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MEMS Manufacturing Resurgence in the Age of Trump

By March 21, 2017December 1st, 2017Blog

By Jessica Gomez

Recently, Carolyn Mathas, a contributing writer to the IEEE, interviewed me and Rory Rohan, the managing director at Source Capital Group, regarding the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing. Carolyn asked us whether the uptick was benefiting our segment, and if so, what we thought were the contributing factors.  As you can tell from the resulting article, Is the MEMS Manufacturing Resurgence Influenced by Trump?, it’s a complex question, as are most things once you involve both politics and rapidly changing global trends.

I was able to help frame the conversation by adding my take on what goes on behind the scenes in the MEMS manufacturing industry, including: What venture capitalist have considered to be viable business models in the past and where are they going now? How does intellectual property protection fit into the equation? Is there evidence of a growing demand?

Rory Rohan jumped in with his views on the evolution of global competition factors, the potential relationship between current trends in labor cost and resurgence, and the effect of today’s U.S.-centric political landscape that puts the focus on manufacturing. Rory is a brilliant guy by the way!

Now, as to the effect that the Trump presidential win will have on U.S manufacturing, my take is that the new administration’s policies may level the global playing field. Rory’s, on the other hand, is that rehoming manufacturing jobs makes for “good political fodder”—but a U.S. manufacturing resurgence is more closely tied to lower labor costs, economic incentives, a highly educated workforce and the potential result of forcing tariffs on foreign products.

Have I piqued your interest yet? It’s a good read. Check it out here: