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EWI announces Manufacturing Innovation Summit on Oct. 27

September 9, 2011

Yesterday, we formally announced EWI’s by-invitation-only Manufacturing Innovation Summit on October 27, 2011 at our headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Check out the press release.

This is the second in a series of leadership conferences EWI has organized to put the issue of lagging U.S. manufacturing innovation front and center with the most influential thought-leaders in manufacturing and government. But we’re doing more than just talking about the issue. EWI is leading the national conversation to create a path forward to resolve it. Our VP of Technology and Innovation, Chris Conrardy, says it best:

“…the U.S. is falling behind in our capacity to innovate and implement advanced manufacturing technology quickly and effectively. At present, our country lacks a cohesive, strategic plan for improving American manufacturing competitiveness through commercialization of advanced manufacturing technology. We are trying to change that by increasing understanding of the issue and plausible solutions, and by providing the leadership and venue needed for successful collaboration.”

So what’s the urgency? If you haven’t done so already, check out this free report from EWI: Strengthening Manufacturing Competitiveness. It describes several alarming trends in U.S. manufacturing innovation that cannot be ignored. Trends that go well beyond declining employment rates…

If you want to learn more, contact me directly at mwilmoth@ewi.org. I can put you in touch with the reports’ authors and/or the individuals who are leading the Manufacturing Innovation Summit at EWI on Oct 27.