Representatives from the business community, academia, both sides of Capitol Hill, and think tanks recently packed the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building to hear a panel of industry and government experts discuss the importance of advanced manufacturing to U.S. growth. NAM-member companies Verizon and Intel joined representatives from the Departments of Defense and Energy on a panel that talked about the benefits of advanced materials and their widespread use throughout the public and private sector.
The honorary host of this NAM-organized event was the bipartisan Senate Science and Technology Caucus. Co-Chairs Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Mark Udall (D-CO) opened the event and highlighted the importance of technology in manufacturing.
The panel of industry and government experts all agreed that our country has embraced manufacturing as critical to economic growth—and that policymakers need to do the same. The overarching message was that leveraging the development of advanced materials in products and processes will benefit our global leadership position by reducing manufacturing and raw material costs.
Americans unknowingly reap the benefits of advanced materials every day. They are used in everything from cellphones to semiconductors and spur health care solutions, improve transportation and enhance public safety. They bolster high-tech innovation and enhance national security. Manufacturers, in partnership with government and academia, drive efforts to discover advanced materials and rapidly integrate them in their products and processes. As clearly demonstrated at this event, this proven and successful partnership will continue to foster manufacturing growth and job creation.