Silicon Valley Manufacturing and Technology Summit to Address Creating Manufacturing Jobs in California and Fostering Innovation

Dépèche transmise le 28 février 2012 par Business Wire

Silicon Valley Manufacturing and Technology Summit to Address Creating Manufacturing Jobs in California and Fostering Innovation

Silicon Valley Manufacturing and Technology Summit to Address Creating Manufacturing Jobs in California and Fostering Innovation

SAN RAMON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Competing globally while manufacturing in California to create good, well-paying jobs will be the main topic of discussion at the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Summit on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The event is presented by The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex), www.manexconsulting.com, University of California Davis, Hood & Strong LLP, Mission College, The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce, San Jose Chamber of Commerce and NOVA Workforce Investment Board.

“Transition to Innovative New Processes and Products”

“We need the manufacturing sector to be the foundation for the future, as its strength or weakness has tremendous impact on job creation and the health of the overall economy,” says Hank Holzapfel, President of Manex. “Our goal is to do everything we can to help manufacturers compete globally while continuing to do business in California and employ highly-skilled workers in good paying jobs.”

In his keynote address at the summit, Harry Moser, Founder of the Reshoring Initiative, will describe the Initiative’s tools designed to help companies recognize the advantages of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. “World macro-economic trends, such as rapidly rising wages in China, suggest that U.S. manufacturers are or soon will be competitive for most products sold in the U.S. market,” says Mr. Moser.

Also presenting will be Bill Browne of Manex, who will reveal the latest resources for manufacturers and discuss why Lean Six Sigma and data-based decision making are no longer an option, and best practices are now a requirement. The morning session will also feature a panel discussion to include various local leaders and Northern California manufacturers, including Todd Rinella of CORWIL Technology Corp, Kris Stadelman of the NOVA Workforce Investment Board, Doug Hoffner, Undersecretary for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and Paul Witkay of the Alliance of Chief Executives, who will address California’s top manufacturing issues.

The afternoon sessions include an inside look at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s additive manufacturing process, and a panel discussion, “Transition to Innovative New Processes and Products” and will feature local South Bay leaders, including Dr. J. Laurel Jones of Mission College, Don Sanders of Nexus Partners LLC, and Marc Lowe of UC Davis and Praxis Ventures. The Summit will conclude with a presentation on “Sustainability and the Future of Manufacturing” by Dr. Barbara Linke of UC Berkeley’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability, and a session by Dr. Kevin O’Brien with Energy Commercialization on what companies need to do to assess their current status.

The event costs $120 per person and includes breakfast, lunch and concludes with a networking reception at 3:30pm. Morning or afternoon session passes are available for $75 per person. For more information and to register, go to: http://www.manexconsulting.com/events/silicon-valley-manufacturing-and-technology-summit


Manex is a San Francisco Bay Area firm that helps manufacturers and distributors to gain a competitive edge. It provides high-value consulting and business advisory services to help manufacturers significantly increase growth, productivity, quality and profitability.

Founded in 1995, Manex has helped hundreds of Northern California manufacturers improve their performance in a variety of manufacturing industry sectors including aerospace, biotech, construction, high-tech, food and beverage, machining and medical devices.

Manex is a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. For more information, go to http://www.manexconsulting.com, or call: 1-877-33-MANEX.

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