Dec 06 2009
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Smart Manufacturing conference to begin tomorrow
MUSCAT -- The quiet industrial revolution which has been transforming Oman's manufacturing sector over the past decade will be entering the limelight at a major international conference tomorrow. Organised by the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates ( PEIE ) and held under the patronage of Maqbool bin Ali Sultan, Minister of Commerce and Industry, manufacturers from across the Sultanate will be joining PEIE 's annual Smart Manufacturing conference to share the secrets of success from those who have been leading the way.
The event is part of PEIE 's annual outreach programme and is supported by Reem Batteries , Oman Cables , Al Mudhish, and Origin Oman. Delivered by Dr Abdullah al Zakwani (pictured), Director, Industrial Innovation Centre, the Smart Manufacturing Conference keynote address will focus on innovation and its role in manufacturing. "Local manufacturers have to continue being better than anybody else. Many of our customers are in Europe, Asia and the US, so we've got to overcome that physical separation by being better at what we do and turning the geographic disadvantage into a source of competitive advantage. Innovation plays a critical role in achieving that," argues Al Zakwani.
Ibtisam al Faruji, PEIE 's Marketing Director and organiser of Smart Manufacturing, said: "This one-day event is an opportunity to discuss the challenges industry faces today, whether that's accessing finance, attracting talent, exploring new export markets or changing the public's perception of the sector. Given the state of the global economy this conference comes at an extremely important time. Indeed, it's crucial that we continue to build upon our current position and strive to increase the sector's productivity and international competitiveness."
The US-based Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its manufacturing index read 53.6, slightly lower than October's 55.7. But any reading above 50 indicates growth. Economists were especially encouraged that new orders in the ISM report jumped over 60 for the third time in the past four months. The last such streak was in 2005. Of the 17 industries surveyed, 13 reported higher orders.
By Staff Reporter
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