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Advanced Manufacturing & Materials

Wichita looks forward.

The City is the leading manufacturing-specialized region in the United States and home to the most highly trained and advanced workers in the world, making Wichita a global center for advanced manufacturing and materials development. This is where aerospace, engineering, research, and materials development converge.


Spirit Aerosystems

The City is home to Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) which provides research, training and development of cutting edge technology for the aviation industry. WSU is the #1 university for industry-funded aeronautical research and development through NIAR.

Wichita State University has also partnered with national consulting firm Deloitte to create the first ever smart manufacturing facility on WSU’s campus. According to Deloitte, the smart factory “offers an opportunity in which the digital, physical, and experimental come together so you can experience the advanced manufacturing methods and technologies at the heart of digital transformation. The new, cutting-edge facility will help companies better understand how to merge existing technologies with new innovations and create dialogue about how companies can take their first steps to create sustainable investments.” The smart factory includes additive manufacturing, collaborative robotics, advanced materials and composites, automation, reverse engineering, and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) prototyping simulators to assist companies with creating their own smart factories.

Our manufacturers have taken the same skills and technologies they use to support the aviation industry to supply the globe with specialized parts. Your company can benefit from our talent too.

A quick view of some of the companies who are located in the Greater Wichita region provides a powerful perspective on our global impact, including Siemens Gamesa, Massey Ferguson, York, GE Aviation, Rubbermaid and Pfizer.

Key Factors

  • Wichita ranks first in manufacturing jobs as a percentage of all jobs, according to the Brookings Institution.
  • Sedgwick County is a Foreign Trade Zone, exempting manufacturers from paying duty or federal excise tax while goods remain in the zone or are exported.