The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off tomorrow in Las Vegas and manufacturers are all over the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. The NAM is here at the convention center with a front row seat and talking with our member companies and the policy makers in town for the event. We are excited to see the latest innovations from manufacturers that will be on display this week and we plan to tell you all about it in real-time through this blog series and the NAM twitter feed, @shopfloorNAM.

Manufacturers are leading technology innovators. The NAM hears from our members around the country almost every day about the high-tech solutions they deliver. They know they need to innovate in their products, processes, and delivery if they are to compete globally.

At CES, which is owned and produced by NAM member the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), consumers and customers alike will see manufacturers’ innovation leadership up close and personal. They will see it in the stand alone products from semi-conductors to home appliances. They will feel it when they sit in the driver’s seat of the newest vehicle or download the latest app to reduce their home or office energy costs.

Eric Reed, Verizon’s Vice President of Entertainment & Tech Policy and chair of the NAM Technology Subcommittee, had this to say about the 2013 CES. “The International CES show is important to the manufacturing community because it demonstrates how manufacturers are a critical component of the innovation ecosystem. Be it a Smart TV, advanced telematics for automobiles, mobile devices or the next generation set-top box, NAM members are at the cutting edge of technological innovation. CES 2013 is shaping up to be the most exciting ever, and NAM members are big contributors.”

This technology leadership is also driving our policy agenda in Washington. The NAM is working to make sure the intellectual property of manufacturers is protected; that broadband technologies are widely available and accessible to power the new devices and machines on the shop floor; that the workers with the right skills for high-tech manufacturing environments are available; and developing the latest security and privacy tools to secure the data in our facilities and that of our customers.

The NAM is going to highlight from the CES floor all week how manufacturers are leveraging technology. Stay tuned to Shopfloor.org to learn more about why manufacturers are a solid bet if you want to ensure we create jobs and grow the U.S. economy.

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