Future of Manufacturing - key trends including logistics / supply chain

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Future of manufacturing – articles, videos and presentations on the future of manufacturing by Futurist conference keynote speaker Patrick Dixon, presentations for companies such as Siemens, Gillette, Nokia, Ford, Toshiba, HP, General Electric and Airbus.

Issues for manufacturers: controlling risks and quality in outsourcing and offshoring, supply chain management, prices of raw materials – especially energy. Finding next generation efficiencies – perfection in process management. Future of engineering and robotics, 3D modeling, faster prototyping, speed to market and innovation. Sustainability: protecting the environment in a profitable way.

Challenge in manufacturing: maintaining competitive advantage in manufacturing when most products in an industry sector are converging in design, price and quality – yet most real innovation is divergent, doing things differently to serve customers better.

Strategy: manufacturing leaders need to be agile, with more than one strategy to be successful in risky and uncertain times.

Greatest manufacturing risk: institutional blindness – when manufacturing management are surrounded by too many people who have been in the same industry too long.

Greatest manufacturing opportunity: breath-taking innovation which really captures the imagination and passion of customers.

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Sustainable Manufacturing – Green Tech Innovation

Procter and Gamble has cut water use by 52%, energy by 48% and waste by 53% since 2002, with $13.1 billion of sales. They have used profits to deliver almost 1 billion litres of clean water to the poorest nations. As a result of these things, the company was added to the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in 2009, and is in the FTSE4Good and Dow Jones Best Corporate Citizens List, which encourages people to buy their shares.

Cadbury has reduced packaging across many product lines – for example they saved 202 tons of plastic, equivalent to 25 million plastic bags, by making thinner plastic cases for Easter eggs. They are planning to cut seasonal packaging by another 25%.

Marks and Spencer, Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury have all continued or increased sustainability innovation through the 2008-9 downturn, with efforts ranging from better refrigeration, to reducing packaging waste, ending free plastic bags.

Packaging is a major user of energy in most retail industries. Smurfit Kappa is Europe’s leading supplier of corrugated packaging and has worked with Spirax Sarco to reduce energy use by 20% at their factory in Western-super-Mare, England, by recycling condensate and flash steam back to the boiler. They also halved water treatment chemicals used, and their water bill fell by £300-£400 a month.

Pernod Ricard produces wines and spirits in 70 nations. They have improved boiler efficiency, upgraded evaporators and driers in distilleries, and reduced steam by 35% since 2002. Adnams makes real ale using a Huppman condensing boiler which saves 30% of their fuel, and they uses waste heat for brewing. They built a giant turf roof, solar panels for 80% of their hot water and collect rain water for vehicle washing and toilet flushing.

Patagonia is an outdoor clothing company . Since 1993 they have diverted 130 million drink bottles from landfill, by only using recycled plastic for their polyester which they use in fleece jackets. Their mission is to give “maximum attention to product quality” while “striving to do no harm” to the environment. They believe that their actions have strengthened the brand and contributed to their profitable growth.
Xeros is developing a washing machine that uses only 2% of normal amounts of water and energy, and a tiny amount of detergent, using 20kg of re-usable plastic chips which absorb moisture and dirt with no rinse or spin cycle needed.

Nanotechnology is saving energy in many industries and transforming many processes. It is a is a form of engineering, using structures only a few atoms in size. NanoLub is a nanotechnology-based lubricant, made by ApNano Materials, which reduces fuel consumption by 5%, and gear box wear by 5-6 times, as well as lowering engine temperature and noise, without harming the engine. It contains nanosized particles of tungsten disulfide, which form a slippery adherent film on all moving surfaces. NanoLub is added to oil or grease, and forms a durable coating so that moving parts are protected for longer, even if there is a serious oil leak.

PiezoMotor is a Swedish company makes very tiny electric motors for mass-market applications like handheld devices, household electrical devices, care manufacturing and medical equipment. These can move levers or rods one nanometre at a time and weigh less than a few grams. They cut usual power consumption almost to zero when doing complex tasks, compared to ordinary motors, and are the equivalent to the jump in power effiency from old light bulbs to light emitting diodes.

Spectris has developed ceramic-tipped blades for paper and pulp industry which last five to eight times longer than steel and have less run-in time. They have introduced many other innovations to save energy across a wide range of industries.

Clorox collaborated with the Sierra Club; a 116 year old American environmental organization to develop effective cleaners. Today, Green Works products are found in most grocery stores. Bottles carry Clorox labels below their own logo and are endorsed with Sierra Club’s emblem.

I could list thousands of other manufacturers who are making huge cuts in the resources they use, at the same time as increasing output. What we are seeing is this: whatever you make, distribute or sell, green tech innovation can save you money, enhance your products, help your image, open new markets and increase your market share.

