The March issue of Manufacturing Global is live!
This month’s cover celebrates a manufacturing success story still going strong after 143 years. Henkel Global is a leading solution provider in three core areas: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care, and Laundry & Home Care. We hear from Dirk Holbach, Corporate Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain Laundry & Home Care analysing the transformative effect technology has had on its approach to logistics in the supply chain: “We have a strong company culture, and our shared values help us to create sustainable value for future generations.”
Meanwhile, in Berlin, we caught up with BMW Group’s Head of Artificial Intelligence Innovation at the Connected Manufacturing Conference. Matthias Schindler told us how the automotive leader is focused on object detection technologies to improve quality in a bid to reduce re-work (across its press shop, body shop, paint shop and assembly line) and accelerate production of its 3 series and new 8 series vehicles.
The Coca-Cola Company’s vision is to craft the brands and choice of drinks that people love. Central & Eastern Europe Business Unit CIO, Damiano Marabelli, tells Manufacturing Global how IT has played its part in supporting a ‘Total Beverage’ transformation at the global drinks giant.
Elsewhere in this issue, we learn how Aerojet Rocketdyne, a world-class developer and manufacturer of advanced propulsion and energetics systems for the likes of NASA, is innovating. Senior Director of IT, Alan Avakian, explains how the aerospace and defence industry is evolving significantly, with multiple new trends emerging. From additive manufacturing to solar electric propulsion, cybersecurity and cloud technology, Aerojet Rocketdyne is reacting to meet its future needs.
Kennametal has been providing tools and services for the aerospace, automotive and energy industries for more than 80 years. The company’s CIO, Tom McKee, reveals how it is leveraging SAP’s solutions to deliver the smart factories that will drive growth towards its centenary.