Video: The state of manufacturing, part 1
Interviews with industry leaders look ahead to manufacturing in a post-recession environment. Part 1 looks at where we are now, and regional technology gaps.
Last February, CFE Media talked to a group of automation and manufacturing industry leaders at the ARC Advisory Group World Industry Forum. The discussions focused on changing conditions for manufacturers moving through 2011.
Companies included in Part 1:
• General Electric Intelligent Platforms;
• Invensys Operations Management;
• Mitsubishi Electric Automation;
• Rockwell Automation;
• Schneider Electric; and
The questions are:
We’re emerging from the great recession into an ever more globalized and competitive manufacturing environment. What are your customers telling you are the greatest challenges they face in this environment?
Asia, the Middle East, and now South America are building greenfield plants with the latest technology. Does this create a technology gap for older North American and European facilities? Is the difference in skilled talent in developed countries enough to match the greenfield technologies?
Bob Vavra hosts the discussion.
Peter Welander, email@example.com
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