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The 16 Countries Likely to Succeed China as Low-Cost Manufacturing Outsourcers

As worker wages and other business costs rise in China, a new network of 16 emerging economies will rise to successfully offer low-cost, export-focused manufacturing services to established brand owners.
Popular Discussions As worker wages and other business costs rise in China, a new network of 16 emerging economies will rise to successfully offer low-cost, export-focused manuf… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/16-countries-likely-succeed-china-low-cost-manufacturing-outsourcers/

Are Manufacturing Supply Chains Ripe For Renewal?

Fundamental shifts in market demand, the emergence of close-to-market production strategies, and the need to reduce global risk are beginning to transform modern manufacturing supply chains, agreed a senior group of Manufacturing Leadership Council member…
Popular Discussions Fundamental shifts in market demand, the emergence of close-to-market production strategies, and the need to reduce global risk are beginning to transform mo… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/are-manufacturing-supply-chains-ripe-renewal/

Corporate Culture: A Compelling Narrative Can Make a Difference

In his recent book, Harvard Professor Emeritus James Heskett claims that a vibrant company culture “can account for 20-30% of the differential in corporate performance when compared with ‘culturally unremarkable’ competitors.” If true, those are some pre…
In his recent book, Harvard Professor Emeritus James Heskett claims that a vibrant company culture “can account for 20-30% of the differential in corporate performance when … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/corporate-culture-compelling-narrative-can-make-difference/

Girls and games for math, science and technology

New research suggests that girls are learning math and science best through gamification. Is this a sign of the times gender change?
Popular Discussions   Girls and Games for math, science and technology I found this excellent article about games, girls and STEM from Northeastern in Seattle. What d… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/girls-and-games-math-science-and-technology/

U.S. Manufacturing Jumps To 4-Month High: China Gets Worse: Eurozone Finally Sees Growth

The latest indicators of global manufacturing activity from researchers Markit suggest an impressive improvement in U.S. industrial performance this month.
Popular Discussions The latest indicators of global manufacturing activity from researchers Markit suggest an impressive improvement in U.S. industrial performance this month. … https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/us-manufacturing-jumps-4-month-high-china-gets-worse-eurozone-finally-sees-growth/

Does Off-Shoring R&D Increase Risk?

Do manufacturers expose themselves to increased financial, legal, and regulatory risk when they elect to conduct product research and development activities in lower-cost developing countries?
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Is Manufacturing Ready For The Internet Of Things?

Newly connected and digitally-enabled ‘things’ will need to be manufactured in some way. The big question is, how is manufacturing now going to switch from its traditional focus on hard physical entities, to learn how to embed, test and monitor whole leve…
Industrial revolutions are never easy to handle, especially when you don't see them coming. The imminent 'Internet of Things' (IoT) revolution over the next few years could well b… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-ready-internet-things/

Better Communication, Better Business

One of my roles in my household is mediator between my son and husband. Like many a father and son, they are so much alike that sparks fly on a fairly regular basis. Not surprisingly, nine times out ten, their frustrations stem from a lack of communicatio…
One of my roles in my household is mediator between my son and husband. Like many a father and son, they are so much alike that sparks fly on a fairly regular basis. Not surprisin… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/better-communication-better-business3/

U.S. Army Launching Digital Manufacturing Initiative

Aiming to speed the development, prototyping, and production of defense-related parts and systems, the U.S. Army is creating what it calls a Digital Manufacturing Design Innovation Institute (DMDI).
Popular Discussions Aiming to speed the development, prototyping, and production of defense-related parts and systems, the U.S. Army is creating what it calls a Digital Manufact… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/us-army-launching-digital-manufacturing-initiative/

Manufacturing Technology Investments On The Rise: Is The Future Getting Brighter?

Orders for new manufacturing technologies rose to $430.06 million in May this year – up by a solid 13.6 percent from the previous month, according to the latest figurers from the U.S. Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT).
Popular Discussions One of the most instructive ways of measuring the prevailing mood of the manufacturing sector is to look at the investments companies are making in new manuf… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturing-outlook-rising-technology-investments-suggest-brighter-future/

Freeform Fabrication: Ford’s Bold Idea To Create Rapid, Personalized, Low-Volume Products

Ford Motor Company says its engineers are now working on a new and highly flexible advanced production technology that could revolutionize the way companies create sheet metal parts for low volume product applications.
Popular Discussions Ford Motor Company says its engineers are now working on a new and highly flexible advanced production technology that could revolutionize the way companies … https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/freedom-fabrication-fords-bold-idea-create-rapid-personalized-low-volume-products/

Customer Satisfaction Rises as Key Quality Metric

What metrics should manufacturers use to understand the maturity and outcomes of their quality practices? While internally-focused metrics such as first-pass yield and defects per million are considered classic measures of quality, manufacturers are incre…
Popular Discussions What metrics should manufacturers use to understand the maturity and outcomes of their quality practices? While internally-focused metrics such as first-pass… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/customer-satisfaction-rises-key-quality-metric/

China Faces a New Set of Manufacturing Challenges

One of the interesting things about business evolution these days is how short certain cycles seem to be getting. Analysts rooted in silicon would say it all stems from the microprocessor and Moore’s Law. Innovation seems to confer increasingly temporary …
One of the interesting things about business evolution these days is how short certain cycles seem to be getting. Analysts rooted in silicon would say it all stems from the microp… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/china-faces-new-set-manufacturing-challenges/

European Manufacturing Brightens: Is The Euro-Recovery Finally Underway?

It’s been a long time coming, but European manufacturing sector growth now looks set to return before the end of the year.
Popular Discussions It may have been a long time coming, but is European manufacturing growth now set to return before the end of the year? Europe's manufacturing sector has … https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/european-manufacturing-brightens-euro-recovery-finally-underway/

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