There are many opportunities that lie ahead for the manufacturing industry. These include disruptive processes such as additive manufacturing and the internet of things as well as newly created materials that bring substantial benefits to end users.
Along with these opportunities come challenges. Among them are an increasing demand for precision, the need to improve the speed of the additive process, the desire to increase throughput, and, of course, the need to do all this profitably. As if these manufacturing-based challenges weren’t enough, there are also outside issues that must be addressed, including a regulatory and policy environment that is not always supportive of manufacturing.
This special report is divided into five parts. The first examines forces at work in the economy. The four that follow examine the prospects for key segments of manufacturing.