Firms lack vision say staff

Manufacturing’s lack of vision is the main in-house obstacle for firms seeking ‘excellence’, according to delegates at last week’s International Conference on Strategic Manufacturing in Gleneagles. About 150 of the 200 delegates completed a survey in which more than 50% criticised their firms for failing to develop clear visions or directions for the future, and […]

Manufacturing’s lack of vision is the main in-house obstacle for firms seeking ‘excellence’, according to delegates at last week’s International Conference on Strategic Manufacturing in Gleneagles.

About 150 of the 200 delegates completed a survey in which more than 50% criticised their firms for failing to develop clear visions or directions for the future, and identified internal inabilities to manage change.

Change, however, remains a major force in the industry, with 35% stating that their companies were focusing on business process re-engineering or supply chain management, and another 28% claiming their priorities were innovation, research and development, and new products and services.

The survey, organised by consultancy SI Associates, found that 55% of respondents considered the lack of a skilled labour pool as manufacturing’s greatest ‘external’ problem.