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Reports and Research

The following is a compilation of recent reports and studies about manufacturing policy and practice. Inclusion of a report in this compilation is not indicative of MEP support, but rather an attempt to provide a single resource where different reports and studies about manufacturing can be located. Similarly, if we have omitted a report, it is not intentional. If you know of reports or studies that could or should be included in this page please forward the link and/or attachment with a brief thumbnail description to ken.voytek@nist.gov.


State of Manufacturing

Current State of Manufacturing

Challenges and opportunities facing U.S. manufacturers in today’s competitive environment, plus national strategies and current best practices.


Innovation, R&D, IP

Importance of innovation and R&D in the manufacturing industry along with factors and models that contribute to innovation success, plus the significance of IP protection to innovation.

Capital and Cost

Capital and Cost

Access to capital, both human and financial, and its importance to the success of the manufacturing industry along with discussions of methods to minimize structural costs.

Global Competitiveness

Global Competitiveness

Analysis of the current global competitive landscape for manufacturing and the drivers that will redefine it in the future.

Federal Industry Collaboration

Federal and Industry Collaboration

Federal support for and collaboration with industry in ways that impact manufacturing including funding from specific agencies.

Education and Workforce

Education and Workforce

How to attract, develop, and retain current and future talent, plus analysis of the skills gap in manufacturing including the need for greater focus on science and technology education.

Regulatory & Policy Reccomendations
Regulatory and Policy Recommendations

The impact of regulations and policies on the manufacturing industry in areas such as tax, energy, trade, and the legal environment.

Best Practices

Best Practices

Current best practices being utilized by U.S. manufacturers and/or their global competitors.


Analysis of the productivity of sectors, firms, and workers in the manufacturing industry as well as comparisons to other industries and countries.



The importance of sustainability to the manufacturing industry today including green technologies, green and lean concepts, and overall environmental performance.


Supply Chain

Topics related to supply chain improvement including supply network flexibility, supplier collaboration, supply chain logistics, and building the supply chain of the future.