It’s almost exactly one year ago that I found myself sitting on the top floor of the Frankfurt Marriott late one night having a heated discussion about selling my consulting practice to Stratasys. My sparring partner was the Stratasys Vice President of mergers and acquisitions. The mood was cautious, the body language awkward the tension palpable. Fast forward 12-months and the mood couldn’t be more different. Today I shared hummus, bread and Shawarma with the same person near our head-offices in Rehovot Israel, but this time the discussion was open, thoughtful and more than ever centered on collaboration, growth, and strategy.
Its 9-months now since Econolyst joined the Stratasys family, during which time we have done a lot more than just drive forward Anglo-Israeli relations, we have built what I believe is one of, if not the best global consulting practices centered on 3D printing technology adoption anywhere. A practice now working with some of the world’s largest and most influential manufactures, retailers and brands to ensure current and future 3D printing technologies fulfill the direct needs of those industries that can exploit the unique benefits of making products layer-by-layer. Along with building out our industrial client base, we have also been working hard to maintain and develop our position as global ‘though-leaders’ in the 3D printing space by partnering with some highly influential organizations.
Last week as part of our ‘thought-leadership’ activities I participated in a very special milestone in the evolution of Stratasys Strategic Consulting. A 3-hour breakfast roundtable organized and facilitated on our behalf by the Economist Magazine. Yes, the globally recognized and respected publication that brought us ‘Print me a Stradivarius’ and ‘The 3rd Industrial revolution’. Working with the Economist our goal was to bring together business leaders from across the USA to debate the future of 3D printing adoption and to inform us further on how best to support companies in formulating and delivering robust technology adoption strategies.
Yet again I found myself on the top floor of a hotel for this closed-door, Chattem House rules event, but this time in Detroit USA, with luminaries from NASA, Lockheed, GM, Ford, Delphi, GE, Autodesk & Stryker. Suffice to say the debate, which was expertly facilitated by Matthew Bishop US Bureau Chief of the Economist, was fast paced, engaging and thought provoking. Topics spanned all aspects of 3D printing adoption from economics and productivity, to materials, skills, interoperability, and personalization, spare parts, the supply chain and the need to engage corporate executives across all business disciplines when developing a 3D printing strategy.
A short film from the event including interviews will be posted on this blog in the coming weeks once the economist team of editors have worked their magic in the editing suite. Why not subscribe to the Stratasys Strategic Consulting Blog and be one of the first to see interviews with round table participants including GE, Stryker, NASA, Lockheed – and yours truly. Unfortunately, we can’t share the contents of the debate with you in full (Chatham House Rules), but suffice to say we will be sharing sound bites for some time to come.