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QRM 2012 Conference in Arnhem, Netherlands

arnhem_wtc.jpgHigh-speed trains zipping by meeting room windows provided a fitting backdrop for this year’s QRM Conference held from June 4-7 in Arnhem, Netherlands. The futuristic Intercity trains served as a vivid reminder of QRM’s increasing international reach. Organized by the European QRM Center at HAN University, this was the first time the event was held outside the US.

But their breathtaking acceleration also illustrated the overarching theme of the event: the need for speed in today’s global marketplace and how companies from around the world have used QRM to become more responsive to their customers.

Focusing on short lead times as a competitive advantage is an urgent matter for many manufacturing enterprises: faced with an uncertain economic situation at home and increased competition from abroad, companies in Europe and the United States will need to sharpen their competitive edge in order to succeed. "We are strong competitively but the structural underlying developments could be better. We cannot afford not to improve," summarized Vincent Wiegel, director of the QRM Center Europe and professor at HAN University, the situation for the more than 110 audience members from the USA, Israel, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Chile and the Netherlands.

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