20 Oct '11, 9am

ASMC: Manufacturers Jump on Board with Sustainability

The importance of sustainability to manufacturers has rocketed over the last two years, according to a study released by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition. The 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study , conducted by the Manufacturing Performance Institute, says that 59.2 percent of manufacturers now rate sustainability as important or highly important to there success. This figure is up from 35.1 percent in 2009. Many of these manufacturers are responding to customer demands for greener products, others cite cost-control opportunities such as reduced energy consumption and the re-use of materials as reason for their commitment to sustainability, the report says. Furthermore, according to the report 27.5 percent of manufacturers now see themselves as near or at a “world-class” level of sustainability, up 7.4 percentage points from 2009. However 11.3 percent of busi...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/10/20/asmc-manufa...

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