No one person is preminent here. This is a culmination of a 50 year period in this industry, as it grew from nothing, to a $1T industry - and by association all other domestic manufacturing industries. This is a field that has seen multiple waves of foreign competition and technology upheavals. Over the past decade, the U.S. has lost large chunks of its manufacturing infrastructure to China - or never had it in the first place, e.g. Smartphones, HDTV, Modems, Routers, PCs, Tablets, etc. China has responded admirably to this manufacturing challenge with massive production capability - most of it based on cheap labor - a lot of its designs controlled by Taiwan ODMs. But that era may be coming to an end. Higher costs are causing some to leave, and the Chinese are automating. The US could easily get even more left behind if we continue to adopt the notion that manufacturing is cheaper if done elsewhere. One wall street exec described it as the 'ditch-digging' of the industry. Guess what. China is responding by installing robots, acquiring and setting up manufacturing sites in North and South America and Mexico. (See HiSense HDTV automation in .mx, Foxconn in .us and others, including all the auto transplants. There are also serious issues in Asia that could disrupt our supply lines. The China controversy over the Spratly Island chain has escalated and could result in armed conflict. Plus, there was a $365B trade deficit in 2015 with China alone - that equals at least 3.5 million jobs.
- Supporting Connector, Cable, PCB,
Photonics and semiconductor industries
- Technology Roadmaps of the Electronic
- Technology Roadmaps for Silicon
Photonics moving to 128Tb and beyond.
- Most of these activities involve global