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U.S. to Surpass China as Top Manufacturing Country...

A report issued by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness – “2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index” – predicts the United States will regain its former position as the No. 1 manufacturing producer in the world, surpassing China by 2020.  This study was a result of dozens of face-to-face interviews with chief research leaders, chief technology officers and directors of national research facilities.

The Index shows the importance of policy, investment and innovation for company and country competitiveness.  Investments in research and development can lead to advanced manufacturing capabilities, which, in turn, can lead to more complex and exclusive products for export – and these high-tech, often high value, exports can then make a nation more competitive.   Some of these technologies are:

  1. Predictive analytics
  2. Digital design, simulation and integration
  3. Advanced robotics
  4. Open-source design/direct customer input
  5. Augmented reality
  6. Smart, connected products (Internet of Things)
  7. Advanced materials
  8. Smart factories (Internet of Things)
  9. High-performance computing
  10. 3D Printing and scanning

The U.S. is leading the way in these areas of technology, which will help the country regain the top manufacturing spot.  We have strong potential in technologies related to the Internet of Things – embedded sensors and connected devices, advanced computing, 3D printing and next-generation materials.

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