Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Projects that the NIST Advanced Technology Program has co-funded with automakers and their suppliers have produced major payoffs in next- generation technologies. These projects are led by for-profit companies but often involve universities as partners and frequently take the form of joint ventures between large and small companies or companies in different sectors that would otherwise find it difficult to collaborate.

If you arrived in a car, truck, or bus, NIST helped you to get here. Manufacturing a car requires more than 15,000 parts and accessories. These parts must fit and work together perfectly even if made by many different companies, in different countries.

NIST provides U.S. automakers with the tools to ensure that a centimeter in Milwaukee is the same as a centimeter in Malaysia. NIST also co-funds research on advanced auto technologies and provides technical and business assistance to small manufacturers such as auto suppliers.