Trade, Technology and the Future of U.S. Manufacturing

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 9:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Capitol Visitor Center
First St. NE Room CVC 268
Washington, DC 20515

Join ITIF for two expert panels on the intersection of technology and the future of U.S. manufacturing.

Panel One: Past Trends, Current Conditions, and the Future of U.S. Manufacturing

The 2000s saw a precipitous decline in U.S. manufacturing employment and a decline in real output for most manufacturing sectors. Some lament the job loss and blame automation. Others say it doesn’t matter, because the United States is becoming a post-industrial services economy, anyway. Still others predict it’s only temporary, because as wages in China rise and U.S. oil prices fall, it’s virtually inevitable that America will soon reclaim its position as the most competitive manufacturing economy in the world. This panel will explore what happened to U.S. manufacturing, the role of trade and trade policy in economic health, and the prospects for U.S. manufacturing renewal and competitiveness.

Panel Two: Can Technology Revive U.S. Manufacturing?

Cloud computing, the Internet of Things, more flexible robots, and data analytics are all integral parts of the new “Smart Manufacturing” era, a radically transformational paradigm. This panel will explore the state of the development and adoption of these technologies while discussing important policy changes needed to ensure more rapid technological innovation within U.S. manufacturing.

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Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Stephen Ezell
Vice President, Global Innovation Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Elizabeth Fikes
Director, Product Supply Engineering
Procter & Gamble
Mike Molnar
Founding Director
Office of Advanced Manufacturing (OAM) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Clyde Prestowitz
Founder and President
Economic Strategy Institute
Tim Shinbara
Vice President, Technology
AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Phillip Singerman
Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services
Alberto Vacchi
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Industria Macchine Automatiche SpA (IMA)
Keynote Speaker
David Vasko
Director of Advanced Technology
Rockwell Automation
Cliff Waldman
Chief Economist
Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation