Officials from the University of Illinois and UI LABS launched the Illinois Manufacturing Lab Friday.
The lab is a key initiative to increase the competitiveness, productivity and profitability of Illinois' manufacturers and a proposal pushed for by Gov. Pat Quinn in his 2013 State of the State address.
The IML is launching its initial efforts today with pilot projects at ten Illinois companies to identify and solve advanced manufacturing challenges. Friday's announcement is a part of Quinn's agenda to create 21st century jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward.
"The Illinois Manufacturing Lab is going to help our state remain a national leader in making quality products and creating good jobs," Quinn said. "The IML will be a marquee attraction for companies around the globe to come to Illinois so they can work with cutting-edge techniques and technologies to drive our economy forward."
The IML brings an innovative, public-private approach to implementing advanced manufacturing technology applications for Illinois small and medium-sized manufacturers.
It brings together top-flight research capabilities, technical resources and commercialization expertise, and will serve as a hub for companies to learn the world's most sophisticated tools and software.