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Social media platform earns Manufacturing Leadership Award

Cemex S.A.B. de CV has garnered the 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML 100) Awards recognition for a business-focused, online network enabling North American operations, marketing and administrative staff to share best safety, regulatory compliance, sales and management practices with peers across the globe.

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Documenting positive impacts on operating results and process efficiencies attributable to its two-year-old, social media-styled Shift platform, Cemex was named High Achiever over GE Global Research, Ford Motor Co. and other candidates in the Innovative Enterprise category, which IBM topped in 2012. Cemex describes Shift as “Designed for a new kind of workforce, one that is mobile, global, and empowered. When employees use [it], ideas, suggestions, and recommendations bubble up across the network. Communities of interest are formed to tackle challenges common to locations, markets and skill sets. Projects can move forward without over-reliance on e-mail and live meetings. The payoff is lower cycle times, faster time to market, and real-time process improvement.”

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Seven ML 100 categories honor manufacturers’ outstanding projects, with Cemex Shift joining award-winning efforts of such organizations as Boeing Co., Cisco Systems and Chrysler Group. The awards were presented at the ninth annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Palm Beach, Fla., hosted by the Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Council. A major management consultant and professional development specialist based in San Antonio, Frost & Sullivan bills the Council as the world's first member-driven, global business leadership network dedicated to helping senior executives in manufacturing shape a better future for their organizations and industries.