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6 Key Points Made by Presenters During the Workshop
Pages 33-36

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... He cited China as a country that first started out producing innovative technologies created in the United States, but is now designing and engineering advanced technologies. He cautioned that production outsourcing in thin-film deposition and electronics manufacturing "puts U.S.
From page 34...
... These smaller, high-tech firms are able to leverage state investments and partner with larger firms who are strong members of the Manufacturing USA institutes, national labs, and universities.  Joseph Fox said that Ashland has a history of university/industry collaborations, starting with the industry/university cooperative research centers.
From page 35...
... He expressed the fear that the size of the investments in the institutes needed to be much larger.  Erica Fuchs discussed the scale of investment needed for advanced manufacturing products, explaining that advanced manufacturing capability advances economic growth, "but we are not putting in money at a scale that we have put in the past toward this problem." She compared the investments in new semiconductor technologies to be "an order of magnitude less than we were making alone for SEMATECH, which was just doing one- to three-year out equipment upgrading."  Joseph Fox stated that in addition to IACMI's current focus areas, the next iteration of IACMI should add infrastructure as a focus area in light of the nation's pressing need for infrastructure replacement and repair.
From page 36...
... He stated that "The design around a five-year time frame is obviously problematic on its face."  Erica Fuchs described the unique challenges facing the manufacturing sector, including large and patient capital investments. She said that it can take up to 30 years to commercialize advanced materials and processes.

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