In addition to our four recurring reports, The Manufacturing Institute does many one-time reports on important issues facing manufacturers.  Those reports can be found below.


All In: Shaping Tomorrow's Manufacturing Workforce through Diversity and Inclusion
The US has a long tradition of promoting diversity and inclusion (D&I) in both the public and private sectors, with legal frameworks, programs and policies aimed at shaping more equitable and welcoming work environments. This report shares insights, experiences and plans from a chorus of D&I experts—interviewed by PwC and The Manufacturing Institute--from consumer and industrial manufacturing companies and other sectors.  While all organizations are developing D&I initiatives in different ways and at different paces, it is clear that D&I initiatives are increasingly becoming embedded into organizations as a core business goal. This is happening as securing and retaining talent becomes more challenging in a tight labor market, and as organizations strive to cultivate innovation through building more diverse workforces.

Attracting the Next Generation of Students: The Role of Career and Technical Education
Manufacturers across the country are uniting around efforts to attract the best and brightest talent to manufacturing careers. These efforts must start early if they’re going to have a steady pipeline of talent for years to come, and students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) courses are the exact target group to attract to manufacturing careers. To aid in this work, The Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with SkillsUSA and the Student Research Foundation, have conducted an annual survey to identify the characteristics of experiences that impact student career choices. The purpose of the survey is to inspire dialogue between parents, educators, counselors and students, with the goal of better aligning programs and services with students’ needs and preparing them for careers ahead.

Training To Win
We stand at the precipice of greater growth and prosperity. In a recent survey, more than 90 percent of manufacturers are positive about their own company’s outlook.5 A new wave of innovation will usher in new opportunities and greater efficiencies in manufacturing processes and operations. These trends hold the promise of new prosperity—benefiting our global competitiveness, economic growth and communities across the country. 

Soaring Demand: Meeting Talent Needs in the Aerospace Sector
The Manufacturing Institute, with support from Arconic Foundation, embarked on a three- year, multistate project to analyze occupations and map career pathways critical to the aerospace sector. Key regions in Northeast Ohio, Southern California, and Mid-North Central Indiana are microcosms of the diverse needs of aerospace manufacturing. Exploring the needs of small, medium, and large-sized manufactures across the three regions revealed patterns in the occupational priorities and skills needed to meet regional demand.

Women in Manufacturing: Stepping up to make an impact that matters
The Manufacturing Institute, APICS, and Deloitte surveyed over 600 women in manufacturing and conducted nearly 20 manufacturing executive interviews to explore how effectively manufacturing companies are attracting, recruiting, and retaining women, and what should be done to close the gender gap. In addition to surveying more than 600 women in manufacturing, The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte interviewed a number of manufacturing industry leaders, including male and female executives, prior STEP (Science Technology, Engineering, and Production) Ahead honorees, and STEP Ahead emerging leaders to inform our overall insights.

Manufacturing HR Outlook 2017

The 2017 Manufacturing HR Outlook is an industry benchmark study developed in collaboration between the LEAP HR team at Hanson Wade and the Manufacturing Institute, and has been developed in association with LEAP HR: Manufacturing – the annual meeting place for progressive people leaders across the Manufacturing industries. The LEAP HR team has been working with the Manufacturing Institute to engage in in-depth conversations with CHROs, Heads of People and strategic business leaders with a goal of identifying both the talent challenges and the talent opportunities which exist in manufacturing firms across the US.

3D Printing comes of age in US industrial manufacturing

Two years ago, PwC published results from its first “Disruptive Manufacturing Innovations Survey” in which we sought to take a snapshot of how—and to what extent—US manufacturers were adopting 3DP into their operations and how they expected the technology to play out in the future. In this report, we share findings from a second survey posing the same questions to see what’s changed over two years. Not surprisingly, manufacturers are still very much at the vanguard of 3D printing adoption and innovation. While desktop printers and entrepreneurs may grab the headlines, manufacturers are also pushing 3D printing to its limits and are prime movers in ushering the technology to higher maturity levels.

