Manufacturing

Obama Bets on 3-D Printers, Public-Private Ventures in Bid to Revive U.S. Manufacturing

E&E News
A manufacturing "ecosystem" with significant participation from small and medium-sized enterprises must be a key component of the innovation economy.

Is the Glass Half Empty? Two Views of the U.S. Trajectory

Wall Street Journal
Rosy projections of a U.S. manufacturing recovery ignore reality and fail to focus on the policy measures needed to regain production of high-tech goods.

Legislation to Revitalize American Manufacturing on Congress’s Docket this Fall

September 3, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

While two new pieces of legislation deserve Congress’s full and bipartisan support to revitalize American manufacturing, they will also need to be complemented by a serious reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act.

ITIF Challenges the Boston Consulting Group to a Wager on the Number of American Manufacturing Jobs Added by 2020

Software Employment Rises 45% in 10 Years, as Angst in Engineering Grows

Computer World
The decline in engineering employment is a clear reflection of the U.S. losing the race for global innovation advantage in manufacturing.

Waiting for Onshoring

July 17, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

To listen to most discussions of U.S. manufacturing these days one would not be faulted for believing that we have turned the ship of decline around, that production jobs are coming back and that the on-shoring good times are finally here. Unfortunately this storyline does not hold up to critical analysis.

Top US States for New Manufacturing Jobs

CNBC
Manufacturing in the U.S. declined more in the last decade than it did in the Great Depression.

Singapore Looks to a National Productivity Strategy to Maintain Growth

June 17, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Singapore has a remarkable history of economic growth, proving doubters wrong. Currently they are pursuing a range of deliberate policies to help private industry increase productivity and keep the small nation competitive and growing.

“Fab Lab” Bill Would Stimulate Manufacturing Innovation

April 29, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced The National Fab Lab Network Act of 2013 (H.R. 1289), which would create a federal charter for a non-profit organization called “The National Fab Lab Network” (NFLN). NFLN would act as a public-private partnership whose purpose is to facilitate the creation of a national network of fab labs and serve as a resource to assist stakeholders with their effective operation. As ITIF writes in Fifty Ways to Leave Your Competitiveness Woes Behind: A National Traded Sector Competitiveness Strategy, there are several additional steps policymakers should take to foster the maker movement in addition to supporting Congressman Foster’s Fab Lab bill.

Technology is Not the Problem — It Is the Solution

April 25, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

While productivity-enhancing technologies sometimes result in short-term job loss, rather than make misguided arguments, pundits should embrace technology-led productivity, while at the same time promoting policies that can assist workers in adjusting to the changing environment. This includes stronger investments in retraining and applied technology programs and reforms to our current unemployment safety net, which is full of holes. Fundamentally, the continued expansion of technology and innovation is necessary for the growth and expansion of 21st century society. By embracing the machine we are all better off.

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