Advanced Electronics & Controls,
Oakland County's Advanced Electronics industry focuses on: biotechnology and medical devices, defense and military, automotive electronics, consumer electronics, aerospace electronics, telecommunications, and computer engineering.
At least 130 electronics-related companies – more than 26 percent – of Michigan's computer and electronic product manufacturers are located in Oakland County, employing more than 4,500 people.
Michigan will receive the largest financial jolt from a $2.4 billion package of federal grants to develop battery systems and next-generation electric vehicles. Eleven Michigan manufacturers and research facilities will receive more than $1 billion in grants awarded through the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the stimulus program approved by Congress.
The largest percentage of Oakland County electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing firms are in the relay and industrial controls industry sector.
Eight Michigan university research centers have over 25 projects related to Advanced Electronics.
Advanced Materials & Chemicals,
Seventy Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology firms in Oakland County employ over 5,700 people. In addition, there are over 60 plastic manufacturers and almost 20 rubber manufacturers.
Companies that chose Oakland County include:
Akzo Novel Coatings Inc.
LG Chemical Ltd
Henkel Surface Technology
Solvay Engineered Polymers
Twelve Michigan universities have research centers and laboratories
related to Advanced Materials & Chemicals.
Oakland University established a NanoTech Research and Development
Institute on its Rochester campus. The institute recruits accomplished
faculty and enlist motivated student researchers, and builds collaborative
partnerships with industry to investigate ideas with real-world applications.
Michigan organizations available to support Advanced Materials & Chemicals firms include: Michigan Molecular Institute, Michigan Manufacturers Association,
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center,
American Concrete Institute.
Emerging Sectors targets Advanced Materials & Chemicals has resulted in more than $24 million
of new investment and over 130 new jobs for the
region in five years.
The largest percent of chemical manufacturers in
Oakland County produce paints, coatings, and adhesives
followed by pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing.
Aerospace, Aerospace product manufacturing was one of 20
industries forecast to grow here between 2008 and 2011. Boeing conducts
business with over 286 Michigan-based suppliers resulting in purchases
of over $552 million.
Forty-seven percent of Oakland County's electrical equipment, appliance and component manufacturing firms are in the
relay and industrial controls industry. In addition, 16 percent of the
firms produce switchgears/switchboards or current-carrying wiring
Oakland County aerospace manufacturers are top industry performers. Williams International of Walled Lake has been voted No. 1 by Professional Pilot Magazine in after sale product support for the past 11 years.
History has proven that Michigan's work force can successfully apply automotive manufacturing skills to the aerospace industry. The Ford Willow Run plant produced B-24 bombers throughout WWII, reaching astonishing
production levels of 25 aircraft per day. During WWII, a Lawrence Technological University alumnus developed the high wing/rear door design still used in cargo aircraft worldwide.
There are nine Michigan universities with departments and/or programs that are associated with the aerospace industry.
Lawrence Technological University's Center for Innovative Materials Research (CIMR) is a $3.2 million, 7,200-square-foot nationally recognized laboratory that specializes in the development of innovative materials and focuses on finding new applications for carbon fiber composites, ceramics and polymers.
According to U.S. News, the University of Michigan Engineering School is ranked 9th in the nation. Since it was established in 1914, the Department of Aerospace Engineering at
UM has been recognized as one of the leading aerospace departments in
the country. Currently, the university's Aerospace Engineering program
is ranked 5th in the nation (tied with Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University).
Aerospace companies in Southeast Michigan have access to six airports throughout the product development process.
Founded in 2007, the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA)
supports manufacturers in their diversification efforts into the
aerospace industry. MAMA has grown to 50 members and helped secure more
than $32 million in new business from the aerospace industry.
Oakland County is considered the brains of the automotive industry in Michigan and a global leader in engineering and research and development.
The county has the third-highest number of technical workers in the nation and more than 70 percent of Southeast Michigan's top original equipment manufacturers are headquartered in Oakland County.
Our skilled workforce engineering and R&D workforce is increasing to meet the demands of the comeback of the auto industry. Such global automotive leaders as Chrysler, Lear and Meritor have their headquarters in Oakland County.
