Advanced Manufacturing

 
 
Deputy Sector Navigator - Rick Osbrink
 
Office: 530-242-7627 
 
 
 

What is Advanced Manufacturing?

Some experts define advanced manufacturing as a new way of accomplishing the “how to” of production, where the emphasis
is on customization and scalability, while advancing the technologies necessary to improve capabilities. Paul Fowler of the
National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM) defines advanced manufacturing as an entity that:
 
“Makes extensive use of computer, high precision, and information technologies integrated with a high performance
workforce in a production system capable of furnishing a heterogeneous mix of products in small
or large volumes with both the efficiency of mass production and the flexibility of custom manufacturing in
order to respond rapidly to customer demands.” (PCAST)
 
 
Why Advanced Manufacturing?
The manufacturing sector is critical to California’s economy. For every one job created in manufacturing, at least two and a
half jobs are created to support the sector. Further, manufacturing firms create regional wealth by producing a product that
is exported across the state, nation and/or world. This attracts additional funds to the region — building wealth for businesses,
individuals and community. Because
 
 
Quick Facts
--There are about 64,000 manufacturing businesses in California.
-- The manufacturing sector accounts for 1.3 million jobs in California or about 7% of the state’s employment across all sectors.
-- While manufacturing experienced an overall loss of jobs in 2011-2012 (-3,276 jobs), sectors such as food manufacturing and biotechnology actually added jobs (4,104 and 3,232 respectively).
-- Revenue generated by manufacturing sector in 2011 totaled $341 billion.
-- The 2012 average sector earnings per worker (EPW) for manufacturing was $92,532 — 62% more than the average EPW across all sectors in California .