Diversity of IRI Membership Deepens with 11 New Companies in 2015

Diversity of IRI Membership Deepens with 11 New Companies in 2015


Arlington, VA (July 8, 2015)—As the only technology association serving every industry, the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) broadened the diversity of its membership base this year with the addition of 11 companies and U.S. federal labs. The organization now boasts of just over 200 member organizations which, together, make up a large portion of U.S. GDP. The 11 organizations joining IRI in 2015 range from electronics and automotive R&D to food and specialty chemicals to particle physics and even space research.

“Regardless of the industry, or the field of study, the challenges in managing innovation are often consistent across different industries,” said Ed Bernstein, president of IRI. “The broader our industry representation, the richer our networking and collaborations become. We help our members build relationships that in turn build better companies.”

The 11 companies joining IRI in 2015 are the Hyundai Motor Group,  Kraft Foods Group, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), Fermilab, HRL Laboratories, Evonik Industries, Chemtura, Spectranetics, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Ply Gem Industries, and the Polymer Group, Inc.

The Hyundai Motor Group (NYSE: HYMTF) is the fourth largest automaker worldwide after General Motors, Volkswagen, and Toyota. The global conglomerate includes the Kia Motor Group and is the largest carmaker in South Korea and second largest in Asia.  The Kraft Foods Group (NASDAQ: KRFT) is an American grocery manufacturing and processing conglomerate based in Chicago, IL. Following its 2015 merger with Heinz, Kraft now employs over 23,000 people worldwide, focusing primarily on the North American markets with its spin-off company Mondelez International handling global distribution of Kraft products.

Three U.S. federal labs join the IRI membership, including CASIS, a nonprofit, U.S. government-funded lab with research facilities on the International Space Station (ISS). It serves as the manager of the ISS’s U.S. National Lab and works to provide seed money, expertise, and research support to organizations conducting experiments there. Fermilab also joined IRI and is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) national labs specializing in high-energy particle physics. The lab used to oversee the operation of the 3.9-mile Tevatron particle accelerator, the second largest in the world after the Hadron Collider, until its closure in 2011. HRL Laboratories, formerly Hughes Research Laboratories, is a dedicated physical science and engineering research lab that is currently owned by General Motors and Boeing, both IRI members. HRL is the largest employer in Malibu, CA, and specializes in microelectronics, sensors, photonics, and high performance circuitry.

Evonik Industries (FWB: EVK), a specialty chemical company, was created in 2007 as a result of a restructuring of RAG AG, a German coal mining company. RAG’s chemicals, energy, and real estate business units became part of Evonik while the mining component stayed with the newly defined RAG. Evonik employs more than 33,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Chemtura (NYSE: CHMT) is a globalized, specialty chemical company headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The company operates 24 manufacturing plants in 12 countries and primarily serves industrial manufacturers. Spectranetics (NYSE: SPNC) is a provider of expert tools, training, and support designed to help successfully manage heart surgery and care. The company investigates ways of creating minimally invasive cardiac lead removal and vascular intervention procedures.

NAIT is a polytechnic and applied sciences institute based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It offers a wide range of career training, applied research activities, and educational services to help meet the demands of Alberta’s tech- and knowledge-based industries. Ply Gem Industries (NYSE: PGEM) is a building products company based in North Carolina and has been an industry pioneer for over 70 years specializing in what they call “The Designed Exterior.” Polymer Group Inc. is a North Carolina-based engineered materials company that specializes in nonwovens for the healthcare, hygiene, wipes, technical specialties, building, and geosynthetics markets.

For more information about joining IRI, contact Gary Schiffres at Schiffres@iriweb.org or Al Rodriguez at Rodriguez@iriweb.org.
About the Industrial Research Institute (IRI)
The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) is an organization of 200+ industrial and service companies having a common interest in the effective management of technological innovation. IRI member companies span diverse industries and represent a substantial portion of our nation’s gross domestic product. IRI is the only cross-industry organization creating innovation leadership solutions and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation. For more information, call 703-647-2580 or visit www.iriweb.org.