The “death of manufacturing” in the U.S. is one of those tropes that has made headlines for decades. But manufacturing in the U.S. could look different in the next decade, where output continues to grow while jobs continue to fall.
What the Future: Manufacturing explores a future that will be shaped by macro forces like increased automation and employee power shifts, and by attitudes and tensions between nationalism and globalism, and between sustainability and affordability.
Read on for an exclusive look at the business questions that manufacturers large and small will face in the coming years, including how small business manufacturing will survive, whether we will get to a more sustainable future, and how the industry will staff and train from a shrinking talent pool and a more automated workforce.
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Letter from the Editor
Matt Carmichael, What the Future editor, head of the Ipsos Trends & Foresight Lab
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Scott DeGroot, vice president of Global Distribution and Planning, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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Rob McMillan, founder, Dearborn Denim
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Denise Johnson, group president, Resource Industries, Caterpillar
Anders Billesø Beck, vice president, strategy and Innovation at Universal Robots A/S
Brand insights with Ipsos’ Jennifer Berg
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