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Are You Ready for Disruption and Disintermediation?  in The Innovative Enterprise

If technology has not yet completely disrupted the way you ideate, design, fund, source, make, and ship products, just wait a few minutes, because your entire value chain is ripe for change. Read More →

Posted by Sue Pelletier on Jun 05, 2014
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From STEM to STEAM: Preparing Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Workforce  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

“The industrial revolution of 2030 will have creativity at its soul’, believes Larry Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, speaking today at the 10th Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Palm Beach, Fl. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 04, 2014
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Thailand: Latest Example of Offshoring Risk  in Redefining the Supply Chain

As the leadership crisis continues to play out in Thailand, manufacturers are receiving a clear reminder of the risks that social and political upheaval can mean to offshore production. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 30, 2014
Views: 15886
China To Scrap Six Million Dirty Cars This Year  in Sustainability

The Chinese government announced plans this week to remove up to six million dirty vehicles from its roads by the end of the year in an urgent bid to reduce the devastating levels of pollution clogging up its cities. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on May 29, 2014
Views: 15888
What Does the Skills Shortage Really Cost Manufacturers?  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

A current lack of skilled and highly-skilled manufacturing workers has measurable financial impacts on U.S. manufacturers, according to a new study from Accenture and the Manufacturing Institute. The study, “Out of Inventory: Skills Shortage Threaten… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 21, 2014
Views: 38585
3D Printing: Autodesk Bids To Become The ‘Android’ of the 3D World  in Factories of the Future

3D modeling software company Autodesk plans to launch an open source software platform later this year in a bid to create a new global standard for 3D printing. It’s a potentially astute move. There are an estimated 40 or more different types of soft… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on May 20, 2014
Views: 15070
Looking For Growth? U.S., U.K. and China Top Manufacturing Sector Target List  in The Innovative Enterprise

A new global survey, released today, reveals that many global companies see the U.S., the U.K. and China as the top three target markets for future manufacturing sales growth in the year ahead. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on May 14, 2014
Views: 19894
Women In Manufacturing: Women Now On The Boards Of All Britain’s Leading Manufacturers  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

It would be foolish to say that the manufacturing industry is close to shedding its traditional male-dominated image, but there are clear signs of progress in one of Europe’s largest manufacturing powerhouses in the U.K. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on May 13, 2014
Views: 21669
Reshoring: Extricating Equipment Can Be a Challenge  in The Adaptive Organization

As U.S. manufacturers continue to reshore of some production, some are running into an unexpected challenge: Getting tooling and critical equipment out of China. In a discussion this week among members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, severa… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 09, 2014
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Learning from a Rocky Reshoring Experience  in The Adaptive Organization

Reshoring appears to be gaining momentum, most recently with reports from Boston Consulting Group indicating that the U.S. and other western countries are becoming more cost-competitive compared to countries previously considered low-cost, particular… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on May 05, 2014
Views: 18875
GSK, Novartis, Eli Lilly Deals Shake Up Global Pharma Sector  in Redefining the Supply Chain

In a complex set of deals, drug giants GSK of the UK and Novartis in Switzerland have agreed to a multi-billion dollar exchange of assets to help reshape their businesses. In a separate deal, Novartis has also agreed to sell its animal health divisio… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Apr 24, 2014
Views: 18111
Hannover Fair: The Challenges of Transition to Industry 4.0  in Factories of the Future

It’s rare for the world to converge around a shared vision of the future of manufacturing, but there was a distinct sense of alignment during last week’s massive industrial fair in Hannover, Germany. However, there was also increasing acknowledgement… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Apr 16, 2014
Views: 18634
Parts of Conflict Minerals Laws Ruled Unconstitutional  in Manufacturing Advocacy

A U.S. appeals court this week called unconstitutional aspects of new federal regulations that require manufacturers to track and report their use of so-called conflict minerals. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 14, 2014
Views: 13954
Australian Manufacturing Exodus: BP, Boeing, Alcoa, Philip Morris Axe Jobs  in Redefining the Supply Chain

Already reeling from recent announcements that GM, Toyota and Ford will all close down their direct auto manufacturing operations in Australia over the next few years, there’s more bad news for the nation’s manufacturing sector this week. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Apr 03, 2014
Views: 16021
Want Your Kids in a Highly-Paid Industry? Think Manufacturing  in Manufacturing Advocacy

The recently-released Economic Census—conducted every five years by the U.S. Census Bureau—confirms what a lot of folks in the manufacturing industry already know: Manufacturing jobs tend to pay more than jobs in other industries, and the gap is grow… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 02, 2014
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Africa Manufacturing: Now GSK Launches $216 Million African Expansion Plan  in Redefining the Supply Chain

More good news for the African manufacturing sector as global pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced a $216 million investment plan to expand its research and manufacturing footprint across the continent over the next five years. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Mar 31, 2014
Views: 14674
Bill to Bolster Manufacturing Struggles to Gain Support  in Manufacturing Advocacy

The Obama administration’s announcement last month of the creation of two new manufacturing innovation institutes in Detroit and Chicago has been seen by some as a hopeful sign that the federal government will take a more active role in the rejuvenat… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 26, 2014
Views: 18683
Saudi Seeks Extended Manufacturing Value Chain  in Manufacturing Advocacy

Much of Saudi Arabia’s traditional manufacturing sector has focused on basic raw materials - oil, minerals and front line chemical processing. But the Saudi government is eager to boost the Kingdom’s industrial diversity into more value-added sectors… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Mar 25, 2014
Views: 13490
GE, Local Motors to Cooperate on Crowd Sourcing  in The Innovative Enterprise

Industrial giant General Electric this week inched further into the crowd sourcing innovation space through a new partnership with Local Motors, a leader in co-creation and micro manufacturing. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 18, 2014
Views: 21042
Are You Optimistic About the Future of U.S. Manufacturing? SME Report  in Manufacturing Advocacy

The future is looking bright for U.S. manufacturing, at least according to the latest annual trends report from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Called “2014: Manufacturing’s New Momentum”, the SME report identifies four key trends that … Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Mar 17, 2014
Views: 15902