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Manufacturing Executive Announces Critical Industry Issues Agenda for 2011–2012

Posted By Paul Tate, July 05, 2011 at 1:08 PM, in Category: ML Council
  • New critical manufacturing issues for the year ahead
  • "Re-Inventing Manufacturing" is overall theme
  • Created by the global Manufacturing Executive Leadership Board and Council
  • Setting the standard for thought-leadership and industry debate in 2011/2012
  • Driving the development of the global Manufacturing Executive community

Manufacturing Executive today announces its 2011/2012 Critical Issues Agenda for the global manufacturing industry. This year’s Agenda is focused around a single guiding principle: “Re-Inventing Manufacturing”.

Created by the industry, for the industry, the new Critical Issues Agenda was developed by the 15-strong Manufacturing Leadership Board of industry experts from across the world, and further refined by the full Manufacturing Leadership Council at the recent Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Palm Beach, Florida.

The 2011/2012 Critical Issues Agenda includes key topics of vital importance to the future of the manufacturing industry, including Next Generation Leadership and Culture, The Innovative Enterprise, Global Value Chain Optimization, The Sustainability Imperative, The Adaptive Organization, Factories of the Future, and Game Changing Technologies (see below for full details).

Manufacturing Executive believes this new Agenda is the most provocative, timely, comprehensive and much-needed set of transformational ideas to be found anywhere in the global manufacturing industry. It provides clear and compelling differentiation from any other manufacturing industry group, association or community across the world.

The new Manufacturing Leadership Critical Issues Agenda will:

  • Serve as the "mission" of the Manufacturing Executive Community and the global industry for the year ahead.
  • Provide key themes for each issue of the thought-leading Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal
  • Drive the main Discussion Groups on the Manufacturing Executive website 
  • Inform the Debating Topics for the monthly, interactive Manufacturing Leadership Council Calls
  • Create the basis of Manufacturing Executive Education and Research partnerships in 2011/2012
  • Determine the key themes, presentations and workshops for live events including the annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in 2012.

Find out more about the 2011/2012 Critical Issues Agenda at: Manufacturing Leadership

Find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership Council at the Manufacturing Leadership Council Website.

The 2011/2012 Manufacturing Leadership Critical Issues Agenda

Overall Theme: Reinventing Manufacturing

* The Adaptive Organization
The increasingly dynamic nature of competition means that manufacturing enterprises must be able not only to quickly sense and respond to change but also to anticipate it. This will require collaborative organizational structures, the use of flexible technologies, and the empowerment of people at all levels of the enterprise to adapt quickly to change.

* Global Value Chain Optimization
Most manufacturing plants, organizations, technologies, and people today are nodes in large, complex global supply and demand networks that also include global suppliers, offshore contract manufacturers, partners and  customers as an integral part of the supply chain. In order to optimize these networks, manufacturers must construct mutually-beneficial relationships, increase operational visibility, and manage risk.

* The Innovative Enterprise
Manufacturing executives can no longer limit their considerable ingenuity just to making the plant or even the supply chain operate more efficiently. If organizations are to respond to accelerating change faster and in a more coordinated fashion, the manufacturing function must also collaborate with all other parts of the enterprise and become a source of innovation for everything from new product development to the delivery of value-added services.

* Factories of the Future
Even as complexity increases plants must be able to build the products that are needed, when they are needed, and in the quantities in which they are needed. In order to do that as efficiently as possible, manufacturing executives will need to continuously improve existing organizational structures, production methods, and technologies while also embracing new ones.

*Next Generation Leadership and Culture

Transformational changes in the way manufacturing companies operate and deliver value require a new breed of enlightened and adaptive leader who can shape their organizations to respond to rapid market, business, and technological change. Tomorrow’s leaders will need to develop new skills to create the high-performance cultures that will succeed in a world of rising complexity, continuous innovation, global partnership networks, increasingly demanding consumers, and intense, disruptive competition.

*The New Workforce
As much of the baby-boomer generation approaches retirement and new manufacturing economies emerge across the world, the industry faces a looming skills gap and the potential loss of vital and valuable industry knowledge. Companies now need to work more closely with academia, trade bodies, governments, and each other to attract, develop, and inspire a new, motivated workforce that can drive industrial change, corporate growth and professional excellence in the years ahead.

*The Sustainability Imperative
Growing industry, consumer and legislative demands are challenging every manufacturer to develop more sustainable practices across all aspects of the business -- from operations, to product life cycles, work practices and global supply chains. Companies must continue to develop new sustainability strategies and embrace innovative green manufacturing technologies to be able to survive and profit from the new opportunities of an increasingly environmentally-conscious world.

*Game-Changing Technologies
Disruptive technologies will continue to set new standards for the way manufacturing companies innovate, create, source, manage and deliver their products. Today’s revolutionary developments in new materials, advanced production and manufacturing techniques, new process technologies, and powerful information tools like analytics, mobile systems, simulation, cloud computing, and social media need to be fully explored, assessed and appropriately deployed to gain maximum benefit for the future of both individual companies and the industry as a whole.

The Manufacturing Leadership Board

  • Andy  Chatha, ARC Advisory Group, President & Founder, USA
  • Paul Christodoulou, University of Cambridge, Institute for Manufacturing, Senior Industrial Fellow, UK
  • Prof. Jim Davis, UCLA Vice Provost Information Technology & CTO, USA
  • Adriana Karaboutis, Dell, Vice President, Information Technology, USA
  • Dr. Larry Lapide, MIT, Research Affiliate—Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL), USA
  • Dr. Jay Lee, University of Cincinnati, Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, Ohio Eminent Scholar & L.W. Scott Alter Chair Professor, USA
  • Pierfrancesco Manenti, IDC Manufacturing Insights, Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • George Nickel, Johnson and Johnson, Director Global Manufacturing, USA
  • Kevin O’Marah, AMR/Gartner, Group Vice President, Supply Chain Research—Global Strategy Officer, USA
  • Angel Mendez, Cisco Systems, Senior Vice President, Customer Value Chain Management, USA
  • Scott Park, Volvo Construction Equipment, Global CIO, VP Processes & Systems, Belgium
  • Michael Packer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Vice President, Manufacturing Strategy & Processes, USA
  • Vince Serpico, L’Oreal, Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations NA, USA
  • Vikram Sinha, Tata Motors, Vice President-Head of Manufacturing Operations, India
  • Mark Wilson, GlaxoSmithKline, Director of Collaboration Management, UK

Category: ML Council
Written by Paul Tate

Paul Tate is Research Director and Executive Editor with Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council. He also directs the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Board of Governors, the Council's annual Critical Issues Agenda, and the Manufacturing Leadership Research Panel. Follow us on Twitter: @MfgExecutive

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