Increase Your Influence and Impact Through Membership

With an annual agenda shaped by over 1200 executives from across all industries in manufacturing, the Manufacturing Leadership Council helps you gain insights on your most pressing challenges.


Access exclusive research, presentations, videos and more through a members-only content library and the Manufacturing Leadership Journal.


Networking at quarterly Plant Tours and at the annual ML Summit & Awards Gala leads to meaningful professional and personal relationships.


Participating in weekly and monthly member debates and discussions, you’ll gain insights on the cutting-edge ideas that are driving industry forward.


Maximize your membership from wherever business takes you. Access other members, research and event updates, using a powerful platform for collaboration.

Collaborate To Address Industry Challenges

The Manufacturing Leadership Council’s annual Critical Issues Agenda reflects a unique member-driven process that identifies the most urgent and important issues facing the global manufacturing industry in the year ahead. Navigate a successful journey to Manufacturing 4.0 with the Manufacturing Leadership Council.  
The seven Critical Issues for 2017/2018, and their key areas of focus, are the following:
Factories of the Future
  • Migration paths, road maps, maturity models, and frameworks to help companies move along their journey to Manufacturing 4.0, from current production models to a future state.
  • End-to-end digitization and analysis of manufacturing and engineering processes and functions.
  • Front line examples of agile and modular production models that deliver on the promise of Manufacturing 4.0.
Manufacturing Enterprise Innovation
  • Best practice approaches that focus on how, why, and where Manufacturing 4.0 technologies can help change the process of innovation to help manufacturers deliver innovative ideas and improvements faster than ever before across the enterprise – from the plant floor, to the supply chain, to new products and services.
  • Collaborative innovation approaches that leverage the ideas and development resources of employees, suppliers, external partners, customers, academia, and ‘the crowd’ to create new products and improve business processes.
  • How manufacturing can play an active role in product and business model innovation to ultimately deliver both competitive advantage and enhanced customer experience.
The Collaborative Manufacturing Enterprise
  • How manufacturing fits into collaborative, end-to-end, enterprise-wide value chains that unify the company’s overall mission and key activities.
  • Digital threads that constantly connect and inform all functions of the enterprise.
  • Cross-functional processes and organizational structures that harness multiple areas of expertise to make faster and better decisions, reduce time to market, and enhance competitive agility.
Transformative Technologies in Manufacturing
  • The latest developments in the Internet of Things, 3D printing, advanced analytics, modelling and simulation, AI & machine learning, collaborative robotics, augmented and virtual realities, and other emerging new technologies.
  • Best practice approaches for selecting, cost justifying, and deploying disruptive new M4.0 technologies in a manufacturing enterprise.
  • Strategies for encouraging and implementing standards and architectures that support open, interoperable systems.
Next-Generation Manufacturing Leadership and the Changing Workforce
  • Effective leadership role models, behaviors, and mindsets that best support the company’s journey to Manufacturing 4.0.
  • Employee transition, development, and engagement strategies for a multi-generational, multi-cultural, multinational workforce.
  • Identifying, attracting, and encouraging new talent and skills for tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce, including best practices for collaborating with educational and community organizations.
Manufacturing 4.0 Sustainability
  • Design products for easier reuse, remanufacture, refurbishment, or recycling at end of life.
  • Manufacturing 4.0 production strategies that streamline production processes to increase efficiency, reduce costs and waste, and ensure all resources, products, components, energy, and materials are kept at their highest utility and value at all times.
  • Holistic, sustainable manufacturing business models, supported by collaborative cross-sector partnerships and deeper community engagement, that help create a more regenerative, industry-wide, M4.0-driven, cost-effective, circular manufacturing economy.
Cybersecurity in Manufacturing
  • Potential points of cyber vulnerability and prevention to help secure manufacturing operations, IoT networks, smart products, and the supply chain.
  • Bridging the gap between IT and Operations to coordinate and improve manufacturing enterprise cybersecurity strategies.
  • Cybersecurity best practice policies, training, behaviors and education, including an understanding of the global cybersecurity regulatory environment.

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