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on Dec 9, 2015

Hi Adrienne,

I'm afraid/concerned what it is that the report ...The 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index... is forecasting, "that the top eleven countries will remain consistent between now and 2020, with some exchange of rankings" is highly speculative and wishful-thinking in nature. One major reason for saying so, is that without taking into consideration the fact that today's leading global competitors (in the manufacturing arena) are NOT standing still - and don't intend to do so if they can help it - the predictions are highly-biased and/or overly optimistic. Many, if not all, have reached a state/level of capability that enables each to INNOVATE in both the product and process arenas at a pace and with inventiveness that is in many ways is at least equivalent - if of not superior - to that of the US. Accordingly, how one might predict or project any improvement(s) in America's global competitiveness competencies and competitiveness - especially in the manufacturing sector - that is/are sufficient to bring it back into contention for a leadership position is beyond me.

Why might that be the case, you wonder? Well, for at least the past three decades now, the US has been actively/intentionally abdicating/abandoning its former manufacturing prowess (across a wide range of processes and product technologies) to foreign countries. An exception might be in the category of designing and developing advanced military weapon systems, but even that manufacturing niche is rapidly changing. And there's much, much more to being globally competitive in the manufacturing arena (in it's broadest sense) in the 21st century and beyond than just being able to come up with the next whiz-bang, techno gadget for mass consumption. How about being able to produce all of its component parts and assemble them in a fully-automated, lights-out factory and do so in a highly-customized, one-off, demand-driven manner... with little or no negative impact on the environment. Such capabilities already exist in other countries.

Based on the progress that has been made (and continues to be made) in other countries - along the lines just described - I'd have to argue that the US manufacturing sector - in total, not just in part - is going to have work overtime in order to maintain its place in the overall global competitiveness rankings, let alone surpass the competition.

on Dec 14, 2015

Note that many of the leaders in the industries described in the slide shows got their technology as a direct result of US offshoring of industry. Technologies all once developed and produced in the US now produced elsewhere, with these growing companies now benefitting and developing new technologies instead of us

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