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MEDC on Michigan’s Automotive Comeback


PTC’s Vision for Smart, Connected Products
The Internet of Things has the potential to create trillions of dollars of new economic value in the coming decade. To capture this value, manufacturers will rely on new applications that enable the creation of smart, connected products.


THE BIG M 2014 Student Program
This video captures the experience of 9th and 10th grade students at THE BIG M.


Shape the Future of Manufacturing at THE BIG M 2015
Focused on sharing knowledge and working to build strong communities through manufacturing, THE BIG M Event showcases breakthrough technologies and applications that will sustain and grow leadership for mass manufacturing in the Great Lakes region and throughout the United States.


Governor Rick Snyder Supports THE BIG M
At THE BIG M, the world can see that manufacturing is high tech, innovative, creative and cool. And, Michigan is leading the manufacturing renaissance.


Senator Debbie Stabenow Supports THE BIG M
When manufacturing collaborates with all of the other great resources in Michigan, anything is possible.


SME Partners with CAM Logic to Create 3D Image of the Spirit of Detroit Statue for THE BIG M Event
CAM Logic scanned the Spirit of Detroit Statue in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center on May 8, 2014 to create a miniature-size statue using 3D printing. These one-of-a-kind statues were distributed to a select group of people at SME’s THE BIG M event, June 9-12 at Cobo Center. More details available here.


Advanced Manufacturing
Nigel Francis, senior vice president, Automotive Industry Office at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), talks about how advanced manufacturing – including automotive, aerospace, medical and consumer goods – is increasing Michigan’s competitiveness and that of the entire Great Lakes Region.


Manufacturing and Automation
Patrick Gouhin, executive director and CEO of the International Society of Automation (ISA), discusses opportunities at THE BIG M to share best practices in manufacturing and automation – no matter the role or manufacturing sector. THE BIG M, says Gouhin, is “an opportunity for the community to step back and make sure that the urgent doesn’t get in the way of the important.”


Diversity in Manufacturing
Rich Wells, vice president of operations, Canada/U.S. North at Dow Chemical, talks about key topics at THE BIG M and how the event will bring manufacturers together to share best practices and address critical challenges in the industry.


Manufacturing Technology Thrives in the Great Lakes Region
Ken Rogers, executive director of Automation Alley, discusses the impact of manufacturing on the Great Lakes Region and why Automation Alley supports THE BIG M.


Detroit is a Manufacturing Powerhouse
Larry Alexander, president and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, discusses manufacturing and technology transformation in Detroit and what you can expect at the event and at Cobo Center.


Debbie’s Story
Debbie Holton, director of events and industry strategy for SME, offers her perspective about THE BIG M as she shares the SME vision for this inaugural event.


Get Involved in THE BIG M
This video gives you a quick overview of what THE BIG M is all about and why it is so important to participate in this event.

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