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Manufacturing confidence is an Economist Intelligence Unit briefing paper, sponsored by Siemens PLM Software. The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for this report. The Economist Intelligence Unit's editorial team executed the survey, conducted the interviews and wrote the report. The findings and views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.
The research drew on two main initiatives. We conducted a global online survey in February-March 2009. In all, 354 executives took part. To supplement the survey results, we also conducted in-depth interviews with senior executives and independent experts knowledgeable about manufacturing.
Our thanks are due to the following for their time and insights:
Richard Spitzer, managing director for automotive and industrial equipment, Accenture, USA
Nils Bjorkman, executive vice-president, responsible for worldwide commercial operations, Tetra Pak, Sweden
Maurice FitzGerald, head of Strategic Initiatives, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Hewlett-Packard technology solutions group, Switzerland
ManMohan Sodhi, professor in operations management, City University London's Cass Business School, UK
Erin Dobson, director of corporate responsibility communications, Nike, USA
Tony Maddaluna, vice-president of global manufacturing, Pfizer, USA
Frank Bamford, senior vice-president of business development and strategy, GKN Aerospace, UK
Yossi Sheffi, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of MIT's Centre for Transportation and Logistics, USA
Scott Anthony, president of Innosight, the consultancy, and author of The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times, USA
Brian Krzanich, vice-president and general manager of manufacturing and supply chain, Intel, USA
The author of the report is Sarah Murray and the editor is Iain Scott. Our sincere thanks go to the executives who participated in the survey and interviews for sharing their time and insight.