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Manufacturing 2.0: From Manufacturing to Marketing

Although it may sound like a self-serving finding, the U.S. Council on Competitiveness/Deloitte study mentioned earlier indicates that the best-performing manufacturers apply advanced technology better than their competitors do. The application of advanced IT, as all- encompassing, including systems within the organization that support production lines to applications that support global sales and marketing efforts. The study finds that the best-performing manufacturers also differentiate themselves from average and lower-tier competitors in their drive to invest time and money in an area where they do not necessarily have an advantage today: global sales and marketing capabilities. Manufacturing is still about making things it seems, but in the future the most successful manufactures will excel in more and more areas beyond the shop floor.

Discussions with senior manufacturing consultants at Accenture, A.T Kearney, Bain & Company, Capgemini, Deloitte Consulting, Point B, Protiviti, RSM McGladrey and West Monroe Partners identified the following types of work as high-demand manufacturing services among North American clients in 2011:

  • M&A strategy, due diligence and integration
  • Global transformation/expansion (e.g., market penetration plans)
  • Complexity reduction
  • Organizational change management
  • Talent management
  • Product innovation
  • Working capital management
  • Business forecasting
  • Process transformation and program management
  • Sales and marketing integration
  • Sustainability projects
  • Supply chain optimization
  • Drivers of Global Competitiveness

Last year, the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and Deloitte’s global manufacturing industry group published a report based on a survey and interviews with 400-plus CEOs and other senior executives within manufacturing companies around the world. The report ranked countries based on their competitiveness—essentially the strength of their manufacturing sectors based on numerous criteria—in 2010 and their
projected competitiveness in 2015. China, India and South Korea placed first, second and third, respectively in both assessments. The United States, currently ranked fourth, was projected to slip to fifth by 2015 as a result of being leap-frogged by Brazil (currently fourth). The following table identifies the top-rated drivers of manufacturing competitiveness with 10 being high and 1 being low.

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Manufacturing 2.0: Supply (and Demand) Chain

The more pragmatic application of process improvement expertise continues to extend beyond the shop floor as well as beyond the four walls of the company. This work involves pricing, product innovation, traditional business forecasting and more traditional forms of supply chain optimization designed to address fluctuating fuel and transportation costs, regulatory changes, demand for product customization...

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Manufacturing 2.0: Shop Floor

The process improvement efforts, most notably Six Sigma and lean manufacturing initiatives, have produced impressive improvements and some additional needs. The U.S. has one of the most productive manufacturing workforces in the world. Factories are doing more with less, but clients need to figure out how they can produce even more with even less—and “without umpteen Six Sigma black...

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Tags: Six Sigma, lean manufacturing

Manufacturing 2.0: Strategy

The demand for growth strategy work as well as mergers & acquisition (M&A) due diligence and integration services should rise in coming months. At the strategic level, companies also need help figuring out which international markets to target and how to enter them. Exporting and working globally is something that makes sense, but it is a challenge for many manufacturers because they are...

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Manufacturing 2.0: Simplicity Sells

Given the difficult and multifaceted nature of the challenges confronting North American manufacturers it is not surprising that the bulk of client demand relate to work and projects designed to reduce complexity—within strategy, on the shop floor, in supply chains and throughout information technology (IT) environments. A recent Bain study of about 1,000 companies finds that roughly 70 percent...

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Tags: North American manufacturers

Manufacturing 2.0: Energy, Volatility, Rules and Age

The role of manufacturing consultants has changed dramatically in recent years—“20 years ago, you had guys who smelled of the oily rag making the lines run faster,” notes one industry veteran—because of the number and magnitude of pressures and challenges confronting the industry. These forces, which include several forms of volatility as well as global competition and sustainability...

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Tags: manufacturing consultants

Manufacturing 2.0

These days, thought leaders in the sector are focused on strategy, supply chain, sales & marketing, regulation & risk, process improvement, product innovation, sustainability and more. In short, we’ve moved way beyond the shop floor. The challenges and consulting opportunities within the North American manufacturing industry have less to do with manufacturing these days. That&rsquo...

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Tags: strategy, supply chain, sales & marketing, regulation & risk, process improvement, product innovation, sustainability

Invest in More Flexibility this Year

With the multitude of options out there today, your ERP solution should fit your business processes. Instead of tailoring your work to what your solution can do, you could have freedom to create what’s best for you. Don’t feel ashamed if you’ve given in to your ERP solution. Many companies end up doing this for one reason or another. They don’t have budget for a new solution...

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Manufacturing Wind Turbines Brings Hundreds of Jobs To Michigan

Two hundred new jobs will be coming to Eaton Rapids, Michigan through building wind turbines. This was the announcement highlighted recently at the event at Dowding Industries/ Astraeus Wind Energy, where the BlueGreen Alliance was joined by Senator Debbie Stabenow as well as business, labor, environmental, civic and investor leaders. To further emphasize the importance and opportunity in Michigan...

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Tags: alliance, Columns, Wind Power, Green Jobs, Renewable Energy, Wind Power

Design Optimization and Manufacturing Cost Reduction

Many points affect the design of a product including the function of the product; the complexity of the product; the time to get it to market; product design, engineering, and tools used; the experience level of the staff producing the final product; the environment the product is being manufactured in; product competition in the market; and of course product manufacturing costs. Design for manufacturing...

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Tags: Manufacturing Cost Reduction

Is Technology Powering Your Business?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is defined as a system that weaves together management information (both internal and external) across an entire organization.  This includes finances, accounting, manufacturing, sales, service, customer relationship management, distribution, and any other sectors of a company. Essentially, ERP should power, connect, and facilitate everything an organization...

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Tags: Microsoft Dynamics GP, Accounting Software Research, Accounting Software Selection Tips

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