How 3D printing puts manufacturers at risk of cybertheft

February 26, 2015
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  By Quentin Orr, Principal, Information Security and Privacy Since the invention of the hammer, the anvil, and, more recently, the assembly line, manufacturing has relied on an array of specialized knowledge, equipment, and materials. Luckily, that varied and valuable information is often difficult to steal. But 3D printing has the potential to change that, and […]

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The Internet of Things has arrived in America’s factories

February 24, 2015
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By Bobby Bono, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader, PwC; and Gardner Carrick, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Manufacturing Institute   We’re living in a hyper-connected world, an era of pervasive instrumentalization – from wearable technology, to people remotely “speaking” to their home appliances. On a consumer level, digitalized connectivity – made possible through a skein of communications […]

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Global M&A for industrial products: 2014 ends on a high note, setting expectations for 2015

February 19, 2015
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader M&A activity was strong across the industrial products sector in 2014, and I expect 2015 will follow suit. The US is providing much of the momentum. CEOs are feeling bullish about the US economy and there are good reasons for this, including historically low commodity prices, […]

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Industrial products companies counter escalating security risks with solid investments in security

February 17, 2015
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By Quentin Orr, PwC Principal, Information Security and Privacy   You’d have to be living on Pluto to be unaware of the unprecedented surge in targeted cyber threats. The most recent attack demonstrates that adversaries are becoming increasingly skilled—and punishingly malevolent. Risks are rising across sectors, and industrial products companies are by no means exempt. […]

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Industrials have money to spend. The trick is to spend it wisely.

February 11, 2015
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By Marian Mueller, Strategy& Industrials Leader; Peter Conway, Principal in Strategy&’s Engineered Products and Services Practice; and Bobby Bono, PwC US Industrial Manufacturing Leader   The global economy may still be struggling with slow growth, but the industrial sector is chugging right along. In the US, where the economy is now steadily growing, industrial capacity […]

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Can airlines boost their numbers?

February 3, 2015
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By Andrew Tipping, Strategy& US Transportation Practice Lead; and Jonathan Kletzel, PwC US Transportation and Logistics Leader Last year, the airline industry had an average profit of $6 per passenger – and that was a very good year. Even now, with the extremely low price of fuel, airlines are working with slim profit margins, so […]

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For US industrial manufacturers the skies are clearing

January 27, 2015
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader; and Bobby Bono, Partner, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader US manufacturers are feeling a lot more confident about the domestic economy, leading to plans for more hiring and operational spending. According to our Q4 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, optimism regarding prospects for the US economy during the […]

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What are you doing to bridge the talent gap? 8 tips to help manufacturers recruit and retain skilled workers

January 21, 2015
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader We’ve heard it in conversations with clients, in our most recent CEO survey, and in our latest Manufacturing Barometer report: industrial manufacturing companies are having trouble filling jobs. And manufacturers say they plan to add jobs in the next year, so the problem will become […]

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Shale gas in the US: What now?

January 13, 2015
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader Oil and natural gas prices are continuing to fall and US oil companies are cutting back on the number of rigs in operation. Shale activity, which has been going strong for several years, is slowing down in places where the costs outstrip profits. With low […]

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To disrupt or be disrupted: Which will you choose?

January 6, 2015
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader What’s in store for us in 2015? Machines that repair themselves? Passenger planes that fly without human pilots? Maybe. Once the stuff of fantasy, they are in the realm of the possible. New technologies – 3D printing, CNC (subtractive manufacturing), mobile computing, nanotechnology, intelligent sensors, […]

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