Advanced Technology & Manufacturing

The Advanced Technology and Manufacturing cluster is made up of three sub-clusters: nanotechnology, semiconductors, and automotive manufacturing. Texas' world-class universities and research facilities, highly trained workforce, strong government and private business support, and a thriving business climate make Texas a national and global leader in all three sub-clusters.

Texas is the birthplace of the integrated circuit, invented by Texas Instruments' Jack Kilby in 1958. The Texas manufacturing industy employs nearly 874,450 people with an average annual wage of $71,500. Texas exported over $24.4 billion in transportation equipment in 2013.
Toyota and General Motors are the two largest auto manufacturing employers in Texas. Texas is the top U.S. state for manufacturing exports and value of shipments. The buckyball, discovered at Rice University's Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, won three professors receiving the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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