NextFlex’s Technology Hub Complies with ITAR Standards for Manufacturing of Defense Equipment


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NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute, has announced that its Technology Hub’s fabrication facility in San Jose now complies with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) standards.

NextFlex’s Quality System adheres to the intent of the ITAR standards for the export of defense-related articles, services and technology on the U.S. Munitions List (USML). All defense device products and components produced at the NextFlex facility will be manufactured consistently to meet these requirements, which include standards for military electronics, materials, guidance equipment and related items.

“The inclusion of ITAR compliant practices is another strong indicator of our commitment to serving our customers with quality and regulatory excellence,” said Art Wall, director of Fab Operations at NextFlex. “The NextFlex Technology Hub is now ITAR compliant, meaning that the necessary controls are in place to ensure that all regulated data and product and project information is cyber-secured and physically quarantined. This quality framework assures customers that the devices manufactured at NextFlex are fully compliant with current applicable regulations.”

As part of its mission to advanced FHE manufacturing in the U.S., NextFlex’s facility has two cleanrooms for printing, device integration and lab space for testing and measurement.

With all relevant defense devices produced at this facility now ITAR-compliant, and with the Army and Air Force research laboratories and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane serving important roles on NextFlex’s technical councils, both large defense contractors and startups alike can ensure they are meeting the needs and requirements of America’s military. This includes filling the gap between prototyping and full-scale manufacturing in a low-risk, cost-efficient way by using NextFlex’s full complement of FHE design, development and manufacturing services. Now, with ITAR-compliant manufacturing underway at NextFlex, an important bridge for NextFlex agency partners has been established.

Earlier this year NextFlex announced that its Technology Hub complies with FDA standards for the manufacture of medical devices.

About NextFlex

NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute, is a leading force in the Manufacturing USA network of institutes. Formed through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and FlexTech Alliance, NextFlex is a consortium of companies, academic institutions, non-profits and state, local and federal governments with a shared goal of advancing U.S. manufacturing of FHE. Since its formation in 2015, NextFlex’s elite team of thought leaders, educators, problem solvers and manufacturers have come together to collectively facilitate innovation, narrow the manufacturing workforce gap and promote sustainable manufacturing ecosystems. For more information, visit www.nextflex.us.

About Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE)

FHE gives everyday products the power of silicon ICs by combining them with new and unique printing processes and new materials. The result: lightweight, low-cost, flexible, conformable, stretchable and highly efficient smart products with innumerable uses for consumer, commercial and military applications.

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