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Manufacturing Leadership’s New “Critical Issues” Focus on Manufacturing 4.0

Posted By Paul Tate, September 22, 2015 at 3:43 AM, in Category: Manufacturing Leadership Council

150904749_Global_Business.jpgFrost & 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 the year ahead.

This year, the Council’s Critical Issues Agenda is organized around the key theme of “The Journey to Manufacturing 4.0”.

“The Manufacturing Leadership Council’s decision to embrace Manufacturing 4.0 as its direction for the future reflects a powerful ambition to use advanced technologies to take manufacturing to a new, game-changing level,” said David R. Brousell, Co-founder, Global Vice President and Editorial Director of the Manufacturing Leadership Council. “The opportunity to not only use information to speed and tailor production and engage much more intimately with customers, but also to create new products and services previously unimagined is almost limitless. Now, the challenge for manufacturing executives is to lead their companies into this brighter future.”

Theme: The Journey to Manufacturing 4.0

The global manufacturing industry is entering an era of radical change. Driven by new, transformative cyber-physical technologies, manufacturing companies around the world are now envisioning a future state for the manufacturing industry that will change the rules of competition, how work will be performed, how companies will be organized, and how leadership must lead.

Characterized by highly intelligent, agile, information-driven factories able to respond rapidly to change, connected sensor networks and advanced data analytics, and entirely new, customized smart products and services, Manufacturing 4.0 promises to touch every function and aspect of the manufacturing enterprise – from the plant floor, to leadership roles and business models.

The Manufacturing Leadership Council’s new Critical Issues Agenda is designed to help manufacturers align their thinking and practices for a successful journey to Manufacturing 4.0.

The six Critical Issues for 2015/2106 and their areas of focus are:  

Factories of the Future

  • Migration paths towards Manufacturing 4.0, from current production models to future state
  • End-to-end digitization of manufacturing processes
  • Agile and sustainable production models for Manufacturing 4.0

Transformative Technologies in Manufacturing 

  • New developments in intelligent machines, the Internet of Things, Big Data, plant floor analytics, modelling and simulation, mobile, cloud, and 3D printing technologies
  • Transitional models for transformative new technologies
  • The impact of transformative technologies on performance and the creation of new business models

The Innovative Manufacturing Enterprise 

  • Using Design for Manufacturing and Product Lifecycle Management approaches to help drive innovation
  • Managing collaborative innovation with employees, suppliers, external partners, customers and ‘the crowd’
  • Integrating the role of manufacturing in business model innovations to deliver a successful customer experience

Cybersecurity in Manufacturing 

  • Cyber vulnerabilities, detection methodologies and security technologies in manufacturing operations
  • Bridging the gap between IT and Operations to improve manufacturing cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity best practice policies, training, behaviors and education in manufacturing

Next Generation Manufacturing Leadership

  • Future-focused leadership behaviors and mindsets
  • Leadership planning and development at all levels
  • Pioneering leadership role models for Manufacturing 4.0

The Changing Manufacturing Workforce

  • Attracting tomorrow’s workforce through advocacy and promoting manufacturing’s image
  • Developing employee engagement strategies for a multi-generational, multi-cultural, multinational workforce
  • Reducing the skills gap, and identifying new skills for the future of manufacturing through education, apprenticeships, and industry partnerships

The Manufacturing Leadership Council’s annual Critical Issues Agenda is the result of a unique member-driven process that identifies the most urgent and important issues facing the global manufacturing industry in the year ahead. It is based on extensive consultation with more than 200 senior executives and associate members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council and Board of Governors.

The new Critical Issues Agenda also establishes the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s strategic plan for the year, directly influencing all major elements of the Council’s research, content, events and services portfolio.

For more details of the new Critical Issues Agenda, please visit: http://bit.ly/1KaBGCm.

About The Manufacturing Leadership Council

The Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC), part of Frost and Sullivan, is the world’s foremost member-driven, global business leadership network dedicated to senior executives in the manufacturing industry. The Council’s vision is to enable manufacturers to realize a better future by focusing on the intersection of critical business and technology issues that will drive growth for themselves, their organizations, and the industry at large. The MLC produces an extensive portfolio of leadership networking, information and professional development products, programs, and services including the Manufacturing Leadership Community Website, an online global business network with over 7,400 members around the world; the Manufacturing Leadership Council, an invitation-only executive organization of over 200 members; the annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit; the annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards celebrating industry achievement and innovation; the thought-leading industry publication, the Manufacturing Leadership Journal; plus extensive social media communities reaching more than 30,000 industry professionals.

To inquire about MLC membership, please visit www.frost.com/mlc.


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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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