IBM Cloud Authors: Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Sematext Blog, Roger Strukhoff

News Feed Item

Frost & Sullivan Announces 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners

-- Procter & Gamble, BMW, Merck, Dow, GE, and fellow award winners from around the world to be honored at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit June 3-5

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council today honored 100 world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as winners of the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards (ML Awards).

In a world of intensifying global competition and accelerating change, recipients of the ML Awards have distinguished themselves by embracing breakthrough innovation and enabling their companies to anticipate and respond to customers with unmatched agility.

Now in their tenth year, the Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Nominations are entered into 11 categories and are evaluated and scored by a panel of expert judges. Nine of the ML Awards categories are for outstanding projects undertaken and completed by a manufacturing company. Two categories recognize the achievements of individual manufacturing leaders.

Manufacturing Leadership Award winners and their technology partners will be honored on June 5 at a gala celebration that follows the tenth annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Palm Beach, FL, a unique gathering of manufacturing leaders from around the world. The theme for the 2043 Summit is "The Next Industrial Revolution: What Will Your Company Look Like in 2030?" Featured speakers include Marco Annunziata, Chief Economist and Executive Director, Global Market Insights, General Electric; Dr. Stephen Hoover, CEO, Palo Alto Research Center; Ralph Resnick, Founding Director, America Makes; and Catherine Clegg, Vice President, Global Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors.

Expert judges for the 2013 ML Awards were Jim Davis, Vice Provost, Information Technology and Chief Academic Technology Officer, UCLA; Sath Rao, Vice President, Research, Industrial Automation and Process Control, Frost & Sullivan; Morris Lenczicki, Vice President, Communications and Social Responsibility, L'Oreal USA Inc.; Val Zanchuk, President, Graphicast Inc.; Brad Heath, CEO, VirTex Enterprises LP; David R. Brousell, Global Vice President and Editorial Director, Manufacturing Leadership Council; Bob Macintosh, CEO, Nicolet Plastics; Peter Antoinette, President and CEO, Nanocomp Technologies Inc.; John Gagel, Corporate Manager Sustainability, Lexmark International; Miguel Angel Lozano, Innovation Director, CEMEX; Brad Martin, Vice President Engineering Operations and Quality, Extreme Networks; George Nickel, Director Global Process Architecture (retired), Johnson & Johnson; Jill O'Sullivan, Professor, Farmingdale State College; and Terry Smith, Senior Vice President and Executive Leader, Lion-Vallen Industries.

The Manufacturing Leadership Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards:


Customer Value Leadership:

Zoetis Inc

Cisco Systems Inc.

Emerson InterMetro Industries Inc.

Land O'Lakes Inc.


Lexmark International Inc. (Device Field Performance Analysis)

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. (Manufacturing Earned Value Management System)

NCR Corporation

Procter & Gamble (Consumer Place)

rapid prototyping and manufacturing (rp+m)

VirTex Enterprises LP

Avnet Technology Solutions.

Engineering and Production Technology Leadership:

AGCO Corp.

EMC Corporation (EMSD Engineering Lab Transformation)

Extreme Networks Inc. (Automation in Software Quality Assurance)

Liberty Bottleworks

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. (Cryogenic Machining Of Titanium)

Micro Mold Co. Inc.

Neptuno Engineering & Manufacturing

Norlen Inc.

PACCAR Inc. (Non-Contact Axle Alignment System)

PACCAR Inc. (Flexible Engine Machining Line) 

Pratt & Whitney

Protoplast Inc.

The Dow Chemical Company (Engineering and Manufacturing Innovation)

Enterprise Technology Leadership:

Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp.

C.C. Filson Co.

EMC Corporation (Product Engineering Information Management Platform)

Extreme Networks Inc. (Advanced Predictive Analytics)

Graphicast Inc.

Lord MicroStrain Sensing Systems

Merck & Co. Inc. (Big Data Analytics Improve Vaccines Manufacturing)

NACCO Materials Handling Group

Poly-Cast Plastics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.

Preferred Sands

Radisys Corp.

