September 2004

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HP Integration Strategies: Time to rethink process plant roles and responsibilities

Over the past five years, US productivity has increased an average of 3.5% annually, topping at 5.5% in 2003. This productivity is primarily the result of cost cutting, including eliminating over 11% ..

Woll, D., ARC Advisory Group

Over the past five years, US productivity has increased an average of 3.5% annually, topping at 5.5% in 2003. This productivity is primarily the result of cost cutting, including eliminating over 11% of the manufacturing workforce. While cutting cost has achieved its immediate objective, it has reached the point of diminishing returns. We are faced with an untenable position of constrained performance and, in many cases, especially in maintenance, we have mortgaged future reliability. This has had a permanent structural impact on our manufacturing infrastructure that we must now work with. Responsibility for total plant performance. Plant leadership has the responsibility for maximizin

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