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U.S. and China Top Global List for Foreign Direct Investment, Europe Rising Fast  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

The U.S. is once again the most favoured destination for foreign direct investment. In its latest annual FDI Confidence Index for 2015, A.T. Kearney shows the U.S. at the top of the global investment list for the third consecutive year, followed by C… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Apr 28, 2015
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The Future of Manufacturing at Toyota Takes Shape  in The Adaptive Organization

Toyota has announced plans to invest $1 billion to build a new manufacturing plant in Central Mexico and to shift production at several of its other North American plants, all part of the automotive giant’s plans to reengineer its global manufacturin… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Apr 20, 2015
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Hannover Day 2: Companies Say the IoT is Very Real Already  in The Innovation Enterprise

PTC, the product design and service software company, held a press conference on the second day of the huge Hannover Fair in Germany yesterday, but it was unusual compared with other technology vendor press conferences being held here this week. Inst… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 15, 2015
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Hannover Day 2: Challenges to Industry 4.0  in Factories of the Future

As with any potentially transformative industry initiative, evangelism is soon tempered by realism as attempts to drive front-line adoption reveal a host of real-world obstacles that must be overcome.So too with Industry 4.0, the future vision for ma… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Apr 15, 2015
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Hannover Highlights – Day 1: Industry 4.0, Clever Collaborations and “Plug and Produce”  in Factories of the Future

Even on the first day of this year’s Hannover Fair, the world’s largest industrial event, some clear themes began to emerge about the future of manufacturing. What they all have in common is they presage a very different world for manufacturing than… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Apr 13, 2015
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Hannover Fair Opens With Talk of Industrie 4.0, Transformation in India  in Factories of the Future

From small packaging companies to the largest diversified industrial giants, to the opening ceremony speech at the 68th Hannover Fair yesterday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the idea of Industrie 4.0, the expected next wave of progress in manuf… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 13, 2015
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At Raytheon Plant Tour, ML Council Roundtable Sees Much Headroom in Automation  in Transformative Technologies

Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council last week gathered in Huntsville, Alabama to tour Raytheon’s sleek, 70,000-square-foot missile factory and to discuss a question that touches everything from workforce levels to time-to-market and even … Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Apr 07, 2015
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The New Era of Creative Manufacturing: 11th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

How will the new era of creativity, collaboration and connectivity help manufacturers achieve greater operational flexibility and excellence in the face of rapid change, embrace the Internet of Things and new intelligent machines, increase supply cha… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Mar 31, 2015
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New Developments May Change Expectations on 3D Printing  in Transformative Technologies

Some analysts like to talk about the hype cycle for emerging technologies. In the early phases of a new technology’s life cycle, expectations can quickly reach a peak of sometimes unjustified excitement which is quickly followed by a trough of disill… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 24, 2015
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Where Do You Stand on ‘Net Neutrality’?  in Transformative Technologies

Are the Federal Communication Commission’s new ‘net neutrality’ rules governing the Internet a good thing or a bad thing for manufacturers? Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Mar 17, 2015
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China Adopts ‘Smart Manufacturing’ Strategy To Up Its Game In Manufacturing  in Factories of the Future

In his opening speech at China’s annual National People’s Congress in Beijing last week, Premier Li Keqiang highlighted a new strategic plan, called “Made In China 2025”, to reform and reinvigorate Chinese industry over the next ten years around the … Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Mar 10, 2015
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At Lockheed Plant Tour Event, Digital Factory Roundtable Focuses on the People Factor  in Transformative Technologies

In its first plant tour and roundtable discussion of 2015, members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council gathered recently at Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet fighter factory in Fort Worth, TX, to see how the $100 million plane is made and to discuss wha… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Mar 03, 2015
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2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners Announced  in The Innovation Enterprise

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council today recognized world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as winners of the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Mar 03, 2015
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Study: Skills Gap Will Mean 2 Million Unfilled Manufacturing Jobs by 2025  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

If current trends continue, U.S. manufacturers will be unable to fill 2 million manufacturing jobs by 2025 due to a worsening shortage of required skills, according to a report issued this week by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Feb 27, 2015
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From Carjacking to Car Hacking – Lessons for the Internet of Things  in Transformative Technologies

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and perhaps the first place we will see the proverbial rubber hit the road is with something near and dear to Americans – our cars. The ever increasing connectivity of cars is creating a multitude of new securit… Read More →

Posted by Connor Sabatino on Feb 17, 2015
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Study: Dramatic Sustainability Gains Are Due to Process Improvement, Not Offshoring  in

U.S. manufacturers have made dramatic gains over the past few years in reducing polluting emissions, even as the industry as a whole has increased production. But have those gains been primarily the result of process improvements and new technologies… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Feb 09, 2015
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Industry 4.0 vs Manufacturing Reality: Mind The Gap!  in Factories of the Future

Part of the problem in today’s world of highly active technology and social media is that it’s sometimes hard to distinguish the hype from what’s actually happening on the ground in manufacturing. Perhaps this has never been more so than with the cur… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 03, 2015
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Global Manufacturing: U.S. Growth Cools, Russia in Trouble, But a Steady Start To 2015 Worldwide  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

As the global manufacturing industry enters 2015, the latest monthly industrial performance figures for January show a generally steady start to the New Year for most nations around the world, helped by input prices dropping for the first time in ove… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 03, 2015
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FTC Issues Security Warning on Internet of Things  in

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning about potential security issues with the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), saying the explosion of connected devices could pose substantial risks of cyber attacks, of personal information security b… Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Feb 02, 2015
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DMDII Launches Seven Digital Manufacturing R&D Projects  in The Innovation Enterprise

What are the core technologies, process, and skills that manufacturers can employ to assess cyber security vulnerabilities they may face, increase the productivity of shop floor workers using wearable devices and augmented reality, and create a digi… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 27, 2015
Views: 13302