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Innovation: The ace up U.S. manufacturers' sleeves

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Bets are not off for the country’s heavy-lifting industry. Quite the contrary: U.S. manufacturing is experiencing a striking transformation fueled by investments in advanced manufacturing programs and adoption of value-added business models. American manufacturers are taking back what once belonged to them by capitalizing on the country’s biggest strength: the ability to innovate faster and better than anyone else.

We asked hundreds of executives at manufacturing companies across the country about the role innovation has in their future and how they plan to transform their business strategy. This infographic presents top survey findings, and leads the way for an in-depth series about the industry’s prized purple chip and competitive advantage.