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Global Manufacturing Outlook is a KPMG International report that investigates how industrial manufacturers are adapting their business models and supply chain tactics to address the ever-changing global economic context. This report was produced in co-operation with The Economist Intelligence Unit, which also executed the online survey and conducted the interviews on behalf of KPMG.
A total of 196 senior manufacturing executives participated in the survey, all of whom are responsible for, or significantly involved in, supply chain strategy. Respondents were drawn from the aerospace, metals, engineering and conglomerates sectors, and 40% were C-suite executives or above. Thirty-six percent were based in Western Europe, 32% in North America, and 23% in the Asia-Pacific region, with the remainder coming from across the rest of the world. All participants represent companies with more than US$1bn in annual revenue; 42% work for firms with more than US$5bn.