3-D printing has been around for decades but is now poised to disrupt the future of manufacturing. Also known as “additive manufacturing,” 3-D printing refers to the process of creating an object from data sources by layering materials according to programmed commands. With two of the world’s largest industrial giants, GE and Siemens, now incorporating additive manufacturing into their mass production operations, we could be approaching a technological tipping point.
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Asia is a land of extremes. It is home to the world’s highest mountains, the largest swamps and flood plains, and the largest reservoir. It is also home to permafrost that extends to lower latitudes than anywhere else in the world. But as global temperatures rise, that permafrost is thawing and posing challenges for the region’s infrastructure.
Autonomous vehicles have the potential to re-shape the continent of Asia’s economic geography, but they face infrastructure challenges unique to the region.
The fastest-growing container trade in the world is intra-Asian trade. It is here that the business case for automated terminal investment is strongest.
In his inaugural address, President Donald Trump reiterated a central policy priority of his campaign: the need to invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Last week, Senate Democrats introduced their own $1 trillion infrastructure plan. What has garnered less attention is the critical demand for infrastructure overseas, estimated at $4 trillion annually, that presents significant strategic and commercial opportunities for the United States. Yet the infrastructure arena is also one of fierce competition where other countries are leading and U.S. firms are lagging. As officials who recently concluded their service at the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State, we traveled across the globe leading U.S. business delegations and engaging foreign officials in support of our companies and job creation at home. While the United States has made strides in shoring up its competitiveness in the infrastructure sector, more can and must be done.