Industry groups are to meet at the beginning of next month to discuss the potential for a Fiber & Textile Innovation Manufacturing Institute that would serve as regional hub of innovation to boost US competitiveness.

The plan is part of a wider government-backed idea to set up a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) across a number of industries, designed to accelerate the development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies.

The meeting on 1 October is being held in conjunction with a US Air Force RFI (Request for Information) "from industry and academia as part of an effort to select and scope the technology focus areas for future Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs)."

The proposed institute would be funded by industry and a government grant, and would focus on developing methods to bridge the 'manufacturing innovation' gap between government and universities and the private sector.

Each Institute will be led by a not-for-profit organisation and focus on one technology area.