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Study focuses on women in manufacturing
The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, and APICS have released
a study, “Women in Manufacturing: Stepping up to make an
impact that matters.” The joint study is the result of more
than 600 survey responses from female professionals in the
manufacturing industry, along with nearly 20 manufacturing
executive interviews. The report points to how companies
can e;ectively recruit, retain, and advance talented women in
manufacturing and illustrates ways that women in manufacturing are making an impact in the industry through programs
like STEP (science, technology, engineering, and production)
This study confirms the importance of increasing the number of women in the manufacturing workforce and reveals
that many manufacturers are missing a critical talent pool,
which could aid in closing the skills gap.
The survey reports that:
•Seventy percent of women indicate they would stay in
manufacturing if they were to start their career today.
•Some of the most important employment characteristics
for women in manufacturing include opportunities for challenging and interesting assignments, attractive pay, and work-life balance.
•The key programs to help retain
women in manufacturing include formal and informal mentorship programs,
flexible work practices, and increasing
the visibility of key leaders who serve as
While there has been an overall positive change in the industry’s attitude
toward female employees, women still
make up only 29 percent of the U.S.
manufacturing workforce, while they
make up about half of the total U.S. labor force. In an e;ort to improve this,
The Manufacturing Institute is promoting the role of women in manufacturing through mentoring, recognition,
research, and leadership with the STEP
The study examines the positive impact of STEP Ahead, reporting insights
from former honorees and emerging
leaders who indicate the program has
helped raise the visibility of opportunities for women in the industry, manufacturing opportunities in the community, and opportunities for women
within their companies.
For more information, visit www.
Kuka Systems named
GM 2016 Supplier of the Year
Automation systems provider Kuka
Systems North America LLC, Sterling
Heights, Mich., has been named a Sup-
plier of the Year for Powertrain & Body
Shop Equipment by General Motors.
The automaker recognized 118 of its
best suppliers from 15 countries that
have consistently exceeded expecta-
tions, created outstanding value, or
brought innovations to the company.
This is the second time Kuka Systems
has received the award.
Winning suppliers were chosen by
a global team of GM purchasing, engi-
neering, quality, manufacturing, and
logistics executives and selected based
on performance criteria in product pur-
chasing, indirect purchasing, customer
care and a;ersales, and logistics.
28 The FABRICATOR JUNE 2017
Le; to right: Dr. Till Reuter, Kuka AG CEO; Larry Drake, Kuka Systems CEO; Dave Drouillard,
GM executive director, global purchasing and
supply chain (GPSC); and Kathy Worthen, GM
vice president GPSC Europe.