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Southeastern Automotive Manufacturing Technology 
Acceleration Center (SA-MTAC)

About the Project:

SA-MTAC is a collaboration among the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers in TennesseeAlabamaGeorgiaMississippi, and South Carolina to address technology needs and accelerate technology adoption among the SE Automotive Supply Chain. 

The collaborating MEP centers won one of five $500,000 federal government pilot MTAC grants. These grants are designed to encourage regional initiatives to investigate and address technology transfer needs of manufacturers.   

SA-MTAC will work to address questions such as:
  • What are the primary technology-related needs of the automotive supply chain in the southeast?
  • How do these needs differ depending on the manufacturer’s position in the supply chain?
  • What tools are most effective in matching these needs to available later stage technologies?
  • What further work is needed on these later stage technologies to enable their effective use?
  • What can we learn about existing models and tools for technology matching?​

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Technologies that have already been “prototyped” and are at a late enough stage for direct application or have proven transfer success in other industries will be the focus of the pilot.


The SA-MTAC will pilot best practice methods for accelerating adoption of later stage technologies. “Pull” approaches will pilot the best ways to work with technology needs at different levels of the automotive supply chain. “Push” approaches will evaluate automotive technology from federal, state, and private research labs in addition to established and start-up companies to make “matches” to automotive manufacturers and provide technical support to enable further development of the technology so it is useful in existing automotive processes and products.  
The project will also winnow down the range of tools for identifying technology needs to those that are most effective for producing measurable results.  The ultimate goal of the grant is to establish “learnings” about which tools and models can successfully identify and connect technology to existing challenges within a supply chain.  Findings from the pilot program will be used by the MEP to provide supply chain technology matching service “best practices” to centers around the country.

Project Sponsor:

The pilot is sponsored by the MEP, which is an industrial extension program administered by the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce.   Consisting of centers in all 50 states, the NIST MEP serves as a trusted business advisor, focused on transforming U.S. manufacturers to compete globally, support supply chain integration, and provide access to technology for improved productivity.

MEP offers a range of effective resources to help manufacturers identify opportunities that will accelerate and strengthen their growth and competitiveness in the global marketplace. 

See for more information from NIST.