SAN JOSE, Calif. — August 2, 2013 — SEMI, the global trade organization representing the nano- and micro-electronic manufacturing supply chains, today announced its strong support for newly introduced legislation aimed at bolstering domestic manufacturing competitiveness. The bipartisan “Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013,” was introduced yesterday by U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) and would establish a Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NMI) to position the United States as the global leader in advanced manufacturing.
“This is the kind of industry-led solution that we see as being the most effective way to jump start more advanced manufacturing in the U.S.,” said SEMI president and CEO Denny McGuirk. “With government and academia as partners, and with industry as a leader, we think that some great things can be achieved to address the most difficult challenges in creating breakthroughs in advanced manufacturing.”
The program is designed to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and all levels of government to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications. It would establish public-private institutes to leverage resources to bridge the gap between basic research and product development.
“Our industry commends Senators Brown and Blunt for their leadership on this issue,” continued McGuirk. “This is a clear case where two senators have seen a need, and put politics aside to come up with a common sense, ‘all-hands-on-deck’ solution to promote more advanced manufacturing in the U.S., and create the jobs that go along with it.”
SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronics manufacturing supply chains. Our 1,900 member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.
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