Attracting the Next Generation Workforce: The Role of Career and Technical Education

The Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with SkillsUSA and the Educational Research Center of America, produced a survey to identify the characteristics of experiences that impact student career choices. The purpose of the survey is to inspire dialogue between parents, educators, counselors and students, with the goal of better aligning programs and services with students’ needs and preparing them for careers ahead.

Minding the manufacturing gender gap: How manufacturers can get their fair share of talented women

The Manufacturing Institute, APICS Supply Chain Council, and Deloitte worked together to understand why manufacturing isn’t getting its fair share of talented women. We surveyed more than 600 women in manufacturing, across all functional roles and levels, to get their gauge of how well companies are doing at attracting, retaining and advancing women. We also held an executive roundtable in Washington, D.C., where we convened senior leaders – representing a diverse group of some of the world’s largest manufacturing companies – to bring into focus their executive view of human capital and talent concerns.

2015 Women in Manufacturing Study: Exploring the gender gap

The women in manufacturing study was commissioned by The Manufacturing Institute, APICS, and Deloitte to understand why manufacturing isn’t attracting, retaining, and advancing its fair share of talented women. It is based on the survey responses of over 600 women professionals predominately across the manufacturing industry, gaining their perspectives on how companies can effectively recruit, retain and advance talented women.

Celebrating Success, Achievement and Potential of Women in Manufacturing 

Building upon the women in manufacturing research previously published by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, senior executives representing automotive, aerospace and defense, process, and diversified manufacturing participated in an executive roundtable on February 6, 2014. They discussed women in the manufacturing industry and initiatives to help close the gender gap, including how manufacturers can best attract, retain and advance talented women in the industry. The challenges and opportunities to integrate more women into the manufacturing workforce discussed at the roundtable are illustrated in the study, “Celebrating success, achievement and potential of women in manufacturing: A leadership view of overcoming the talent crisis and filling the skills gap.”

Global Responses to the Skills Gap: Emerging Lessons

In November 2012, The Manufacturing Institute, Alcoa Foundation, and Deloitte hosted Talent-Driven Innovation: A Global Symposium on Best Practices for Growth. A critical outcome of the Global Symposium was the call to collect best practices to inform business leaders, policymakers, and educators about what has been tried and what works. Together with Alcoa Foundation and the Atlantic Council, “Global Responses to the Skills Gap: Emerging Lessons” is an initial effort to gather those lessons. It looks primarily at the evolution of government programs over the last several years, with special focus on the trends in how businesses and government are increasingly working together.

This report was sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation.

National Survey on the Value of Credentialed Workforce

The Manufacturing Institute and MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, partnered on a study conducted a survey to assess the perceived value and the use of industry-endorsed certifications in the advanced manufacturing workplace. The goal was to gain an improved understanding of the use of industry certifications by manufacturers to validate the qualifications of both new hires and incumbent workers seeking advancement opportunities. The focus was on entry and middle-skill jobs that typically require at least a high-school diploma but less than a four-year degree.

This report was sponsored by the Joyce Foundation.

Aviation’s Second Golden Age: Can the US aircraft industry maintain leadership? 

The Manufacturing Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers partnered on a study examining the U.S. civil aviation manufacturing sector.  The report highlights pressing issues, including three top-of-mind that U.S. aerospace companies must address to maintain their leadership positions and competitive edges: globalization pressure, talent management shortfall and innovation challenges across a complex supply and product chain.

This report is the first in a new series the Institute will produce with PwC focusing on specific sectors of manufacturing and how the resurgence in U.S. manufacturing is impacting those sectors.

Moving Systemic Reform across 12 States to Implement Nationally Portable, Industry-Recognized Credentials in Advanced Manufacturing 

The Manufacturing Institute and Kennedy Consulting conducted an evaluation is to quantify the value of skills certifications to educators and employers, and to recommend improvements to the process flow that can be incorporated into future project activities as skills certification efforts grow nationwide. The evaluation tracked the progress of the 12 states involved in the project: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

This report was sponsored by the Lumina Foundation.

