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How Will Covid Impact Global Manufacturing?

This 11-minute Audio Interview features Cynthia Hutchinson, vice president of Automation Alley.

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Amy Antenora has served as editor of aftermarketNews since 2002 and has worked in the field of journalism for two decades. A graduate of Kent State University, Amy also earned her AAP designation from Northwood University's University of the Aftermarket in 2009.

GlobalAutoIndustry.com’s latest Audio Interview “Covid-19 Impact on Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production Globally: Insights from World Economic Forum and Automation Alley,” features Cynthia Hutchinson, vice president of Michigan-based Automation Alley. Hutchinson is responsible for managing the nonprofit association’s membership portfolio of 1,000-plus technology and manufacturing businesses across Michigan, enhancing the overall member experience and helping members succeed during the digital transformation known as Industry 4.0. 

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In the 11-minute Audio Interview, Hutchinson discusses these questions:

  • Can you give us some background on Automation Alley’s relationship with the World Economic Forum.
  • What was the purpose of the piece created by the global AMHUB network?
  • How did COVID-19 responses vary among the different manufacturing hubs? How were they similar?
  • What lessons can we learn from this crisis as it related to manufacturing globally and how can we avoid future disruptions?
  • What is Automation Alley doing locally to help the manufacturing industry prepare for a second wave and future disruptions?

Click here to listen to the Audio Interview.

About Cynthia Hutchinson

Cynthia Hutchison is Automation Alley’s vice president, responsible for managing the nonprofit association’s membership portfolio of 1,000-plus technology and manufacturing businesses across Michigan, enhancing the overall member experience and helping members succeed during the digital transformation known as Industry 4.0.

Hutchison has helped lead opportunities to maximize Automation Alley’s reach nationally and globally, including the development of programs related to the organization’s Industry 4.0 initiatives, the promotion of the organization as Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center and the organization’s distinction as the World Economic Forum’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub for North America.

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In 2017, Hutchison introduced the popular Tech Takeover event series, which provides members an opportunity to showcase their expertise on smart technologies for Industry 4.0 to those in the manufacturing and technology fields. Additionally, she has brought in major sponsors and partners for Automation Alley’s Technology in Industry Report and global Industry 4.0 conference Integr8.

Hutchison also leads Automation Alley’s marketing and government affairs efforts.

Prior to joining Automation Alley, Hutchison founded Band of Angels, an international outreach organization dedicated to helping individuals with Down Syndrome reach their full potential. She was named Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News in 2007. In November 2006, Woman’s Day Magazine named her one of nine national Women Who Inspire Us, an award that recognizes extraordinary women who push themselves to exceptional limits.

Hutchison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Allegheny College.

About GlobalAutoIndustry.com

GlobalAutoIndustry.com is the leading global business intelligence source for the automotive industry, connecting the worldwide automotive OEM and supplier industry with the resources to effectively do business globally. Through the web site, www.GlobalAutoIndustry.com, automotive executives can find insight, solutions and strategies focused on doing business in the world’s top automotive markets. The Company offers weekly Audio Interviews and eJournal newsletters addressing important international business and operational challenges for industry professionals.  The Audio Interviews are available to over 1,000,000 automotive industry professionals worldwide, including syndicated through WardsAuto, AftermarketNews, ETAuto (The Economic Times of India), TU Automotive, MEXICONOW, BORDERNOW, HORSEPOWER, and soon China Automotive Review.

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