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Future challenges for manufacturing

Bennett David (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia and Aston University, Birmingham, UK)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Article publication date: 28 January 2014



This Editorial Viewpoint explores what changes are taking place in manufacturing technology management with the aim of identifying future challenges that should be represented in the scope of JMTM.


The viewpoints use an analysis of relevant articles in JMTM, published since 2007, which have focused on future challenges for manufacturing. It also draws on two recent reports.


While the analysis confirms the inclusion of some subjects already in the journal scope, there are elsewhere gaps that merit it being expanded.

Research limitations/implications

Evidence for the findings is only from a limited number of articles identified in this journal together supplemented by other secondary sources.

Practical implications

There are implications for practice concerning the future of manufacturing from the analysis and the sources used, especially the reports.


Although it has limitations, the article is based on original bibliographic research.



Bennett, D. (2014), "Future challenges for manufacturing", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 2-6.



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