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The Global View: Book Early at the Hotel Biotech

As I talk with manufacturers about attractive markets for the future, I am hearing two distinct themes: medical devices and biotechnology. For example, friends in aerospace and defense will mention medical devices and/or biotechnology as a future directio…
As I talk with manufacturers about attractive markets for the future, I am hearing two distinct themes: medical devices and biotechnology. For example, friends in aerospace and de… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-book-early-hotel-biotech/

National Manufacturing Policy: The Backlash Begins

As manufacturing has gained a higher profile in the presidential election cycle, a backlash of sorts has broken out with high-profile pundits questioning the need for an aggressive national manufacturing strategy that includes things such as tax breaks fo…
As manufacturing has gained a higher profile in the presidential election cycle, a backlash of sorts has broken out with high-profile pundits questioning the need for an aggressiv… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/national-manufacturing-policy-backlash-begins/

Manufacturing Competitiveness: A Road Map for Strengthening U.S. Industry

If politicians and policy-makers really want to know what they can do to support the revival of U.S. manufacturing and put their constituents back to work, they should start by reading “Make: An American Manufacturing Movement."
If politicians and policy-makers really want to know what they can do to support the revival of U.S. manufacturing and put their constituents back to work, they should start by re… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-competitiveness-road-map-strengthening-us-indu/

Community-Oriented Manufacturers: Crowdsourcing & Micro-Factories

Not too long ago, Web 2.0 technology was largely ignored by manufacturers. They viewed social media tools as a passing fad that had no place in the enterprise. Executives couldn’t easily govern its use, and company secrets might slip out by way of a loose…
Not too long ago, Web 2.0 technology was largely ignored by manufacturers. They viewed social media tools as a passing fad that had no place in the enterprise. Executives couldn&r… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/community-oriented-manufacturers-crowdsourcing-micro-factori/

How flexible can manufacturing be to accommodate innovation?

Specifically, are plants learning to process more unique SKUs each day, and shortening time to ramp a new product to full volume and quality?
Specifically, are plants learning to process more unique SKUs each day, and shortening time to ramp a new product to full volume and quality?  Can the production lines make c… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/how-flexible-can-manufacturing-be-accommodate-innovation/

Though More Pessimistic, Manufacturers Will Keep Funding R&D, Capital Projects

Although senior US-based manufacturing executives have become considerably less optimistic about the prospects for the domestic economy over the past 12 months, they continue to push research and development and capital investments, apparently convinced t…
Although senior US-based manufacturing executives have become considerably less optimistic about the prospects for the domestic economy over the past 12 months, they continue to p… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/though-more-pessimistic-manufacturers-will-keep-funding-rd-c/

U.S. Manufacturing: ‘At a Moment of Truth’

Would you call it a perfect storm or a perfect opportunity? Looking at U.S. manufacturing over the last decade, factors such as declining output, less capital investment in new and old plants, and difficulty in finding skilled workers contribute to the v…
Would you call it a perfect storm or a perfect opportunity? Looking at U.S. manufacturing over the last decade, factors such as declining output, less capital investment in new an… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/us-manufacturing-moment-truth/

Game Changing Technologies - September 20th Council Call: Register Now

Join the next Manufacturing Leadership Council Call, Game Changing Technologies - Tuesday, September 20, 11:00 am EST.
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Turning All Workers into Innovators

Is innovation up and down the organization the key to competitiveness in the future? How can manufacturers put this into practice? Don't manufacturers pursuing continuous improvement programs such as lean already empower innovation at all levels?
In his latest book, "That Used To Be US", NT Times columnist Thomas Friedman argues that, if the US economy is to regain its mojo, businesses and other institutions must empower a… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/turning-all-workers-innovators/

Can China Move Up the Value Chain?