Alternative Energy & Power Generation, The Great Lakes are the largest and potentially greatest source of wind energy on the eastern two-thirds of the United States.
Michigan could rank among the top 20 states in wind energy
production, with the potential to produce 7,460 megawatts, enough to
power 1.9 million to 2.2 million homes a year.
A state mandate requiring utility companies to generate at
least 10 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2015 has
spurred an explosion of new wind energy businesses in Michigan.
Alternative Energy companies that chose Oakland County include:
Energy Conversion Devices
Uni Solar Windstar Power Company
The Federal Government allotted $2.4 billion for advanced battery and electric-vehicle projects across the country. More than half will go to Michigan companies.
State officials predict that battery projects will create almost 7,000 jobs in the next 18 months and 40,000 by 2020.
Oakland County has nearly 30,000 engineers, equipping the
region with the know-how to propel alternative energy concepts to
tangible, market-ready products.
NextEnergy Tax Incentives & Education Grants
is a non-profit corporation founded to advance the alternative energy
industry in Michigan. Michigan NextEnergy Authority (MNEA) certified
companies have access to several state-wide incentives. NextEnergy
education grants for Michigan colleges and universities
ensure curriculum development and an advanced work force focused on
alternative energy technologies.
Oakland County's Alternative Energy Research Focus:
- Close to 20,000 acres of corn are grown every year for biotech purposes (ethanol)
- The Great Lakes surrounding Michigan contain the largest
supply of fresh water in the world - 20 percent of the world's fresh
Communications and Information Technology , Over 36 percent of Michigan's custom computer programming service firms are located in Oakland County.
Communications & Information Technology companies that chose Oakland County include:
R. L. Polk
SAP America Inc.
Tecnomatix Technologies Inc.
There are over 30 research projects and almost 30 research centers related
to Communications & Information Technology at Michigan universities.
Our Emerging Sectors initiative targeting Communications & Information
Technology has resulted in more than $167 million of new investment and
over 3,100 new jobs for the region in five years.
These Innovators below came from Michigan Universities:
Tony Fadell - creator of the Apple iPod
Charles Hutchins - creator of CAE (computer aided engineering)Bill Joy - founder of Sun Microsystems
Thomas and John Knoll - co-creators of Adobe Photoshop
Larry Page - co-founder of Google, Inc.
Oakland County's leading engineering and manufacturing talent will help you bring your communications and IT products to market faster and cheaper.
Robotics & Automation,
Sixty-eight percent of Michigan's robotics companies are in Oakland County.
Eighty-five Robotics & Automation firms here employ over 4.400 people. Some of the companies that chose us include:
Fanuc Robotics America
KEBA Automation Motoman Robotics
Nachi Robotic Systems
OCCRA generates enthusiasm for technical and academic disciplines like design, engineering, physics and electronics. Participants learn about the diverse technical career options available in Michigan.
Ten Michigan universities offer 16 research centers and
laboratories for Robotics & Automation companies, conducting more
than 35 robotics-related research projects.
Our Emerging Sectors initiative targeting Robotics &
Automation has resulted in more than $21 million of new investment and
over 220 new jobs for the region in five years.
Defense & Homeland Security, Our Defense and Homeland Security sector is comprised of companies that produce goods and services for border protection, physical and virtual security, emergency response and threat detection. Examples include explosive detection, infrastructure protection, investigative support and forensics, physical security, military vehicle manufacturing and surveillance support.
Products developed by various industries may have defense and homeland security applications.
At least 85 Oakland County-based companies offer products and services for defense and homeland security. Many of these companies are concentrated in Troy and Southfield.
Oakland Community College's 22-acre Combined Regional Emergency Services Training (CREST) Center provides police, fire and EMT personnel with scenario-based training. The FBI, the Secret Service, and the Oakland County Sheriff's Special Response Team stage real-life training exercises at the unique facility.
Lawrence Technological University's Center for Innovative Materials Research (CIMR)
is a $3.2 million, 7200 square-foot nationally recognized laboratory.
CIMR develops innovative materials for the defense and homeland security
Our Emerging Sectors initiative targeting Defense &
Homeland Security has generated over $29 million in new investment and
over 900 new jobs in the past five years.