Rockwell Collins Inc.

S&S Hinge Co.

Sub-Zero Group Inc.

Tempel Steel Co.

The Boeing Company

Trane-Ingersoll Rand

World Water Works Inc.

Industry Advocacy:

Virginia Manufacturers Association

Automation Federation

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council

Reshoring Initiative

SME Education Foundation

Operational Leadership:


Boston Scientific Corp.

Bridge Publications Inc.

CMP Corp.

Continental Tire

GE Appliances

IBM Corp. (IPDL Singapore Innovation Program)

Kimberly-Clark Professional

Peterbilt Motors. Co. (Lean Model Line Events)

Plastic Molding Technology Inc.

Procter & Gamble (Integrated Work Systems)

Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

The Dow Chemical Company (Operational Excellence and Reliability Technologies Development)

Product Leadership:


Aeroscraft Corp.

Card-Monroe Corp.

Fishman Corp.

Michelin North America

Modulightor Inc.

Vac-Tron Equipment LLC

Supply Chain Leadership:

Blue Bell Creameries

Cummins Inc.

Emerson Climate Technologies Inc.

Fender Musical Instruments Corp.

GE Oil & Gas Artificial Lift

IBM Corp. (High-End Build-to-Order Outsourcing and Supplier Integration)

International Game Technology

Lexmark International Inc. (Configure to Order)

Lexmark International Inc.( Replenishment System Design and Implementation for Bullwhip Reduction)

L'Oreal USA

MityLite Inc.

Motorola Solutions Inc.

Oracle Corp. (Logistics Supplier Collaboration)

Oracle Corp. (Transition Supply Chain)

Oracle Corp. (Oracle-Intel Lean Supply Chain Optimization Initiative)

Parker Hannifin Corp.

WMS Gaming Inc.

Sustainability Leadership:

Abrasive Resource

BMW Manufacturing Company LLC

GlassCraft Door Company

Greif Embalagens Industriais do Brasil

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. (Environmentally Conscious Aircraft Coatings)

Plastic Molding Technology Inc.

Workplace Leadership:

IBM Corp. (Design and Operational Excellence in IBM China)

Merck & Co. Inc. (Virtual Technical Network)

Ophir-Spiricon LLC

Peterbilt Motors. Co. (Human-Centered Design)

Ultra Machining Company


Growth, Innovation, Leadership:

Dean Bartles- General Dynamics

Don Buckner- Vac-Tron Equipment LLC

Next-Generation Leadership:

Arnav Anand, ResolutionTube

Susan Lewis, The Dow Chemical Company

About the Manufacturing Leadership Council

The Manufacturing Leadership Council, Frost & Sullivan, is the world's first member-driven, global business leadership network dedicated to senior executives in the manufacturing industry. The Manufacturing Leadership Council's mission is to help senior executives define and shape a better future for themselves, their organizations, and the industry at large. The Council produces an extensive portfolio of leadership networking, information, and professional development products, programs, and services, including the Manufacturing Leadership Community website, an online global business network with over 6,700 members worldwide; the Manufacturing Leadership Council, an invitation-only executive organization of over 100 members; the annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit; the Manufacturing Leadership Awards, celebrating industry achievement; and the thought-leading Manufacturing Leadership Journal. For more information, visit www.MLCouncil.com.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants.

Our "Growth Partnership" supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.  
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.  

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community.

Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

Contact Us: Start the discussion

Join Us: Join our community

Subscribe: Newsletter on "the next big thing"

Register: Gain access to visionary innovation

Jeffrey Moad
P: +1.510.531.3456
F: +1.510.531.3456
E: jeffrey.moad@frost.com


More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
We're entering the post-smartphone era, where wearable gadgets from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids will power the next technological revolution. With mass adoption of wearable devices comes a new data ecosystem that must be protected. Wearables open new pathways that facilitate the tracking, sharing and storing of consumers’ personal health, location and daily activity data. Consumers have some idea of the data these devices capture, but most don’t realize how revealing and...
A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They’re called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MathFreeOn will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MathFreeOn is Software as a Service (SaaS) used in Engineering and Math education. Write scripts and solve math problems online. MathFreeOn provides online courses for beginners or amateurs who have difficulties in writing scripts. In accordance with various mathematical topics, there are more tha...
In past @ThingsExpo presentations, Joseph di Paolantonio has explored how various Internet of Things (IoT) and data management and analytics (DMA) solution spaces will come together as sensor analytics ecosystems. This year, in his session at @ThingsExpo, Joseph di Paolantonio from DataArchon, will be adding the numerous Transportation areas, from autonomous vehicles to “Uber for containers.” While IoT data in any one area of Transportation will have a huge impact in that area, combining sensor...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftNet Solutions will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SoftNet Solutions specializes in Enterprise Solutions for Hadoop and Big Data. It offers customers the most open, robust, and value-conscious portfolio of solutions, services, and tools for the shortest route to success with Big Data. The unique differentiator is the ability to architect and ...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential Internet of Things Brand by Onalytica in the ‘The Internet of Things Landscape 2015: Top 100 Individuals and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed Twitter conversations around the #IoT debate to uncover the most influential brands and individuals driving the conversation. Onalytica captured data from 56,224 users. The PageRank based methodology they use to extract influencers on a particular topic (tweets mentioning #InternetofThings or #IoT in this ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Niagara Networks will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Niagara Networks offers the highest port-density systems, and the most complete Next-Generation Network Visibility systems including Network Packet Brokers, Bypass Switches, and Network TAPs.
In an era of historic innovation fueled by unprecedented access to data and technology, the low cost and risk of entering new markets has leveled the playing field for business. Today, any ambitious innovator can easily introduce a new application or product that can reinvent business models and transform the client experience. In their Day 2 Keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Mercer Rowe, IBM Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and Raejeanne Skillern, Intel Vice President of Data Center Group and ...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Virgil consists of an open-source encryption library, which implements Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) and Elliptic Curve Integrated Encryption Scheme (ECIES) (including RSA schema), a Key Management API, and a cloud-based Key Management Service (Virgil Keys). The Virgil Keys Service consists of a public key service and a private key escrow service. 

Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
Fifty billion connected devices and still no winning protocols standards. HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, and CoAP seem to be leading in the IoT protocol race at the moment but many more protocols are getting introduced on a regular basis. Each protocol has its pros and cons depending on the nature of the communications. Does there really need to be only one protocol to rule them all? Of course not. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, walk you through how Oct...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Embotics, the cloud automation company, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Embotics is the cloud automation company for IT organizations and service providers that need to improve provisioning or enable self-service capabilities. With a relentless focus on delivering a premier user experience and unmatched customer support, Embotics is the fas...
The Internet of Things (IoT), in all its myriad manifestations, has great potential. Much of that potential comes from the evolving data management and analytic (DMA) technologies and processes that allow us to gain insight from all of the IoT data that can be generated and gathered. This potential may never be met as those data sets are tied to specific industry verticals and single markets, with no clear way to use IoT data and sensor analytics to fulfill the hype being given the IoT today.
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential M2M Brand by Onalytica in the ‘Machine to Machine: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed the online debate on M2M by looking at over 85,000 tweets to provide the most influential individuals and brands that drive the discussion. According to Onalytica the "analysis showed a very engaged community with a lot of interactive tweets. The M2M discussion seems to be more fragmented and driven by some of the major brands present in the...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
The Quantified Economy represents the total global addressable market (TAM) for IoT that, according to a recent IDC report, will grow to an unprecedented $1.3 trillion by 2019. With this the third wave of the Internet-global proliferation of connected devices, appliances and sensors is poised to take off in 2016. In his session at @ThingsExpo, David McLauchlan, CEO and co-founder of Buddy Platform, discussed how the ability to access and analyze the massive volume of streaming data from millio...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pulzze Systems will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Pulzze Systems, Inc. provides infrastructure products for the Internet of Things to enable any connected device and system to carry out matched operations without programming. For more information, visit http://www.pulzzesystems.com.