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Webinar: 18 Predictions for Manufacturing in 2018

An on-demand IndustryWeek-hosted webinar, sponsored by Infor

Date: This webinar is available on-demand
Originally Broadcast: Thursday, January 18, 2018, 11:00 a.m. EST (GMT -5, New York)
Duration: 1 Hour
Event Type: On-Demand Webinar
Cost: Free

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Experts from US and Europe share 18 trends to watch in 2018

IndustryWeek calls on the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), EEF from the UK, and Infor to provide a global preview

2017 was a whirlwind year of global shifts, policy changes, and disruptive technology. Will the momentum continue in 2018? What new trends will emerge? How will the world economy affect manufacturers on opposite sides of the globe? Join us to hear what the experts predict.

And, because you’re coping with rapid change every day, we thought it was only fair that our presenters should feel the same pressure. We’re giving them each no more than 18 minutes to summarize a year’s worth of insights. Can they do it?

Our panelists, and some of the topics they will address are:

Robyn M. Boerstling, Vice President of Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), will discuss lingering skills gaps, infrastructure demands, policy impact, off-shoring, regulations, and how the hyper-charged political climate might impact manufacturing’s potential growth.

Lee Hopley, Chief Economist, EEF, the voice of UK manufacturing and engineering, will present economic predictions and the European perspective on the global economy, as well as shifts in economic power, impact of Brexit, and a forecast for the future of manufacturing in the UK and beyond.

Nick Castellina, Director, Industry & Product Strategy, Infor, will forecast how software solutions and digital technology will play a role in manufacturing in 2018. He will provide his insider’s view on trends to watch, evolving technologies, and how manufacturers will adapt to the digital disruption which is drastically changing the nature of business. 

How about you? Are you ready to step up your game for 2018? Think fast. Act faster.

Key Take-aways:

  • Which technology trends and innovations will benefit manufacturers most?

  • What can manufacturers do to overcome the shortage of skilled workers?

  • How will the volatile global economy impact market demand?

  • Will changing regulations call for new strategies and processes?

  • Are manufacturers ready to invest in digital technology?

  • What economic and political issues should manufacturers monitor?



Robyn M. Boerstling, Vice President of Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

Robyn M. Boerstling joined the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in 2008 and now serves as the vice president of infrastructure, innovation and human resources policy. In this capacity, she leads the policy and advocacy work on issues covering transportation, infrastructure, innovation and technology, health care, immigration and workforce. In addition, she works to ensure the manufacturing voice is brought to these legislative and regulatory issues before Congress and the administration. Prior to her work at the NAM, Ms. Boerstling served as the counselor to the assistant secretary for transportation policy in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). She worked in policy development and assisted with the day-to-day management of the Office of Transportation Policy. Ms. Boerstling joined the DOT in October 2001 as a “Schedule C” presidential appointee and held various positions during the tenure of Secretary Norman Mineta and Secretary Mary Peters. Her early career was spent on a congressional campaign and working in the Connecticut General Assembly.


Lee Hopley, Chief Economist, EEF

Lee Hopley is responsible for developing and communicating our policy thinking to our members, the media, the government and other key policy formers. She leads our work on the economy and industrial policy, dealing with macroeconomic issues and matters relating to productivity and manufacturing competitiveness. Lee also co-ordinates our work on policy issues including investment, tax, innovation, and infrastructure, and oversees its economic forecasting. Before joining EEF, Lee worked as an economic adviser to the Scottish National Party in both the Scottish Parliament and the House of Commons.


Nick Castellina, Director, Industry & Product Strategy, Infor

Nick Castellina is the Director of Industry and Solution Strategy responsible for Infor manufacturing. Prior to Infor, Nick was Vice President and Research Group Director of the Aberdeen Group’s Business Planning and Execution research practice. There he worked with software vendors and end users to analyse trends and produce industry-leading content in topics related to Enterprise Resource Planning, Enterprise Performance Management, Project Portfolio Management, and Business Process Management. He was also responsible for managing a team of analysts dedicated to manufacturing, product innovation and engineering, supply chain management, and financial management and GRC. 

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