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Troy, Mich., September 13, 2022Cynthia Hutchison, CEO and Head of the US Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, was pleased to be a panelist at the 2022 Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference, held on September 13 in Detroit.

The panel discussion examined the role of automation across multiple industries, including apparel and automotive​. Hutchison joined Leonard Marano, President, Americas of Lectra and Frank Henderson, President & Owner of Henderson Sewing Machine Company for a lively conversation.

As CEO and Head of Centre, Hutchison leads efforts to engage the national manufacturing ecosystem through local, national, and international projects and activities that accelerate the transition toward advanced manufacturing. She directs programming that helps shape the global agenda on the future of production, strengthen the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in the United States, and marries new technology and processes with valuable, tried manufacturing practices.

“I was eager to participate in this conversation because part of our work at the Centre is to help expand advanced manufacturing practices and technologies into a variety of industries, such as the sewn product industry, so this was a perfect opportunity to engage in dialogue that furthers the sewn products industry’s transformation,” Hutchison said.

The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) is the industry association for suppliers to the sewn products industry, which includes apparel, upholstered furniture, home textiles, transportation interiors, leather goods, footwear, industrial textiles, and more. These suppliers are manufacturers and distributors of machinery, systems, technology, supply chain solutions, equipment, and parts, along with other products and services used for the development, manufacture, or distribution of sewn products. It’s our mission at SPESA to provide members with the highest quality networking, education, and advocacy for advancing their businesses within the global sewn products industry.

About the US Centre for Advanced Manufacturing
The US Centre for Advanced Manufacturing convenes national and global manufacturing innovators from academia, technology, manufacturing and civil society to accelerate and strengthen transformation in the digital environment and create action-oriented ecosystems across industries and disciplines. The Centre is the first US entity to operate in partnership with the World Economic Forum to advance its global manufacturing initiatives and is one of 15 World Economic Forum Centres for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Learn why forward-looking manufacturers seek out the US Centre for Advanced Manufacturing for guidance in their transformation journey by visiting our website.