Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Critical Materials: Present Danger to U.S. Manufacturing | RAND

By Richard Silberglitt, James T. Bartis, Brian G. Chow, David L. An, Kyle Brady

A high percentage of many raw and semi-finished materials critical to U.S. manufacturing are imported. China is the controlling producer of 11 of these materials and has instituted export restrictions that have led to two-tier pricing, creating pressure to move manufacturing to China. This report suggests the need for actions to mitigate the impact of such market distortions on the global manufacturing sector.


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