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Inaugural Global Summit For Advanced Manufacturing To Focus On Cultivating Innovative Solutions For Manufacturing Leaders Of Tomorrow

Co-located at SEMICON West 2014, first-ever summit will bring together key thought leaders (March 18, 2014)

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The first Global Summit for Advanced Manufacturing (GSAM) created for manufacturers, by manufacturers, and about manufacturerscomes to San Francisco on July 9 and 10 (co-located with SEMICON West 2014). GSAM answers the call for a forum that explores practical solutions for today's most pressing manufacturing challenges, including the convergence of miniaturization, automation, integration, ruggedization, materials and processes, along with other special topics. GSAM will feature case study-based presentations, networking opportunities and one-on-one individual meeting sessions on how to leverage today's successfully developed and manufactured products to yield viable solutions for the emerging manufacturing leaders of tomorrow.

GSAM will explore successful manufacturing practices from a wide variety of industry sectors beyond electronics and technology, including food, medical/pharmaceuticals, sports and leisure, textiles and more. GSAM attendees will also enjoy networking opportunities and optional tours of Bay Area-based manufacturing facilities on Friday, July 11.

"Technology in the marketplace has advanced over the years to change the way we live. In today's world, mass implementation of these new technologies needs to accelerate in order to keep pace with society's demands," observed GSAM co-chair Dr. Gene Kim of Alpha, a division of Alent. "Yet, we've repeatedly seen technologies that held great promise fall short of market realization because the promise came with too many barriers capital expenditure, global supply-chain, technological scale-up, regulations, market timing, infrastructure, and so on. The true manufacturing value-add offered by a technological advancement comes from its total cost-of-ownership benefit, but key decision makers have lacked a forum in which they could candidly and thoroughly discuss this assessment. GSAM was conceived to encourage these important discussions real people discussing real manufacturing challenges in an environment that cultivates manufacturing innovation."

Added Girish Wable, technical project manager of advanced technology for Jabil, and one of GSAM's other co-chairs, "We encourage academia and industrial researchersespecially those that expect themselves to improve the efficiency of manufacturing research and industrialization in the coming yearsto attend for the unique opportunity to interact and benefit from the experienced practical guidance these leaders can provide. This experience is an important thread in the fabric of digitally enabled, highly efficient manufacturing," he said.

GSAM is produced by the FlexTech Alliance, and its advisory committee comprises manufacturing experts at AGC Electronics America, Alent, Amazon, Continental Automotive GmbH, GE Global Research, IBM, Jabil, Kyocera, Lockheed Martin and Panasonic. More information on the summit's agenda and speakers will be made available in the coming weeks, but mark your calendars for GSAM's inaugural summit, which will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis starting July 9th.

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About GSAM
GSAM was conceived by professional manufacturers across multiple industry sectors who share a passion for manufacturing and recognize the need for a forum in which experts can share real-world, readily applicable information ultimately, speeding time to market for all. GSAM serves industry sectors ranging from electronics, technology, food and medical/pharmaceuticals to sports and leisure, textiles and moreall of which confront similar challenges in product design,manufacture and commercialization. More information about GSAM can be found at www.gsam.orgor by following the organization on Twitter at@GSAdvMfg. GSAM-related tweets can be created, viewed, and shared using the hash tag #GSAM14.

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