Manufacturers Weigh in on Next Steps for TPP

Washington, D.C., July 31, 2015 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey issued the following statement on the conclusion of the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in Maui, Hawaii:

"The TPP negotiations have long presented a lot of hope for manufacturers in the United States and the millions of jobs they impact. If done right, this agreement has the potential to boost U.S. manufacturing growth and global competitiveness.

While we are disappointed that a final, comprehensive and high-standard TPP could not be reached this week, we are hopeful this latest round of talks has identified areas of further agreement and that plans are underway to overcome roadblocks that will allow the TPP parties to finalize the strongest possible agreement in the near future.

We are deeply appreciative of the hard work that United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and the entire U.S. negotiating team have put into these negotiations and urge their continued attention to the issues that are most critical to grow the U.S. economy and support high-paying jobs in the United States. From the beginning, manufacturers have been loud and clear on the TPP: a strong agreement must embrace priorities that will fuel manufacturing growth in the United States, including through concrete new market access, the protection of intellectual property, provisions to enable e-commerce and a level playing field, fair treatment and strong property and investment protection standards, all of which must be enforceable for all industries."

Manufacturing priorities for TPP are detailed in the NAM's Trans-Pacific Partnership Priorities report, available here.



The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit