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Leading Voices Weigh In On Bay Area Manufacturing

Publication Date: 
August 30, 2012
San Jose Mercury News
Leading Voices Weigh In On Bay Area Manufacturing

Rock Center Fellow Vivek Wadhwa is featured in this San Jose Mercury article discussing the revival of manufacturing in the Bay Area and the role Silicon Valley designers play in this.

It turns out manufacturing is far from dead in the Bay Area. No question the nature of manufacturing is changing; the big semiconductor fabricating plants of the last century are gone. They are being replaced by much smaller operations generally producing sophisticated electronics and early iterations of products designed by Silicon Valley's best and brightest.

And manufacturing is part of the conversation again in Silicon Valley and the rest of the Bay Area. Here's what some experts are saying about the revival of making things in the region.


"When you put all these trends together, within the next five to seven years the tides shift in a big way. Design is in Silicon Valley. Manufacturing comes back to where design is. Silicon Valley is now in the catbird seat. It's all about design. It's all about software."

-- Vivek Wadhwa, vice president of academics and innovation at Singularity University, a Mountain View think tank and academic organization working on solving problems with technology.