Robert T. Sanders, Managing Director of Applied Surface Technology, reported: “We look forward to the exciting challenges and opportunities associated in partnering with DFI to establish a lasting and thriving business in New Mexico with such innovative technology”.
Guillermo U. Seta, Executive Director of DFI, stated: “This new strategic alliance is mainly focused on the expansion of the US market and highly oriented toward R&D, given the abundance of technology resources and the access that AST will provide to us in New Mexico, a natural location for scientific developments.”
New Mexico, the 47th US state (admitted in 1912) with a population of under 2M, leads the US in high-tech exports - $2.35 billion in 2000- with over 900 hi-tech companies and is widely recognized in for its technology capacity, ranking in the US:
First in hi-tech exports as a percentage of total state exports. (USDOC, Census Bureau, MISER)
Second among the 50 states in PhD scientists and engineers as a percentage of the civilian work force. (National Science Foundation, 1999)
Second in federal obligations for research and development (National Science Foundation, Fiscal Year 1998)
Second in R & D intensity. (R & D as a percentage of GSP - National Science Foundation, March 2001)
Three federal research laboratories, three growing research universities and three developing research parks drive New Mexico's hi-tech growth: Air Force Research Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory.
"Plant some scientists in the middle of a desert and technology will blossom." Avionics Magazine, June 2000
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