About ADAC

 

The Aerospace and Defense Alliance of California (ADAC) is affiliated with the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) and was formed to address specific state policy issues affecting the aerospace and defense industry, specifically. California is a global leader in aerospace, aviation, defense, space science research and development (R&D), and advanced manufacturing. California’s aerospace industry supports more than 511,000 high-paying jobs, generates more than $100 billion in annual economic activity, and generates $7 billion in state and local taxes. 

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Watch highlights from June 5, 2024 in the video above.

California Aerospace Day 2024

In partnership with Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Amazon Project Kuiper, the Aerospace Defense Alliance of California (ADAC) part of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) hosted its second California Aerospace Day. The one-day event brought together a cross-section of California’s largest aerospace companies with state legislators to showcase the industry’s impact on the Golden State’s economy.

 

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Manufacturing Minute: Tandem PV Awarded $4.7 Million to Advance New Solar Technology

In this week’s Manufacturing Minute, we highlight three significant developments in the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing Minute is powered by Tri Tool Technologies.

U.S. Department of Energy Awards CMTA Member, Tandem PV, with New Funding 

 

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CMTA member Tandem PV, a leader in perovskite solar technology, has been awarded $4.7 million by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). This funding will support the commercialization of Tandem PV’s innovative thin-film solar photovoltaic technology. Combining conventional silicon solar cells with perovskite materials allows Tandem PV panels to achieve up to 40% more power than traditional panels. The Silicon Valley company is currently producing panels with 26% efficiency. The company’s technology promises to lower installation and land acquisition costs, making solar energy more affordable and efficient for consumers.  

CMTA Board Member, Boeing’s, Huge Milestone  

 

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First, CMTA board member company, Boeing, successfully launched its first crewed flight test of the Starliner mission, marking a decade-long milestone. Veteran NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams embarked on this mission, riding the Starliner capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 5, 2024. After separating from its rocket stages, the spacecraft entered orbit and began its 24-hour journey to the ISS. This mission is essential as it works towards NASA’s certification of the Starliner for routine astronaut missions.

2024 MakingCA Conference Call for Speakers 

 

2023 MakingCA Conference Keynote Speaker Eric Edelson, Fireclay Tile

We are excited to announce that CMTA is seeking speakers and panelists for the 2nd Annual MakingCA Conference in October. Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, which attracted nearly 150 business leaders, manufacturing employees, advocates, and partners, this year’s conference promises to be even more impactful. Interested individuals can apply by filling out the form here, with a submission deadline of August 20, 2024. The conference also features the recognition of the “Coolest Thing Made in California” competition winner. Selected speakers will receive complimentary registration and extensive promotion across CMTA’s platforms. 

Learn more about our upcoming MakingCA Conference here. 

 

California Aerospace Day Celebrates Achievements of the Golden State’s Aerospace Industry

California Aerospace Day Celebrates Achievements of the Golden State’s Aerospace Industry

The event co-hosted by Boeing, Lockheed Martin & Amazon Project Kuiper, showcases significance of aerospace industry and its impact on California’s economy and beyond. 

Sacramento, Calif. – In partnership with Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Amazon Project Kuiper, the Aerospace Defense Alliance of California (ADAC) part of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) hosted its second California Aerospace Day. The one-day event brings together a cross-section of California’s largest aerospace companies with state legislators to showcase the industry’s impact on the Golden State’s economy. 

Over 200 people attended the Aerospace Museum of California on Wednesday to hear from the best and brightest in the aerospace industry, including NASA Astronaut Michael S. Hopkins.  

Today is a glimpse into the future of California’s manufacturing industry – the aerospace industry brings forth high-skilled and high-paying jobs to the economy and our communities across the state,” said Lance Hastings, CMTA’s CEO & President. “Events like this one are important to recognize the hard work and dedication of the scientists, engineers, and innovators who have made all of this possible. 

California has been at the forefront of space exploration for decades. The state’s aerospace industry supports more than 511,000 high-paying jobs, generates more than $100 billion in annual economic activity, and generates $7 billion in state and local taxes, according to a recent report by PwC.  

“The Aerospace industry is the backbone of the California economy. This industry offers jobs and opportunities for a highly-skilled workforce that powers the innovations of today and tomorrow through the products and technologies that are created and built here in the state,” said Mark Taylor, ADAC Chair and Director of Government Operations for Boeing in California. “Aerospace also helps repay California’s investment in higher education by retaining that talent with high-wage jobs and opportunities.”  

Throughout the day, leaders from aerospace manufacturers, professors and legislators participated in various panel discussions on STEM and workforce development, climate change and sustainability, and innovation and technology.  

“Lockheed Martin has a proud history driving innovation and advancing scientific discovery in California, to include major breakthroughs in aircraft development to deep space exploration,” said John Clark, Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®. “Along with technical achievements, we are committed to inspiring the next generations of engineers and scientists to ensure the United States is Ahead of Ready.” 

The aerospace industry supply chain consists of thousands of other small businesses, many minority-owned, located throughout all 58 counties. America’s aerospace industry originated in California and today remains the largest industry in the state. 

