Next Generation Manufacturing Study to Close August 29th

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IMEC encouraging manufacturers across Illinois to take part in the online survey to help assess current and future trends in manufacturing.

Next Generation Manufacturing Study 2013
The results provide not just the manufacturers with valuable benchmarking information, but also support the roles of manufacturing-focused organizations like IMEC.

IMEC is supporting the Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study ( by encouraging all small- and medium-sized manufacturers to complete the free, quick and confidential online survey before the study closes on August 29. The 2013 NGM Study marks the third time the survey has been conducted and provides manufacturers and stakeholders with valuable information on the status of manufacturing in America, as well as metrics for improvement.

For manufacturers in Illinois, this is a prime opportunity to gain advice on how to prepare for success in the next generation. Respondents receive a Performance Report, or “scorecard” that describes how they rank against world-class benchmarks. Study results also offer strategies that can help them capture competitive advantages, best practices to support execution of those strategies, and performance goals against which to measure their progress. Key areas of assessment include customer-focused innovation, superior processes/improvement focus, human-capital management, supply chain management and collaboration, sustainability, and global engagement.

“The survey closes on August 29, so it’s important that all interested manufacturers act quickly,” said Amy Fitzgerald, IMEC Marketing Manager. “The results provide not just the manufacturers with valuable benchmarking information, but also support the roles of manufacturing-focused organizations like IMEC. The data and trends, compared to the 2009 and 2011 results, will be invaluable for development of our future targets and strategies for how we assist manufacturers. Not to mention the survey is free for all respondents - data and assessments that companies normally could not receive without a fee.”

The NGM Study is part of a national research effort coordinated by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, in partnership with IMEC and MEP centers across the nation. The study is conducted by The Manufacturing Performance Institute Group (MPI), a global research firm and thought leader on manufacturing performance, management and customer value.

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About IMEC
IMEC was established in 1996 with the goal of improving the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois’ small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. The organization’s mission is to be a catalyst for transforming the state of manufacturing. A non-profit economic development organization, IMEC is funded in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and through fees paid by Illinois manufacturers for IMEC’s services. IMEC has 11 offices statewide and 40 full-time manufacturing improvement specialists. For more information, visit

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