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Embracing the U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance

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Originally published on October 29, 2015

The state of manufacturing in the United States is great according to Antwaun Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. He spoke with IMTSTV at the 2015 Hannover Messe press conference at the UI LABS/DMDII in Chicago.

The Department of Commerce (DoC) is working to facilitate competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing abroad by supporting companies who are leading the curve of commercialization and technology innovation in the United States. The DoC is aiming to steer the U.S. manufacturing industry toward a cleaner, more efficient future. As one of the largest economies in the world, the manufacturing industry is important in the United States for two main reasons: first, manufacturing creates tons of jobs; second, manufacturing makes up around 12 percent of the United States’ GDP, that’s roughly $1 trillion. This type of major economic impact makes focusing on manufacturing a priority for the DoC.

While continuing to embrace the rapid advances in technology innovation, it’s important to understand the underlying value that fuels manufacturing: making things. At the confluence of technology innovation and the value of making things, we are emerging on a major manufacturing renaissance. The DoC is helping to facilitate this renaissance is several ways. First, by supporting technology and innovation through the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), they facilitate the process of technology-solution-to-commercialization in the U.S. manufacturing market. Second, the DoC supports job growth by helping companies who have exceptionally innovative ideas and practices to grow on a global scale.

As the liaison to the global innovation marketplace, the DoC is helping U.S. manufacturers advance their competitiveness abroad—this is what makes the United States participation as a partner country with Hannover Messe in 2016 so exciting. This will open up the culture and business of U.S. Manufacturing to a worldwide audience. With concepts like the Internet of Things, or Industry 4.0, Hannover Messe fits right into the United States’ value proposition commercially. Trade associations, think tanks, universities and research institutions unique to the United States are at the center of innovation, just one example being the MTConnect standard that began in the United States with AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. The United States’ partnership with Hannover Messe positions us to illustrate our technology innovation on a global scale.

Working together we can scan the landscape of the U.S. Manufacturing Industry and identify innovative companies and help them advance their unique solutions on a global stage. To learn more about the United States’ Department of Commerce initiatives to advance U.S. Manufacturing, watch the entire interview above.

Find out more about the Hannover Messe events at hannovermesse.de.

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