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ML Awards Submission Deadline Extended to January 13

We at the Manufacturing Leadership Council are thrilled with the number and quality of nominations we have already received for the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. It’s clear from the projects nominated so far that Manufacturing 4.0 and the transfor…
We at the Manufacturing Leadership Council are thrilled with the number and quality of nominations we have already received for the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. It’s clea… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/ml-awards-submission-deadline-extended-january-13/

Are You a Manufacturing 4.0 Leader? Make Your Case by Entering the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards

Is your company a leader or an also-ran in the race to Manufacturing 4.0? One way to answer that question is to benchmark against a few competitors to determine if your latest digitally-enabled project or process is world class or just table stakes. Tha…
Is your company a leader or an also-ran in the race to Manufacturing 4.0? One way to answer that question is to benchmark against a few competitors to determine if your latest … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-you-manufacturing-40-leader-make-your-case-entering-2017-manufacturing-leadership-awards/

P&G Plant Tour: ML Council Members Say Industry Transformation Won’t Affect the Need for Plant Floor Disciplines

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 as l…
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 … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/pg-plant-tour-ml-council-members-say-industry-transformation-wont-affect-need-plant-floor-disciplines/

Dow Chemical and GE CEO Among Top Winners At Manufacturing Leadership Awards Celebration

At the 11th annual Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Awards ceremony, produced by the Manufacturing Leadership Community, part of Frost & Sullivan, standout companies and individuals received top honors for their breakthrough achievements.
CARLSBAD, Calif—June 5, 2014— At the 11th annual Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Awards ceremony, produced by the Manufacturing Leadership Community, part of Frost & Sullivan, s… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dow-chemical-and-ge-ceo-among-top-winners-manufacturing-leadership-awards-celebration/

Summit Think Tanks Take Deep Dive into Key Manufacturing Issues and Technologies

Attend the exclusive series of Think Tanks at the 11th annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit, June 3-4, Carlsbad, CA, and join other leading senior executives to take a deep dive into the intricacies of vital industry trends.
Do you want to deepen your understanding of what a collaborative model of innovation can do for your company? Do you need to sharpen your company’s hiring policies to attract n… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/summit-think-tanks-take-deep-dive-key-manufacturing-issues-and-technologies/

Which is Best: Lean, Six Sigma, or TOC? Why Not Combine All Three?

Many manufacturers complain that they struggle to sustain momentum behind continuous improvement initiatives that use Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. Although these methods are proven and well-understood, many organizations find they aren’t systematical…
Popular Discussions Many manufacturers complain that they struggle to sustain momentum behind continuous improvement initiatives that use Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. Altho… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/which-best-lean-six-sigma-or-toc-why-not-combine-all-three/

2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners Announced

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council today recognized world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as winners of the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Mar. 3, 2015 — Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council today recognized world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/2015-manufacturing-leadership-award-winners-announced/

Are We Expecting Too Little from Lean?

Most manufacturers’ lean initiatives lack an overall design or strategy and, therefore, end up focusing on isolated, incremental operational improvement projects that are difficult to sustain and take years to produce significant results. Instead, the ult…
Popular Discussions Most manufacturers’ lean initiatives lack an overall design or strategy and, therefore, end up focusing on isolated, incremental operational improvemen… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/are-we-expecting-too-little-lean/

Top Winners Honored at the 10th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala Celebration

Four manufacturing leaders who are driving the transformation of manufacturing as a sustainable, safe, and responsible source of global economic growth and innovation were recognized last night with top honors at the 10th annual Manufacturing Leadership …
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif—June  6, 2014-- Four manufacturing leaders who are driving the transformation of manufacturing as a sustainable, safe, and responsible source of global econom… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/top-winners-honored-10th-annual-manufacturing-leadership-awards-gala-celebration/

2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners Announced

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council today honored 100 world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as winners of the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards (ML Awards). In a world of intensifying global competition and accele…
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – March 17, 2014 — Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council today honored 100 world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as wi… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/2014-manufacturing-leadership-award-winners-announced/

Culture of Trust Leads to Employee Engagement

As manufacturers attempt to move beyond incremental operational improvement and achieve transformational performance gains, many quickly realize that one constraint is less-than-engaged front line workers. Unengaged workers are typically uninterested in e…
Popular Discussions As manufacturers attempt to move beyond incremental operational improvement and achieve transformational performance gains, many quickly realize that one con… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/culture-trust-leads-employee-engagement/

Has Most Operational Improvement Low-Hanging Fruit Already Been Plucked?

