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April 28, 2022

Let's Reconsider How We Run Supply Chains - Design News

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| Mar 31, 2022
Severe supply chain shocks have created material scarcity and increased lead time pressures for downstream suppliers. Raw material providers in plastics and metals, microchips, and electronics are at a particular disadvantage. These supply chain challenges have renewed calls for the global manufacturing sector to rebuild and reshore capacity, invest in new technologies, and confront an existential labor shortage.
A panel of industry experts in manufacturing will discuss how they approach supply chain challenges during the keynote panel, Can Manufacturers Rebuild the Broken Global Supply Chain? at 9 am on Wednesday, April 13 at Design and Manufacturing West in Anaheim.
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The panel will address needed changes in how manufacturers organize the flow of supplies. “As more manufacturers adopt smart manufacturing methods – increasing connectivity and data availability within their organizations – they are also realizing that a connected supply chain becomes a strategic competitive advantage in the marketplace,” Conrad Leiva, smart manufacturing chairman at MESA International – and one of the panelists – told Design News. “A report from Gartner predicts that in five years, 50% of large organizations will compete as collaborative digital ecosystems rather than discrete firms, sharing inputs, assets, and innovations.”
Other panelists include Berardino Baratta, VP, project and engineering at MXD, Jeff Brown, VP of operations at Sonendo, and Kimberly Gibson, ecosystem director at America Makes. Panelists will discuss how their organizations view their role in the global manufacturing economy. They’ll also talk about initiatives taken by leading companies, NGOs, and governments around the world – and what it means for your company.
Related: Could Supply Chain Issues Be Easing?
The topics covered by the panelists will include:
In order to overcome shortages and disruptions in the supply chain going forward, companies will have to revamp communication and connections with supply partners. “A new degree of collaboration and integration in new manufacturing ecosystems can enable not only enhanced visibility but also increased speed and resiliency,” said Leiva. He pointed to some examples of the incremental approach to improving the supply environment from the MESA International guidebook:
Catch Can Manufacturers Rebuild the Broken Global Supply Chain? at 9 am on Wednesday, April 13 at Design and Manufacturing West in Anaheim.
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