Commentary: New Opportunities for Biobased Manufacturing

by Liam Leightley, SAFER Chairman

One could argue that, in today’s times, rather than an economic recovery being “all about jobs,” it will be “all about products.” As the nation’s economy emerges from a significant recession, the winners will be those manufacturers producing new products. While we may not be able to define exactly what those new products will be, we can be sure that they will be manufactured using advanced manufacturing techniques, robotics, and considerable IT and have a small footprint per unit of operation. The development of new products will be such that the products are designed to be compatible with the manufacturing process. This is contrary to the past, when manufacturing machinery was designed to accommodate the end product. Read more here.

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