Analysis of the current global competitive landscape for manufacturing and the drivers that will redefine it in the future
Global Manufacturing: Foreign Government Programs Differ in some Key Respects from those in the United States
Category: Current State of MFG, Innovation, Global Competitiveness, Federal & Industry Collaboration, Education & Workforce, Regulatory and Policy Recommendations
Over the last decade, the United States lost about one-third of its manufacturing jobs, raising concerns about U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. There may be insights to glean from government policies of similarly-situated countries, which are facing some of the same challenges of increased competition in manufacturing from developing countries. At the request of the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified innovative foreign programs that support manufacturing that may help inform U.S. policy.
To listen to many economists, pundits and policymakers discuss the economics of growth it would be easy to be confused by the commonly used terms: competitiveness, innovation and productivity. These terms are often used almost interchangeably and with little precise meaning. To remedy the situation, this policy memo defines these terms and explains how each is important in driving economic prosperity.
A Clarion Call: A Look Back and a Path Forward - November 2013
The Clarion Call, A Look Back and a Path Forward provides a federal policy “report card” of actions (and lack of actions) since the Council issued a clear and concise agenda to policymakers last year, which included a road map to grow the American economy and included core principles and recommendations critical for the United States’ long term economic growth and job creation.
Other Categories: Current State of MFG, Innovation, Global Competitiveness, Federal/Industry Collaboration, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
Advanced Manufacturing in the American South: An Economic Analysis Supporting Regional Development - September 2013
This report focuses on both the economic and policy analysis associated with advanced manufacturing. The following key conclusions emerge regarding state policy and advanced manufacturing: States play a central role in promoting economic development and industrialization; This is a new era of industrial development for the SGA states; State policy in support of the advanced manufacturing sector must be carefully coordinated with other public and private entities that seek to promote economic development in order to maximize returns for state residents and the business community; A strategy for fostering the growth of advanced manufacturing should be based on carefully developed strategic plans that build on SWOT assessments of state assets and needs and include quantifiable goals and objectives.
Other Categories: Current State of MFG, Capital & Cost,Global Competitiveness, Federal/Industry Collaboration, Education & Workforce, Regulatory and Policy Recommendations
The 2012 State New Economy Index - October 2012
The 2012 State New Economy Index builds on prior State New Economy Indexes published in 1999, 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Overall, the report uses 26 indicators, divided into five key areas that best capture what is new about the New Economy: 1. Knowledge jobs; 2. Globalization; 3. Economic dynamism; 4. The digital economy; 5. Innovation capacity
Other Categories: Innovation, Global Competitiveness, Education & Workforce
2012 Facts About Modern Manufacturing - October 2012
The 2012 Edition of the Facts of Manufacturing is a collection of the key facts and figures that define the state of the U.S. manufacturing industry. The report provides 65 figures that show the importance of the manufacturing sector and challenges that our industry faces. The first section of the report focuses on the importance of U.S. manufacturing in relation to economic growth, employment, the environment, and trade/investment. Section two focuses on current and future challenges in U.S. manufacturing related to competitiveness, innovation, a skilled workforce and trade.
Other Categories: Innovation, Global Competitiveness, Education & Workforce, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations, Sustainability
On the Threshold: Refocusing U.S. Export Assistance Strategy for Manufacturers - June 2013
This report offers observations and recommendations on how to increase small and mid-size manufacturers (SMMs) SMMs’ contribution to manufacturing exports; and answers questions related to: the importance of exporting to SMMs with the greatest export growth potential, types of assistance exporters need, the importance of innovation and supply chain for growing exports, and export assistance in a a limited funding environment. The report is in support of a major joint research efforts undertaken by MEP and the U.S.Commercial Service.
Other Categories: Current State of MFG, Innovation, Federal/Industry Collaboration, Supply Chain
CUT TO INVEST Support the Designation of 20 ‘U.S. Manufacturing Universities’ - January 2013
Congress should establish an initiative to designate 20 institutions of higher education as “U.S. Manufacturing Universities” as part of a needed push to strengthen the position of the United States in the increasingly innovation-driven global economy. Today, the challenge is even greater as America competes against a wide array of nations seeking to win the race for global innovation advantage, especially in advanced manufacturing. A new cadre of federally-designated “Manufacturing Universities” that revamp their engineering programs with particular emphasis on work that is relevant to manufacturing firms while providing engineering students with real-world work experience should be part of the solution.
