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Apr 10, 201703:32 PMMaking Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Turn down the volume, focus on manufacturing wins

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It’s a terrific time for manufacturing in the U.S. We are quickly becoming the most competitive manufacturing country in the world, due to our proximity to markets, competitive labor force, and plentiful energy resources. This trend started five years ago and continues unabated. Technology advances in additive manufacturing, automation, and connected devices create new opportunities every day. The trends and the actions necessary to take advantage of these trends are as clear as they have been in decades. Intelligent risk taking is being rewarded like never before in the marketplace. It’s a terrific time to be a forward-looking manufacturer.

So, turn down the volume! Shut out the noise from the things you can’t control. Develop a strategy to take advantage of the three key manufacturing technology trends. Create some experiments to discover how they change your world. Find a scout to help you blaze new trails quickly and effectively. Most importantly, keep moving forward!

Now excuse me … I need to get back to the radio.

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About This Blog

Buckley Brinkman is executive director and CEO of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity and writes about the manufacturing sector in Greater Madison and throughout Wisconsin. He has a breadth of experience in helping companies drive growth, world-class competitiveness, and performance excellence, and has led efforts to save dozens of operations in the U.S. by finding new ways for them to compete. A Wisconsin native, Brinkman holds a business degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.



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