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More than 70 percent of manufacturing leaders are optimistic about their company’s future.

Now, they’re trying to get the rest of the world to feel the same way.

Recently integrated technology company Siemens launched a thought leadership tour called “Manufacturing in America: Making Things Right.”

The goals? Explore trends shaping America’s next industrial evolution and the challenges that still exist — and get those messages out to a wider audience. 

It’s starting to work. More than 2,000 online users joined Siemens-sponsored “America’s New Manufacturing” forum, presented by Washington Post Live. The forum brought government officials and leading industry experts to discuss the new era in manufacturing, expanding manufacturing hubs, trends in manufacturing, workforce training, and innovations.

“Across the globe, and particularly in the U.S., the manufacturing sector is undergoing an evolution where innovation and manufacturing are merging, driving both product and process innovation,” says Helmuth Ludwig, CEO of Siemens Industry Sector, North America. “This is making industry more competitive and taking productivity and efficiency to levels never experienced before.”

On May 17, Siemens will participate in Chicago’s Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Executive Summit, featuring panel discussions on “The Future of Manufacturing Innovation” and “The Future of U.S. Manufacturing: A New Executive Perspective.” Other Siemens thought leadership events will be held in Los Angeles, June 11, New Orleans, June 24-27 and New York, July 16.