Opening of the first Smart Factory Institute in the United States in TN 01/10/2021 with the Volkswagen Academy


Peak Performance Inc., along with the Tennessee Chamber / Tennessee Manufacturers Association and Deutsche Messe Technology Academy, announce the opening of the first US-based Smart Factory Institute. The official opening date will be October 1, 2021, National Manufacturing Day. The Smart Factory Institute will be operated by Peak Performance Inc. in conjunction with the Volkswagen Academy Chattanooga, the Deutsche Messe Technology Academy, the Tennessee Manufacturers Association and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

The Smart Factory Institute is an American institute that will provide manufacturers with connections, collaborative relationships and certifications to improve manufacturing processes by giving them access to the latest cutting edge manufacturing technologies. The institute is part of a network of international academies, managed by the Deutsche Messe Technology Academy in Hanover, Germany, a joint project between the Deutsche Messe and the Volkswagen Group Academy. Thomas Rilke, Division Director of Deutsche Messe Technology Academy, said: “We are particularly excited about the opening of our first Technology Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As we continue to expand our global network, it was only natural to open a site in the United States, one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world.

Since its inception in 2009, the Deutsche Messe Technology Academy has built an international network of production technologies across the world. These academies, located in Hanover (Germany), Foshan, Nanjing, Jinan (China) and Port Elizabeth (South Africa, opening in 2022) focus on specific areas of manufacturing technology.

Denise Rice, President and CEO of Peak Performance Inc., said, “COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of Industry 4.0 and the Smart Factory Institute will ease the transition for manufacturers by facilitating intensive networking. between suppliers and users of key technologies to optimize production. process, leading the economic recovery of businesses and industry in the region. The Smart Factory Institute will provide relevant and cutting-edge distance and online training for manufacturing workers that will improve worker skills and retraining for the jobs that advancements in technology bring. “

The Smart Factory Institute will work closely with the Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga to provide subject matter experts and best practices to address workforce advancements resulting from the upgrade. level of workers required by Industry 4.0.

Bradley Jackson, President and CEO of the Tennessee Manufacturers Association, said, “The Smart Factory Institute is a business-driven effort that drives innovation and technology and positions Tennessee and the Southeast region of the United States. United States as a true leader in advanced manufacturing technology. We are grateful for the strong support given to this project by the Tennessee General Assembly, including the unwavering support of the Hamilton County Legislative Delegation. Their support sends a clear message that Tennessee is serious about advanced manufacturing. “

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