The Coming Manufacturing Revolution

from the superfactory blog

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Or salivate at the opportunity.

A revolution is coming. A manufacturing revolution like nothing seen in history. Far more of an impact than Ford’s creation of flow production and the effects of Toyota’s lean manufacturing genius. The first few years of the internet era have created incredible change… but this revolution has only just begun. During the next decade or two the manufacturing world, and business in general, will witness a cataclysmic change.

Thomas Friedman’s new book, The World Is Flat, describes how digital technologies have broken down trade, economic, geographical, and political barriers… in effect flattening the world. When you combine a new leveled playing field with new business practices for an interconnected world, and the masses of people who have never been allowed or capable to compete or collaborate before, you have the recipe for a revolution.

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