Fabri-Kal, Landscape Forms, Poly-Wood Inc., and Steelcase
Greening your manufacturing operations has never been more necessary. In addition to the operational savings that greener practices can bring, emerging market demands and governmental regulations are making the move to green a necessity for success. The Green Manufacturing Industrial Consortium (GMIC) provides a non-competitive/pre-competitive environment specifically for this purpose. The GMIC meetings provide a forum for open discussion between members/potential members to discuss joint project ideas.
The Consortium is comprised of companies that are engaged with the University collaborating on green manufacturing projects and programs.
The industrial consortium members will identify and promote projects of mutual interest. Research interests will range from focused projects such as material selection in product design and green manufacturing processes to general activities such as waste reduction/elimination in manufacturing (lean manufacturing), and energy conservation. Specific projects will be decided upon by the consortium members through a voting process. Projects will be supported and assigned to a team that includes industry and university personnel.
The Green Manufacturing Industrial Consortium is modeled after existing industry/university cooperative research efforts such as CAViDS, CAPE at WMU and more generally the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC).