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Manufacturing 2020

Legacy material that arose from UK Government foresight exercise known as Manufacturing 2020.


Cheshire Henbury's expertise lies in the area of next generation manufacturing enterprise and the strategic management of technology. A key underlying competency in dealing with the "future" lies in the management of significant strategic uncertainties that arise from changes in the structure of the business environment.

One of the key weaknesses of the Foresight programme has been its belief that it is possible to extrapolate current trends in order to describe future challenges. One the key lessons of the past 20 years in manufacturing industry has been that the influence of discontinuities has made predictions based on trends somewhat meaningless. Who for example 20 years ago predicted e-business? How many manufacturing experts in the early 1980s could see the importance of concepts such as business process reengineering or empowerment?

Structural changes are occurring in the business environment. Some are evident today (e.g. the shift towards a buyers market). Other structural changes will occur over the next 20 years, but what form they will take is not now evident. The key point is that structural change results in significant levels of uncertainty and developing the capabilities to handle and work with the uncertainty is what really counts.

Cheshire Henbury is one of the few organisations in the world that has pioneered the development of a focussed understanding of structural change and the associated high levels of uncertainty. This coupled with our insights into strategy, technology, organisation and people integration and alignment, makes our knowledge and expertise unique.

Our central philosophy is that the strategic management of the significant uncertainties that arise from structural changes is something one does for oneself, using outside experts to support this process.

Activities in response to the Manufacturing 2020 report should therefore be centred on the key area of structural changes and uncertainty. Cheshire Henbury can provide support for Manufacturing 2020 initiatives within companies in several different ways. We can help customers to:

    1. Better understand the problems of foresight and spread this understanding to key decision makers;

    2. Develop a high level Manufacturing 2020 supporting strategy;

    3. Design company specific Manufacturing 2020 assessment and implementation processes.








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