Manufacturing’s Link To Innovation

the work of innovation involves far more than just the development of new ideas; maintaining a healthy innovation ecosystem also requires a strong manufacturing sector.

Although manufacturing represents just over 11 percent of the U.S. economy today, it accounts for 70 percent of industry-funded R&D and employs over 36 percent of the nation’s engineers. The innovations developed in the manufacturing sector not only spur on technological advances in production but also benefit the service sector, which relies heavily on innovations first imagined over the course of the manufacturing process.

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