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Four strategies to unlock manufacturing innovation today

Posted by Bert Maes on September 14, 2010

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Both the U.S. and the EU will have difficulties to compete on large-scale manufacturing again, but it can still continue to unlock value in its capacity to innovate.

Instead of a forest dominated by a few large trees, it will be nurturing a garden with many small flowers”: crowdsourcing and web-based collaboration, virtual micro-factories, small batch businesses, high-mix/low-volume parts, cloud manufacturing, 3-D printing technology to revamp the hands-on production industry.

What would be needed to unleash our creativity? A competitive strategy for any country should have four tall tent poles, according to Andrea Belz, specialist in strategies that transform innovation into profits:

1. Fund research, education and innovation programs.

2. Educate for competitiveness: “We must aggressively train our students” with better and affordable equipment and better long-term support for teachers.

3. Tax incentives for small companies to purchase new technologies and other capital goods.

4. Retain foreign talent.

“The risk is not that large-scale manufacturing will leave us,” Andrea Belz says, but “this is the last chance to stop the innovation train from departing as well.”

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