NACFAMNational Council for Advanced Manufacturing
NACFAMNational Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing
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NACFAM, an industry-led policy research organization working collaboratively since 1989 with key leaders from industry, education, and government, helps shape public policies and programs to make U.S.
"Other steps AMLF and NACFAM should consider include the acceleration of workforce skill development to meet industry and economic development needs, and providing appropriate occupational data on careers in manufacturing to make the industry more attractive."
In general, says NACFAM, "public policies affecting advanced manufacturing should be guided by a better factual understanding of the powerful role of manufacturing in the economy and its relevance to the national interest.
To encourage that sense of team participation, NACFAM was at IMTS 96 in Chicago to promote industry access to its national computer network of affordable nonprofit manufacturing resource centers.
NACFAM's long-range strategy, as laid out in the 51-page "US Industrial Strength for the 21st Century," keys on the fact that industry's success and the nation's continuing growth are closely interwoven.
To avoid complacency or calls for protectionism, says NACFAM, leadership is needed.
As far as technology development is concerned, NACFAM calls for industry and government to promote process technologies - virtual product development, agile enterprise concepts, and so on - to use those technologies to build a flexible and affordable defense industrial base, and to improve procedures to facilitate cost-sharing in industrial R&D.
NACFAM also calls for government at all levels to build a "networked infrastructure" of affordable technical support for smaller manufacturers, noting that 98.8% of the 328,000 manufacturing firms in the US are enterprises with fewer than 500 employees.