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We’re changing the narrative of the manufacturing industry one story at a time. CMTA’s award-winning storytelling team showcases California’s 30,000 manufacturers by uplifting the voices of our makers. Find industry news and the stories from those “Making California” below. 

Silicon Valley Solar Startup Tandem PV Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed Tandem PV, an innovative solar energy startup, to the organization today. The Silicon Valley startup is leading the charge to develop and commercialize a more powerful and...

Digital Consultancy Firm Hitachi Digital Services Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed Hitachi Digital Services to the organization today. Hitachi Digital Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., is an edge-to-core digital consultancy and...

Profile Series: Meet Beau Huiskens, the CEO of Taurus Fabrication

In our latest Profile Series highlighting the incredible leaders behind California’s manufacturers, discover the story behind the success of a California manufacturing business rooted in generations of craftsmanship. Beau Huiskens, CEO of Taurus Fabrication and CMTA...

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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 

 

Courtesy of Tandem PV

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  

 

Courtesy of Boeing

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

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: SF State Receives A $14 Million Grant from The Genentech Foundation

This week’s Manufacturing Minute highlights three significant advancements that are shaping the industry’s future. Manufacturing Minute is powered by Tri Tool Technologies.

 

$14 Million STEM Grant to San Francisco State 

Courtesy of San Francisco State University

First, San Francisco State University has received a generous $14 million grant from CMTA board member Genentech. The Genentech Foundation is supporting underrepresented students in STEM and to enhance its life sciences programs. This new five-year funding builds on a longstanding partnership that has already provided over $33 million, benefiting more than 700 students since 2008. With this latest support, an additional 350 students will receive scholarships, research opportunities, and career prep. Not only does this grant from Genentech support SF State’s students, but it will support California’s life sciences sector and boost the state’s manufacturing capabilities in the long run. 

Amazon’s Electric Trucks in California

Courtesy of Amazon

In a significant move towards sustainability, Amazon is deploying 50 Volvo VNR Electric trucks in California, marking its largest rollout of heavy-duty electric vehicles. This fleet, including a dozen trucks for drayage operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, aims to reduce Amazon’s carbon footprint as the state transitions to zero-emission vehicles. With a range of 275 miles and a gross combination weight of 82,000 pounds, these electric trucks are set to revolutionize heavy-duty trucking. Udit Madan, VP of Worldwide Amazon Operations, expressed excitement about this initiative, emphasizing the importance of decarbonizing the challenging sector of heavy-duty transportation. 

Webinar for Manufacturers Navigating AI

Lastly, CMTA is hosting an exclusive FREE webinar presented by Hitachi Digital Services, focusing on the transformative power of artificial intelligence in manufacturing. Led by Dr. Chetan Gupta, Hitachi R&D’s head of AI research, this webinar will delve into how AI is revolutionizing the industry through applications in predictive maintenance, quality control, energy management, and more. This is a rare opportunity to gain insights into leveraging AI to enhance operations, identify high-impact use cases, and develop a successful AI strategy. Seize this chance to lead your team into a new era of manufacturing excellence.

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