AMT--The Association for Manufacturing Technology has released the second generation of its Manufacturing Mandate, a plan that calls for a national, coordinated strategy to boost U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.
The mandate was released in 2009, just as the recession was ending, and manufacturing has been the driving force behind the economic recovery since then. Today, policymakers, industry leaders and academia agree that core principles of the mandate will help accelerate and sustain this manufacturing resurgence, the organization says. These core principles include incentivizing R&D and innovation, increasing global competitiveness and building a "smartforce" that is equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for manufacturing careers.
The organization adds that collaboration is important for any national strategy, and it cites the Obama Administration’s recent announcement of a public-private institute in Youngstown, Ohio as an example of the role government can play in facilitating collaboration. More detail about that partnership, The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), can be found in the item above.