Other Categories: Global Competitiveness, Education & Workforce
Industrial Competitiveness and Technological Advancement: Debate Over Government Policy - December 2012
There is ongoing interest in the pace of U.S. technological advancement due to its influence on U.S. economic growth, productivity, and international competitiveness. Because technology can contribute to economic growth and productivity increases, congressional attention has focused on how to augment private-sector technological development. Legislative activity over the past 30 or more years has created a policy for technology development, albeit an ad hoc one. Because of the lack of consensus on the scope and direction of a national policy, Congress has taken an incremental approach aimed at creating new mechanisms to facilitate technological advancement in particular areas and making changes and improvements as necessary. This paper focuses on technology and competitiveness, the federal role in technology development, legislative initiatives, and current technology development programs.
Other Categories: Innovation, Federal/Industry Collaboration, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
Cooperative R&D: Federal Efforts to Promote Industrial Competitiveness - December 2012
In response to the foreign challenge in the global marketplace, the United States Congress has explored ways to stimulate technological advancement in the private sector. This paper examines the government's various efforts to promote cooperative research and development activities among industry, universities, and the federal R&D establishment designed to increase the competitiveness of American industry and to encourage the generation of new products, processes, and services. Given the increased popularity of cooperative programs, the paper looks at questions that might be raised as to whether the programs are meeting expectations. Among the issues before Congress are whether joint ventures contribute to industrial competitiveness and what role, if any, the government has in facilitating such arrangements.
Other Categories: Innovation, Federal/Industry Collaboration, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
Technology Transfer: Use of Federally Funded - December 2012
This paper focuses on technology transfer to the private sector, as well as to local and state governments, and the rationale for federal interest and involvement. Current federal efforts to promote technology transfer is also examined, as well as a look at the small business technology transfer program and patenting. At issue is whether incentives for technology transfer remain necessary, if additional legislative initiatives are needed to encourage increased technology transfer, or if the responsibility to use the available resources now rests with the private sector.
Other Categories: Capital & Cost, Federal/Industry Collaboration, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index - November 2012
This study, gathering data from more than 550 CEOs and senior manufacturing leaders in 2012, is part of a multi-year initiative to better understand the trends creating a hyper-competitive global manufacturing environment. The report examines the highly complex forces driving the future of manufacturing and many of the structural changes reshaping the global economy. Overall, the study indicates that leading nations are making the paradigm shift towards prioritizing the development of talented and skilled citizens, who are the source of their competitive advantage, and benefits from their manufacturing infrastructures and ecosystems.
Other Categories: Current State of MFG, Education & Workforce, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
Leadership Wanted U.S. Public Opinions on Manufacturing - October 2012
This annual research program was created to provide a running view of the U.S. public’s perspectives on manufacturing to supplement the many other research reports and perspectives of economists, policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders that have important points of view relevant to this discussion.
Other Categories: Education & Workforce, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
Report to the President on Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing - July 2012
The report was prepared by the 18-member steering committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP). It addresses needs in three broad categories: enabling innovation; securing the talent pipeline; improving the business climate. The recommendations include a call to establish a national network of manufacturing innovation institutes; an emphasis on investment in community college training of the advanced manufacturing workforce; an approach to evaluate platform manufacturing technologies for collaborative investment; a plan to reinvigorate the image of manufacturing in America; and proposals for trade, tax, regulatory, and energy policies that would level the global playing field for domestic manufacturers.
Other Categories: Innovation, Capital & Cost, Federal/Industry Collaboration, Education & Workforce, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
Global Manufacturing Outlook: Fostering Growth through Innovation - June 2012
While macroeconomic uncertainties still abound, global manufacturers are using the low-growth environment to ramp up their innovation activity, increase efficiency, and add value to their offerings simultaneously. KPMG’s new report, Global Manufacturing Outlook: Fostering Growth through Innovation, examines an industry experiencing transformational shifts and the strategies manufacturing leaders are using to adapt to ongoing volatility, drive innovation, and position themselves for both top and bottom-line growth.
Other Categories: Current State of MFG, Innovation, Supply Chain
Manufacturing and Logistics 2012 National Report - June 2012
State by state grades on areas such as productivity and innovation, human capital, global costs, diversification, venture capital, manufacturing, and logistics.
