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As nations engage in a race for global advantage in innovation, ITIF champions a new policy paradigm that ensures businesses and national economies can compete successfully by spurring public and private investment in foundational areas such as research, skills, and 21st century infrastructure. Our research on manufacturing policy examines current trends and encouraging continued innovation in the manufacturing sector through increased public and private investment.

June 6, 2022

Fact of the Week: US Manufacturing Capacity Utilization Is at Its Highest Since 2007

Manufacturing capacity utilization in the United States has fallen steadily since the 1970s as manufacturing relocated from the United States to regions such as Southeast Asia, and it remains 9 percentage points below its high in November 1973.

March 17, 2022

Devil in the Details: Reconciling the House and Senate Versions of Competitiveness Legislation

Watch ITIF and an expert panel featuring key policymakers and leading analysts who discussed how to bring House and Senate versions of competitiveness legislation across the finish line in a form that will be a winner for U.S. workers and the economy.

February 7, 2022

Fact of the Week: Developing Countries Are Leading Global Growth in Robot Adoption

From 2000 to 2016 new robot adoption grew by roughly 70 percent in North America and Europe, whereas it grew more than 300 percent in the rest of the world.

January 20, 2022

Launching an Advanced Manufacturing Institute in SPACE

Now is the time to launch a new Manufacturing USA institute to support manufacturing research and manufacturing at scale in low Earth orbit (LEO), and build the space workforce of the future

January 11, 2022

What a National Strategic-Industry Policy Should Look Like

ITIF hosted a discussion of what a robust national strategic-industry policy should—and should not—entail.

January 4, 2022

When Beefing Up Competition Bleeds at Consumers’ Misfortune

President Biden announced a billion-dollar plan to beef up competition in the meat processing industry this week to reduce price increases for meat. Inflation affects all sectors of the economy.

November 15, 2021

Comments to OSTP and NTSC on How to Develop a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing

In these comments, ITIF offers high-level and granular recommendations on how to formulate a strategic plan for advanced manufacturing, including emerging areas of science and technology to focus on, R&D priorities, public-private and regional partnerships, tech transfer, workforce skills, the manufacturing supply chain and industrial base, and useful models to expand.

October 4, 2021

A Dismal Future: The Projected Decline of U.S. Manufacturing

It’s time for Washington to take U.S. manufacturing decline, especially in advanced sectors, more seriously.

August 9, 2021

Podcast: Demystifying Industrial Automation, With Dave Vasko

Rob sat down with Dave Vasko, director of advanced technology at Rockwell Automation, to discuss the latest trends in industrial automation—including innovations powered by artificial intelligence and virtual reality—and to consider how policymakers can spur manufacturing productivity and ensure the United States is globally competitive.

July 12, 2021

US Manufacturing Productivity Is Falling, and It's Cause for Alarm

The U.S. economy has been in a productivity depression for more than a decade, suffering from a historically unprecedented slowdown in labor productivity growth. The issue is finally getting attention, at least among some scholars and think tanks. On
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