From crisis mode to future gazing: what's next for manufacturers?
With a crucial influence on GDP and global productivity, the manufacturing sector represents one of the pillars for economic growth and prosperity.
While the sector was faced with increased pressure during the pandemic, the crisis has helped the world see manufacturing in a completely different way: the sector has played a key role in the global response to the crisis – from PPE to ventilators to medical supplies, it would be not possible to deal with the pandemic without manufacturers.
The fact that much of the sector has remained operational throughout the crisis puts it in a unique position of leadership. As nations slowly emerge from lockdowns, organisations from other sectors will be looking at manufacturers for guidance on standards, health and safety procedures, hybrid work modeling and the best way to support people’s mental health.
When we look at the future of manufacturing, the sector also stands out when it comes to the development and adoption of technology and innovation. From automation to co-bots, to virtual and augmented reality, manufactures are often in the vanguard of embracing new technologies. Yet, with any technology, the challenge often lies in creating the right culture of innovation and adaptability.
From a sustainability perspective, manufactures are increasingly expected to develop their own path towards carbon neutrality – which has a major impact on supply chains, people, products, processes, and profitability. There are, however, two ways executives can look at this: they can see it as a challenge that needs to be navigated, or they can embrace it as an opportunity that can be seized.
The change, naturally, starts with mindsets, and therefore investing in organisational development becomes vital in this process.
Understanding the Impact of Change
Every business is different. Every business feels the impact of change differently.
At Headspring, we help organisations leverage the power of their people to create a positive economic, social, and environmental impact. We partner with our clients to co-create transformative learning experiences that empower their leaders to make responsible decisions, and achieve better outcomes for all stakeholders.
Cutting-edge industries such as aerospace and medical appliance makers are leading the charge towards a more sustainable future. What role do their leaders play?Explore our Virtual Leadership Program →
As consumers' awareness of their impact on the world increases, their new buying habits create challenges and opportunities for manufacturers. How can they create a more sustainable culture?Explore our Sustainable Growth Program →
Who have we helped?
These are some of the manufacturing organisations that we have helped with programmes designed to bring out the best in their people.
Arla Foods: Innovation-Driven Expansion
Renowned for its innovative consumer brands, the company wanted to expand and enter new markets worldwide with ‘healthy, natural, responsible and natural products’. To achieve its ambitious goals, it realised it had to encourage collaboration and new thinking and build a more unified business — ‘One Arla’.
Read the case study to learn how we helped Arla to think more creatively and work more collaboratively.
CMA CGM: Developing Leaders in Supply Chain
CMA CGM, a global shipping group operating in 160 countries worldwide, had recently acquired NOL, Singapore’s largest listed shipping company. CMA CGM wanted to share best practices as part of normal post-merger integration. But the company soon realised that there were bigger issues at stake.
Trends, insights and analysis from the FT
A closer look at the issues making waves in the global markets. Insights from the FT into topics from innovation to robotics to the businesses helping to build a sustainable future.
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Aluminium is lightweight, durable, and 100% recyclable. It’s also a key input for numerous industries. The London Metal Exchange is planning to encourage more sustainable production.Read on →
Semiconductor and automotive supply chains have shifted east, particularly to ChinaRead on →
Companies must contend with new consumer habits that are likely to outlast the pandemic.Read on →
The coronavirus pandemic has led millions of people to focus more closely on their health – and the science of everyday health is here to help.Read on →
Senior FT trade writer Alan Beattie explores the forces behind the surge and collapse of globalisation, from the Roman and Mongol empires to Donald Trump and Covid-19Watch now →
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