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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
Views: 13331
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
Views: 16231
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
Views: 15979
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
Views: 12821
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
Views: 12488
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
Views: 12617
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: 11350
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
Views: 16051
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
Views: 16241
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: 15436
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
Views: 22178
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: 14129
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: 13203