Report: Indiana Lightweighting Jobs Growing Faster Than Other States

By on November 18, 2016 in IN THE NEWS, SUPPLY CHAINS

A team from Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis took the top spot at the 2016 evGrandPrix at IMS; the event focused on lightweighting.

(From Inside Indiana Business)

Described as a “new frontier” in advanced manufacturing, lightweight technology development is becoming increasingly important in Indiana, according to a new report that provides a snapshot of jobs in the sector. Often referred to as lightweighting, the area focuses on using lightweight metal alloys to reduce weight, while maintaining or enhancing performance—typically in the transportation industry. In a recent quarterly report for the national industry, Indiana posted the highest increase in the Midwest in online job ads for lightweight-related manufacturing, showing its growing presence in the state.

The data compared first quarter 2016 online job postings to second quarter in five states: Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan. The report is issued each quarter by LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow), a public-private institute that operates in the five-state region to develop and deploy lightweight technologies and implement training programs to prepare the work force.

“Of all the metal manufacturing jobs in the country, about 50 percent of them are in that region, so it makes sense for us to focus in that [five-state] area,” says LIFT Communications Director Joe Steele. “We focus on how to manufacture things in a lighter, more efficient way. You can’t just use lighter materials, because they may not have the same structural integrity or safety. We look at things from design to production and everything in between.” READ MORE >>

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