New manufacturing economy

The new manufacturing economy (NME) describes the role of advanced manufacturing in the rise of the New Economy. The term describes manufacturing enabled by digital technologies, advanced systems and processes and a highly trained and knowledgeable workforce.[1] The new manufacturing economy integrates networks, 3D printers and other proficiencies into business strategies to further develop manufacturing practices.[2]

Thomas Friedman references Lawrence F. Katz that hubs of "universities, high-tech manufacturers, software/service providers and highly nimble start-ups"[3] are a needed economic development strategy. This is very similar to NME thoughts even though that exact term is not used.

The Pillars of the new manufacturing economyEdit


Focus on geographic expansion, information technology and internet commerce are on the rise for industrial manufacturing companies according to the PricewaterhouseCooper Q4 2010 Manufacturing Barometer.[4] Such conditions compel companies to incorporate new technologies into business plans and to concentrate on the application of open-source product development in the creation of physical goods as a form of competitive advantage.[2]

New technologies influence various industries to emphasize innovation as a business tool .[5] Advanced manufacturing is feasible due to continuous improvement investments and modernization of the workforce, technologies and supply chains in order to increase global competitiveness, environmental sustainability and product customization to meet consumer expectations.


Incorporating modern CNC equipment in new manufacturing processes requires better trained employees with more exacting skills than were previously required in heavy industry.[6] Past manufacturing job consisted largely of physical labor and worker assembly line requirements, but in response to technological evolution are becoming tech-savvy and information intense with focus on creativity and resourcefulness.


The new manufacturing economy is centered around "niche" businesses who satisfy the needs of small consumer markets by offering what customers want, when they want it.[2] The primary foundation of this strategy is selling less of more.[7] Adopting the efficiencies of digital and Web-based technologies into current business strategies is an emerging trend in manufacturing practices.[8]


Advanced technology in the manufacturing marketplace has led to growth in areas such as software development and biotechnology[9] and to emphasis on numerous industries such as:[10]

Related termsEdit


  1. ^ Tumulty, Brian (13 Nov 2005). "Skilled Manufacturing Workers in High Demand". USA Today.
  2. ^ a b c Anderson, Chris (2008). The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More (Revised ed.). New York: Hyperion. ISBN 978-1401309664.
  3. ^ Friedman, Thomas L. (2011-12-10). "The Next First (and Only) 100 Days". The New York Times.
  4. ^ PricewaterhouseCoopers (Winter 2010). "Manufacturing Barometer: Business Outlook Report – 4Q 2010". Retrieved 2011-03-21. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Dayberry, John (15 December 2010). "Manufacturing Solutions Center Prepares for Move to Conover". Hickory Daily Record. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  6. ^ Marano, Ray (2000). "Making Manufacturing Muscle". Pittsburgh: New Century Careers. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-02-02.
  7. ^ "Chris Anderson to Discuss New Manufacturing Economy". Dexigner. 2010-02-22. Archived from the original on 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  8. ^ Turbide, David (4 October 2004). "The Next Generation of ERP Software: Technology as a Means for Thriving in the New Manufacturing Economy" (PDF). EPICOR. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  9. ^ Kleszczewski, Mark (November 2010). "High-Tech Manufacturing: Down but Nowhere Near Out". Global Corporate Xpansion. Retrieved 2011-03-09.[dead link]
  10. ^ Department of Governmental Relations (2009). "Indiana's New Manufacturing Economy Initiative". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-02-01.

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