Conexus’ new president and CEO, Fred Cartwright, has held a variety of innovation-focused leadership positions in the manufacturing industry, including at Allison Transmission, General Motors and an automotive research facility affiliated with Clemson University in South Carolina.
Companies that map their supply chains can gain insights into where its various tiers of suppliers are located, the relative importance of each supplier and other critical data points, industry experts said at an IBJ event Friday.
The one-semester program, which includes both on-the-road driver training and academic instruction, is set to begin in January at Ivy Tech campuses in Indianapolis, Lafayette, Fort Wayne, Evansville and Lawrenceburg.
Artificial intelligence, data analysis tools and other digital technology will revolutionize manufacturing and companies need to get ready for it, said panelists at an IBJ/Conexus Indiana industry event Friday.
One executive is expected to help Indiana companies continue their transition into next-generation digital technologies. The other will develop and direct programs that help secondary and post-secondary students, as well as adult workers.
Much of the research at the hub—located at Purdue’s Research Park—will be done in partnership with government agencies, including the Indiana Department of Transportation, and private-sector companies.
Former Angie’s List COO J. Mark Howell is looking for ways to help the state’s advanced-manufacturing and logistics industries navigate a changing technology landscape.
Mark Howell, who has been Angie’s List’s chief operating officer since 2013, will start his new job at the manufacturing and logistics advocacy group in January.
The program, called INvets, will be launched later this year, initially with five Indiana auto-industry manufacturers.
Respondents from a wide range of sectors across the state say their expected growth rates for revenue, profit and capital investment are lower than in recent years.
Students from 18 colleges and universities are set to participate in the first-ever Conexus Indiana Logistics Case Competition next month in Indianapolis.
Proprietary manufacturing jobs—such as those in the aerospace, automotive and life sciences sectors—are likely to even grow as employers seek talent and quality control. But lower-skilled basic production work is on its way out to international markets like China, India and Mexico, where wages are a fraction as expensive.
More than 80 budding engineers will build and work with machines as part of a new program designed to give students experience in manufacturing.
Speakers at an IBJ breakfast on manufacturing and logistics said the public and private sectors must do more to get students thinking about manufacturing as a career and encouraging them to pursue the training they need to succeed in the field.
Indiana manufacturers, universities and various state groups are abuzz about their involvement with the freshly minted, Chicago-based Digital Lab for Manufacturing—even if they’re not yet sure what their exact role will be.