI will have access to information on best practices and the connectivity provided through the initiative.