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Tennessee Manufacturing Ecosystem

The Tennessee Manufacturing Ecosystem comprises a number of entities between the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The ecosystem enables all aspects of basic science, lab and intermediate scale, prototype, manufacturing from low volume to full scale and end of life recycling. The ecosystem enables unique opportunities for workforce development, training of next-generation scientists and engineers. These facilities and assets are within a 25-mile radius and one of its kind in the world.


University of Tennessee, Knoxville



Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (ORNL)
    • Intermediate to large-scale composite fabrication
    • Hybrid materials
      Additive – Conventional Composites
  • Carbon Fiber Technology¬†Facility (ORNL)
    • Low-cost textile & lignin precursor carbon fiber
    • 25 ton per year carbon fiber production
    • Custom sizing and characterization
  • Building Technologies Team (ORNL)
    • MAXLAB for construction materials testing and characterization
    • Building technologies R&D
  • Bredesen Center¬†(ORNL-UT)
  • Carbon Fiber Research Group (ORNL)
    • Carbon fiber science
    • Custom melt spinning
    • Activated carbon R&D
    • Carbon precursors



IACMI, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

  • IACMI Headquarters/CCS/University of Tennessee Research Foundation
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Purdue University
  • Michigan State University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Dayton Research Institute
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Colorado State University
  • 160+ member companies
  • Center for Recycled Technology of Composites
  • Center for Composites Protoyping
  • American Composites Manufacturing Association
  • Adhesive and Sealants Council
  • JEC Composites



East Tenessee Composites Coalition

  • Tennessee Economic Development Council
  • About 20 companies in the East Tennessee region
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

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