On December 21st, Jabil was invited to attend a Stakeholder Event at the White House, celebrating the success of Manufacturing USA, a federal program bringing together leading U.S. innovators in manufacturing. Nearly 200 leaders from industry, academia and federal Institutes attended the event, with notable industry innovation leaders such as Dean Kamen (inventor of the Segway) presenting to the group. Senior government officers from the White House, Department of Energy, the Department of Defense and the Department of Commerce were also in attendance.
Leading the Way to Innovation
The institute aims to develop manufacturing innovations in fields such as the digital thread, 3D printing, flexible hybrid electronics, functional fabrics, biopharmaceuticals and manufacturing of life-saving cells, tissues and organs. Because many of these areas align very closely with Jabil's strategic capabilities and priorities, participation in the Manufacturing USA institutes strengthens its internal development efforts while enhancing Jabil's recognition as a global manufacturing innovation leader.
Collaboration is Key
As the speed of innovation accelerates, the cost of failure increases. Inadequate technology performance, lack of market adoption, or inability to execute commercial launch are expensive failures. But when organizations collaborate and co-innovate, they distribute the burden of failure, leading to more capacity for success. Ultimately, strategic collaborations ensure companies stay relevant as markets undergo digital transformation. For this reason, Jabil actively seeks partners and consortia that complement its core capabilities. So, when the opportunity to actively participate in shaping the future of manufacturing presented itself, Jabil was poised to join the Manufacturing USA initiative and network with industry leaders.