Chattanooga Is the New Home of International Technology Institute, First in U.S. | Business

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Aug. October 2021–

Peak Performance Inc., a Chattanooga company, hosted the ribbon cutting at the Volkswagen Academy for the Smart Factory Institute, the first of its kind in the United States. Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger led the cutting of the ribbon along with Denise Rice, President and CEO of Peak Performance, President and CEO of the Tennessee Manufacturers Association, Bradley Jackson, Volkswagen CEO, Thomas du Plessis, and UTC Chancellor Dr. Steven Angle.

Speeches were made by the Governor of Tennessee, Bill Lee, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Dr. Bernd Althusmann. The speakers praised the enthusiasm for the international cooperation: “We are proud that the Deutsche Messe Technology Academy, together with our partners Volkswagen and Peak Performance, succeeded in getting this project off the ground as part of an international academy network in the USA . “Added Governor Lee,” Manufacturing is a major engine of the Tennessee economy and is a key driver of Tennessee employment across our state. I look forward to seeing Tennessee thrive across the region as a result of this powerful partnership. “

The Chattanooga Smart Factory Institute is a business-led initiative led by the Tennessee Manufacturers Association and will improve the manufacturing climate in the state of manufacturing technology. The institute is part of a worldwide network of Deutsche Messe academies in Germany, China and South Africa.

On its opening day, the Smart Factory Institute signed its first technology partner, Senswork Inc., before the ribbon was cut. Senswork Inc. of Johnson City, TN, is now part of the international technology alliance. Today was described as a “historic day” by Thomas Rilke, CEO of the Deutsche Messe Technology Academy. Denise Rice, President & CEO of Peak Performance, said, “With its global reach to technology partners, the Smart Factory Institute will enable our employees to access newer technologies and facilitate the transition to newer technologies.”

Mary Beth Hudson of Peak Performance, Executive Director of the Smart Factory Institute, opened the ceremony with the words: “The Smart Factory Institute will encourage collaboration between suppliers and users of new technologies to strengthen manufacturing in our region. We will provide training on this latest technology with live equipment demonstrations to create skilled workforce who can meet the needs of Industry 4.0. “

Thomas du Plessis, CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga Operations, explained how the Smart Factory Institute will support manufacturers and workers in adopting Industry 4.0. “Today’s average line marks the end of an intensive preparation phase and the beginning of enormous opportunities for manufacturers, not just for us, but for all manufacturers.” He continues: “The industry is changing and adapting quickly, our transition to electric vehicles is on Example of this. ” [ ] the car in the US is really part of our lifestyle and this car is going through a transformation with electrification, autonomous driving and increased connectivity and is pushing the limits of what would have been seen a few years ago. “

Other attendees included Tennessee State Senators Mike Bell and Todd Gardenhire, Tennessee State Representatives Robin Smith, Esther Helton and Yusuf Hakeem, and Tennessee State Commissioner Jeff McCord. Thomas Rilke, CEO of the Deutsche Messe Technology Academy, took part via Zoom. The governor of Tennessee, Bill Lee, the US Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Haggerty, the Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Messe, Dr. Jochen Köckler, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Dr. Bernd Althusmann.

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