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U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Hit 7-Year High  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

While some industrial indicators may suggest that the U.S. manufacturing sector is undergoing a tough time right now, the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released Friday, suggests that manufacturers are certainly not letting a… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 09, 2016
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Is Service the ‘Killer App’ for Augmented Reality?  in Transformative Technologies

In the technology field, it sometimes takes a long time for vision to become reality. Artificial intelligence, analytics, robots, many categories of software, and even the now-popular 3D printing technology have all traveled a lengthy road to get to … Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Feb 03, 2016
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Making Manufacturing Easier for the Makers  in The Innovation Enterprise

Ayah Bdeir and her five-year-old company, littleBits, have become stars of the maker movement by emphasizing simplicity and ease-of-use. The company, which makes color-coded, interchangeable parts that snap together to form ready-to-use electronic ci… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Feb 02, 2016
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Davos 2016: Will the Fourth Industrial Revolution Unleash a Global Jobs Crisis?  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

As many of the world’s leading politicians, industrialists, and academics gathered on the snowy slopes of Davos, Switzerland for the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF) late last month, a new report warned that the world may face a net loss of over 5 mil… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 02, 2016
Views: 15595
Manufacturing 4.0 on the Rise  in Factories of the Future

A year ago, organizers of the massive industrial trade show Hannover Fair released the results of a survey showing that, despite a rising chorus of attention devoted to the topic, Industry 4.0 was a subject of conversation at only 50% of manufacturer… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 21, 2016
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Warning: More Manufacturing Cyber Attacks in The Year Ahead  in Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team warned that cyber attacks aimed at the U.S. critical manufacturing sector doubled in 2015 and are increasingly targeting industrial control systems. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jan 19, 2016
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Is Reshoring Dead?  in Factories of the Future

Reshoring of production to the U.S. lost significant momentum in 2015 as manufacturers took advantage of opportunities in lower-cost countries in Asia and Southeast Asia, claims a new report by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 13, 2016
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Mixed Fortunes Ahead for Global Manufacturing as U.S. Growth Ends 2015 at 3-Year Low  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

The global manufacturing industry kicked off the new year with mixed fortunes as industrial growth figures for December show U.S. manufacturing growth sliding to a 3-year low, and both China’s and India’s industrial activity in contraction. The main … Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jan 12, 2016
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Procter & Gamble and Graphicast Join Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the global business network for senior industrial executives, today announced the election of Procter & Gamble’s Director of Corporate Global Manufacturing Pietro D’Arpa, and Val Zanchuk, President… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jan 05, 2016
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Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2016  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

As the New Year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead. Contributors to this blog include David R. Brousell, Jeff Moad, Sankara Narayanan, and Paul Tate. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Jan 05, 2016
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Volkswagen Pays the Price for a Culture of Arrogance  in The Adaptive Organization

It’s sometimes tempting to think of all of this focus on collaboration and engagement as a soft “nice to have,” something that makes employees feel better about their workplace and their bosses but that has no demonstrable impact on the bottom line. … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Dec 15, 2015
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ML Germany Panel: European Leaders Share Front-Line Insights Into Manufacturing 4.0  in Factories of the Future

On the outskirts of the medieval Bavarian city of Nuremberg in southern Germany late last month, senior executives from leading European organizations shared their unique insights into the key issues emerging from the real-life application of Manufac… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Dec 08, 2015
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The Ex-Im Bank is Reauthorized, But Hurdles Remain  in Manufacturing Advocacy

President Obama last week signed legislation that reopened the Export-Import Bank of the United States, but currently the agency’s under-manned board will prevent it from approving transactions over $10 million. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Dec 08, 2015
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Report: Continued U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Could Hinge on Collaboration  in Transformative Technologies

Faced with increasing global competition as well as talent and skills shortages at home, U.S. manufacturers should improve how they collaborate with government, academia, and other businesses in order to continue to drive innovation. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Dec 01, 2015
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GM Plant Tour: Culture Really Does Drive Results  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

So, in 2013, when GM decided to resume hiring at the St. Catherine’s plant in response to an improving automotive market and rising retirements among its highly stable workforce, the company decided to rethink the type of plant floor worker it needed… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Nov 24, 2015
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PTC Takes Next Step in Internet of Things Strategy  in Transformative Technologies

In an article about the emerging Internet of Things in the June 2014 issue of the Manufacturing Leadership Journal, James E. Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, wrote that manufacturers could take advantage of the huge potential surrounding the IoT… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Nov 17, 2015
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Manufacturers Beware: Cyber Attackers Now Target Physical Assets  in Cybersecurity

Recently I saw the “The Martian,” the excellent lost-in-space movie thriller directed by Ridley Scott. One of the great things about these kinds of suspense/thriller flicks is how the tension slowly builds. Gradually, as one thing after another goes … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Nov 10, 2015
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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
Views: 13219