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Manufacturing 4.0 leaders will be honoured at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit

March 22, 2018 | By Rehana Begg

Santa Clara, Calif. – Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council announces the world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders set to receive recognition as winners of the 2018 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. ML Awards winners and their partners will be honoured on June 13, 2018, at a gala celebration that concludes the 14th annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Huntington Beach, Calif. In addition, the High Achiever Award, Manufacturers of the Year, the Manufacturing Leader of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award winners will be announced at the gala.

“The companies, projects and individual leaders being honored with 2018 ML Awards are redefining excellence by embracing the technology-driven transformation that we call Manufacturing 4.0,” said Global vice president and editorial director and co-founder of the Manufacturing Leadership Council David R. Brousell. “Their inspiring achievements are allowing their companies to anticipate and thrive through the dramatic changes now rippling through the global manufacturing marketplace.”

The 95 projects and individuals on the list of ML Awards winners represent small and large enterprises in a wide range of manufacturing markets. They all leverage best-in-class processes, technologies, and engaged teams to set themselves apart from the competition. Winners for 2018 include Ford, IBM, Cisco Systems, Merck, The Dow Chemical Company, and Johnson Controls.

Now in its 14th year, the ML Awards program honors organizations and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Nominations are entered into 11 categories and evaluated and scored by a panel of expert judges. Ten of the ML Awards categories are for outstanding projects by a manufacturing company. Project categories include Industrial Internet of Things Leadership, Operational Excellence Leadership, and Talent Management Leadership. One category recognizes the achievements of individual manufacturing leaders.


The ML Summit is a unique, interactive gathering of manufacturing leaders from around the world. The theme for the 2018 Summit is “Accelerating the Transformation to Manufacturing 4.0.” Featured speakers include Michele D’Alessandro, vice president and CIO, Manufacturing IT, Merck & Co., Inc.; Brynn Watson, Vice President, Program Management, Corporate Engineering and Program Operations, Lockheed Martin; Alex Goryachev, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Innovation Group, Cisco Systems; Praveen Jonnala, Global Vice President, IT Global Busniness Solutions, Commscope.

The nomination period for the 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Awards will open in September.

To see the list of the 2018 Manufacturing Leadership Awards winners, click here


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