Other Categories: Capital & Cost, Innovation, Education & Workforce, Productivity
International Benchmarking of Countries’ Policies and Programs Supporting SME Manufacturers - June 2012
Provides numerous examples of best practice in one or more of ten competitor nations in the areas of: technology acceleration programs and practice; technology acceleration funding mechanisms; next generation manufacturing technical assistance; and connectors. The comparison matrix on p.6 is an indicative summary of what can be found throughout the report.
Other Categories: Innovation, Current State of MFG, Best Practices
Interactive Manufacturing Locator - May 2012
This report offers a comprehensive analysis of the metropolitan geography of U.S. manufacturing. Some of the main findings: 1)Metropolitan areas, especially large metropolitan areas and central metropolitan counties, contain the great majority of manufacturing jobs and nearly all very high technology manufacturing jobs, reflecting the advantages they provide to manufacturing in general and very high-technology manufacturing in particular. 2)U.S. metropolitan areas have become increasingly specialized in manufacturing since 1980, but they vary widely in their manufacturing activities and focuses. 3)Manufacturing in most metropolitan areas follows one or more of six broad patterns of industry cleaning
Other Categories: Current State of MFG, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
The Future of Manufacturing: Opportunities to Drive Economic Growth - April 2012
This report explains how challenges in talent, innovation, infrastructure, and energy consumption are what countries and companies in the manufacturing industry must prepare to face in the coming years. In order to stay competitive in the global market, companies need to find the highest skilled workers, breathe innovation and become more efficient in energy, production and logistics. The key to success in these areas will be collaboration between governments and private sectors. With competition increasing for so many resources and capabilities—and with the prosperity of nations hanging in the balance—policymakers will be actively looking for the right combination of trade, tax, labor, energy, education, science, technology, and industrial policy levers to generate the best possible future for their citizens
Other Categories: Innovation, Productivity
Greater Portland Export Plan: Metro Export Initiative - March 2012
The Metropolitan Export Initiative (MEI) is a ground-up collaborative effort to help regional civic, business, and political leaders—with their states—create and implement customized Metropolitan Export Plans (MEPs). Greater Portland has a global reputation when it comes to advanced urban planning, leading edge sustainability, and a high quality of life for its citizens. Ninety percent of exports and export growth come from the top 10 exporting industries in the region including: manufacturing (computer and electronics, primary metals, machinery, and transportation), royalties, professional services, and travel and tourism.
Other Categories: Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
Emerging Global Trends in Advanced Manufacturing - March 2012
IDs emerging global trends in advanced manufacturing. The National Intelligence Manager for Science and Technology in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence requested they study the evolution of traditional manufacturing to advanced manufacturing. This report explored the answers to the following questions:o What are converging trends in advanced manufacturing across technology areas? o What are enabling factors that affect success in creating advanced manufacturing products, processes, and enterprises? o What are future scenarios across advanced manufacturing sectors in the technology areas of semiconductors, advanced materials, additive manufacturing, and synthetic biology?
Worse Than the Great Depression: What the Experts Are Missing About American Manufacturing Decline - March 2012
Debunks widely held myths about productivity gains, restructuring, and a manufacturing renaissance and reveals the stark reality of a historic decline in U.S. competitiveness and unprecedented deindustrialization. The report explains what the United States is experiencing is not merely another boom and bust cycle but a structural decline more akin to what Britain experienced in the 1960s and 1970s when it lost its industrial leadership.
Other Categories: Capital & Cost, Education & Workforce, Productivity
Manufacturing Growth, Advanced Manufacturing and the Future of the American Economy - February 2012
Manufacturing isn't dying--it's changing. Manufacturing is transitioning from low-tech, labor-intensive industries toward a manufacturing sector that is tech-intensive, high-productivity and innovation (termed as new manufacturing). Highlights creation of comparative advantage, new workforce, America as leaders rather than followers, new manufacturing national policy, etc. Mentions MEP (p14)
Other Categories: Current State of MFG, Innovation, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
Connecting Small Manufacturers with the Capital Needed to Grow, Compete, and Succeed: Small Manufacturers Capital Access Inventory and Needs Assessment Report - November 2011
The report notes that the scarcity of available capital and credit is particularly impacting on the manufacturing sector, which is very capital intensive and often requires the financing of Just-in Time inventories and receivables over longer periods than other sectors of the economy.
