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The Future of Manufacturing Is a Journey, Not a Destination, SMS Speakers Say

The concept of a never-ending journey, rather than an endpoint, serves as a powerful mantra for the U.S. manufacturing sector’s comeback.

Jennifer Pellet Manufacturing July 3 2014

What Smart Manufacturing Means to Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman

Excerpts from J.P. Donlon’s Interview With Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman at the Smart Manufacturing Summit

Jennifer Pellet Manufacturing July 2 2014

How to Ensure Your Reshoring Project Won’t Fail

This is the kind of project that, done successfully, can add to the legacy a CEO leaves his company. Unfortunately, not all reshoring, onshoring and nearshoring projects are a success.

Rosemary Coates Global Business , Manufacturing , Nearshoring June 12 2014

Making the Business Case for the Offshoring Business Model

There is a lot of talk these days about the benefits of moving back to onshoring and nearshoring. But that doesn’t mean offshoring should be abandoned altogether. Many CEOs continue to benefit from moving production of goods sold in America to Asia or another low-cost region.

Dale Buss Manufacturing , Outsourcing June 5 2014

Supplier Opportunities Abound in Growing Automotive Market

The auto industry has always provided a trickle-down effect of business to several layers of suppliers. And now that domestic car production is resurging, U.S. suppliers are feeling more confident about moving forward with their own expansion plans.

Dale Buss Manufacturing June 5 2014

A Smart Manufacturing Summit Roundup

Chief Executive’s Smart Manufacturing Summit is in full swing in Peoria, Ill., home to Caterpillar Inc.’s global headquarters. Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman opened the two-day event this morning. Trending right now: Tours of the Caterpillar facility are underway.

Lynn Russo Whylly Manufacturing May 21 2014

Auto Manufacturing Redraws its Map

Every time a site consultant or state economic-development official turns around, some automaker or large supplier is expanding a plant, ordering tooling for a promising future model, domesticating production that occurred offshore or even plotting a whole new facility. It’s happening across America’s increasingly prosperous auto belt.

Dale Buss Best & Worst States , Manufacturing May 8 2014

Facing the Seven Biggest Challenges in Manufacturing

It’s no secret that American manufacturing has faced a number of significant obstacles. People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working condition, and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?

Tom Bonine Manufacturing , Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations , Talent Management April 1 2014

Mixed Reactions from the Manufacturing Industry on President’s Budget Proposal

Judging from initial reactions from top trade groups, manufacturers are of two minds concerning the President’s proposed budget. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) scorns the tax increases saying it blocks growth, but likes some of the other provisions. The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), on the other hand, sees the prospect for wider tax reform and some benefits to manufacturers in proposals for infrastructure spending.

ChiefExecutive.net Manufacturing , Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations March 10 2014

5 Trends Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

Emerging enterprises and CEOs thinking of starting new manufacturing or product design businesses have a number of tools including social media and digital marketing that allow them to take an idea and bring it to market faster, cheaper and with an intimate customer connection. Here are five trends that can provide a tailwind to help.

ChiefExecutive.net Leadership & Strategy , Manufacturing , Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations March 10 2014

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