(Adapted from SustainAgility book)

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Conference Lectures on Future of Manufacturing

Patrick Dixon is a keynote conference speaker on manufacturing trends, working with many of the world's largest manufacfurers.

Technology Convergence - Shaping the Future of Manufacturing Innovation keynote presentation to South Korea technology audience.  Nanotechnology, biotechnology, next generation digital, open innovation and crowdsourcing, future of manufacturing, logistics, telecommunications.  What it all means for tomorrow's consumers, innovators, entrepreneurs and manufacturers.

Future of Manufacturing: Business Week / Siemens client event in Boston for manufacturing industry analysts.  New markets and technologies in manufacturing.  Impact of credit crunch.  Nanotechnology and biotechnology, future of the pharmaceutical industry and space technology.  Divergence and convergence.  Impact of global warming, energy costs and worries about sustainability / climate change.  Outsourcing, offshoring trends reversal, emerging markets as consumers and manufacturers.  Innovation in manufacturing.  Listen to i-pod audio and watch slides.

Future of Logistics and Supply Chain Management - Critical to success of all manufacturing. Conference keynote presentation for 750 clients and global team of Red Prairie.  Global trends and managing uncertainty / minimising risk with agile leadership and supply chain flexibililty.  Future of manufacturing, wholesale, retail and how customers are changing.  Dealing with the last mile in home delivery, faster, leaner, more efficient.

Convergence - impact on future manufacturing / innovation.  Digital technology, biotech, nanotech, broadcasting, phones, entertainment and many other parts of our world are converging in new ways.  Expect new industries, innovations and consumer choices.  Keynote presentation for industrial and research leaders in South Korea.

Future of Paper, Cardboard and Packaging Industries - and impact on Manufacturing - keynote conference opening sesssion for 1,500 people in Stockholm. Future of forestry, logistics, energy reduction, carbon use, recycling, government policy and related issues.

Future of Satellites Manufacturing, Broadband, Communications and Smartphones Client event for SSL (Loral) in San Francisco on satellite industry trends in manufacturing, servicing, launch, space communications, mobile phone networks, broadband, mobile internet, video on demand, video streaming and the future of the internet.  Global online bandwidth forecasts and impact of high definition TV on satellite bandwidth demand.  Commercialisation of space.  New satellite technologies and capacity forecasts.  Future of geosynchronous satellites and low orbit satellites - in meeting demand in mature markets and emerging economies / Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Future of the Energy Industry - for General Electric client event / keynote conference presentation. Sustainable energy and other issues specific to clients of derivative gas turbines division.

Future of Fast Moving Consumer Goods / Manufacturing.  Household goods, food and drink trends - for The Leading Edge Strategy Group client event in London.  Impact of recession on household demand, wholesale, manufacturing and retail.  Managing risk and seizing opportunity in fast moving consumer good sector (FMCG).  Changes in consumer behavior and mood.  Impact of global warming and climate change concerns.

Future of the Petrochemical Industry - supply chain management and logistics: presentation for EPCA (European Petrochemical Association), looking at major challenges to the manufacturing industry / petrochemicals in the EU, current inneficiencies and major opportunities for cost savings in manufacturing.

Future of the Pharmaceutical Industry - including drug manufacturing. Future pharma and health trends conference keynote for Institute for Clinical Research (UK).   Issues ranging from next-generation pharma innovation, large and small molecule drugs pipelines, future biotech, future of stem cell research and regenerative medicine, advances in clinical diagnostics, health care budgets, health rationing and future government health care funding policies.  Protecting intellectual capital, threat from generic drug manufacturers, orphan drugs, new trends in clinical trials, ethical issues in medical research.

Future of Dentistry in a Digital Age - client event for 3M - manufacturing / production of wide range of dental equipment / technologies / diagnostics - audience of some of the world's most innovative dentists, Professors in dentistry etc. Future of dental practice: insights from health care, digital technology and other industries. Patrick Dixon's Future of Dentistry video

Future of Facilities / Factory Management - keynote presentation to European Federation of Facilities Management on 10 key trends impacting the future of Facilities Management, including factories, offices, hospitals, schools, airports.

Future of Logistics and Supply Chain Management - for Deutsche Post / DHL senior leaders - impact on manufacturing.

Future trends in innovation and technology - plus impact on manufacturing: client event for Unisys. Audience of Cheif Technology Officers (CTOs) and Chief Operating Officers (COOs) on global trends and their impact on business / IT strategy. Why so few CTOs make it to board level, and why most CEOs fail to take full advantage of what technology can deliver. Intregrating next-generation information technology into every dimension of future business development.

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