For Many Manufacturers, the Future Is Already Here
Keywords: Future of Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Intelligent Factories, Virtual Design, Big Data, Analytics, IT Security, Sustainability, Mass Customization.
John Carey, Vice President of the Aviation, Industrial, Marine, and Energy Business at BP Castrol, provided a thought-provoking presentation on the future of manufacturing last month during the Wednesday morning general session at ARC Advisory Group's 2013 World Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida. A spirited panel discussion followed in which Mr. Carey and executives from Bayer, Dow Chemical, General Dynamics, and Owens Corning exchanged viewpoints.
Mr. Carey's presentation underscored the dynamic and challenging nature of manufacturing today, reinforcing many of the same points made in other Forum presentations. "What keeps me awake at night is that everything that has made my organization successful today, will block our success tomorrow," he said. "For me a lot of the challenges center around behaviors and how we adapt to them."
To frame the context for his presentation, Mr. Carey provided a brief overview of BP Castrol, a leading global manufacturer of both consumer and industrial lubricants. Within its extended value chain, Castrol has a long history of working closely with its industrial customers to develop application-specific lubricants, metalworking fluids, cleaners, corrosion preventives, and related services. In many instances, these new lubricants have eased the way for advances in engine or industrial design for applications on land, sea, and in the air. According to the company's website, Castrol, acquired by BP in 2002, continues to work collaboratively with its customers and is the preferred lubricants partner to VW, Audi, BMW, Komatsu and others.
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