This week, Industry Week hosts an editorial by Keith B. Belton in which he congratulates the 2020 manufacturing sector for investing in technology, AI, IoT and robotics. Belton says those investments have been crucial in the industry’s ability to adapt as needed during the COVID-19 crisis.
But there are at least six proposals Belton – the director of Manufacturing Policy Initiative at Indiana University – believes need to take place in American manufacturing before the next global pandemic:
- Enact a Broad Investment Tax Credit.
- Invest in collaborative R&D.
- Boost productivity of small business.
- Invest in skills training.
- Secure the defense industrial base.
- Develop a national plan for smart manufacturing.
Read Belton’s reasoning in “COVID-19 Makes the Case for Resilient Manufacturing”