Women in Manufacturing: Untapped Resource 

The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte conducted a survey of women in manufacturing to understand their perceptions of the industry, their reasons for pursuing a manufacturing career, and their thoughts on attracting more women to careers in manufacturing.  The report also includes a set of strategies for recruiting, retaining, and advancing women in manufacturing.

This report was created as part of the larger STEP Ahead Initiative sponsored by the Institute, Deloitte, the University of Phoenix, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Roadmap for Manufacturing Education

With support from Lumina Foundation for Education, The Manufacturing Institute presents a special report on the need for new models and different approaches to manufacturing education. The report focuses on the challenges and opportunities as it relates to articulation and transfer of credit between two-year and four-year schools, with an emphasis on embedded industry-recognized certifications.

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Roadmap to Education Reform for Manufacturing

The Roadmap to Education Reform for Manufacturing lays out six principles for innovative reform, including moving to competency-based education; establishing and expanding industry-education partnerships; infusing technology in education; creating excitement for manufacturing careers; applying manufacturing principles like "lean" to reduce education costs; and, expanding successful youth development programs.


Manufacturing Skills Certifications: Employer Perspectives

In collaboration with The Manufacturing Institute, the University of Phoenix presents a special report on the value and effectiveness of a manufacturing-specific skills certification system endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. The report identifies the barriers to implementing a standard credentialing system and the roles that industry and higher education can play in engaging and developing a superior-quality workforce. Can manufacturing-specific skills certifications improve hiring practices so American businesses can remain dynamic and preserve their competitive edge?


The Innovation Imperative in Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the National Association of Manufacturers have partnered to develop a broad research study that looks at both the business outcomes of innovation and government's ability to encourage and support innovation through public policy. The report, drawn from a survey of more than 1,000 senior executives, in-depth interviews with 30 executives, and a comparison of 110 countries and all 50 U.S. states, suggests concrete actions that states and countries can take to help manufacturing companies drive innovation.


People and Profitability

The study, conducted in May 2009 by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, and Oracle, analyzes the future importance and current performance of people management practices relative to a manufacturer's business success. It also reveals the challenges manufacturers are facing with talent shortages and offers strategies to address them.


Forging New Partnerships: How to Thrive in Today's Global Value Chain

This report from The Manufacturing Institute and RSM McGladrey addresses the rise of globalization and its impact on Small and Medium Manufacturers. "Forging New Partnerships" examines internal management issues that SMMs face as well as their abilities to take advantage of economic changes at home and abroad.


The Business Case on Investing in Early Childhood Education

Recent studies show that reaching children before kindergarten is essential to their lifetime success. The studies use simulation models of the U.S. state and national economies to estimate the long-term effects of implementing proven early childhood development programs. The findings show that these programs would grow jobs, increase earnings, and boost future GDP and government revenues.


Women in Manufacturing, a Booklet of Best Practices

The Women in Manufacturing group of the National Association of Manufacturers was created by an informal gathering of women who "convened" themselves at NAM board meetings to discuss the challenges of recruiting more women into careers in the manufacturing economy. More recently, the group has coalesced into a break-out group of the NAM board and an open invitation is extended to all who want to participate. The group has focused on promoting manufacturing as a career option for young women who may not know of or understand opportunities available in this great industry. As a start to that work, the NAM created a "Best Practices" brochure that spotlights what many of our companies are doing to support and promote women.

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Innovation in Manufacturing

In light of the importance of innovation to the future of manufacturing in the United States, The Manufacturing Institute and Accenture partnered to develop a best practices guide that would facilitate business insights into the management and execution of an innovation culture. The new report addresses three misconceptions that often delay or hobble the development of innovations within companies: 1) It's not true that innovation stems only from new technology or products; 2) Innovation is not just a long-term project; and 3) Innovation is not random but is a discipline.


Made in North America

This report, released by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), is a survey of leading manufacturers in Canada, Mexico, and the United States that explores the impact of globalization on North American manufacturing productivity, competitiveness, and profitability. It is a first step to help North American manufacturers better assess current strengths and options for future competitive strategies and tactics.

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