Having spent the past few years intensively pursuing operational efficiencies through philosophies such as Lean, how close are manufacturers today to realizing most of the available cost savings? According to a recently-concluded survey by Oxford Economic…
Popular Discussions Having spent the past few years intensively pursuing operational efficiencies through philosophies such as Lean, how close are manufacturers today to realizi… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/has-most-operational-improvement-low-hanging-fruit-already-been-plucked/

Top Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award Winners Honored at Gala Celebration

Three manufacturing leaders who demonstrated the ability to thrive in times of rapid change and turned global competitive challenges into growth opportunities were recognized this week with top honors in the ninth annual Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML10…
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – May 17, 2013 - Three manufacturing leaders who demonstrated the ability to thrive in times of rapid change and turned global competitive challenges i… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/top-manufacturing-leadership-100-award-winners-honored-gala-celebration/

Manufacturing in China: Is It Hollowing Out?

Much has been written in recent months about reshoring which is being driven, in part, by rising labor costs in China and increasing transportation costs. In fact, at least one writer has recently gone so far as to predict that China will become the next …
Popular Discussions Much has been written in recent months about reshoring which is being driven, in part, by rising labor costs in China and increasing transportation costs. In… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturing-china-it-hollowing-out/

The Key to Transformational Improvement: Worker Engagement

Here’s one of the inconvenient truths about continuous improvement initiatives such as Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma: Many companies find that, over time, these programs lose momentum and generate diminishing returns.
Here’s one of the inconvenient truths about continuous improvement initiatives such as Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma: Many companies find that, over time, these programs … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/key-transformational-improvement-worker-engagement/

Want to Attract the Best and the Brightest? Burnish Your Brand

In recent weeks, researchers and experts have taken to arguing over just how many manufacturing jobs are going unfilled in the United States due to a shortage of qualified candidates. Some claim the number is 600,000, while others say that no more than 10…
In recent weeks, researchers and experts have taken to arguing over just how many manufacturing jobs are going unfilled in the United States due to a shortage of qualified candida… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/want-attract-best-and-brightest-burnish-your-brand1/

One Word: Plastics

One of the expected drivers of North American manufacturing growth--including reshoring--is lower energy costs enabled by increased shale gas production. The price of natural gas in the US had dropped from $12.50/MBTU in 2008 to about $3/MBTU today. That …
One of the expected drivers of North American manufacturing growth--including reshoring--is lower energy costs enabled by increased shale gas production. The price of natural gas … http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/one-word-plastics/

What Will Digitally Empowered Customers Mean to Your Supply Chain?

There's little doubt that the Internet, social networks, and mobile technologies have endowed consumers and other customers with more information and higher expectations, altering the power dynamic between manufacturers and their customers. And, according…
There's little doubt that the Internet, social networks, and mobile technologies have endowed consumers and other customers with more information and higher expectations, altering… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/what-will-digitally-empowered-customers-mean-your-supply-cha/

Should Your Plants be Generalists or Specialists?

Are plants more productive and efficient when they are structured to concentrate on fewer products or value streams? Or are manufacturers better off structuring plants for maximum flexibility, with the capability of producing multiple products? This was t…
Are plants more productive and efficient when they are structured to concentrate on fewer products or value streams? Or are manufacturers better off structuring plants for maximum… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/should-your-plants-be-generalists-or-specialists/

Think You’re World Class? Nominate for the 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards and Find Out

Just about every company I’ve studied or worked for has suffered from a sort of institutional myopia. Many are great at understanding their internal processes right down to the smallest detail, but few understand the competitive value of those same proces…
Just about every company I’ve studied or worked for has suffered from a sort of institutional myopia. Many are great at understanding their internal processes right down to … http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/think-youre-world-class-nominate-2013-manufacturing-leadersh/

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