Yesterday, Colombia took another disturbing step that again calls into question its commitment to innovation, manufacturing and the type of investment climate that is vital to grow its economy. Despite its own price controls and existing robust competition in its market, Colombia indicated it would be issuing a Declaration of Public Interest (DPI) to lower again the price of Glivec, an innovative pharmaceutical product. There was no need for this action given that the product is already available at a significantly reduced price, and there are already non-infringing generic versions available in the Colombian market. Read More
Digital technology is changing the landscape of how the world makes things. More and more often, terms like “advanced manufacturing” and “smart” work are being used to describe the latest era in our sector. But what does “advanced manufacturing” mean? What affect is it having on the supply chain? On jobs? On our laws? Greg Scheu, executive committee member of ABB Group and president of ABB Americas Region, joined lawmakers, administration officials and technology experts in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss those questions.
The goal of advanced manufacturing, according to Scheu, is using technology to provide a competitive advantage—helping grow their business, service their customers and compete globally. Connected products and processes—or the Internet of Things—are helping manufacturers become more efficient in their processes and develop a broader, more customizable array of products to offer. Read More
We are living in the world of modern manufacturing. Walk in to a manufacturing facility on any given day and you will see state-of-the-art technology seamlessly integrated with manufacturing products and processes. Much of this is being driven by the proliferation of connected devices—known as the Internet of Things (IoT)—which is increasing efficiency and product quality across the supply chain. Read More
NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons traveled to Texas on Thursday for the sixth stop in the 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour. With co-host Bell Helicopter’s training facilities in Fort Worth as the backdrop, Timmons delivered a speech focused on shedding light on the perceptions of modern manufacturing as well as calling for action from elected officials and candidates alike to improve our nation’s energy, environment and infrastructure policies as part of the NAM’s detailed “Competing to Win” 2016 platform. Below are some excerpts.
On Access to Energy Resources:
“With our abundance of diverse resources, the United States is uniquely positioned to chart an energy future that raises the standard of living for all Americans. To do so, however, we must utilize every source of affordable, secure energy available. This will mean expediting the permitting process for onshore and offshore energy exploration, opening more federal lands to responsible development, building new pipelines and energy delivery infrastructure and removing regulatory barriers that hamper energy projects of all types. It will also mean maintaining and improving our power grid and ensuring manufacturers can access energy from all sources when they need it, even as we work for cleaner air and lower emissions.”
On Environmental Regulations:
“Too often, our environmental agenda works at cross-purposes with these goals. Two recent examples come to mind. Together they will add a serious weight to our economy, on top of the $330 billion our environmental regulations already cost. The first is the EPA’s new greenhouse gas regulations for power plants, which could, in many areas of the country, raise electricity costs for consumers and manufacturers and compromise energy reliability.
“That’s why the NAM filed hundreds of pages of comments with the EPA on how to better craft this regulation, and why we have asked the EPA to go back to the drawing board and fix this rule before moving forward. We have also asked the Supreme Court for an implementation delay until the many lawsuits challenging the rule have been resolved.
“The second troubling action was the creation of an even tighter standard for ozone. Experts say this could be one of the most expensive environmental regulations in history. At a time when air quality is better than it’s been in decades and billions in investments are being made that will further that progress, many jurisdictions could essentially be closed for business under this new rule if Congress or the courts don’t step in to restore some balance. Otherwise, manufacturers will face restrictions on construction, equipment use and more.”
“Those very same standards could affect transportation infrastructure as well. Areas that cannot meet the overly stringent limits could lose federal highway dollars and be forced to sideline needed projects…ones that would ultimately reduce gridlock and result in cleaner air.”
“Clearly our nation needs to stop viewing energy, environment, infrastructure and the economy through separate lenses. They are all interconnected, and our policies must treat them as such.”
Timmons also touched on the United States’ partnership at this year’s Hannover Messe and the work the NAM is doing in partnership with Siemens Software and the U.S. Department of Commerce to rally manufacturers in the United States to participate and demonstrate our global leadership.
