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als suppliers, and a stream of new technology that is being created in universities and research centers around the world.”

He closed with a call-to-arms for U.S. industry. “Because the industry in Asia is so big,” he said, “it draws in new technology—from the Palo Alto center, from universities, from start-ups. And they have the manufacturing power. We need to understand that many of the materials in the flexible electronics space are the same as will be used in the next generation of photovoltaic materials. We should ask ourselves how easy it will be for these companies to just shift into solar when the time comes and be very competitive with anything we can do. I think this country needs to take this funnel of research and technology that is presently directed toward Asia and move it back into the United States and ensure that we have an industry here that can be the manufacturing focus for the new technology.”

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