GDS International Pushes the Boundaries Once More for its Latest Next Generation Manufacturing Summit in California

Jul 02, 2012, 14:56 ET from GDS International

PASADENA, California, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

The United States accounts for one fifth of the world's total manufacturing productivity. But is it possible to maintain that leading global position and revitalize North America's fallen economy? On the 16th to the 18th of October 2012, an exclusive selection of 85 C-level delegates will head to The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, California, to attend GDS International's hotly anticipated second Next Generation Manufacturing Summit US (

With one finger firmly on the economic pulse, GDS International's summits are specifically designed to prepare executives from the sector for the year ahead. Incorporating lively roundtable discussions, working lunches, and closed-door meetings, delegates will be given every opportunity to network and strategize over the course of the two-day event. As common goals are later established, delegates will partake in more intimate one-on-one meetings to discuss operational strategies at a more granular level.

There will be a senior selection of delegates in attendance, including Michael Molnar, Chief Manufacturing Officer for the Department of Commerce - NIST; Troy Ellis, SVP Manufacturing for Coca Cola; Rob Rosasco, VP Global Operations/Personal Care for Energizer; Rusty Patterson, VP Quality Excellence for Remington Arms; and Partha Kundu, SVP Global Manufacturing for Starbucks.

Bob Dean, Executive Director of Cisco Systems attended last year's summit, and found real value in the two day event. In his own words: "the quality of the topics that were discussed, the actual delegates that attended, and the format for meeting other delegates was executed flawlessly."

In agreement, George Nickel, Director, Global Process Architecture for Johnson & Johnson Companies said: "This is one of the best events I have ever been to. The mix of people, from large companies to small companies, was great. There was a diverse range of manufacturing disciplines, and I learned a lot."

Joseph Aglio, delegate manager for GDS International - the global events company behind NG Manufacturing US - believes that the upcoming event is well placed to set the benchmark for future events in the region. 'This year's NG Manufacturing summit will be larger than last year's program. We're going to have a total of 85 C-level individuals from the fortune 100-1000 manufacturers in North America. The event will focus on flexibility, innovation and lean manufacturing; with contract manufacturing, operational excellence and SMART technologies scheduled for discussion. The program itself will be moderated IDC's Manufacturing Insight Division, led by Robert Parker. We're also very proud to have Michael Molnar, first appointed Chief Manufacturing Officer of the N.I.S.T, give our opening night keynote presentation. "

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GDS International is one of the most innovative events and media companies worldwide - and a globally renowned producer of business-to-business summits, conferences, online information and advisory group gatherings. Founded in 1993, GDS International specialises in meeting the B2B marketing needs of our clients. Having a strong presence in mature industrial sectors but a finger on the pulse of emerging markets - as well as up-and-coming B2B business verticals - means we are perfectly placed to capitalise on the exciting developments brought about by the advent of a globalised economy. Our value proposition is simple: we deliver tangible business results from world-class events.

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