- Electronics: The most Strategic Industry
- Key 21st Century Technologies
- U.S. Manufacturing Leadership
- U.S. GDP and Trade Balance
- Offshore competition, e.g. China is Moving
Up the Technology Ladder
- Badly Needed Commitments by OEMs
- Technology Innovation in the US
- Manufacturing Automation & Robotics
- Contract Mfrs Need to Step Up
- Key Industry Players and
- Suppliers showing it Can Be Done:
Semiconductors, Pharmaceuticals, Food
Manufacturing, Autos, Electrical, Photonics
Latest Data: There are over 20 million people working for Government in the US today. Less than 10 million work in manufacturing. 7 million manufacturing jobs have been lost since manufacturing's peak in the 1990's. Don't you think it's about time something should/could be done about this? The Economy is helping, but in electronics, we are still outsourcing. The latest victim: millions of Servers that make Cloud Data Centers hum.
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technologyreview.com pcdandf.com (PCBs) electronicsindustry.org eetimes.com
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Note this latest: https://www.weiner-intl.com/weiner-s-world/
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China Assembly Line: $30/day vs $10 and $8 in Indonesia and Vietnam. Tough act for US workers to follow....Unless we Innovate and Automate! Automation does not cost jobs that weren't there in the first place - or was lost to offshoring.
in the Making?
Several trips have been made on this issue - to Lehigh Univ., MIT, Univ. Delaware, INEMI.org, NIST and the US Congress. So far, there has been to acknowledge but with no significant response or funding. One new input is from Foxconn, who has announced it will build a $10B display panel factory in Wisconsin, which recently enacted a Right-to-Work law. It already has small operations in Pennsylvania, but employs hundreds of thousands of assembly line workers in China. Foxconn's original success was the iPhone which it still assembles for Apple. Apple management has said the iPhone would not have been possible as a domestic-made product because of labor costs and cultural factors.
Most domestic OEMs who have outsourced their mfg. to China are not anxious to pull up stakes there and return to the US. But this is a complicated issue. To encourage them back will require government tax policy as well as a roadmap to lights-out flexible automation, and input from their mfg. partners in the EMS industry. Many of these are Taiwanese companies with no presence in the US, but major mfg. campuses in China.
Donald Trump is now President and Mike Pence VP. They have a commitment, through Congress, to reduce taxes on corporations from the highest in the world to ~20%. They will also have to incentivize companies with less than a 20% tax, (hopefully tax-free) to repatriate trillions of dollars parked off-shore, to re-invest in North American manufacturing. Where they can then pay taxes on the new business they create.
Without protectionist policies, and nurturing international competitiveness, US and Canadian companies - and others wishing to manufacture here - would be attracted to North America for both domestic consumption and export. The US and Canada can become a formidable global competitor in both private sectors and in their mutual national security. Much more needs to be done here. Mexico could become part of this, so long as they stop massive emigration to the US, protect their southern borders from the Drug Cartels and adopt an even playing field with North American industry.
Note: This site is not intended to echo current political controversies on domestic manufacturing - although the subject does indicate something is seriously amiss. The government aspect of this issue needs to play out with Tax Relief on Foreign Earnings of American Companies, or with programs designed to increase U.S. competitiveness in a global economy. But there are problems to overcome:
1. Many OEMs no longer manufacture their own products and have few or no facilities here to do so
2. Contract manufacturers who do high volume assembly are mostly offshore
3. This subcontract supply chain works on very thin margins with little or no R&D
4. Executive pay and bonuses are dependent on the bottom line. This encourages offshoring to reduce costs.
5. Even Universities is reticent to a domestic mfg. thrust, since many of their tech students, are from Asia.