We have been to Washington several times, and plan to spend more when the histrionics is over. A letter from President Trump acknowledges our work.
This work includes:
Where Are We?
In several recent meetings and discussions on US manufacturing, the message I have gotten is, we will never get this mfg. back. We simply can't compete with China, even though direct labor costs are not the major factor. Best to work with the now-global supply chain to feed domestic needs.
The US improved from 7th to 3rd because of our strength in electronics and other industries. Our aim is #1. That will take addressing the items above and establish programs in automation where the US at this time does not rank in the top 10 Robotics Manufacturers. It is dominated by Japan and Europe with China rearing its head. However, the US ranks last among developed countries in its corporate tax policy, with over $1 Trillion parked offshore. If the new tax proposal becomes law, we will jump ahead in global competitiveness. But others are moving also: France, UK, and Germany are all looking at lowering corp. taxes
Some computer OEMs are making waves about future US manufacturing:
- Apple will assemble the new Mac Pro Tower Workstation when it arrives
- Dell's Michael Dell did assemble here - to order, but finally moved a lot of mfg. to China
- He is on a task force in the Senate to identify roadblocks to manufacturing here
- Obstacles are as follows:
Even with above, the US ranks 3rd in the Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report.
The top 10 are:
Mid Board Optical Transceiver developed by TE Connectivity in Sweden. The concept is to convert ASIC/CPU signals to lightwave for onboard transmission. While this project was discontinued, numerous other projects are in the works - including our MIT/INEMI Midboard test vehicles using single-mode expanded beam MXC connectors and MT Ferrules.