The Pulse on the
Manufacturing Sector | 2018

Needs from the Source

In March 2018, the RI manufacturing sector attended the second Manufacturing B2B event (RIMFGB2B), created by Polaris MEP, with support from the U.S. Office of Economic Adjustment, Commerce RI, and the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA). Out of the 136 exhibitors and attendees, nearly 50% of them took the Needs Survey.


Who Attended?


307
attendees

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from 134
companies

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Who Participated?

Small
Companies

Fewer than 20 employees

Medium
Companies

21-50 employees

Large
Companies

More than 50 employees

Support
Organizations


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68 manufacturing representatives voted with 5 votes each

Participants were presented with four large boards highlighting needs under four categories: Growth, Talent, New Product Development, and Operations. They were given five stickers based on their size company and asked to rank their highest needs / priorities.

This is what they told us

RI Manufacturer’s Priorities
All Votes

%

Talent

(employee hiring,
development, and
retention)

%

New Product
Development

(R&D, prototyping, testing)

%

Operations

(Systems, processes,
supply chain)

%

Growth

(marketing, sales,
financing, space)


Talent Needs

25%

Need training for process improvement

24%

Need training to support management team development

24%

Need to hire machine operators

New Product Development Needs

21%

Need people with strategic skills to develop our next generation company

18%

Need to meet entrepeneurs with an idea that needs to be manufactured

18%

Need colaboration with different groups of influence

Operation Needs

16%

Need software to help improve operations

16%

Need process improvement experts

12%

Need help with process flow for quality improvement

Growth Needs

22%

Need help breaking into new markets

12%

Need help growing sales of existing products in established markets

10%

Need experts to work with us in marketing
– and –
Need a bigger or better facility to grow our business

Top Needs By Size – Overall

Small Businesses

Fewer than 20 employees

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#1
Talent

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#2
Growth

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#3
New Product Development

Learn More About Small Manufacturer Needs

Click Here for Small Manufacturer Needs Detailed Results


Medium Businesses

21 – 50 employees

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#1
New Product Development

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#2
Talent

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#3
Operations

Learn More About Medium Manufacturer Needs

Click Here for Medium Manufacturer Needs Detailed Results


Large Businesses

More than 50 employees

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#1
Talent

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#2
New Product Development

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#3
Operations

Learn More About Large Manufacturer Needs

Click Here for Large Manufacturer Needs Detailed Results

Created by Polaris MEP, with support from the U.S. Office of Economic Adjustment, Commerce RI, and RIMA.

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