PFINTZAL, Germany - Gov.
Rick Snyder today traveled to Pfintzal, Germany on the second day of his
European investment mission, where he participated in the Partnership Forum at
the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, Europe's largest
application-oriented research organization.
While at the forum, Snyder
presided over the signing of three Letters of Intent with the Fraunhofer
Institute and Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State
University to form the Clean Transportation Innovation Cluster, a research
program focusing on developing advanced electrical storage systems for the
"Michigan is home to three Fraunhofer centers, noted
partnerships of businesses and our universities, where our best talents are
discovering new things, making things and making things work," Snyder said.
"Michigan is one of the top states in the nation for research and development
with more than $16 billion in industrial research and development, and close to
$2 billion in university research, and we're always working to help our leading
universities turn the latest developments into jobs."
currently has eight centers focused on sustainable energy, manufacturing
innovation, biotechnology, medical devices, software engineering, lasers and
coatings. The three Michigan centers include the headquarters in Plymouth, the
Center for Laser Technology and the Center for Coatings & Laser
The Partnership Forum brought Snyder together with a select
audience from Germany and Michigan to discuss its innovative cluster concept.
Under the concept, leading universities and industries partner to accelerate
product and process commercialization in advanced electrification storage
All three Michigan Fraunhofer centers are partnered with
Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State
University. Fraunhofer's most recent partnership with U-M was started in 2009
and was funded through a seed program for Alternative Energy Technologies for
Transportation. The success of the AETT partnership led to formation of the
Clean Transportation Innovation Cluster which both U-M and Fraunhofer hope to
expand to include industry partners.
Snyder participated in the forum
with German and American executives in the advanced energy storage industry,
Fraunhofer staff from Michigan and Germany, and representatives from Grand
Valley State University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan and
Wayne State University.
The Fraunhofer Institutes are the model for a new
$1 billion private-public partnership program now being considered by the
federal government. The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation would be a
joint effort between the U.S. departments of Defense and Energy, the National
Science Foundation and the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards
and Technology. Its goal would be to "revitalize U.S. manufacturing. . . through
a network of institutes where researchers, companies and entrepreneurs can come
together to develop new manufacturing technologies with broad applications,"
according to the budget submission.
Snyder arrived in Turin, Italy on
Sunday with a delegation of state and local officials and economic developers
for an eight-day investment mission to strengthen relationships and attract
job-creating investments. They will spend the rest of the week in Germany
meeting with government officials and business executives before returning on
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