By John Brandt
Most manufacturers recognize the importance of global awareness for their businesses. Yet less than half are actively participating in international business: only 46% of U.S. manufacturers operate or partner in one or more production facilities outside of the United States, and just 47% have one or more sales and/or distribution facilities outside of the United States.
Other firms have more aggressive global plans: 9% of manufacturers have production facilities in more than 10 countries, and 12% of manufacturers have sales and/or distribution facilities in 10 or more countries.
International Efforts (% of companies)
1 to 5
6 to 10
More than 10
2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study
Unfortunately, Next Generation Manufacturing research finds that a majority of manufacturers don’t measure their return from global-engagement strategies, while 47% describe the quality of their business systems and equipment to support global engagement as either “none” or “inadequate for current requirements.”
The NGM findings paint a grim picture for those organizations without global engagement strategies. Without systems, equipment or monitoring procedures, these firms will struggle to manage even the most rudimentary international opportunities — while globally minded competitors continue to expand their reach, and their revenues, farther from home.
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 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study, The MPI Group, 2011.