“Now, this leadership is already on display across America, as 12 million people are building our future,” Timmons said. “Manufacturers contribute more than $2 trillion to the national GDP. Here in Texas, manufacturers have a total output of more than $230 billion. If manufacturing in the United States were its own country, it would be the ninth-largest economy in the world.”
Prior to his speech, Timmons toured the Bell Helicopter Training Academy. Fun fact: The Bell X-1 was the first to break the speed of sound!
Timmons and the team then traveled to Lockheed Martin for a systems demonstration and tour of the facility, led by Don Kinard, senior technical fellow and one of Lockheed’s lead engineers. Kinard and his team demonstrated laser maps and white technology. Read more about these technologies in Kinard’s guest blog here.
Joint Op-Ed: Choose Leaders Who Would Strengthen Manufacturing
The following op-ed by Jay Timmons and Texas Association of Business State Board Chair Sara Tays ran exclusively in today’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
With less than a month left until Texas votes in its Super Tuesday primary, only a short time remains to size up the candidates seeking to lead our country.
For those who care about the U.S. economy and believe in American exceptionalism, there is only one choice: Vote for candidates who will strengthen manufacturing in the United States.
The U.S. is a nation of makers and doers. When manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds.
In Texas, manufacturers add more than $230 billion to the state economy and employ more than 860,000 people.
Manufacturing has the largest multiplier effect of any industry. A dollar invested in manufacturing adds $1.40 in economic activity.
Manufacturers are helping the United States remain the world’s economic leader. But we cannot continue to compete and win in the global marketplace without the right policies here at home. Read the full op-ed here.
Social Media Wrap Day 6
Check out the highlights from our social media and don’t forget to follow @shopfloorNAM on Twitter and Shopfloor on Facebook for the latest updates from the road.
Don’t forget Shopfloor is on Instagram. Check out a special Throwback Thursday post from the tour:
One more stop to go! Check back in tomorrow for what’s happening at our final stop in Baltimore, Md. Stay in touch real time by following us on Facebook, Twitter @shopfloorNAM and online at www.nam.org/stateofmfg. Be sure to share your tweets and pics with #stateofmfg and #weareMFG.
The following is a guest blog post from Don Kinard, Lockheed Martin Fellow, posted after NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons attended a systems demonstration, led by Kinard, at Lockheed Martin’s Dallas facility during the 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour:
Continuing our mission of solving complex challenges, advancing scientific discoveries and delivering innovative solutions to help our customers provide global security, Lockheed Martin is using advanced manufacturing technology to build the newest fifth generation fighter: the Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35 Lightning II. Read More
Today, Texas Association of Business President Chris Wallace joined NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons at the Bell Helicopter Training Academy in Fort Worth, Texas, for the 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour. Wallace moderated a Q&A forum between Timmons, Siemens Vice President of Aerospace and Defense Strategy David Riemer and Bell Helicopter Executive Vice President of Integrated Operations Gunnar Kleveland. Read More
The following is a guest blog from Dave Carbon, Boeing South Carolina vice president of operations, posted following NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons’ visit to the Boeing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
It’s amazing to think of how far we have come in the past 100 years. Incorporated on July 15, 1916, following the successful flight of a “B&W” seaplane, our first commercial aircraft—the B-1 mail plane—took to the sky for the first time in 1919. Fast forward to 2015, Boeing delivered a record 729 commercial airplanes to customers around the world, including a record 135,787 Dreamliners.
As the vice president of operations at Boeing South Carolina, I am in awe of the unprecedented process and product innovations that brought us from the B&W, to the B-1, to the 787. These innovations, driven with the help of our inventive workforce and supply chain, have truly changed the world as we know it. But the reality is these revolutionary changes are the collective result of a daily commitment to improving our processes, questioning our assumptions and building a better product for our customers. Read More
NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and the NAM team stopped in Philadelphia, Pa., on the fourth day of the State of Manufacturing Tour. On a day focused on innovation and changing perceptions on manufacturing, Timmons gave his address at the state-of-the-art GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) facility in Philadelphia.
