Manufacturing represents a key driver in the economies of most countries. Not too long ago, there was talk about all the manufacturing in first world economies being moved overseas and just recently, that conversation once again shifted and now there is lots of talk about manufacturing returning.
So, what’s going on exactly? Where is the industry today and where is it headed?
To get a deeper knowledge of the future of manufacturing, we spoke with industry thought leaders and asked the question:
What’s the future of manufacturing?
Brent Robertson, Co-founder of Fathom
“The future of manufacturing is in rethinking the relationship between manufacturers and their customers. Instead of transactional members of a supply chain, manufacturers who will thrive in 10-15 years will have a co-creative, collaborative relationship with their customers. In addition to producing higher precision products in lower quantity, they will be able to adapt and respond quickly. A big part of building collaborative relationships is a willingness to share IP. Increasingly, customers will find a way around manufacturers who hold their IP too close. The solution is a co-creative mentality that aligns your goals, incentives, and values.”
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