Chief Executive magazine and the Chief Executive Network are pleased to present the Smart Manufacturing Summit, where mid-market manufacturing CEOs will connect with top-performing peers and learn best practices. This extraordinary event will bring together the thinkers and doers who are writing American manufacturing’s comeback story. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bring fresh thinking to the opportunities and threats facing your business.
While all CEOs broadly face similar issues, manufacturing CEOs share particular challenges: Global competition is fierce, technical labor is in short supply and innovation develops inconsistently (and too slowly).
Don't miss this opportunity to compare notes with Alan Mulally of Ford and other leading manufacturing CEOs. Learn what changes you should consider for 2013 and beyond, including:
You'll take away strategies you can use Monday morning to incorporate into your future plans. In addition to networking with other leaders, you will participate in confidential work groups with peer CEOs to delve into your issues and challenges. Each work group session is facilitated by experts to accelerate results. We guarantee you'll take home large dividends in ideas and relationships well worth the investment of your time.Register Now
In addition to expert presentation and panels, top-notch networking, roundtable discussions and confidential peer conversations, Summit attendees will be treated to an exclusive “insiders only” tour of Ford’s transformed Michigan Assembly plant – the world’s only plant to build gasoline powered, electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles all on the same production line.
Located a short bus ride away in the City of Wayne, the Michigan Assembly Plant was named 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year by Assembly Magazine, marking the first time an automaker, as well as a plant in Michigan, has earned the honor. Key to the plant’s efficiency is a flexible body-shop operation which uses reprogrammable tooling, standardized equipment in the paint shop and common-build sequence in final assembly. The plant is designed to be efficient, with synchronous material flow, and ergonomically friendly, with a skillet conveyor system designed to promote ease of movement for employees.
The Michigan Assembly Plant features a 3-mile long assembly line with 908 robots, encompasses 5 million square feet and employs 5,170 workers. Following its $550 million transformation, the Michigan Assembly Plant now produces the Focus, Focus Electric, Focus ST, C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.
As a Smart Manufacturing Summit attendee, you will experience first-hand how Ford has again reinvented the modern factory, and how you can leverage new technologies, processes and employee partnerships to improve quality, efficiency and flexibility in your company to innovate and beat the competition.