Saving American Manufacturing is Like ‘Pushing Water Uphill’

Tue, 11/26/2013 - 1:53pm
Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor

Keynote speaker Lynn Tilton.Trying to save American manufacturing is like pushing water uphill, says Lynn Tilton founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners. On stage at Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Customer Forum (November 12-13, 2013) she speaks about transforming industry in North America, and her mission to reinvent and resurrect manufacturing. "The number one driving force [of change]... is people standing shoulder to shoulder and moving in the right direction,” she says. “If we do not change, there will be no future.”

Dassault Systèmes’ and its customers like Tilton believe that the 3DEXPERIENCE business platform will help ensure this future, transforming industry all together.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a Business Experience Platform to enable customers to create new experiences.

“The caliber of our speakers is truly staggering and illustrative of the transformative power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. We are particularly proud of the number of industry sessions being led by our customers,” says Bruno Latchague, managing director, North America, Dassault Systèmes. “We have a strong presence in the United States with more than 70,000 customers, and our goal is to expand our footprint across many more industries.”

This is no easy task. "We roll the stone to the top of the mountain, and when we get there, we know the stone will roll back down," explains Bernard Charlès, president and CEO of Dassault Systemes.

"We want to harmonize product nature and life, and create a platform that will enable people to use the virtual world to formulate their ideas,” Charlès adds. “The ultimate of knowledge is experience. The value of the experience goes far beyond the value of the product."

The company is developing a united ecosystem of partners, working with universities and the government to secure the future. "Opportunity lies ahead of us," says Scott Berkey, CEO, SIMULIA. "Our customers, our partners, and Dassault Systèmes need this pipeline of talent to be successful." Continuing growth is key component to overall Dassault strategy.

Tilton was one of many customers speaking at the conference. A noted investor, and industrialist, she manages 75 companies with revenues of more than $8 billion, in 14 different industry sectors. Through her career, Tilton has set out to prove that making money, and making the world a better place, are not mutually exclusive. She wants to give people the dignity of work. Buying failing companies, Tilton describes her job as "a selfish journey" where she is "the lady of life" working to rebuild America, one company at a time.

For Tilton, the forces of revolution are artificial intelligence, robotics, sensors and chips to measure information, and virtual reality. She explains that companies, like the ones she owns, need software that makes sure machines are working correctly, and predicative technology to provide warnings before something happens. All software provided by Dassault Systemes.

With the availability of these technologies, the way we “make” things will require fewer bodies, but the bodies will be those working here in America, explains Tilton. "Every product I make and every process I use will change…The products we make today will no longer be the products we make five years from now."

"In my work we transcend dreams to reality," she says. "If you can dream it, we can build it." Tilton is dreaming of a manufacturing revolution in America. "In the end, it’s all about the dream," she says.


Tiltion’s Top Five Most Potent Quotes:

“Companies that have failed to be successful have died because they lacked innovation.”

“If you're not exhausted at the end of the day then you haven't had that sense of urgency.”

"I'm a woman so I repeat myself allot in the hopes that men will finally understand me."

“We only transform through the darkness.”

"The wind at our face will become the wind beneath our wings."


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