Manufacturing in the world: where next?

  • Louis Brennan, Kasra Ferdows, Janet Godsell, Ruggero Golini, Richard Keegan, Steffen Kinkel, Jagjit Singh Srai, Margaret Taylor
  • International Journal of Operations & Production Management, September 2015, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/ijopm-03-2015-0135

Manufacturing in the world: where next?

What is it about?

The paper provides a series of perspectives on some key considerations pertaining to the future of manufacturing with particular reference to the following trends: a) design of global manufacturing networks; b) re-shoring; c) new production systems (3D printing and additive manufacturing); d) sustainability.

Why is it important?

A central question in this paper is whether the combined effects of the emerging trends described above are creating a pivotal (or radical) change in global manufacturing configuration or simply creating incremental adjustments at the fringes. We conclude that the latter is more likely to be the case.

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