Technology touches nearly every part of the manufacturing process today and, with the right solutions, any manufacturer can significantly accelerate productivity, streamline production, and see the kinds of efficiencies your organization needs to take it to the next level! In this episode of Women and Manufacturing, Rosemary Coates speaks to Vice President of Information Technology at Sandvik Coromant, Annika Hultqvist, about how they are using IT functions and systems to support their manufacturing processes. With a background in computer engineering and IT consultancy, Annika shares some insight into her role as VP of IT at Sandvik Coromant, a world-leading supplier of tools and tooling solutions to the metalworking industry. We discuss the globally integrated ERP system that Annika is putting in place, how Sandvik is using Agile processes and techniques to prioritize end-user value and the ways that digital tools can improve training and onboarding, as well as the power of AI and digital machining to support decision making, plus so much more! Make sure not to miss this informative episode!
#197 How Technology is Streamlining Manufacturing Processes with Annika Hultqvist
Ms. Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute and the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consulting firm. She is a best-selling author of: 42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China and 42 Rules for Superior Field Service and The Reshoring Guidebook.
Ms. Coates lives in Silicon Valley and has worked with over 80 clients worldwide. She is also an Expert Witness for legal cases involving global supply chain matters. She is passionate about Reshoring.
Annika Hultqvist is a highly experienced IT professional, serving as a Computer Engineer for 13 years before joining Sandvik Coromant as a Project Manager. During the last 18 years with Sandvik Coromant, she has held different positions ranging from Process CIO to Program Manager for Global ERP Implementation. She has held the title of VP & Head of IT for the last year. Annika studied Com-puter Engineering, as well as Economics, Business Management, and Marketing at University of Gävle. Annika currently lives in Sandviken, Sweden, with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys being active outdoors by playing tennis and exploring new places with her family.