Educational Effort on the Critical Intersection of Manufacturing and Technology Launched by the NAM

NAM Continues to Adopt New Tools to Amplify Manufacturers’ Voice

Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) launched the new D.A.T.A. (Driving the Agenda for Technology Advancement) Policy Center, geared toward educating policymakers and the public about manufacturers’ role in driving technology forward.

The D.A.T.A. Center will provide an additional tool to increase awareness and portray modern manufacturing as the sleek, technology-driven industry it truly is. From products to processes, tools to equipment, employees to customers, technology is the adhesive that bonds together manufacturing in the United States. Manufacturers, as leaders in the technology sector, are committed to protecting intellectual property, securing information infrastructure, improving connectivity and fostering an environment that encourages innovation.

“The innovation that drives manufacturing and improves the lives of all Americans needs a national technology policy that will allow it to flourish,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Manufacturers are global technology leaders, and the D.A.T.A. Center will be an important tool in educating audiences about pro-growth technology policies. Manufacturers invest more in research and development and hold more patents than all other domestic industrial sectors combined. Their expertise and experience are critical to any technology debate, and the NAM is proud to provide this new platform to amplify manufacturers’ voice.”

The manufacturing leaders involved in serving on the D.A.T.A. Center will develop proactive content, conduct surveys and work to promote the clear link between manufacturing and technology to policymakers. Their on-the-ground experience makes them natural thought leaders in the technology arena and will drive policy discussions in Washington.

“As a longstanding member of the NAM, Teradata is honored to be a member of the D.A.T.A. Policy Center and the step forward that the organization is taking to bring together private- and public-sector expertise into the entire manufacturing ecosystem. Technology is having a profound effect on manufacturers, the economy, our culture and policy debates in Washington, D.C. As a manufacturer and leading analytic data platforms, applications and services company, Teradata has seen how the ability to analyze all the data is a competitive differentiator.” – Bob Fair, executive vice president, chief marketing and information officer, Teradata Corporation

“The business community welcomes this initiative by the NAM because innovation and continuous product improvement is the key to success in today’s global markets. It is vitally important that our government leaders and the public at large fully appreciate the links between research and development, innovation, U.S. manufacturing jobs and our nation’s future economic prosperity.” – Tim Keating, senior vice president, government operations, Boeing

“The diverse U.S. technology sector was conceived and has been sustained as a result of important patent rights bestowed by our Constitution, designed to promote the progress of science and the useful arts, such as manufacturing. For centuries the guarantee of these inalienable rights has enabled diverse, cutting-edge American innovators such as universities, individual inventors, Cummins Allison and other manufacturers to grow and thrive, while incentivizing expansion of the technical knowledge base and industrial capabilities of our country. This success demonstrates the importance of robust intellectual property policies to economic growth, job creation and a strong America.” – William J. Jones, chairman, Cummins Allison Corporation

“The NAM’s new D.A.T.A. Center will help increase the understanding of the important role of technology in today’s advanced manufacturing operations. At GLOBALFOUNDRIES, we manufacture some of the most advanced semiconductor products in the world, enabling the digital devices driving our modern global economy and improving lives around the world every day. Understanding that innovation and technology are all integral parts of the manufacturing value chain is key in garnering support for policies that will grow the U.S. economy.” – Ajit Manocha, CEO, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

“Technology has already driven tremendous innovation and efficiency throughout our manufacturing processes here in the United States and abroad. The new D.A.T.A. Policy Center will further facilitate two-way communication between policymakers and the private sector, and Honda is proud to partner with the NAM as we seek to further cultivate a highly skilled and technically trained manufacturing workforce.” – Rick Schostek, senior vice president, Honda North America, Inc.

“We applaud the NAM’s initiative in launching the D.A.T.A. Center. It will enhance the NAM’s ability to underscore the critical importance of policies that encourage and nurture technology innovation to a robust U.S. manufacturing sector.” – Gerald Musarra, vice president, government & regulatory affairs, Lockheed Martin Corporation

"Technology skills and innovation are increasingly important to businesses in every sector. The establishment of this new center can be a helpful tool as we seek to forward strong policies to ensure America's economic future and vitality." – Fred Humphries, vice president of US government affairs for Microsoft

“SAP is proud to be a partner in the creation of the NAM D.A.T.A. Policy Center. As the world’s leading business software provider, SAP is excited about the future of manufacturing. Technologies such as cloud, mobile and big data will serve as a foundation for new levels of competitiveness from idea to performance. Manufacturers will not only be gaining new business insights from across their supply chains, but also will be able to immediately leverage these insights to take action, providing the agility required to win in the market. We look forward to sharing our experiences.” – Scott Bolick, vice president, SAP sustainable energy & operations, SAP America, Inc.

“As a leading U.S. manufacturer committed to bringing technology to life, delivering products and services for security, inspection, medical, energy, communications and engineered component markets, Smiths Group stands in full support of the NAM’s efforts to establish the D.A.T.A. Policy Center. We look forward to doing our part in support of the NAM’s efforts to educate policymakers about the critical role of how technology and manufacturing intersect and contribute to job creation in making the United States safer, healthier and more productive.” – Chris Swonger, senior vice president, government relations, Smiths Group

“As the world leader in serving science, innovation is Thermo Fisher Scientific’s lifeblood. When it comes to protecting the intellectual property associated with those developments, we work with the NAM and fellow manufacturers to ensure that the international community respects those investments. The NAM is key to getting our message heard by policymakers around the world.” – Randy Carter, vice president, information technology, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

“The automobile is in the midst of a technological revolution. Cars are increasingly connected to the Internet and to each other. The technology behind the ‘connected car’ is not only creating new benefits for driver safety and connectivity, but is also raising an array of public policy issues. We look forward to working closely with the NAM’s new D.A.T.A. Center to make sure that the voice of auto manufacturers is heard as technology policy is being developed.” – Steve Ciccone, group vice president, government affairs, Toyota Motor North America

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The D.A.T.A. Center is a tool for all NAM members, and the initial participants in this effort include the following:


  • Alcoa Inc.
  • Applied Materials, Inc.
  • AT&T
  • Boeing
  • Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Cummins Allison Corporation
  • General Motors Company
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Honda North America, Inc.
  • Ingersoll Rand
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PTC
  • SAP America, Inc.
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
  • Smiths Group
  • Teradata Corporation
  • Texas Instruments Incorporated
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
  • Toyota Motor North America
  • Verizon


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