Even as China continues to rocket up the global manufacturing charts, a mere one percent behind current runners-up Japan, the general assumption from the public is that China, rather conversely, already stands tall as the global leader when it comes to manufacturing. Yet the simple truth is this: America's torch still burns brightly as the world's number one manufacturing country – out-producing China by a stagerring 40 percent. And how have they done it? By maintaining higher levels of productivity and quality with a leaner manufacturing force concentrated on specialized labor.
But with President Obama detailing at his State of the Union policy last year that the US "can't just stand still" for a better future – and with the services industry unable to take sole charge and push things forward – it's clear that the revival of North America's economy will lie in its capacity to manufacture.
Manufacturers are an essential souce of innovation, accounting for more than two-thirds of all R&D in the US – and with the sector gradually expanding after the recession, pushing the envelope once more to generate growth and stay ahead of the pack is the top priority. With such an array of responsibilities, it is vital that today's C-level manufacturing executives not only know how to adapt and innovate within an evolving market, but can take charge of their processes – from production and automation to supply chain and logistics – and lead an entire workforce towards a more secure future.
The NG Manufacturing Summit US is designed specifically with C-level manufacturing executives in mind, assisting forward-thinking decision-makers in the context of challenging demands.
The NG Manufacturing Summit US brings together senior executives who are currently investing in innovative solutions that will positively impact their bottom line and solution providers who will need to position themselves at those precise investment hot-spots in order to reap the benefits.
The summit greatly exceeded my expectations. The topics were relevant and the discussions were engaging. The networking opportunities were exceptional. I will attend again, and have recommended it to colleagues as well.
Terri Pitcher, EVP Supply Chain, Berry Plastics