NAM’s President and CEO Jay Timmons is in Hannover, Germany talking up manufacturing in the U.S. and the sleek, technology driven processes that make our nation the best place to make things in the world. Advanced manufacturing is a term that is often used, but the reality is that manufacturers have been the innovation leaders for decades and ALL manufacturers know that to compete in a global marketplace they must use advanced processes and technologies. The intersection of technology and manufacturing is a fascinating place – and the next generation of life changing products are coming out of shop floors in the United States.
Manufacturers spend more on research and development than any other sector of our economy. Companies like Harley Davidson, Texas Instruments and others are using sophisticated software and the Internet of Things to become more efficient and move through production more quickly. Timmons told the audience in Hannover these stories and rededicated manufacturers need for, and commitment to, innovation. He voiced his strong support for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, “hubs” that are bringing together the private and public sectors to spur the development of new technologies, partnerships inspired by similar initiatives in Germany.
As Timmons remarked, “Our increasingly competitive global marketplace demands that manufacturers continue to strive for that technological edge.”
It’s trips and partnerships like these that will get us there.