About The NGM Study

Why conduct the Next Generation Manufacturing Study?
What are the Six NGM Strategies?
Who conducts the Next Generation Manufacturing Study?
How do I become a NGM Assessment Tool Sponsor?
May I contribute to the NGM Library?
Who is The MPI Group?
What is the most recent NGM Study Methodology?
How do I sign up for the NGM newsletter?

Why conduct the Next Generation Manufacturing Study?
The Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study identifies performances and practices in place among U.S. manufacturers, to determine how much progress U.S. manufacturers have made in implementing Next Generation strategies, and to measure manufacturers’ progress toward achieving world-class status in the 21st century.

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Download the NGM questionnaire.

What are the Six NGM Strategies?

Customer-focused innovation: Develop, make, and market new products and services that meet customers’ needs at a pace faster than the competition.

Engaged people/human capital acquisition, development, and retention: Secure a competitive performance advantage by having superior systems in place to recruit, hire, develop, and retain talent.

Superior processes/improvement focus: Record annual productivity and quality gains that exceed the competition through a companywide commitment to continuous improvement.

Supply-chain management and collaboration: Develop and manage supply chains and partnerships that provide flexibility, response time, and delivery performance that exceed the competition.

Sustainability: Design and implement waste and energy-use reductions at a level that provides superior cost performance and recognizable customer value.

Global engagement: Secure business advantages by having people, partnerships, and systems in place capable of engaging global markets and talents better than the competition.

Download the NGM Executive Summary.
Download the NGM questionnaire.

Who conducts the Next Generation Manufacturing Study?
The NGM Study is a biennial survey conducted by the Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI) with the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), an
association of manufacturing extension centers that works to improve the innovation and productivity of America’s manufacturing community. One ASMC program of primary focus is the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) also supported the 2013 NGM Study.

How do I become a NGM Assessment Tool Sponsor?
Contact The MPI Group at +1 216.991.8390 or by email.

May I contribute to the NGM Library?
The MPI Group does accept original thought leadership related to any of the six NGM strategies. Make your submissions via email. Please include your full contact information. Your submission will be reviewed and you will be contacted if it is posted in the library.

Who is MPI?
The Manufacturing Performance Institute, part of The MPI Group, serves leaders with research, advice, and performance-targeted solutions that provide a competitive advantage in today’s fierce marketplace. MPI combines the disciplines of research, strategic advice, knowledge development, and hands-on leadership to create a difference — in performance, in profits, and in the people who make them possible. Visit us online at MPI-Group.com for more info.

What is the most recent study methodology?
The Next Generation Manufacturing Study was conducted using an online questionnaire. Participants also had access to a PDF version of the questionnaire, which could be completed and mailed. A total of 375 manufacturers participated in the study in August and September 2013. The American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEPs) across the United States, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), and The Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI) promoted the study. Responses to the NGM Study were received by The Manufacturing Performance Institute, then entered into a database, edited, and cleansed to ensure answers were plausible, where necessary. All respondent answers to the survey are confidential. As incentives, respondents who provided contact information were offered a copy of an NGM Performance Report, which shows their individual responses next to categories of respondents with organizational profiles comparable to their own.

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Download the NGM questionnaire.

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