Microelectronics Manufacturing Supply Chain Association Discusses Solutions to Advance Manufacturing Innovation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — December 12, 2013 — SEMI, the global trade organization representing the nano- and micro- electronic manufacturing supply chains, today urged Congress to support efforts to revitalize America’s manufacturing sector. SEMI vice president of Global Advocacy Jonathan Davis provided testimony before the Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
The subcommittee chaired by Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-IN) held the hearing on “Building a Network for Manufacturing Innovation.” The hearing focused on H.R. 2996, the “Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013” (RAMI), which was recently introduced by Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III (D-MA).
The bill creates Centers for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) to address challenges in advanced manufacturing and focus on manufacturing processes, new materials or technologies, and supply chain methodologies. CMIs will include active participation from industry, research universities, community colleges, and other entities. Activities of the CMIs include research and development, proof-of-concept and prototyping, and reducing the cost, time, and risk of commercialization of new technologies and processes. CMIs will also develop education and training programs and conduct outreach and engagement with small and mid-size businesses.
A companion bill (S. 1468) is sponsored by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
Discussion of the legislation occurred in two panel sessions. Witnesses on the first panel which included views from industry and a policy institute were:
- Jonathan Davis, global vice president of Advocacy, SEMI
- Richard A. Aubrecht, Ph.D., vice chairman of the Board, vice president, Strategy and Technology, Moog, Inc.
- Stephan Biller, Ph.D., chief scientist, Manufacturing Technology, GE Global Research
- Stan A. Veuger, Ph.D., resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
A second panel included testimony from House of Representative legislation co-authors Reps. Reed and Kennedy.
Jonathan Davis of SEMI said that important elements of the legislation included provisions to bolster U.S. manufacturing by bridging the gap between basic research and product development through the establishment of public-private centers for manufacturing innovation. The centers will bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and all levels of government to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications.
“SEMI supports this bill as a useful and constructive mechanism for the federal government to strengthen advanced manufacturing in the United States,” said Davis. “It’s our hope that Congress will find the correct balance so that worthy public policy objectives such as H.R. 2996 can be debated and implemented.”
Additional information and video of the hearing can be found at: science.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-research-and-technology-hearing-building-network-manufacturing-innovation
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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