2021 Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners

The National Association of Manufacturers’ Manufacturing Leadership Council recognizes these world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as winners of the 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. Companies with project names listed were winners of multiple awards

2021 ML Awards Winners

Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics Leadership

  • Cisco Systems – Cisco’s Data & Analytics Office Brings AI to Life All Across Cisco
  • Cisco Systems – Component Quality Early Sensing Platform
  • CNH Industrial
  • HELLA
  • IBM Corporation – Manufacturing Quality Inspection with AI and Edge Computing
  • MacLean-Fogg
  • Merck & Co., Inc. – Automated Vision Inspection Platform
  • NCDMM – Joint Additive Manufacturing Model Exchange – JAMMEX

Collaborative Innovation Leadership

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) – COVID-19 Response: Infrastructure for Good
  • Flex – A Mask-Making Journey
  • IBM Corporation – IBM Customer Solution Center NYC Department of Education Remote Learning Enablement
  • Johnson & Johnson – Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain Wearables Smart Glasses
  • Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals – COVID-19 Response Team
  • Merck & Co., Inc. – DigInnovate Community
  • Roche and Genentech – Rapid Technical Transfer
  • Roche and Genentech – Continuing Pharma Manufacturing When the World Stopped
  • VIRTEX

Engineering and Production Technology Leadership

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) – Project Segue
  • Corteva Agriscience – Pyraxalt Active Product Manufacturing & Process Optimization
  • Dana
  • Ford Motor Company – In-Station Process Control for Gear Machining Processes
  • Ford Motor Company – 2D Laser Profiling for High-Speed CNC Compensation
  • General Motors
  • Johnson & Johnson – Ethicon Digital Surgery Molded Components
  • Kenworth Truck Company – Tension Control Tooling Improvement
  • Kenworth Truck Company – Sealed Beam Headlamp Aimer
  • Lexmark International
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics – F35 Seal Frame Accelerated Cure Project
  • NCDMM – Conformal Fan Duct Heat Exchangers for Engine Thermal Management Systems
  • Peterbilt Motors Company – Paint Air Ladder Calibration Project
  • PULS GmbH
  • SAUDI ARAMCO

Enterprise Integration Technology Leadership

  • Array Technologies
  • Cisco Systems – Hardware Failure Prediction
  • Dow Inc. – Dow Manufacturing 4.0
  • Flex – Utilizing Simulation in Manufacturing
  • Ford Motor Company – Ford Teams with Drishti for Process Improvements in Manual Assembly
  • IBM Corporation – Embracing Complexity, a Compass to Digital Transformation
  • Merck & Co., Inc.- Remote Assist
  • MxD – MxD Cyber Box
  • Nexteer Automotive
  • Rapid Turn Laser & Machine LLC
  • Xenith

Industrial Internet of Things Leadership

  • Dow Inc. – Accelerating Innovation in Instrumentation and Sensors at Dow Texas Operations
  • Intertape Polymer Group – Operational Excellence Through Digital Transformation
  • Maxion Wheels
  • MxD – MxD Cyber Platform

Operational Excellence Leadership

  • ADAC Automotive
  • Bridge Publications Inc.
  • Church & Dwight
  • Comez International s.r.l. – a Jakob Mueller company
  • Corteva Agriscience – Spinetoram Active Insecticide
  • Excel Connection
  • Flex – Ventilator Production
  • Geico Taikisha
  • General Mills
  • Iochpe-Maxion S.A.
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics – Aircraft Optical Network Diagnostic System
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics – Wireless Harness Automated Measurement System
  • Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals – Packaging Process Improvement
  • NCDMM – Manufacturing Technology for Complex Missile Seekers (JAGM CMS)
  • Peterbilt Motors Company – Engine Trim Error Proofing
  • The Raymond Corporation

Supply Chain Leadership

  • ALOM
  • Central Garden & Pet
  • Corning Incorporated
  • Dow Inc. – E2E Business Planning Program
  • Hologic Inc. – Supply Chain: Impacting Lives, Every Day
  • Johnson & Johnson – Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Transformation
  • Roche and Genentech – Unlocking Manufacturing Network Capacity at Roche and Genentech

Sustainability Leadership

  • Corteva Agriscience – Advanced Technology for Successful Rinskor Active Ingredient Product Manufacture
  • FloraCraft
  • Intertape Polymer Group – Incorporating Sustainability into Lean Manufacturing Production System
  • Owens Corning
  • Peterbilt Motors Company – Paint Emissions Reduction
  • Protolabs
  • Pure & Gentle

Talent Management Leadership

  • Essentra
  • Hologic Inc. – Building a Talent Management System for a 4.0 Medical Device Company in Costa Rica
  • MxD – MxD’s Hiring Guide: Cybersecurity in Manufacturing

Individual Winners

Digital Transformation Leadership

  • Maria Martinez, Cisco Systems
  • Dave Evans, Fictiv
  • Billy B. Bardin, Dow Inc.
  • Veronica Gutierrez Magallanes, IBM Corporation
  • Raja Shembekar, Denso
  • Jayendran Sundararaman, Intertape Polymer Group
  • Jeff Gleeson, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Next-Generation Leadership

  • Kasia Karimee Garcia Bracho, IBM Corporation
  • Katherine Duggan, Dow Inc.
  • Jonathan Jones, Corteva Agriscience
  • Katia Valenzuela, MxD

Partner Winners

  • Ceridian
  • Dassault Systèmes
  • Drishti
  • ECI Software Solutions
  • EPSoft Technologies
  • Ernst & Young LLC
  • iBASEt
  • KBMax
  • Leading2Lean
  • Logility
  • Markforged
  • Paperless Parts
  • Predictronics