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Meeting todayís globalization challenges as manufacturers

White Paper Published By: Sage
Published:  Oct 17, 2019
Type:  White Paper
Length:  13 pages

Manufacturing is constantly evolving

Itís an industry driven by customer demand and technology. And as manufacturing businesses grow to a certain size, globalization becomes a factor. Interacting with the world offers lucrative opportunities and creates a higher demand for products and sources of cheaper raw materials that often impact the entire supply chain.

But globalization also means complex challenges. A crowded global market means more competition and a rapidly accelerating rate of change. Challenges could include:

  • Pressure to innovate, where keeping costs to a minimum and reducing the time to market is a competitive necessity.
  • Sudden changes to trade agreements due to macro-economic or geo-political change; for example tariff changes, commodity availability or currency valuations.
  • Environmental regulations which are necessary to address serious problems such as pollution and climate change.
  • International standards controlling quality and traceability, which impacts the sourcing of raw materials.

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