Global Manufacturing Outlook: Growth while Managing Volatility is a KPMG International report that investigates how large industrial manufacturers are dealing with market and input volatility in a global marketplace. The report was written by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which also executed the online survey and conducted the interviews on behalf of KPMG International. We would like to thank all of the executives who participated in the survey and interviews for their valuable time and insight. The survey was conducted in June and the interviews in July of 2011, and both reflect the economic and financial conditions at that time.
A total of 220 senior manufacturing executives participated in the survey. All respondents are responsible for, or significantly involved in, finance, supply chain, procurement or strategic development. Respondents represent the aerospace and defense, metals, engineering and industrial products sectors, including industrial conglomerates. All participants represent companies with more than US$1 billion in annual revenue; 40 percent hail from organizations with more than US$10 billion in revenue. Nearly half (47 percent) of respondents are C-suite executives or board members. They are geographically split among Western Europe (31 percent), North America (30 percent) and Asia-Pacific (25 percent), with the remainder coming from the rest of the world.