Manufacturing

China is now the world's largest manufacturer of passenger vehicles.

The U.S. share of global passenger vehicle production fell by almost half from 1999 to 2008 (15 percent to 8 percent), as the Chinese share rocketed from less than 2 percent to nearly 13 percent, making China now the world's largest manufacturer of passenger vehicles. The United States' longtime strength in machine tools has evaporated, with U.S. production of machine tools falling to 5 percent and China's rising to 35 percent. While manufacturing is hard hit, isn't the U.S. high-tech industry doing well? Not really. Read more »

China's Indigenous Innovation Policy and the Semiconductor Industry

December 13, 2012 - 9:00am - 10:30am
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
Suite 610A
Washington
District of Columbia
20005

China’s semiconductor industry poses an interesting advanced manufacturing puzzle: Why is it that, despite massive government efforts to build indigenous innovation and production capabilities, Chinese firms still play a very limited role in semiconductor production, integrated circuit design, and innovation? Read more »

Why America Needs a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

December 11, 2012 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Capitol Visitor Center
United States Capitol
HVC 200
Washington
DC
20510

In perhaps the boldest initiative to revitalize American manufacturing since the 1988 passage of the Omnibus Foreign Trade and Competitiveness Act, the Obama Administration has proposed investing $1 billion―to be matched by private and state funds―to create a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Read more »

Why America Needs a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

December 11, 2012
| Reports

America needs a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. This paper sets forth the argument for this proposition in two parts. The first part makes the case for an innovation-centered national manufacturing policy. It lays out key challenges facing the U.S. manufacturing sector, advances reasons why the nation should care about manufacturing, and sets forth the rationale for an active federal role in fostering manufacturing innovation. Crucially, this role should be catalytic, not directive; federal actions should spur other key players, especially the private sector, into action and foster stronger collaboration among them.

The second half of the paper articulates five key principles that should govern the design of the NNMI. These principles are:

  • A focus within each of the NNMI’s constituent Institutes on significant, industry-defined innovation challenges, particularly in process innovation;
  • Support for the full innovation process, including technology roadmapping, applied research, operation of demonstration facilities and testbeds that benefit small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs), education and training at all levels, and development of standards and credentials;
  • Collaboration among academia, business, government, and other partners, led by manufacturers;
  • A bottom-up competitive process, managed by the federal government, to identify innovation focus areas and select collaborative teams;
  • Private-public co-investment, with manufacturers providing about 50 percent of each Institute’s resources and federal and state agencies carrying most of the balance.

Why America Needs a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation

December 11, 2012
America needs a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

In perhaps the boldest initiative to revitalize American manufacturing since the 1988 passage of the Omnibus Foreign Trade and Competitiveness Act, the Obama Administration has proposed investing $1 billion―to be matched by private and state funds―to create a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). The Institutes that make up the Network would each focus on a significant, industry-defined innovation challenge. Read more »

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A U.S. Apple Factory May Be Robot City

Computerworld
One of the potentially significant things about the Apple announcement is it could send a message to American companies, you can make this work here.

“The Atlantic” Story of American Manufacturing Renaissance? Think Again

December 3, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

"Comeback: Why the Future of Industry is In America" wrongly breeds complacency. If claims of an industry rebound are continually fostered, Washington can continue to ignore manufacturing and not put in place necessary policies.

Germany's Secret to Staving off the Eurocrisis? Manufacturing.

The Christian Science Monitor
Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a leading think tank in Washington, says the strong health of Germany’s Mittelstand results from Germany’s deeply-rooted "engineering culture."

Advanced Technologies and the U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance

October 23, 2012
| Presentations

ITIF president Rob Atkinson will moderate a Microsoft Conversation on U.S. manufacturing on October 23, 2012. In an election cycle marked by many divisive issues, both parties have identified the creation of jobs in the manufacturing sector as key to America’s economic success. Policy makers and industry leaders are looking with optimism to the potential for a “manufacturing renaissance” to strengthen American growth and competitiveness.

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