AMR Research to Serve as Exclusive Analyst Sponsor for National Manufacturing Week 2003

Leading Analyst Firm to Participate in Keynote Presentations on Homeland Security and Business Technology and Provide Insights on the Future of Global Manufacturing

CHICAGO, March 3, National Manufacturing Week /PRNewswire/ -- AMR Research is serving as the exclusive analyst sponsor for National Manufacturing Week, being held March 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Working in conjunction with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and the National Manufacturing Week Advisory Board -- comprised of senior executives from leading manufacturers, industry experts and innovative end-users -- AMR Research has provided thought-leading analysis, executive speakers, and both qualitative and quantitative research to ensure world-class content that will help attendees better address the challenges of today's market.

National Manufacturing Week (NMW), one of the world's most influential and respected manufacturing industry forums, will feature five presentation tracks, as well as keynotes by Michael Eskew, chairman and CEO of UPS; U.S. Secretary Don Evans, senior economic advisor to President Bush; Frederick Gregory, Deputy Administrator of NASA; and Richard Dauch, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of American Axle & Manufacturing.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion, hosted by AMR Research on Homeland Security featuring Vice Admiral Thomas J. Barrett, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral John Crowley, Military Assistant to the Secretary, Department of Homeland security Fred P. Moosally, President Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems (NE&SS), and Dr. Philip A. Dur, President, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Sector. AMR Research's President and CEO Tony Friscia will also serve as a member of a panel discussion on "The Technology of Business," led by industry visionary Dick Morley.

"We are excited to play such a strategic role in this globally-recognized industry show, which attracts thousands of attendees each year," said Tony Friscia, President and CEO, AMR Research. "National Manufacturing Week addresses the key issues, challenges and developments within the manufacturing arena -- issues that we have provided strategic guidance and analysis on for more than 15 years. We believe our unparalleled expertise in this sector has enabled us to help create a compelling agenda for NMW attendees."

  National Manufacturing Week Highlights

  Global Manufacturing in Transition 2003 -- 2006
  Monday, March 3, 2003 10:15 a.m., Room N426A

AMR Research will present results from a joint survey with NMW that will examine the state of global manufacturing, its current processes and trends.

  Keynote Presentation: Securing Our Homeland, Defending Our Nation
  Monday, March 2, 2003, 1:15 -- 2:45 p.m.

Dave Caruso, Senior Vice President of AMR Research, will moderate this panel of distinguished leaders involved in preserving our national security. Representatives from The Coast Guard, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and the Office of Homeland Security will participate. This core leadership team will discuss how they plan to deliver essential components necessary for securing our homeland and defending the nation.

  Keynote Panel: The Technology of Business: Asking the Tough Questions
  Tuesday, March 3, 2003, 2:00 -- 3:15 p.m.

Tony Friscia, President and CEO of AMR Research will participate on this panel of experts, hosted by Dick Morley, probing into the operations, technology and ethics of today's enterprise, providing real answers to real questions.

Additional highlights of presentation topics throughout the event include the following:

  -- Industrial Automation: AMR Research will present insight on how
    industrial automation companies are moving beyond their traditional
    roles in providing automation components and systems.

  -- Supply Chain: Presentations will focus on ways to achieve substantial
    ROI, improve customer satisfaction, and cut costs through efficient
    supply chain operation.

  -- Product Lifecycle Management (PLM): AMR Research analysts will discuss
    how information can be leveraged by many groups and explore who should
    own a PLM deployment to ensure benefits are delivered to the extended

  -- Service Lifecycle Management (SLM): These services are touted to be the
    next revenue generating opportunity with current statistics showing
    companies are losing as much as 50 percent in this type of revenue, AMR
    Research will address the first steps in building a SLM strategy.

  -- Enterprise Applications: Discussions will focus on how these
    applications are being used to address the following key business
    issues: reducing costs in manufacturing and the supply chain, achieving
    global visibility and performance insight and collaboration in new
    product introduction.

Contact: Additional details on NMW's full agenda can be found at

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