On the occasion of National Manufacturing Day, the White House launched the National Strategy for Advanced Manufacturing. Manufacturing drives the economy and national security of the United States. To help the United States remain a world leader, the Biden-Harris administration is focused on efforts that revitalize the manufacturing sector, build strong U.S. supply chains, invest in research and development (R&D), and they train the workforce that will secure our global economy. position. This four-year strategy outlines a vision for the US to lead in advanced manufacturing: grow the economy, create jobs, improve environmental sustainability, address climate change, ensure national security, and improve health care.
Through collaboration between the public and private sectors, the following strategic goals and objectives will be pursued over the next four years.
- Develop and implement advanced manufacturing technologies.
- Grow the advanced manufacturing workforce.
- Build resilience in supply chains and manufacturing ecosystems.
- Enable clean and sustainable manufacturing to support decarbonization.
- Accelerate innovation in microelectronics and semiconductor manufacturing.
- Implement advanced manufacturing in support of the bioeconomy.
- Develop innovative materials and processing technologies.
- Lead the future of smart manufacturing.
- Expand and diversify the advanced manufacturing talent pool.
- Develop, scale and promote education and training in advanced manufacturing.
- Strengthen connections between employers and educational organizations.
- Improve supply chain interconnections.
- Expand efforts to reduce supply chain vulnerabilities.
- Strengthen and revitalize advanced manufacturing ecosystems.
Each of the goals has detailed recommendations outlined in the strategy. As part of this “whole of government” approach, the recent passage of the Science and CHIPS Act invests in semiconductor infrastructure and will help support several of the goals. The Reduce Inflation Act, combined with the infrastructure modernization investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, will provide resources and incentives to help achieve clean energy and climate goals. The President’s Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation ensures a sustainable, safe, and secure American bioeconomy.
Achieving these goals and objectives will require close collaboration across the US government. Several agencies sponsor successful public-private partnerships, such as the US Manufacturing Institutes (funded in part by the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and US Energy by the National Institute of Standards and Technology). These are national resources that support and strengthen US manufacturing and will play a key role in delivering on this strategy. For example, US manufacturing institutes partner with other organizations in the development of advanced manufacturing technology and workforce education and development. In fiscal year 2021, educational and employment programs at Manufacturing USA trained more than 90,000 people, encouraging many to pursue careers in manufacturing. The MEP program helps small and medium-sized manufacturers, which make up the majority of manufacturing companies in the US.
By investing in American advanced manufacturing, we invest in American communities. As technology advances in manufacturing, innovations enable new and improved methods of making products, as well as the development of new products that improve our lives. Advances in manufacturing enable the economy to continually grow as new technologies and innovations increase productivity, enable next-generation products, support our ability to address the climate crisis, and create new, high-quality, better-paying jobs.
Read the plan and learn more about Manufacturing USA here.