Advanced Manufacturing

Building and Design Tomorrow's Products

Some of the world’s most advanced products are designed and/or made and assembled here. The region supports manufacturers through a geo-central location in a business-friendly state, low tax burden, no state income tax, and living costs below the national average.

Fueled by Austin’s young, highly trained workforce and partnerships between the region’s higher education institutions and the private sector, Austin is a leader in semiconductor and electronics R&D and manufacturing.

Fueled by Austin’s young, highly trained workforce and partnerships between the region’s higher education institutions and the private sector, Austin is a leader in semiconductor and electronics R&D and manufacturing. The region has also seen growth in diverse sectors including automotive technology, medical devices, nanotechnology, and aerospace manufacturing, as well as a rebounding of general manufacturing since the 2009 recession.

The Austin Regional Manufacturing Association, founded in 2013, works to insure that manufacturing remains among the most productive contributors to the regional economy through advocacy, workforce development, and networking.

Total manufacturing employment in the region is at about 57,000 in 2017, up by 19 percent from 2010. Over 320 high-tech manufacturing firms employ 31,000, up 14 percent since 2010. High-tech manufacturing currently represents 55 percent of the region’s manufacturing employment.

Innovation is a key export for the Austin high-tech economy.

  • Austin inventors were awarded nearly 4,200 patents in 2017.
  • According U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data on 2005-2015 patent activity in 366 U.S. metros, Austin ranks 11th for total patents awarded and among the 50 largest metros, Austin ranks third for per capita patent activity.
  • A 2014 National Science Foundation report ranks Austin in the top 10 for business R&D performed and paid for by large R&D companies.
  • Additionally, the University of Texas consistently ranks among the top research universities in the country with over $650 million in research expenditures annually.

Spurred by annual population growth of 3.0% and a favorable business climate, the Austin region is ready to be considered a location for general and advanced manufacturing projects. The five-county metro area includes several communities with freeport tax exemption on goods in production and transit and also a Foreign Trade Zone framework which allows streamlined site activation.

Many of the top computer and microchip firms have established major design and production centers in Austin. Austin is home to Samsung’s largest semiconductor production center outside of Korea, to which a new R&D center was recently added. Singapore-based contract electronics manufacturer Flextronics recently expanded its footprint in Central Texas for production of Apple’s new Mac Pro.

MANUFACTURING DESIGN CENTERSHIGH TECH MANUFACTURINGGENERAL MANUFACTURING
Advanced Micro Devices
Apple
ARM
Cirrus Logic
Dell Technologies
Emerson Automation Solutions
Ericsson
Fallbrook Technologies
IBM
Intel
Microchip
National Instruments
NVIDIA
Oracle
Qualcomm
Silicon Laboratories
Tokyo Electron America
3M
Airborn
Applied Materials
BAE Systems
CFAN
Cypress Semiconductor
DJO Surgical
Flex
HID Global
ICU Medical
Luminex Corp.
NXP Semiconductors
Samsung Austin Semiconductor
TECO-Westinghouse Motor Co.
Toppan Photomasks
Wayne Fueling Systems
Acme Brick Co.
Aereon
American Achievement Corp.
Austin Foam Plastics
Deep Eddy Vodka
Durcon
Dynamic Systems
EPIC Piping
Heldenfels Enterprises
Manitex
National Oilwell Varco
Otis Spunkmeyer
Phillips
Serta Mattress
Thermon Manufacturing
US Farathane
Veggie Noodle Co.

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