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For Immediate Release
March 17, 2008

Contact: Matt Braud

Washington - Commerce Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services William G. Sutton issued the following statement on the recently released report, Manufacturing the Future: Federal Priorities for Manufacturing R&D.  The report is available online at

“I want to commend our partners and colleagues on the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Manufacturing Research and Development as well as the White House’s National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology.

“The IWG’s report provides a roadmap for addressing significant challenges facing U.S. manufacturers.  The key areas addressed in the report – hydrogen energy technologies, nanomanufacturing, and intelligent and integrated manufacturing – are all vital to the future of American manufacturing.

“Enhancing the competitiveness of these critical areas will help our manufacturers maintain an advantage in the global economy and enable U.S companies to lead the world in innovation, productivity and R&D.”

Manufacturing and Services (MAS) is a unit of the International Trade Administration dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of U.S. industry.  MAS’s industry sector experts and analysts provide practical input to ensure that domestic and international policies, laws, and regulations are passed with an eye towards the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and service industries.


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