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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest OIT Briefing



                             BRIEFING:
        Manufacturing Research and Development Who Needs It?

              Deputy Assistant Secretary Denise Swink
                 Office of Industrial Technologies
                     U.S. Department of Energy
             APRIL 2, 3:30-4:30 SENATE CAPITOL ROOM 5


      The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions are sponsoring a briefing on 
manufacturing research and development.  Come hear about the research and 
development programs at the Office of Industrial Technologies, U.S. 
Department of Energy, that impact on manufacturers and state economies.

      Technological progress accounts for up to one-half the growth of
the U.S. economy since World War II and remains a principal driving
force in long-term economic growth and increased standards of living.
Technology can mitigate environmental impacts while improving
productivity, quality of products, and competitiveness.  However,
technological improvements in manufacturing production processes in
the U.S. have fallen behind international competitors, particularly in
basic manufacturing processes that are the most energy intensive and
the most polluting.  The Office of Industrial Technologies in
partnership with industry has developed a program to accelerate the
research, development, commercialization and deployment of the next
generation of production process technologies to meet industry needs.
The program leverages private capital, engages the talent and
abilities of scientists and engineers in federal laboratories and
universities, and most importantly encourages, and builds on industry
leadership.

      Most recently the model and the results of this process have
encouraged states to partner and collaborate with their own
manufacturers in order to enhance competitiveness.  Together they have
begun to counter trends that would devalue the nation's manufacturing
base.  Eamonn Fingleton, a financial commentator familiar with
Japanese, American, and European economies argues that the American
economy has increasingly abandoned manufacturing to concentrate more
and more on post-industrial services.  This he believes is a mistake
because manufacturing underpins the economic strength of this nation
in three ways:

      * Manufacturing creates a wider range of jobs than do services
        and provides a greater secondary effect on the economy;

      * Manufactured goods are generally highly exportable whereas
        services are not;

      * Adjusted for the relative level of capability required of
        workers, advanced manufacturing pays higher wages on average
        than post-industrial services.

      Come to this briefing and hear about the potential to improve
manufacturing competitiveness, reduce energy use and pollution in
industries, and learn about the opportunities for technology-led
economic revitalization in your state.


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