Originally published by Industry Week on Jan. 15, 2020
The Barnes Group Advisors (TBGA), the largest independent advanced manufacturing engineering consultancy, has released an impact study revealing the overall economic benefits of an additive manufacturing production campus at Pittsburgh International Airport.
According to the study, the innovative industrial park at Pittsburgh International Airport will create nearly 6,000 jobs over the next decade and will generate about $2.2 billion in wages over that same time period. The authors note that Neighborhood 91 will act as a catalyst for additive manufacturing AM industrialization and innovation with the creation of a cost-efficient ecosystem and the collection of smart people.
Research also shows that R&D and workforce development investments have a spillover benefit to other actors across the industrial spectrum. In other words, entities other than those carrying out the work can also enjoy higher productivity and revenues as a result of the Neighborhood 91 investments. These spillovers relate to various types of knowledge transfer such as those resulting from: customer-supplier relationships; collaborations, consortia, and associations; copying of best practices as they become public knowledge; and the movement of knowledgeable and skilled individuals between companies.
In November 2019, the Pittsburgh International Airport announced the development of this first-ever global epicenter for 3D printing / additive manufacturing. The development, named Neighborhood 91, is being developed in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh and will be built adjacent to the airport terminal and runway as part of the 195-acre Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus. Neighborhood 91 has already signed on Arencibia as its first tenant.