A sustainable, high-tech ecosystem

How AFFOA works

AFFOA’s mission is to enable a manufacturing-based revolution by transforming traditional fibers, yarns, and fabrics into highly sophisticated, integrated and networked devices and systems.

Guiding principles:

  • Lasting Institute – AFFOA is conceived and constructed with the goal of establishing a financially viable organization that will have a significant and enduring impact on the U.S. fibers and textiles manufacturing sector.
  • Dedicated Mission – AFFOA NPO’s sole purpose is to administer and carry out the mission of AFFOA.
  • Sustainability – AFFOA’s governance structure works now and will work five years from now.
  • Independence –AFFOA should be perceived and act as an independent organization and be held accountable to all of its stakeholders.
  • Transparency – Responsibilities and roles of the various components of the governance structure are clear.
  • Representation and Integration – Governance structure engenders communication and participation of AFFOA stakeholders across the AFFOA ecosystem through representative bodies.
  • Simple and efficient decision making – Governance structure enables efficient and rapid decision making and operations (not business as usual).
  • Product – Product context, product roadmaps and the ability to engage industry in proprietary ways are critical to AFFOA’s engagement of industry now and in the future.
  • Government Involvement – Governance structure enables Federal Government participation now and in the future.

Prototyping Facility

Members of AFFOA’s Fabric Innovation Network will have exclusive access to an end-to-end prototyping facility. The facility will open its door during Q2 2017.

 


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Learn here how AFFOA will transform the manufacturing industry from traditional fibers, yarns, and fabrics to highly sophisticated devices and systems.

To build a sustainable, high-tech ecosystem that captures this national opportunity, AFFOA will: