Click here to close now.


IBM Cloud Authors: Pat Romanski, Craig Lowell, Tim Hinds, Ed Featherston, Liz McMillan

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

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

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
When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT’s direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Building actually breathes - immediately flagging overheating in a closet or over cooling in unoccupied ho...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, Chief Architect at CTS, will explore the synergy of Big Data and IoT. First he will take a closer look at the Internet of Things and Big Data individually, in terms of what, which, why, where, when, who, how and how much. Then he will explore the relationship between IoT and Big Data. Specifically, he will drill down to how the 4Vs aspects intersect with IoT: Volume, Variety, Velocity and Value. In turn, Tony will analyze how the key components of IoT influence Big Data: Device, Connectivity, Context, and Intelligence. He will dive deep to the matrix...
The enterprise is being consumerized, and the consumer is being enterprised. Moore's Law does not matter anymore, the future belongs to business virtualization powered by invisible service architecture, powered by hyperscale and hyperconvergence, and facilitated by vertical streaming and horizontal scaling and consolidation. Both buyers and sellers want instant results, and from paperwork to paperless to mindless is the ultimate goal for any seamless transaction. The sweetest sweet spot in innovation is automation. The most painful pain point for any business is the mismatch between supplies a...
Mobile messaging has been a popular communication channel for more than 20 years. Finnish engineer Matti Makkonen invented the idea for SMS (Short Message Service) in 1984, making his vision a reality on December 3, 1992 by sending the first message ("Happy Christmas") from a PC to a cell phone. Since then, the technology has evolved immensely, from both a technology standpoint, and in our everyday uses for it. Originally used for person-to-person (P2P) communication, i.e., Sally sends a text message to Betty – mobile messaging now offers tremendous value to businesses for customer and empl...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ProfitBricks, the provider of painless cloud infrastructure, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. ProfitBricks is the IaaS provider that offers a painless cloud experience for all IT users, with no learning curve. ProfitBricks boasts flexible cloud servers and networking, an integrated Data Center Designer tool for visual control over the cloud and the best price/performance value available. ProfitBricks was named one of the coolest Clo...
“The Internet of Things transforms the way organizations leverage machine data and gain insights from it,” noted Splunk’s CTO Snehal Antani, as Splunk announced accelerated momentum in Industrial Data and the IoT. The trend is driven by Splunk’s continued investment in its products and partner ecosystem as well as the creativity of customers and the flexibility to deploy Splunk IoT solutions as software, cloud services or in a hybrid environment. Customers are using Splunk® solutions to collect and correlate data from control systems, sensors, mobile devices and IT systems for a variety of Ind...
Organizations already struggle with the simple collection of data resulting from the proliferation of IoT, lacking the right infrastructure to manage it. They can't only rely on the cloud to collect and utilize this data because many applications still require dedicated infrastructure for security, redundancy, performance, etc. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Emil Sayegh, CEO of Codero Hosting, will discuss how in order to resolve the inherent issues, companies need to combine dedicated and cloud solutions through hybrid hosting – a sustainable solution for the data required to manage I...
You have your devices and your data, but what about the rest of your Internet of Things story? Two popular classes of technologies that nicely handle the Big Data analytics for Internet of Things are Apache Hadoop and NoSQL. Hadoop is designed for parallelizing analytical work across many servers and is ideal for the massive data volumes you create with IoT devices. NoSQL databases such as Apache HBase are ideal for storing and retrieving IoT data as “time series data.”
Clearly the way forward is to move to cloud be it bare metal, VMs or containers. One aspect of the current public clouds that is slowing this cloud migration is cloud lock-in. Every cloud vendor is trying to make it very difficult to move out once a customer has chosen their cloud. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Naveen Nimmu, CEO of Clouber, Inc., will advocate that making the inter-cloud migration as simple as changing airlines would help the entire industry to quickly adopt the cloud without worrying about any lock-in fears. In fact by having standard APIs for IaaS would help PaaS expl...
As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of streaming data in the cloud with an enterprise grade SLA. It features built-in integration with Azur...
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud Data Services, will demonstrate techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user experience, both offline and online. The focus of this talk will be on IBM Cloudant, Apa...
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
As enterprises capture more and more data of all types – structured, semi-structured, and unstructured – data discovery requirements for business intelligence (BI), Big Data, and predictive analytics initiatives grow more complex. A company’s ability to become data-driven and compete on analytics depends on the speed with which it can provision their analytics applications with all relevant information. The task of finding data has traditionally resided with IT, but now organizations increasingly turn towards data source discovery tools to find the right data, in context, for business users, d...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a software development company, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software development company with representative offices in Atlanta (US), Sheffield (UK) and Würzburg (Germany); and development centers in Ukraine. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobile software company with over 150 developers, designers, quality assurance engineers, project manage...
The broad selection of hardware, the rapid evolution of operating systems and the time-to-market for mobile apps has been so rapid that new challenges for developers and engineers arise every day. Security, testing, hosting, and other metrics have to be considered through the process. In his session at Big Data Expo, Walter Maguire, Chief Field Technologist, HP Big Data Group, at Hewlett-Packard, will discuss the challenges faced by developers and a composite Big Data applications builder, focusing on how to help solve the problems that developers are continuously battling.
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM Cloud Data Services has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IBM Cloud Data Services offers a portfolio of integrated, best-of-breed cloud data services for developers focused on mobile computing and analytics use cases.
Learn how IoT, cloud, social networks and last but not least, humans, can be integrated into a seamless integration of cooperative organisms both cybernetic and biological. This has been enabled by recent advances in IoT device capabilities, messaging frameworks, presence and collaboration services, where devices can share information and make independent and human assisted decisions based upon social status from other entities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Heydt, founder of Seamless Thingies, will discuss and demonstrate how devices and humans can be integrated from a simple clust...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Raxak has been named “Media & Session Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Raxak Protect automates security compliance across private and public clouds. Using the SaaS tool or managed service, developers can deploy cloud apps quickly, cost-effectively, and without error.
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, will discuss the impact of technology on identity. Should we federate, or not? How should identity be secured? Who owns the identity? How is identity ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Solgeniakhela will exhibit at SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Solgeniakhela is the global market leader in Cloud Collaboration and Cloud Infrastructure software solutions. Designed to “Bridge the Gap” between Personal and Professional Social, Mobile and Cloud user experiences, our solutions help large and medium-sized organizations dramatically improve productivity, reduce collaboration costs, and increase the overall enterprise value by bringing ...