Recently, SI2 Technologies, Inc., was cited by Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) head Ira Moskowitz, director of Advanced Manufacturing Programs, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, as an example of a local Massachusetts company leading the industry as a part of NextFlex, a consortium dedicated to advancing Flexible Hybrid Electronics. “SI2 Technologies is a defense-focused contractor based in Billerica, MA, that is working closely with NextFlex, UMass Lowell, and other manufacturers on three separate M2I2-funded projects,” said Moskowitz. “They’re developing new, flexible electronic antennas for autonomous, hypersonic vehicles. They’re also working with a collaboration of manufacturers to develop a large, multi-axis, gantry system to digitally and conformally print flexible hybrid electronics directly onto large complex surfaces. That type of system can help in the manufacturing of defense applications such as radomes and UAV body panels.”
The Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) was launched by the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in early 2016 and is jointly managed by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and MassTech, a public economic development agency. Its goal is to help Massachusetts manufacturers develop and implement innovative new technologies and guide its investments in the national Manufacturing USA program utilizing Massachusetts’ deep resources.
“M2I2 builds upon the state’s superior academics, R&D, deep innovation ecosystem and long history of manufacturing,” said Ira Moskowitz. “It deepens these assets by linking Massachusetts companies, universities, community colleges, vocational high schools, national labs, new ventures, government, and Manufacturing USA, propelling advanced manufacturing across ecosystems and promoting intersections as technology converges.” Moskowitz noted that Massachusetts has committed almost $100 million toward this effort.