• Type: Publication series
  • Date: 5/20/2014


Louis Thomas


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2014 Global Manufacturing Outlook: Performance in the Crosshairs 

KPMG International has recently released its annual report on the manufacturing industry: “Global Manufacturing Outlook 2014 - Performance in the crosshairs”. This report takes a closer look at the strategies that leading manufacturers are taking to achieve growth. The result of this report is an important indication of trends and concerns for the whole industry.

The Global Manufacturing Outlook 2014 is based on a survey of 460 senior executives conducted by Forbes on behalf of KPMG International completed in early 2014. Respondents represented six industries: Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Conglomerates, Consumer Products, Engineering and Industrial Products, and Metals. Fifty percent of respondents held C-level positions and a third represented organizations with more than US$5 billion in annual revenue. Respondents were distributed fairly evenly between the Americas, Europe and Asia.


Key findings from the report include the following:


  • Manufacturers are focused on understanding their product cost and profitability:
    Only 12 percent of respondents said they were ‘very effective’ at determining product profitability.
  • Organizations are rethinking their product development strategy:
    Respondents are increasingly focused on enhanced spending, shifting towards breakthrough innovation objectives and exploring new collaborative business models to create competitive advantage.
  • Supply chain transparency and visibility remain a key challenge for manufacturers:
    Forty percent of respondents admit they lack visibility across their extended supply chain, with 33 percent saying it was due to either inadequate IT systems or a lack of skills.
  • A majority of respondents think that they could achieve a globally integrated supply chain within the next 3 to 5 years:
    More than half say that their relationship with top tier suppliers is now strong enough for them to share real-time capacity and demand data.

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