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    Automation Federation recognized as one of 100 world-class companies by Frost & Sullivan in its 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards

    Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (21 February 2013) -Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council, a global business leadership network dedicated to senior executives in the manufacturing industry, yesterday recognized the Automation Federation as one of 100 world-class manufacturing companies in its 2013 Leadership 100 Awards (ML100 Awards) program.

    According to a press release distributed by Frost & Sullivan, a global consulting company, recipients of the ML100 Awards are shaping the future of global manufacturing, and distinguish themselves by "embracing innovation and enabling their companies to anticipate and respond to customers with unmatched agility."

    Award nominations were judged across 11 categories. The Automation Federation is one of seven award recipients in the "New Workforce" category.

    The award, in particular, recognizes the significant partnership formed in 2012 between the Automation Federation and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), which is designed to expand automation instruction among community colleges in the US, and greatly increase the number of community college graduates with the technology training needed for careers in advanced manufacturing.

    Through the partnership, community colleges within the AACC-particularly those located in largely industrial areas experiencing significant shortages of qualified manufacturing workers-have the opportunity to join with the Automation Federation as members of a workforce development consortium called the Automation Community College Consortium. The consortium will assess local workforce needs in creating and implementing factory and process automation curricula, technical training, and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-recognized automation certifications as part of the National Skills Certification developed by the Manufacturing Institute.

    All of these efforts are meant to close the mounting and increasingly critical skills gap of technically qualified workers, which experts say is inhibiting the growth of smart manufacturing and technological advancement in America.

    "The Automation Federation is honored to be recognized for its efforts to build the next generation of automation professionals and stimulate growth in advanced manufacturing through the Automation Community College Consortium," says Michael Marlowe, Automation Federation Managing Director and Government Relations Director. "Being honored as a 2013 Leadership 100 Award recipient reflects our ongoing commitment to and the progress we're making in workforce development for advanced manufacturing."

    The 2013 ML100 Award winners are located in countries throughout the world, including the US, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Switzerland. The winners will be honored on May 15 at a celebration that follows the ninth annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Palm Beach, Florida, USA, a gathering of manufacturing leaders from around the globe.

    About the Manufacturing Leadership Council

    The Manufacturing Leadership Council of Frost & Sullivan is the world's first member-driven, global business leadership network dedicated to senior executives in the manufacturing industry. The Manufacturing Leadership Council's mission is to help senior executives define and shape a better future for themselves, their organizations, and the industry at large.

    The Council produces an extensive portfolio of leadership networking, information, and professional development products, programs, and services, including the Manufacturing Executive Website, an online global business network with over 5,000 members worldwide; the Manufacturing Leadership Council, an invitation-only executive organization of over 100 members; the annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit; the Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards; and the Manufacturing Leadership Journal. For more information, visitwww.MLCouncil.com.

    About Frost & Sullivan

    Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants. 

    Our "Growth Partnership" supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

    For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community.

    About the Automation Federation

    The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization of fifteen (15) member organizations engaged in automation activities. The Automation Federation enables its members to more effectively fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is the "Voice of Automation." For more information about the Automation Federation, visit www.automationfederation.org