Celebrating the unsung heroes of manufacturing

Posted on 7 Jul 2020 by The Manufacturer

Those working in industry have been at the forefront of global efforts to combat Covid-19, helping to produce the food, medicines and equipment society relies on to keep moving. A new initiative is helping to celebrate their incredible efforts.

Many people’s jobs have put them, unwittingly, on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of us know these individuals as the medical providers, grocers and delivery people who are bravely ensuring we have access to necessities like medical care, food and medicines, which are often delivered right to our door.

Like these other frontline responders, factory workers around the globe are also doing vital work. But factory workers’ efforts have largely gone on with little public recognition.

Throughout the early and uncertain days of the pandemic, many of these workers continued reporting for duty in an estimated 10 million factories around the world.

These mothers, fathers, sons and daughters have been going to work each day to make the food, medicine and millions of other things that are necessary to our everyday lives, especially in these challenging times.

Heroes of Manufacturing is an industry-wide, independent initiative to help factory workers who are powering manufacturing operations around the world get the accolades they deserve.

It was originated by Hitachi Vantara, which was so inspired by the dedication and resilience of workers in its own family of companies (140,000 in more than 400 factories around the world), that it wanted to create a special tribute to them and to share their stories.

You can watch it here:

All like-minded organisations are invited to join Hitachi Vantara in honouring frontline factory workers, who are keeping our global supply chains strong throughout this pandemic and beyond.

Already, more than a dozen have volunteered to join as founding collaborators in supporting the movement, including Ericsson, Microsoft, Toyota and the Industrial Internet Consortium.

Visit the Heroes of Manufacturing website now to see and hear inspirational stories about some of the heroes that have touched and inspired others – and share the stories of your own Manufacturing Heroes.

Who’s your Manufacturing Hero?