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Productivity online session:

Forget Outsourcing: How insourcing can boost productivity (and profits)

More and more companies are discovering that flexible manufacturing technologies and practices make “Made in the U.S.A.” a profitable strategic alternative to outsourcing production to low-cost, distant countries. Not only can the hidden costs of an extended supply chain, foreign language, and different culture be avoided, insourcing improves production planning and reaction time, allowing manufacturers to quickly jump on new opportunities and scale back during economic downturns. In this session, find out how manufacturers are finding a competitive market advantage by strategically leveraging technology to improve production flexibility and throughput in U.S. facilities.

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Nicolas DeKeijser

Nicolas de Keijser is ABB Robotics’ New Markets & Applications Manager where he oversees business development initiatives focused on automation in, among others, the Electronics & Aerospace manufacturing, He first joined ABB’s Robotics Business Unit in 2007 in Shanghai, China as a Product Manager for the small robot portfolio in which he oversaw the launch of the IRB 120 robot. Prior to his current role, Nicolas was responsible for developing global business for the 3C (Electrical & Electronics) industry segment and also a key account manager for prominent consumer electronics companies.

Prior to joining ABB Robotics he has been involved in business development for Noise Vibration & Harshness testing equipment and software for LMS international. Nicolas is a Belgian national holding a Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Economics and International Management from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and recently moved to the United States for his new role with ABB.

Nicolas DeKeijser

Amy Lakin

Amy Lakin is Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Management for Baldor and responsible for the Discrete Automation and Motion division of Supply Chain in North America. She is responsible for direct material sourcing, raw material hedging, indirect spend, materials management logistics, and supply chain information systems. Previous to Baldor, Amy held various key roles in manufacturing engineering, operations management, customer service, and supply chain management at Ingersoll Rand and Xerox Corporation.

Amy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is also certified in Production and Inventory Control, and a member of the Institute of Supply Management.

Amy Lakin

Chuck Gilreath