5 LESSONS FROM COLLABORATIVE MANUFACTURING IN 2022

I recently facilitated a workshop focusing on the fundamental concepts of collaborative manufacturing.  Now, those of you who know me well will understand that I’ve developed a ‘healthy scepticism’ toward the effectiveness of programs or initiatives presented as the ‘future for manufacturing’. I developed this scepticism over my years in steel manufacturing, where it was…

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MANUFACTURING: HOW TO SUCCEED THROUGH ONGOING CHANGE

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One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received from a mentor was when he explained that the concept “Everything will be alright when…..” is what ruins the chance for success in anything we do. The world we live in has demonstrated this time after time in the last couple of years. Just when we…

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WHAT IT TAKES TO GO GLOBAL IN MANUFACTURING

Currently, only a small percentage of Australian companies are in overseas markets. However, going global can help you generate more revenue, boost sales, increase investment opportunities, diversify, lower costs and recruit new talent. In fact, many studies in Australian manufacturing have highlighted international expansion as a crucial element to sustainable success. But what does it…

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HOW TO ADOPT AUTOMATION AND AI TO BOOST BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY

Technology and industry 4.0 has really changed what’s possible in manufacturing by marrying physical production with smart digital technology.  This tech includes IT systems, the cloud, machine learning, the internet of things, and the ability to capture real-time business information and data. Then there’s software as a service, which has made everything more accessible and…

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THE LINK BETWEEN SPORT AND HIGH BUSINESS PERFORMANCE

As competition has increased, both in Australia and globally, it’s become more critical than ever for manufacturers to clearly understand the competitive capabilities they need to develop to achieve superior business performance.  In the latest two-part episode of my Manufacturing Mastery podcast (Episodes 8 and 9), I sat down with Chris Davey, a process and…

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6 COMMON TRAITS OF A WORLD-CLASS MANUFACTURER

Australia is focused on building a world-class manufacturing industry, with this year’s budget adding a further $425 million to their existing $1.5 billion investment in manufacturing capabilities. But what does world-class actually look like at a business level? In the latest episode of my Manufacturing Mastery podcast (Episode 7), I sat down with my long-time…

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4 SECRETS TO SUCCESSFUL RESILIENCE BUILDING IN MANUFACTURING

Resilience was a business buzz word during the height of COVID, and it continues to be in today’s new normal. With so much change and disruption happening in the world and across industry markets, being adaptable is critical. But what does it really take to make your manufacturing company truly resilient? In the latest two-part…

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4 SECRETS OF PROCESS IMPROVEMENT SUCCESS IN MANUFACTURING

James Chevis is a name synonymous with business improvement in Australia. An independent Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt based in Wollongong, NSW, he has over 20 years’ experience in both theory and practice. His passion is inspiring and his insights incredibly valuable both to those in manufacturing, where his career began, and other industries.…

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EXPERT INSIGHTS ON HOW TO NAIL MARKETING IN MANUFACTURING

How good are your efforts when it comes to marketing your manufacturing business? Perhaps you know you need to be doing it but don’t really understand what you need to do. Or maybe you’re too busy in your business to make time for it – or both? In my latest Manufacturing Mastery podcast (Episode 3),…

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HOW TO INCREASE MANUFACTURING PRODUCTIVITY

In manufacturing, increased productivity means more money and a competitive edge, but how can you actually make it happen on the floor and amongst your teams?  This is something I’ve been exploring with several of my clients recently, and I thought I’d share some of my knowledge and learnings in this area.  One of the…

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