Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, Inc. (“AFFOA”)
Made in America Policy Statement
This document sets forth AFFOA’s Principles and Tenets of Foreign Engagement and AFFOA’s Made in America commitment.
AFFOA is deeply committed to accelerating U.S. based manufacturing of as part of its overall mission to enable a manufacturing-based revolution by transforming traditional fibers, yarns, and fabrics into highly sophisticated, integrated and networked devices and systems.
These principles and practices are consistent with that goal, while at the same time recognizing that some foreign engagement is necessary to accomplish the AFFOA mission.
These principles and tenets operate under Government Prime Contract W15QKN-16-3-0001.
This document covers intellectual property (IP) non-exclusively licensed through AFFOA’s 1-stop licensing program, background IP licensed for proprietary projects, and IP invested in by AFFOA through its roadmap projects.
AFFOA allows government, industry and academia to come together with the goal of organizing the currently fragmented U.S. capabilities into a coherent ecosystem to better position the U.S. relative to global competition. AFFOA is dedicated to securing U.S. leadership in revolutionary fibers and textiles product (RFT) manufacturing. However, AFFOA understands that there are situations in which end-to-end manufacturing of RFT products is not be commercially feasible. Thus, the following principles apply:
It is AFFOA’s policy that the IP protected fiber or fabric components of an RFT product must be manufactured in the US. By way of example:
• IP protected components that must be manufactured in US:
• Energy storing fabrics in a running shoe
• Climate control fibers
• Non IP protected components that need not be manufactured in US:
• Standard shoelace
Foreign Engagement in the AFFOA Membership
AFFOA’s members must be incorporated in the United States. For corporations with affiliates outside of the U.S., the AFFOA-funded research must occur in the U.S. and the IP-protected fiber and fabric components of RFT products that result from that research must be manufactured in the U.S., per the principles outlined above.
Approved by Board: March 23, 2017
Approved by Government: April 27, 2017