Other Categories: Capital & Cost
Manufacturing the Future: The Next Era of Global Growth and Innovation - November 2011
This report from the McKinsey Global Institute, presents a clear view of how manufacturing contributes to the global economy today and how it will probably evolve over the coming decade. Findings in the report include: manufacturing's changing role, manufacturing is not monolithic, and the new dynamic phase of manufacturing.
Other Categories: Current State of MFG, Innovation, Global Competitiveness, Education & Workforce, Best Practices, Supply Chain
U.S. Manufacturing Jobs: Where Companies Are Hiring - November 2011
This assessment of web-based job advertisements, co-authored by Lauren Gilchrist, Ken Poole, and Mark White, examines the characteristics of anticipated manufacturing hiring during the first half of 2011. Manufacturers sought workers for a variety of opportunities, such as: Nine percent of web-advertised job openings in manufacturing during the first six months of 2011 were production-related. These openings accounted for just over 60,000 of the manufacturing sector’s nearly 669,000 job openings advertised online between January and June 2011.
Other Categories: Current State of MFG, Education & Workforce
Manufacturing's Wake-Up Call - August 2011
A new study shows how the decisions made today by goods producers and policymakers will shape U.S. competitiveness tomorrow. Key recommendations: 1) Attract best workers 2) Invest in high impact clusters 3)Build a future with Mexico 4) simplify and streamline the tax and regulatory structure.
Other Categories: Innovation, Current State of MFG, Education & Workforce, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations, Productivity
The Case for a National Manufacturing Strategy - April 2011
Best report around for understanding the historical manufacturing challenges and why we need a national strategy to address them.
Other Categories: Innovation, Current State of MFG, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
Ignite 1.0: Voice of American CEOs on Manufacturing Competitiveness - January 2011
Interviews with CEO’s (of predominantly large firms) identified 27 recommendations across major areas including: tax policy; energy policy; trade policy; regulatory and legal environment; science and technology goals; infrastructure investments; access to talent; and science and technology education.
Other Categories: Education & Workforce, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
The Manufacturing Mandate: A National Manufacturing Strategy to Help Rebuild and Strengthen the U.S. Manufacturing Sector - August 2010
Quick and easy read provides a consensus scan of trade associations that focuses on: Incentivize innovation and R&D; assure availability of capital; increase global competitiveness; minimize structural cost burdens; enhance collaboration; “smartforce” for talent.
Other Categories: Capital & Cost, Innovation, Federal/Industry Collaboration, Education & Workforce, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
Manufacturing Strategy For Jobs and a Competitive America - June 2010
Key goals include foreign direct investment; expand access to global markets; workforce skills; and innovation.
Other Categories: Innovation, Education & Workforce, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations
Manufacturing Insecurity - April 2010
Analyzes key manufacturing trends and their linkage to national security and explores how a diminishing domestic manufacturing base contributes to a decline in American technological leadership and innovation capacity, widely recognized to be vital for maintaining U.S. defense capabilities.
Other Categories: Productivity
Innovation and Product Development in the 21st Century - February 2010
Focused on addressing the common myths and perceptions about manufacturing and identified the characteristics of successful manufacturers as: innovate constantly to adapt to economic and technological changes; embrace green and green lean; recognize and navigate opportunity in the global value chain; develop and retain current and future talent.
Other Categories: Innovation, Education & Workforce, Best Practices, Sustainability
Rationales and mechanisms for revitalizing US manufacturing R&D strategies - January 2010
The paper argues that a new innovation model is required to guide economic growth policy. Specifically, the paper provides (1) a rationale for why an advanced economy such as the United States needs a manufacturing sector; (2) examples of the process of deterioration of competitive positions for individual industries and, more important, entire high-tech supply chains; (3) an explanation of the inadequacy of current economic models for rationalizing needed new policy strategies; and (4) a new economic framework for determining both policy mechanisms and targets for those mechanisms, with emphasis on the systems nature of modern technologies and the consequent requirement for public–private innovation ecosystems to develop and deliver these technologies.
Manufacturing Resurgence- A Must for US Prosperity - January 2010
Scans the variety of challenges and strategy options from a trade association perspective.
Other Categories: Capital & Cost, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations, Productivity