NSF report reveals increasing nanotech production
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have released a final report titled "2005 NCMS Survey of Nanotechnology in the U.S. Manufacturing Industry". The study, conducted under NSF-sponsorship, documents the nation's largest cross-industry survey of nanotechnology applications being commercialized by the U.S. manufacturing industry. Findings include:
Increased significance of nanotechnology to both traditional and emerging fields in the last five years.
In 2000, one could identify only a handful of companies with nanotechnology programs.
In 2005, 18% of the surveyed industries are already marketing products, about 80% expect to commercialize nano-products by 2010.
Almost everyone expressed confidence their organizations will be involved with nanotechnology in the future after 2010.