Can China become an engine of innovation, successfully competing with Western manufacturers in the race to invent breakthrough new products and create new markets? Should China even try? A couple of academics from Georgia Institute of Technology recently …
Can China become an engine of innovation, successfully competing with Western manufacturers in the race to invent breakthrough new products and create new markets? Should China ev… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/can-china-move-value-chain/

What’s Next For Europe’s Factories?

What do you think the world’s factories will look like in the next five to ten years? The Brussels-based, European Factory of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), would like to find out. The government-funded manufacturing group, part of the European…
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/whats-next-europes-factories/

The Global View: Manufacturing Technology and the Inertia Factor

There was a time when manufacturing was one of the few occupations in which someone of modest academic achievement could make wages that could support a rather high standard of living. But this is less true today. And a lot of the change has been brought…
There was a time when manufacturing was one of the few occupations in which someone of modest academic achievement could make wages that could support a rather high standard of li… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-manufacturing-technology-and-inertia-factor/

Next Step Function: Innovation

I had a bit of a déjà vu moment earlier this week while attending the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco. The packed solar energy industry show and its 22,000 attendees had me thinking back on computer and semiconductor industry trade sh…
I had a bit of a déjà vu moment earlier this week while attending the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco. The packed solar energy industry show and… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/next-step-function-innovation/

The Future of Humanity: Will We Be the Last to Die?

Now, there's a provocative thought if ever there was one! Underlying it is the notion that technology is advancing so rapidly that we can envision the day when people won't die anymore in the conventional sense, but will simply replace body and brain part…
Now, there's a provocative thought if ever there was one! Underlying it is the notion that technology is advancing so rapidly that we can envision the day when people won't die an… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/future-humanity-will-we-be-last-die/

Chambers Outlines a 'Next Generation' Cisco

John Chambers, the chairman and chief executive officer of Cisco Systems, has been at the helm of the network equipment giant for many years. As such, he has had to pilot the company through bubbles, economic downturns, technological shifts, and a changed…
John Chambers, the chairman and chief executive officer of Cisco Systems, has been at the helm of the network equipment giant for many years. As such, he has had to pilot the comp… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/chambers-outlines-next-generation-cisco/

China's Suntech: Competing on Innovation

We've become accustomed to thinking that manufacturers in China succeed mainly on the strength of their access to inexpensive labor. But manufacturers in one of China's fastest-growing industries--crystalline silicon photovoltaic solar panels--appear to b…
We've become accustomed to thinking that manufacturers in China succeed mainly on the strength of their access to inexpensive labor. But manufacturers in one of China's fastest-gr… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/chinas-suntech-competing-innovation/

Will Bristol and Glasgow Become UK Manufacturing Super-Cities?

A new report from global bank HSBC predicts that the cities of Bristol on Britain’s south west coast, and Scotland’s Glasgow are set to spearhead the renaissance in UK manufacturing over the next two decades.
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/discussion/will-bristol-and-glasgow-become-uk-manufacturing-super-citie/

The Era of the ‘Right-Brain’ Thinker

Tomorrow’s leaders can’t know for sure what the world will look like when their time to lead arises. No one can. But as we all strive to manage the economic, technological, and social shifts revolutionizing every facet of business, we must take tangible s…
Creativity and innovation will guide tomorrow’s leaders. Tomorrow’s leaders can’t know for sure what the world will look like when their time to lead arises. … http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/era-right-brain-thinker/

Value-Creation Critical Theme at Manufacturing Leadership Summit

Speakers at the annual conference stressed the value of enterprise analytics, energy management, and product innovation.
Speakers at the annual conference stressed the value of enterprise analytics, energy management, and product innovation. PALM BEACH, FL --- Speakers at the Manufacturing Leader… http://gill-events.gilcommunity.com/blog/value-creation-critical-theme-manufacturing-leadership-summi/

Collaborative Innovation: Is it Sustainable?

How do you ensure that your company’s collaborative relationships work, and stay working for the future? It’s not easy. And it’s not just an issue that’s challenging manufacturers either. When IBM asked over 750 CEOs from multiple industries last year abo…
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