SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

October 16, 2008 16:27 ET

Awards for Manufacturing Excellence to Be Presented at Aberdeen's Annual Manufacturing Summit

Best-in-Class Manufacturing Enterprises to Be Recognized in Front of a Global Audience on November 4th in Boston, MA

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 16, 2008) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), will reveal the winners of its industry achievement awards in manufacturing at its annual Manufacturing Executive Summit on November 4-5, 2008 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, MA. Aberdeen will present five companies with Manufacturing Achievement Awards for excellence demonstrated in 5 specific areas. The nominees were selected solely on based upon Aberdeen research over the past 12 months. The award categories are:

   (1) Best-in-Class Design for Manufacturability - granted to the
       enterprise that has demonstrated top performance in operational
       metrics through Best-in-Class interoperability between PLM and MES.
       2008 Nominees: Boeing, P&G, Nokia, Harman International

   (2) Best-in-Class Enterprise Quality Management - granted to the
       enterprise that has demonstrated top performance in operational
       metrics and in reducing the cost of quality through Best-in-Class
       interoperability between an enterprise QMS system and enterprise
       applications. 2008 Nominees: Cummins Inc, Genzyme, Millipore

   (3) Best-in-Class ERP Implementation - granted to the enterprise that
       has demonstrated top performance in operational metrics influenced
       by Best-in-Class ERP implementations: inventory reductions,
       inventory accuracy, complete and on-time shipments, manufacturing
       schedule compliance, and reductions in time to close a month. 2008
       Nominees: Robbins & Myers, Eaton Group Moeller Electric, Genzyme,
       HallStar, AOSmith Water Products Company

   (4) Best-in-Class Operational Excellence in the Process Industries -
       granted to the enterprise that has demonstrated top performance in
       operational metrics through Best-in-Class attention to achieve
       Operational Excellence by reducing internal cost structure while at
       the same time exceeding customer expectations. 2008 Nominees:
       Lubrizol, Blistex Inc, SABIC-IP, DuPont, Indian Oil Corporation

   (5) Excellence in Asset Management - granted to the enterprise that has
       demonstrated excellence by maximizing return on assets and reducing
       risk due to failure of critical assets through adopting a holistic
       asset management strategy across the enterprise. 2008 Nominees:
       Linde Group, Lockheed Martin, Skanemejerier

This year's award recipients promise to reset the bar for excellence in manufacturing operations. Participants at the Manufacturing Summit in November will have the opportunity to hear from and network with the award winners in this two-day forum designed to foster learning and networking in an executive atmosphere framed in research. Thought provoking presenters will share their stories of how they turned supply management into a competitive weapon. Speakers include:

--  Randy Darcy, EVP Worldwide Operations, General Mills
--  Mark Brillhart, VP Manufacturing Operations, Global Supply Chain
    Management, Cisco Systems
--  David Spong, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Winner and
    Retired President of Boeing Aerospace Support
--  Larry Coburn, VP Operations, Crown International
--  Richard Gordon, CEO, Chocolate Potpourri
--  Scott Hamlin, CEO, Leading Edge Aerospace Dynamics
--  Otto Folprecht, CIO, Tree Island Industries
--  Tom Woodman, Director, Enterprise Applications, KUKA Systems
--  Curt Hanson, Executive Director of Engineering, New Product
    Development, P&H Mining Equipment
--  Bill Rogers, CIO and Vice President of Information Technology, Goss
    International (Moderator)
--  Kevin Parker, former Editor-in-Chief, Manufacturing Systems and MBT
    Magazines, Senior Editor, Exploration & Production (E&P), Hart Energy
    Publications (Moderator)

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