The American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC) will launch a multistate study on Feb. 10, 2009, to assess America's progress in adopting manufacturing strategies necessary to win in the global economy. The Next Generation Manufacturing Study is the first step in a long-term effort by the coalition's members, Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers, to help American manufacturers weather today's recession and maintain manufacturing leadership in the next decade.
Next Generation Manufacturing refers to a framework of six forward-looking strategies that are driving manufacturing growth and profitability in the 21st century, according to Mike Klonsinski, ASMC board chair and executive director of the Wisconsin MEP. The six strategies are customer-focused innovation, systemic continuous improvement, advanced talent management, global engagement, extended enterprise management and sustainable products and processes. The study includes a Web-based survey that asks manufacturers to rank their progress on these key strategies.
"What is world-class today will be standard practice by 2015," said Klonsinski. "To succeed now and in the future, manufacturers need to make the transition to Next Generation Manufacturing."
Participating states will launch Next Generation Manufacturing studies on Feb. 10 in partnership with their state MEP, local manufacturing associations and government entities. Manufacturers from outside the target states can participate in the study at www.ngmstudy.com. Study participants will receive a customized benchmarking report comparing their progress to the overall results.