American Manufacturing in Foreign Countries

Archive Report

Rise in U.S. Private Investment Abroad

Tripling of the Value of Direct Investments

Interest among American manufacturers in market potentialities for their products in foreign countries has been growing steadily since World War II. More and more companies have expanded exports from their plants at home; licensed patents and processes to foreign producers in exchange for royalties or a share of profits; or established subsidiary companies or branch factories abroad. The last-named of the three main ways of penetrating foreign markets has attained special importance in the past decade. The huge dollar investment poured into foreign production facilities by American business has forged strong private economic ties with many countries.

Ten years ago, exports of non-military goods and foreign sales of goods produced abroad by American companies ...

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