Thursday, July 21, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Updated Information Shows Michigan at Center of Lucrative Global Industry
michigan.org/autotech. The directory lists facilities devoted to basic or applied vehicle-related research, engineering, testing and/or product development ranging from multi-national, multi-industry conglomerates to one-shop, homegrown enterprises.
"With $10.3 billion in public and private expenditure, Michigan's automotive-related R&D activity is greater than all the other states combined," MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway said. "Michigan is one of the three global centers of automotive intelligence, along with Western Europe and Japan/South Korea. The state's companies employ some 65,000 professionals in basic and applied vehicle research, prototyping and product and process development. The concentration of companies and talent here, the range of size and global representation as well the depth of research, from basic materials to ergonomics and styling, is unrivaled anywhere in the world."
Although many companies have multiple R&D facilities in Michigan, only their largest or most diverse R&D operation is listed. No university-based research programs or centers are included. A separate directory of those activities is in preparation for release early in 2006.
The 116-page publication also contains information on Michigan resources supporting emerging technologies associated with the automotive industry, including NextEnergy, Michigan SmartZones and Technology Accelerators, the Technology Tri-Corridor, the U.S. Army's Tank-automotive and Armaments Command page (TACOM) and Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and the National Automotive Center.
The online directory will be updated regularly, and in a short time new features that include the ability to search by category will be available. Print versions are also available at no charge. To request a copy, call (517) 335-0838.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.