“Amazon’s Project Kuiper is thrilled to partner with the Aerospace Defense Alliance of California (ADAC) part of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA),” said Beth Cooley, Head of State & Local Policy, Connectivity, Amazon Project Kuiper. “Our mission is to provide fast, affordable connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world, and we’re excited about the impact Project Kuiper will have for customers, communities, and the broader aerospace industry across California.” 

Held at the Aerospace Museum of California, the event, which included tours of Lockheed Martin’s F35 simulator, Stratolaunch’s Roc carrier plane model, Northrop Grumman’s model of the B2 Bomber, RTX’s Ejection Seat Display, Boeing’s Wisk Brand Wall, and other industry exhibits, was organized through ADAC, which was formed in 2021.  

To learn more about what these organizations are doing to maintain California’s place as the leading state for the aerospace and defense industry, visit CMTA’s website. 

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About CMTA

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association has advocated for pro-growth laws and regulations before the California legislature and administrative agencies since 1918. The total output from manufacturing in California is $300 billion per year, roughly 10 percent of the total economic output of the state. Manufacturers employ 1.3 million Californians paying wages more than $25,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. 

About ADAC 

The Aerospace and Defense Alliance of California (ADAC) is affiliated with the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) and was formed to address specific state policy issues affecting the aerospace and defense industry, specifically. California is a global leader in aerospace, aviation, defense, space science research and development (R&D), and advanced manufacturing. California’s aerospace industry supports more than 511,000 high-paying jobs, generates more than $100 billion in annual economic activity, and generates $7 billion in state and local taxes.  

Manufacturing Minute: Bloom Energy Awarded $75 Million for Fremont Facility Expansion

This week’s Manufacturing Minute brings insightful updates shaping the future of the U.S. manufacturing landscape.  

A joint study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute gives the industry insight into the growth of manufacturers. The study estimates a demand for approximately 3.8 million skilled workers over the next decade. The study showcases the urgent need to cultivate a national talent pipeline, emphasizing roles such as statisticians, engineers, software developers, and industrial maintenance technicians. As manufacturing continues to thrive post-pandemic, investing in workforce development remains a priority for manufacturers to sustain the momentum.  

Bloom Energy secures $75 million in federal tax credits for its Fremont manufacturing plant. The Bay Area manufacturer was recognized for its dedication to expanding domestic manufacturing and fuel cell production capacity. The funding awarded to Bloom Energy is a part of the White House’s $4 billion initiative, which aims to accelerate clean energy manufacturing and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With a focus on operational efficiency and stack capacity expansion, Bloom’s CEO, KR Sridhar, expresses optimism about the company’s growth. 

California Aerospace Day 2022

Mark your calendars for the celebration of California’s aerospace industry at California Aerospace Day, hosted by The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin on June 5, 2024. The event promises a day filled with insightful panels on STEM/workforce development, Climate Change Technologies, and topics regarding innovation in the aerospace industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with industry leaders and explore the exciting advancements shaping the future of aerospace in California.  

Register for FREE at CaliforniaAerospaceDay.eventbrite.com. 

Manufacturing Minute: Stratolaunch’s Hypersonic Test Vehicle Takes First Flight in California

This week’s Manufacturing Minute, powered by Tri Tool Technologies, highlights significant developments in the aerospace and technology sectors. 

Boeing, a board member of CMTA and member of the Aerospace and Defense Alliance of California (ADAC), secured a substantial $439.6 million contract to construct the 12th Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) communications satellite for the U.S. Space Force. This contract will enhance crucial communication capabilities for military and allied operations.

Stratolaunch, LLC, another CMTA and ADAC member, celebrated a milestone with the successful inaugural flight of the Talon-A test vehicle. After multiple tests to fully power the Talon A, it took off from the Roc carrier plane and flew over the Pacific Ocean on the California coast at hypersonic speeds. Stratolaunch’s Roc plane is one of the largest in the world. The Talon A vehicle is pivotal in advancing privately funded hypersonic test capabilities. 

Finally, the Biden Administration’s $300 million in semiconductor packaging research and development funding is going out to companies. This funding is a commitment to bolstering technology innovation, particularly in the critical semiconductor sector, as part of the CHIPS for America program.  

These industry updates represent significant strides in aerospace technology and semiconductor research, showcasing the continued progress and innovation within California’s manufacturing industry. Watch your Manufacturing Minute powered by Tri Tool Technologies in the video player below.

Manufacturing Minute: Northrop Grumman Teaming Up with the U.S. Air Force

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Manufacturing Minute: Find Out Why the World’s Largest Plane Took Flight in California

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⚙️ Siemens Mobility’s New Project in Sacramento
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Manufacturing Minute: CHIPS Act Funding, Satellite Contract & Coolest Thing Made in California

Find out what’s happening in the manufacturing industry on this week’s Manufacturing Minute with Ananda Rochita.

⚙️ What Northrop Grumman & Lockheed Martin will make with a new $1.5B shared contract.
⚙️ Just how many CHIPS Act Funding applications the government received.
⚙️ What to know about the Coolest Thing Made in California competition.
⚙️ Are you registered for CMTA’s 2nd Annual Foundation Golf Tournament?

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