Manufacturing is alive and well in the U.S.A. and in most parts of the industrialized world. A growing global economy and diversified demand in the European, Latin American, Indian, and Chinese economies have created broader and more distinct markets for goods and services where few or no opportunities previously existed. Furthermore, advances in technology have led to previously unthinkable levels of speed and efficiency in the manufacturing process.
In fact, it can be argued that the goal of manufacturing in the 21st Century is to meet customer demand as rapidly and efficiently as possible. The biggest challenge in the modern manufacturing facility is to optimize supply in order to meet ever-changing demands. This would not be possible without technology that allows flexibility in supplier, manufacturing and distribution networks. Effectively meeting the challenges of modern manufacturing has become much more than a bricks and mortar issue because success now requires personnel who have what it takes to blend their mastery of technology with rapid but sound decision making.