At the event, co-hosted by The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA) and GSK, health care and innovation were at the center of the conversation. Timmons was joined by David N. Taylor, PMA president, and Jack Bailey, GSK president of U.S. pharmaceuticals, two manufacturing champions.
Highlights from the address on health care:
“It’s an issue that has become so riven by political discord, we are losing sight of our end goal…giving workers and families affordable access to high-quality health care to keep them well. This is something the NAM cares deeply about. NAM members offer employee health insurance coverage at a higher rate than other industries. In fact, 97 percent of companies supply it. Now part of the challenge is making sure we prescribe the right medicine for health care. Here at GlaxoSmithKline, you understand matching the intervention to the patient. When treatments rely on our own genes to spark the right immunological response…well, it doesn’t get more individualized than that. Personalized treatment is the trend in medicine. On the policy front, however, there’s some movement in the opposite direction—away from the individually tailored and toward the one size fits all.”
Highlights from the address on innovation:
“Manufacturers account for more than three-fourths of private-sector R&D. We’ve been awarded more patents than any other industry. To secure our competititiveness, we must respond with a policy environment designed to attract and retain investment…and with strong protections of intellectual property.
“We must be vigilant and push back on aggressive state legislatures that want to require pharmaceutical manufacturers to turn over and reveal highly sensitive operational information—such as pricing on specific products, marketing costs, research investments and funding streams that support new product development. It’s a misguided effort that will sap innovation, and it’s of great concern. No manufacturer should have to provide an unprecedented view of proprietary operations or its most sensitive information.
“Manufacturers will not accept this, nor will we sit quietly. Intellectual property rights must also be a central issue in trade agreements. As we work to open new markets, we cannot allow our hard-won innovations to be appropriated by our competitors. And as we champion the Internet of Things, we’ll need to modernize our communications laws to fit this new era and find new ways for ensuring our cybersecurity.”
To read the full address, check out the President’s Blog.
Timmons and the team also toured the Philadelphia Distillery and spoke with employees about the challenges of being a small manufacturer and what they want to see from Washington.
Highlights from the tour:
U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, who represents Pennslyvania’s 7th District, sent us a video since he is in Washington, D.C., for votes and work. Rep. Meehan discusses how manufacturers in Pennsylvania are thriving.
“If you feel like the health-care debate has grown stale, know you’re not alone. Despite the many presidential candidates vying to lead this nation, we are hearing little new on the topic. Vitriol and political discord continue to bar us from identifying solutions to control costs, fuel innovation, preserve the employer-based health-care system and take care of workers and their families.
“This matters to Pennsylvania, where health care is an issue not just for families but also for manufacturing. As a home to many pharmaceutical leaders and medical-technology innovators, the Keystone State is on the leading edge of medical manufacturing.”
To read the full op-ed, check it out here.
Social Media Wrap on Philadelphia:
We came to Philadelphia with big expectations, and the City of Brotherly Love did not disappoint. Check out the highlights from our social media efforts and don’t forget to follow @shopfloorNAM on Twitter and Shopfloor on Facebook for the latest updates from the road.
Don’t forget ShopFloor is on Instagram with daily updates from the NAM’s Erin Streeter. Follow us @shopfloorNAM.
And the NAM is on Vine with a behind-the-scenes look at the tour.
Want to keep in touch with the NAM as we continue on the 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter @shopfloorNAM and online at www.nam.org/stateofmfg and share your tweets and pics with #StateofMFG and #WeAreMFG.
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The 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is not just the largest technology convention in the United States; it’s the largest convention in the United States period. According to International CES, which is owned and produced by NAM member Consumer Technology Association (CTA), more than 3,600 companies will exhibit and launch in the ballpark of 20,000 products this week from the show. Read More