Manufacturing Companies Expect to Leave 27% of Unrealized Productivity On the Table

New productivity study shows BRIC countries are aiming to become more productive.

A new report, "2008 Global Productivity Report" released by Proudfoot Consulting, a global operational management consulting firm, compares productivity in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Russia, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Highlights from the manufacturing section of the report are the following:

  • Manufacturing companies expect to leave 27% of unrealized productivity on the table.
  • The number one barrier to productivity in manufacturing is internal communications problems.
  • Manufacturing companies' productivity solutions involve increasing training and implementing culture change

Comparing productivity rates across the globe the report conludes: "In sharp contrast to the more mature countries of North America, managers in the BRIC countries are clearly the most enthusiastic about realizing their potential gains, predicting they will improve productivity by 13% when the potential gains are estimated to be 15%. When potential and expected productivity gains are examined at the country level, those countries in which managers expect to capture the highest percentage of their potential productivity gains are China (88.2% of potential gains achieved), Russia (87.8%), India (85.9%), and Brazil (84.8%). Among the more mature economies, the managers most optimistic about realizing potential gains are the French, who expect to achieve 83.3% of potential productivity gains."

"This report shows that most manufacturing companies are not as productive as they could be. Our hope is that the results will inform and inspire manufacturing companies around the world to go after that untapped potential,said Hugo Melgarejo, Proudfoots North American President.

The 2008 Global Productivity Report can be downloaded at

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