As the 1988 Book “Manufacturing Matters: The Myth of the Post-industrial Economy” by Stephen Cohen and John Zysman points out, production industries drive economic success. In transforming materials into higher-value goods, manufacturing and production companies are, arguably, the lynchpin in trade, technology and prosperity.
The fact that such a book exists shows that, in the US and Europe particularly, manufacturing has been in a state of transformation for decades - and this transformation is spreading worldwide. The industrial revolution brought manufacturing to the forefront, and information technology and globalization have altered the opportunities available to companies in these sectors. The rise of low-cost country production has certainly been altering the location of production, but high fuel prices and an economic crisis are once again altering the balance.
Companies that produce tangible goods are extremely diverse, and while there are some fundamental similarities, Cambashi often works in specific vertical industries. We understand business drivers and constraints in:
• discrete item manufacturing - such as machined goods and plastic molding;
assembly of cars, aircraft, machinery, electronics, and consumer durables
• batch processing - such as chemicals, materials and ingredients
• continuous processing - such as oil and gas; mills such as primary metals, film
• hybrid production - such as food and beverage, pharmaceutical and biotech,
semiconductor, and consumer packaged goods
Cambashi’s expertise in these industries is deep. Many of Cambashi’s staff have worked for manufacturing companies and /or sold products into these production industries.
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