“Change” (#1237)

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  1. PLAYING: Entire Show

  2. Open: John's Intro

  3. Segment 1: 21st Century Manufacturing


    • Joe Hinrichs, Group VP, Manufacturing, Ford Motor Co.
    • Jay Baron, President, Center for Automotive Research
  4. Close: John's Closing Thoughts

  5. EXTRA: Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Co., Jay Baron, Center for Automotive Research



Change seems to be a popular theme these days. Some say it began with the political season but those in automotive know better. In fact, it's been on the horizon for a while. Big Change. The kind that will reshape American manufacturing for years to come. The last time we saw something like this was in the mid-20th century with World War II. And though the factors leading this retooling aren't quite as dire, they are just as dramatic led by a massive shift in consumer preferences, the technological challenge of reducing CO2 emissions at the same time as dealing with the booming developing markets.

How will OEMs execute what some are calling the "Greatest Peacetime Manufacturing Conversion?" What will the effect be on their Suppliers? And what about the labor force -- how much will it diminish? These are just a few of the questions that John McElroy has for our two manufacturing experts. Offering insight from the OEM side is Joe Hinrichs the group vice president of global manufacturing for Ford Motor Company. Joining Mr. Hinrichs with an analyst perspective is Jay Baron, the president of CAR, the Center for Automotive Research.

So for a look at the changes in store for 21st Century manufacturing, don't miss this week's Autoline with John McElroy.