SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

August 23, 2007 11:46 ET

Manufacturing in the 21st Century Summit -Beyond Lean

Global Thought Leaders Identify Manufacturing Strategies, Take a Look Into the Future, and Reveal How Best-in-Class Companies Must Compete Once Everybody Is "Lean and Global"

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - August 23, 2007) - Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), announced today the newest addition to its executive summit series. The "Manufacturing in the 21st Century" summit will take place December 4-5, 2007 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the preeminent best practice and networking event for Plant Managers, GMs, and Manufacturing executives seeking strategies for a more productive manufacturing operation.

As the manufacturing industry is besieged by global change, Aberdeen will bring manufacturers together with industry thought leaders to share the strategies that improve manufacturing performance and profitability. Summit presenters will share practical experiences and provide actionable recommendations and advice for their peers. "We are thrilled to bring together some of the best manufacturing minds in the world, providing an opportunity for networking and discussion surrounding the most critical issues facing the manufacturing community today," notes Bharat Nair, SVP and Research Director, Global Manufacturing Markets at Aberdeen, "We have developed a substantial agenda of thought provoking topics supported by a stellar cast of presenters."

Executives from companies such as Pfizer, Nestle Canada, Honeywell, La-Z-Boy, Goss International, and Purac among others are presenting on a variety of topics providing participants with the opportunity to learn:

--  How to unlock the value of their manufacturing investments
--  How to reduce their investment in factories and reinvest into
    corporate growth
--  How to utilize technology to improve productivity and eliminate
    obstacles not contributing value
--  How LEAN as a business management philosophy improves performance, and
    how technology takes LEAN to the next level
--  The importance of information and the role solutions play
--  How to avoid the plant management / IT technology culture clash

This is an end-user-only executive conference. Technology Vendors that wish to participate can do so as a Summit Sponsor. For event sponsorship please contact:

Adam Hollander, Account Director,, Phone 617-854-5290

David Donlan, Account Executive,, Phone 617-854-5268

For registration and event information, visit:

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

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