According to the rankings of the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2003-2004, the U.S. is well prepared for sustained economic growth, though not quite as much as first-ranked Finland. The rankings take into account a country's macroeconomic environment, quality of the country's institutions, state of the country's technology, and supporting infrastructure. The U.S., while performing well in the technology area, is weakened somewhat in quality of public institutions and macroeconomic environment; public finances, in particular, rank the U.S. 50th of the 102 surveyed countries. For more information, go to www.weforum.org/gcr2003.
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
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