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.
The following have contributed to this page: Steffen Kinkel and Dr. Ruggero Golini