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New AMR Research - Manufacturing Operations budgets still up in 2009

New AMR Research - Manufacturing Operations budgets still up in 2009

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An interesting interesting new AMR Research study just came out that shows that despite the economic downturn, manufacturers are still planning to reinvest in manufacturing operations and software, to the tune of 4-9% depending on sector.

The other interesting data point was the difference in priorities between the US and Germany.  While improving quality was #1 for both, reducing energy costs was #2 in Germany but only #7 in the US.  I wonder if this reflects the EU's head start on "green" initiatives, and emphasis on tying this to hard economics. 

The report can be found at http://www.amrresearch.com/research/reports/images/2009/0901AMR-F-MFGOPSAppendix.pdf

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