Ford executive to attend Intel, Qualcomm meetings this week

A Ford executive will attend high-level meetings for Intel, Qualcomm and others this week in an effort to foster new investments and partnerships in chip manufacturing. Jim Hackett, the chief executive of Ford Motor…

Ford executive to attend Intel, Qualcomm meetings this week

A Ford executive will attend high-level meetings for Intel, Qualcomm and others this week in an effort to foster new investments and partnerships in chip manufacturing.

Jim Hackett, the chief executive of Ford Motor Company, will join representatives from the companies in Los Angeles and Santa Clara on Friday to focus on “innovation, partnerships and production,” according to Intel’s website.

U.S. manufacturing has lost ground to automation and an influx of low-cost labor overseas. The White House has ramped up pressure on companies to create new manufacturing jobs in the United States, arguing that potential American benefits to automating and outsourcing manufacturing exceed the costs of moving production to other countries.

Ford, which currently uses U.S.-made silicon-based semiconductors for a slew of its products, including the Fusion Hybrid, C-Max and Escape, hopes to make more of its cars with U.S.-made semiconductors, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“The fight to keep America’s manufacturing alive is the only thing that matters to me personally and our company,” Mr. Hackett wrote in a blog post in November. “No one, even companies like Intel, can afford to sit back and watch America’s manufacturing base become lost.”

A spokesman for Intel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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