In the Global Manufacturing Outlook 2013 - Competitive advantage: enhancing supply chain networks for efficiency and innovation global manufacturers are redoubling their efforts to become more efficient and innovative, both to stay competitive in mature markets, and to capitalize on growth opportunities in the emerging world. Firms are looking to deepen their relationships with partners, invest in innovation and strengthen their operations to prepare for growth.
This report surveyed 335 senior executives, in five industries: Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Conglomerates, Engineering and Industrial Products, and Metals. Respondents are distributed globally, with nearly a third each from the Americas; Asia-Pacific; and Europe, the Middle East & Africa. It also reveals that global manufacturers are generally optimistic about the future, and are taking steps to capitalize on potential opportunities.