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DOE White Paper: Keeping Manufacturing in the United States

Reversing the trend of off-shore SSL manufacturing would have a significant impact on the U.S. economy through the retention of tens of thousands of jobs and of technical expertise and capability, and the creation of new jobs. It could boost the sales of value-added exports, while reducing the level of value-added imports. Perhaps of most value would be maintaining U.S. leadership in the solid-state lighting industry as product advancements are made over the coming years. While solid-state lighting components are already be¬ing sourced internationally, research and development remains most intense in the United States and Europe, as does manufacturing of higher quality products.