CMTC – The Navy’s Center of Excellence for Composites Manufacturing Technology
Established in 2000 as the Navy’s Center of Excellence for composites manufacturing technology, CMTC is one of nine Centers of Excellence that serve as technology resources to the Office of Naval Research under the Navy Manufacturing Technology Program (MANTECH). CMTC develops technologies have application to modern DoD aircraft, surface ships, submarines, land vehicles, and associated weapons and missiles.
The primary goal of CMTC is to fund projects that drive manufacturing improvements and ultimately reduce the cost and time required to build and maintain Navy platforms.
Project selection is the key process for the Center, which begins when ONR consults with the Navy’s acquisition community to determine which programs will be the focus of CMTC projects for the coming year. CMTC contacts the primes and program offices of those platforms to identify the manufacturing technology issues that most affect them. This set of issues is analyzed in a down-select process that determines what projects best serve the program objectives and promise to deliver the best return on investment within available funding. CMTC continuously seeks out the best, most state-of-the-art developments in composite materials manufacturing to ensure the technologies leveraged to the Navy platforms remain best in the world.
CMTC is a partnership of the Nation’s shipbuilders and aircraft manufacturers, strengthened by relationships with capability-specific technology providers, engineers, research institutions and other as-needed project members that deliver ‘on-point’ process and product-focused solutions. Any company that is part of the US defense industrial base may participate.
The CMTC team has the diverse expertise to develop innovations that reduce the cost and time to build and repair US Navy platforms.