Augmented reveals the stories behind the new era of industrial operations, where technology will restore the agility of frontline workers. In episode 16, the topic is A female fighter in a manufacturing SME. Our guest is Lena Jaentsch, Business Development Specialist at HERMA Group, a German manufacture, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim.
In this conversation, we talk about being a champion for new, efficient modes of production, bringing customers value, and also being a young woman in manufacturing. We discuss the challenges in today's manufacturing companies to explore new business models and stay on top of digitalization, yet keep a holistic view. Lena is an innovation manager, and calls herself "a strong but mostly single fighter in the SME space". We discuss the war for talent and why young people don't choose manufacturing. We also discuss the need for a global manufacturing community to exchange information, tools, solutions, and experiences--especially for women.
After listening to this episode, check out Herma as well as Lena Jaentsch's social profile.
Trond's takeaway: "With people like Lena on board, the future of any business would seem bright. She has the kind of limitless energy that characterizes what everyone should aspire to in the workforce. Moreover, she has the guts to go explore new things, learn, adapt, and implement. I predict Lena will move fast up the ladder. In small companies, you don't need many shopfloor managers like that, but you do need some, otherwise you will be left behind."
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Business Development Specialist, HERMA Group
Lena is a digital manufacturing expert working for German company Herma Group, a leading brand when it comes to self-adhesive labels. She has a Master of Science degree from Jönköping International Business School.