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GM EXECUTIVE SHARES MANUFACTURING VISION

 GM EXECUTIVE SHARES MANUFACTURING VISION
 DETROIT, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Standing at the threshold of a new


era in manufacturing, America has an opportunity to reverse a decade- long decline in its industrial competitiveness, a General Motors executive said here today.
 The opportunity involves a new manufacturing system called "agile manufacturing," Donald L. Runkle, GM vice president in charge of Advanced Engineering, told a conference of manufacturing experts. He emphasized that the new approach will require a higher level of cooperation among competitors to make it work.
 "The agile manufacturing system thrives on smaller scale, modular production facilities," he explained. "Manufacturing machinery will be reprogrammed quickly to produce new products, in endless variations."
 Runkle said that the new system alters the meaning of industrial competition. It will require the competitor, supplier and customer firms to occupy changing roles in relation to one another. "Competition and cooperation are becoming mutually compatible," he said.
 "Only a coordinated effort by industry, government, academia and the public can convert the present opportunity into a springboard for returning American manufacturing to global competitiveness," Runkle said. For such an effort to take hold, a renewed focus on the science of manufacturing must occur, he said.
 "The intellectual, political and industrial leaders of this country need to understand and carry forward the message that manufacturing matters," Runkle said.
 The U.S. Department of Defense sponsored an extensive study to explore a vision for 21st Century American manufacturing. An industry- led group assembled at the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University to begin the effort. The goal of the study was to define a strategy and action agenda to enable U.S. industry to make the transition to this new agile enterprise in a timely and competitive manner.
 "The distinctive value of this work lies in its comprehensive picture of a new system of agile manufacturing that is emerging in advanced industrial nations," Runkle said.
 The Japanese are already well on their way to creating a vision for manufacturing in the 21st century, according to Runkle. He said the conclusions of Japan's "Manufacturing 21" hold two important lessons for American manufacturing:
 -- "Long-range manufacturing planning and development must receive much more emphasis than most companies have been willing to give it in the past."
 -- "One company cannot go it alone. The new kind of manufacturing will require supply chains and consortia of companies doing their future operations planning together with flexibility as a beacon."
 "Although the transition to agile manufacturing has already begun, its realization is by no means assured," Runkle said. "It will require an unprecedented level of cooperation among leaders in industry, government and universities."
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