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Developed Nations Push Global Manufacturing Growth To 7-Month High  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

While growth across the global manufacturing sector remained in comparatively low gear during October, some notable increases in activity in developed nations helped to push the headline JP Morgan/Markit Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Inde… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Nov 03, 2015
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It’s Time to Put the EXIM Bank Back in Business  in Manufacturing Advocacy

An important step in reviving the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank), idled since July when its authority to do business expired, was taken yesterday when the House of Representatives employed a little-used legislative technique to r… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Oct 27, 2015
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Why Is it So Hard to Transplant Lean in Low-Cost Countries?  in The Adaptive Organization

After rushing to offshore production in pursuit of lower-cost labor, many manufacturers have spent the past few years rethinking that decision. They’ve learned that, while offshoring production bound for core markets to lower-cost countries can bring… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Oct 27, 2015
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GE’s Immelt is Right: Manufacturing 4.0 “Infects” Everything  in The Innovation Enterprise

As GE CEO and 2015 Manufacturing Leader of the Year award-winner Jeff Immelt commented in a recent two-part interview with Mckinsey; “Industrial companies are [now] in the information business - whether they want to be or not.” He makes a good point.… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Oct 20, 2015
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P&G Plant Tour: ML Council Members Say Industry Transformation Won’t Affect the Need for Plant Floor Disciplines  in Factories of the Future

Many people in industry today believe that the convergence of manufacturing with new and advanced technologies such as 3D printing, cyber-physical systems, and Big Data will have a profound effect on the way production is organized and conducted. But… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Oct 13, 2015
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Does Historic Trade Pact Stand to Benefit Manufacturers?  in Manufacturing Advocacy

This week’s news that the United States and 11 of its trading partners have preliminarily agreed to terms of a long-awaited Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement set off predictable comparison’s with NAFTA, the still-controversial Nort… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Oct 06, 2015
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Women in Manufacturing Conference Attendees Urged to Take Risks, Have Greater Confidence  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Last week’s Women in Manufacturing Summit in Minneapolis revealed concerns among attendees that the role of women in industry is not what it should be, that women are not only under-represented but also viewed and judged differently than their male c… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Sep 29, 2015
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VW and Digital Deception: A Warning to All Smart Product Makers  in Transformative Technologies

Volkswagen’s confession that it cheated regulatory authorities by embedding ‘defeat device’ software into 11 million diesel-powered vehicles to falsify the results of official emissions tests, raises serious issues about the need for greater vigilanc… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Sep 29, 2015
Views: 28731
Manufacturing Leadership’s New “Critical Issues” Focus on Manufacturing 4.0  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the member-driven global business network for senior industrial executives, has identified a new set of six Critical Issues facing the manufacturing industry for 2015/2016. This year, the Council’s… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Sep 22, 2015
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Do Manufacturers Need Chief Digital Officers?  in The Adaptive Organization

On a recent Manufacturing Leadership Council Roundtable call, Dr. Dean Bartles, Executive Director of the Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute and a member of the Council’s Board of Governors, laid out his vision of manufacturing’s d… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Sep 15, 2015
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Risk Alert: Competitive Cyber Threats Rising for Manufacturing Supply Chains  in Cybersecurity

In its latest Global State of Information Security Survey, consultants PriceWaterhouseCoopers found that the number of detected security breaches across all industries last year leapt to 42.8 million, a massive 48% increase over 2013. Resulting finan… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Sep 08, 2015
Views: 26417
Manufacturing 4.0: Is Your Leadership Team Up to the Challenge?  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

The emerging world of Manufacturing 4.0 will offer a host of potential benefits to manufacturing companies, but many firms will have to strengthen their leadership ranks in order to take advantage of this next wave of industrial progress. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Sep 01, 2015
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Does China’s Stock Market Turmoil Leave Global Manufacturing Growth in Doubt?  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

We’ve all been there. You go into a meeting and by the time you come out, the world has changed. That’s what it must have been like for the gathering of senior-level Chinese officials and state industrialists at a special meeting in Beijing last Frid… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Aug 25, 2015
Views: 22432
Transformation is Major Theme at Jefferies Industrial Conference  in The Adaptive Organization

I traveled to New York City last week to attend the 11th annual Jefferies Industrial Conference, a diverse gathering of more than 200 companies in the chemicals, aerospace and defense, automotive, metal fabrication, biofuels, and other market segment… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Aug 17, 2015
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ML Council Explores Strategies for Accelerating Innovation and Supply Chain Performance at Flex Plant Tour  in The Innovation Enterprise

Last week, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered in Milpitas, CA, to tour the campus of electronics manufacturing services company Flex (formerly Flextronics) and to learn from each other how to accelerate innovation and speed up t… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 11, 2015
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U.S. Manufacturing Leaders Say Government is Failing to Deliver the Help They Need  in Manufacturing Advocacy

With several U.S. presidential candidates promising to reinvigorate the manufacturing sector and “bring home” manufacturing jobs, and with the White House attempting to keep pace with manufacturing revitalization initiatives emerging from major globa… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 04, 2015
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The Jeep Cyber Attack: Can We Control Our Connected World?  in Cybersecurity

The warnings about the perils of our increasingly connected world keep coming.This past weekend Fiat Chrysler issued a recall of 1.4 million vehicles after it was revealed that two researchers hacked and took control of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Burrowi… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jul 28, 2015
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Are Changing Business Models the Key to Manufacturing’s Future?  in The Innovation Enterprise

If manufacturing leaders hope to be ready for the major transformational shifts that lie ahead over the next few years, they will need to adopt business models that are a lot more collaborative and agile and that boost their ability to innovate. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jul 14, 2015
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Twelve New U.S. Manufacturing Communities Eligible for $1 Billion in Federal Funds  in Manufacturing Advocacy

Seeking to stimulate the development of regional, collaborative manufacturing hubs across the U.S., the federal Department of Commerce has identified 12 Manufacturing Communities that will be eligible to tap into a $1 billion fund being offered by a … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jul 14, 2015
Views: 23165
Does the Road to Manufacturing 4.0 Begin Here?  in Transformative Technologies

Manufacturing 4.0, with its promise of plants populated with smart, connected machines, conjures an alluring vision of the future. Armed with loads of real-time data generated by ever-more-intelligent machines, manufacturers will be able to address p… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jul 06, 2015
Views: 42963