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Manufacturing chief executives faced an unanticipated global challenge to adapt rapidly to changes and respond to needs that surfaced as a result. Strengthening relations with vendors and customers and taking the best care of employees is becoming a few of the new definitions of success in the manufacturing world. The oncoming ecosystem is different from the old and brings about changes that were not forecasted until the end of 2019.

This report focuses on the changing dynamics in the manufacturing sector during the pandemic.

It provides a birds eye view of the situations, needs, and the route to normalisation.

Furthermore, inspired by the knowledge shared by industry experts such as Rockwell Automation, Bayer SA, Interact Analysis and Noble Education Initiative, U.S.A., key observations have been laid out on how the manufacturing domain may look after the pandemic.

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MBA, mechanical engineer, CQE and APICS CSCP & CPIM certified, with three post-graduations in Marketing, Logistics and Transports, has worked for more than 25 years in activities related to Supply Chain, Procurement and Logistics. Also has coordinated the dangerous goods’ transports’ committee at ABIQUIM – Brazilian Chemical Industries Association.

Ford Motors Co., Rhône-Poulenc, British American Tobacco, Pfizer, Takeda Pharmaceutical and Merck,
Sharp & Dohme are some companies where he has worked for and added value through his knowledge and

Currently works as Operations Manager for Latin America External Manufacturing Operations Consumer Health at Bayer and teaches Negotiation, Supply Chain and Demand Management for some major post-graduation schools in São Paulo. Also coordinates post- graduation curses in two major Universities in Brazil.

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Uwe Kueppers

Uwe has more than 25 years of experience in the manufacturing environment and with industrial software and automation products. He spent five years as an application engineer with Schiess, a major manufacturer of heavy machine tool builder before he started to be involved in developing the first Industrial PCs and the use of PC equipment to control and optimise palletise systems. Before Incuity and Wonderware, Uwe has built up the sales area for an engineering company and sold automation solution to all kinds of manufacturing segments. After running his own business, Uwe joined Wonderware in 1994, in 1995 he moved to the headquarter in the US to develop the OEM program. In this timeframe, Uwe also gained international experience in Asia. January 2001 he took over the position as a managing director in Scandinavia. In 2003 Uwe became the additional responsibility of the German operation as Managing Director. April 2005 he accepted the position as Director Business Development and Marketing EMEA where he was responsible for extending the established markets and grow new emergency market segments or area. Together with his Marketing Manager, he developed the marketing strategies for Wonderware in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His primary goal was to grow significant the business in EMEA as well as identifying new potential business segments. Since Jan 2014 Uwe was also appointed to the Chairman of the EMEA board of Mesa International a non-profitable association focusing since more than 20 years on Manufacturing. Uwe Küppers is married and has a son and a daughter.

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Luisella Giani, EMEA Industry Transformation Director at Oracle, has over 15 years of international experience leading digital strategy, operations and product development. Following a degree in Artificial Intelligence, she started her career with iconic brands of the digital age, such as Skype, Netlog and Lycos. More recently she has been helping global businesses, such as Yellow Pages, Goodyear-Dunlop and DuPont Coating, with their digital transformations. Her role at Oracle is to help companies to continuously innovate creating new digital experiences.

Dr. Byron Ernest

Dr. Byron Ernest does professional development in leadership and education around the world. Dr. Ernest authored the book: The Hand In the Back of the Room: Connecting School Work to Real Life. He serves on the Indiana State Board of Education and is Chair-Elect of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Dr. Ernest is a former AgriScience Teacher who was named 2010 Indiana Teacher of The Year and 2011 Christopher Columbus Foundation National Outstanding Agriscience Teacher. Byron served as the Department Head for Agriculture Science and FFA at Lebanon Community School Corporation where he started the program from scratch. The program is now one of the largest in the state and is well respected nationally for its focus on teaching science in the context of agriculture. Byron holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Education and a Master’s in Education from Purdue University. He received his Doctorate from Walden University in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. In 2017 Dr. Ernest completed the Certificate for Advanced Educational Leadership program at Harvard University where he is continuing his Post-Doctoral Studies.

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Adrian Lloyd​

Adrian has been actively involved in technology market intelligence for more than 20 years. As part of the leadership team at IMS Research, a highly renowned information provider acquired by IHS Markit Inc. in 2012, Adrian led research practices on a wide range of topics from industrial automation to semiconductors.

Subsequently, Adrian spent close to five years as Senior Director of Research Operations for IHS Markit’s Technology, Media & Telecom business line, with responsibility for developing its broader strategy and acquisition focus. During this time, Adrian was exposed to a broad array of analytical techniques covering the entire spectrum of technology market intelligence. This insight enabled him to bring a unique perspective to Interact Analysis, ensuring the company can achieve its aim of providing best-in-class intelligence.

Since founding Interact Analysis, Adrian continues to lead the company’s global strategy and US operations. One of his primary research areas is industrial automation having started analyzing this industry over 20 years ago, and is now one of our Research Directors responsible for this topic.

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