> (INFOTEST/NCMS) InfoTEST - NCMS Announce Merger; Joining Forces Creates the
> Largest Manufacturing-Related Information Technology Consortium in U.S. History
> (Business Wire; 12/16/97)
> DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ANN ARBOR, Mich.--Dec. 16, 1997-- InfoTEST
> International (InfoTEST), a Denver-based corporation seeking to speed up
> acceptance of the Internet as a mainstream channel for business, has announced
> that it will merge with the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS),
> the largest cross-industry consortium in the United States.
> "Together, we have created the largest manufacturing-related information
> technology consortium in U.S. history," said Troy Eid, Chief Operating Officer
> of InfoTEST. "The Internet and other information technologies are integral to
> every aspect of manufacturing today, and they will be even more essential in
> the future," he added. "This is a dramatic step toward keeping U.S.
> manufacturing globally competitive."
> Under the terms of the January 1 merger, InfoTEST members will become
> members of NCMS. The InfoTEST Board of Directors, headed by Bill Monahan,
> Chairman and CEO of Imation Corp., will become a sector within NCMS that will
> focus on information technology. The merged organization will be located at
> NCMS headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich.
> "We needed a strong information technology sector and InfoTEST fills that
> role nicely," said John Sheridan, acting director of the new NCMS sector.
> "It's estimated that U.S. business will spend about $70 billion next year on
> electronic commerce and the Internet," he added. "E-business will change
> manufacturing more than any other factor in the next decade. "
> "Business-to-business commerce is a huge near-term opportunity for the
> Internet, and that's exactly where InfoTEST is positioned," added Sheridan.
> "Our immediate plans are for automotive, environmental and health care
> partnerships this year."
> InfoTEST (www.infotest.com) members include: Imation Corp.; Global Commerce
> Link; 3M; Agility Forum; Bellcore; Bay Networks; Caterpillar; CyberOptions;
> Hewlett-Packard Co.; Hughes Telecommunications & Space; i-Planet; IBM Corp.;
> The Knowledge Webb, Inc.; Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Sandia National
> Laboratories; NCR Corp.; Sprint; Texas Instruments; U.S.Postal Service; U.S.
> General Services Administration; University of New Hampshire; and West Virginia
> NCMS, which is funded by its members and competitive government grants, has
> 178 North American industry members and 51 ongoing collaborative projects,
> totaling about $70 million annually. NCMS (www.ncms.org) develops programs
> with 17 large companies, such as AT&T, Kodak, the Big 3 automakers and Lockheed
> Martin, complemented by more than 120 small and medium businesses that are the
> innovators and suppliers to North American manufacturing.
> CONTACT: AdCafe Inc., Denver
> Dale Jones/Cinamon Watson, 303/825-3757
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