SOURCE: Managing Automation

May 01, 2008 11:55 ET

Boeing's Opitz, Coca-Cola's Yochum, Pfizer's Cooper, and Rexam's Martin Among Manufacturers to Headline Managing Automation's Fourth Annual Progressive Manufacturing Summit, Las Vegas, June 10 - 12, 2008

Key Sponsors Include Mitsubishi Electric Automation, AT&T Mobility, OKI Data, and Sprint

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - Managing Automation Media, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC media portfolio, announced today that the featured presenters at the Fourth Annual Progressive Manufacturing Summit will include Tim Opitz, Director, 787 Production & Support Systems Integration, Processes & Tools, at Boeing; Fred Yochum, VP & Director, Commercial Products Supply, at Coca-Cola; Kelvin Cooper, SVP, Worldwide Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pfizer Global Research and Development; and Paul E. Martin, Global Chief Information Officer at Rexam.

These manufacturing executives will address over 200 of their peers from all facets of the manufacturing industry, and sessions will frame the conference theme, "Orchestrating the Business: 2008 and Beyond. People. Processes. Platforms." This theme was designed to tackle some of the most critical goals for today's senior manufacturing executives worldwide: adopting new horizontal business models and collaborative working techniques by leveraging modern technological tools. To see a complete list of confirmed speakers and sessions, please visit

The 2008 Summit will take place June 10-12, 2008 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. is the Summit's Cornerstone Sponsor and will host a session titled "Uniting the Manufacturing Enterprise: How Mitsubishi Electric's e-F@ctory Strategy Links IT and Automation," presented by Matt Lopinski, VP of Sales and Marketing, Mitsubishi Electric Automation. The session will focus on removing the barriers to game-changing collaboration. Mitsubishi Electric Automation is joined by Signature sponsors AT&T Mobility, OKI Data, and Sprint. Platinum sponsors include E2open and Oracle, and Gold sponsors include Deloitte and Rockwell Automation. Exhibitors include BlackBerry, EIS Analytics, iBASEt, IQS, Logility, Omnitrol and Pavilion Technologies. Perfect Plant Pavilion sponsors include Acsis, SAP, SAP Visiprise, Stratus, and Tata Consultancy Services.

"Over the past few years, the number of senior manufacturing executives who have attended has been on the rise. These executives from corporate, information technology, and line-of-business ranks alike recognize that today's competitive landscape is becoming increasingly challenging, and the insights and connections that they make at the Progressive Manufacturing Summit are valuable to their careers and their professional objectives," explains Managing Automation Media Publisher Heather L. Mikisch. "This executive forum provides unparalleled opportunities to benchmark, review recent research findings, hear case studies from across the industry, and evaluate the latest technologies. This is an investment of time that pays off in the weeks and months following the Summit as manufacturers face pressures to achieve profitable growth -- even, in some cases, with shrinking resources -- in their businesses."

Media, industry association, and research sponsor support has reached unprecedented levels for the 2008 event as well. The list of organizations providing insight and support includes ABI Research, APQC, ARC Advisory Group, Automation Federation, Frost and Sullivan, IEN, IEN Europe, Inbound Logistics, ISA, Leadzil, Manufacturing Insights - an IDC company, MESA, NACFAM, PCN Europe, Supply & Demand Chain Executive, Thomas Global, Thomas Industrial Media,, and ThomasNet. Eric Mittlestadt, CEO, The National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM); Kimberly Knickle, Practice Director, Emerging Agenda, Manufacturing Insights; and Ralph Rio, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group are among those from this impressive lineup who will participate in panel discussions and interactive Q&A sessions during the two days of the Summit.

The Summit concludes on Thursday evening with the 2008 Progressive Manufacturing 50 Black-Tie Gala. In addition to honoring and networking with the executives from 50 companies that have achieved distinction in at least one of the eight core disciplines defined by Managing Automation as critical to business success in the years ahead, Gala attendees will witness the unveiling of the 2008 High Achievers and the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year award winners.

For complete information on attending the Summit and the Progressive Manufacturing 50 Gala, visit

For sponsorship information, contact Heather Mikisch at (212) 290-8724 or

About Managing Automation

Managing Automation, published by Thomas Publishing Company, LLC, provides a complete set of decision-support informational tools for progressive manufacturers -- companies that are using information and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. Its monthly magazine, website, TechMatch intelligent solutions tool, and executive conference support the entire integrated technology buying team -- executives, line-of-business managers, and IT management -- at every stage of the technology buying process. Additional information can be found at

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