Automation Alley Industry 4.0 Accelerator Adds New Manufacturing, Tech Partners –

TROY – The Automation Alley Industry 4.0 Accelerator, powered by Lawrence Technological University’s Centrepolis Accelerator and the Lean Rocket Lab, has expanded its corporate partnerships to include more Michigan-based manufacturing and technology organizations.

The founding corporate partners include Lear Corporation; Whirlpool Corporation; DENSO; Siemens; Magna; Faurecia; Comau; Design Systems, Inc.; Mirari; Electro-Matic Ventures; TAC; Nippon Piston Ring; ITR Solutions; Kundinger; Orbitform; Maintenance Technologies Consulting; Bosch Rexroth; the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association; and other manufacturing leaders across the region.

“The Industry 4.0 Accelerator is a demonstration of what’s possible when forward-thinking organizations recognize the opportunities to partner together and advance a stronger ecosystem for everyone,” said Tom Kelly, executive director and CEO of Automation Alley. “We’re growing talent and expanding resources to make Michigan’s manufacturing industry more secure than it’s ever been.”

The mission of the Industry 4.0 Accelerator is to attract startups from around the world that are developing the next generation of manufacturing technologies and connect them with Michigan’s expansive advanced manufacturing ecosystem. Manufacturing and technology startups that are accepted into the Accelerator receive a combination of capital, programming, and contracted services from partner organizations.

“From the beginning our vision was twofold: attract, invest in, and develop top industry 4.0 startups, and help them deploy their technologies into Michigan’s robust manufacturing economy,” said Brandon Marken, founder and CEO of the Lean Rocket Lab. “We believed this would create value for the startups, economic impact for the state and operational