Cliff Waldman interviewed Sridhar Kota and Tom Mahoney, both of MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, to discuss their recent Wall Street Journal Op-ed, in which they argue that production offshoring by U.S. manufacturers is depleting the U.S. of critical innovation capacity. Listen to the Manufacturing Matters podcast here.
Kota and Mahoney discussed the global context for their arguments, specifically relating to the need for U.S. manufacturers to establish a foreign presence to sell into new and emerging markets, the value of a foreign multinational presence in the U.S., and complex multi-country supply chains. The interview concludes with a discussion of the authors’ policy recommendations for slowing the outflow of innovation from U.S. shores.
Kota is the Herrick Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is the founding Director of MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight – a federally-funded national think-and-do tank focused on accelerating technological innovation to enhance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.
Mahoney has over 30 years of experience in the fields of industrial management, international competition, technology development and adoption, economic analysis, and entrepreneurship. His combination of economic expertise and hands-on business management skills have proven effective in providing strategic and technical advice to manufacturers and governments worldwide.
About Jacket Media:
Jacket Media is the voice of manufacturing and industrial business. Lewis Weiss is the founder and President of Jacket Media, the parent media company which produces the flagship program Manufacturing Talk Radio, as well as The WAM Podcast (Women And Manufacturing) with host Frances Brunelle, Manufacturing Outlook ezine, Where’s Willie, Full Time with Amy Nicklaus, and Manufacturing Matters with Cliff Waldman.
Weiss, best known as the host of Manufacturing Talk Radio, the leading industrial podcast for the past six years, with more than 400 guests and more than a million downloads, has gained wide respect and audience.
Through these varied and innovative media vehicles Jacket Media recently entered into a formal strategic alliance with manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler, founder of the 7000-member Manufacturing Media Consortium and is also the CEO of TR Cutler, Inc.
In 2020 this partnership will allow aggressive cross-promotion of the content throughout all Jacket Media channels. Aggressive PR and social media campaigns will broaden the audience, positioning Jacket Media to a top leadership role in telling the fascinating stories and news of manufacturers and capturing industrial trends and outlooks in real-time.
Additionally, there will be a new in-depth sponsorship program introduced in early 2020 allowing thought leaders a regular contribution format and comprehensive communication channels to review products, people, trade shows, events, and trends. Customer profiles will prove especially important keeping the challenge of manufacturing today and the corresponding solutions in front of all Jacket Media readers and listeners.
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