ARC Advisory Group Holds 15th Florida Confab

ARC Advisory Group Inc. (, an analyst firm covering manufacturing based in Dedham, Mass., held its annual Forum in Orlando Feb. 7-10. More than 600 manufacturing professionals descended on the conference center, reflecting the general pick-up in the economy, as well as overall optimism in manufacturing.

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The first day was devoted to press conferences and special sessions. The main conference began Tuesday morning with a keynote from ARC Founder and President Andy Chatha. He presented a new model—building upon his Collaborative Manufacturing Model—dubbed Collaborative Value Network. The idea is to model a move toward a single corporate-wide network that integrates all departments.

Don Taylor, vice president of Advanced Materials at The Dow Chemical Co., in Midland, Mich., walked attendees through a case study of the value of collaboration and team development that helped the company assimilate its acquisitions—and move the culture of the business to one that is closer to the customer.

A total of five concurrent tracks at the event covered topics involving manufacturing technologies, applications and standards.

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