Innovation is a key differentiator among auto companies

December 5, 2018
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By Barry Jaruzelski and Akshay Singh Certain companies consistently outperform their competitors. How do they do this? In our 2018 Global Innovation 1000 study, which includes the 1,000 publicly held companies that spent the most on research and development, we looked at R&D spending trends and financial results over the last 15 years. We found […]

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What makes an industrial company stand above its peers?

November 28, 2018
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By Barry Jaruzelski and Robert Chwalik Certain companies consistently outperform their competitors. How do they do this? In our 2018 Global Innovation 1000 study, which includes the 1,000 publicly held companies that spent the most on research and development, we looked at R&D spending trends and financial results over the last 15 years. We found […]

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Slight increase in October housing starts

November 20, 2018
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By Scott Volling Housing starts for October came in 3.2% below expectations at 1,228,000, a 2.9% drop from October of last year.  While starts increased slightly from September’s revised number of 1,210,000 the gains were driven by the multi-family segment’s 6.2% month-over-month gain to 343,000.  Isolating the important single family segment shows a decrease of […]

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Are you ready for the smart manufacturing revolution?

November 6, 2018
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By Todd Benigni and Juliane Stephan With digital technology reaching an inflection point, manufacturers have a critical choice to make. They can continue to digitize individual factory functions, making them more efficient, or begin to integrate digital capabilities across the factory. The digital factory, which integrates all functions, internal and external, is a horse of […]

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The USMCA: What does it mean for US industrials?

November 1, 2018
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By Rajiv Jetli and Sebastian de Meel United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the revised 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), carries short- and long-term implications for US companies across many sectors, yet its provisions are likely to impact the industrial manufacturing sector most broadly. In its essence, the agreement preserves the tariff-free access for most […]

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Talking Tax rewind: Tax and trade policy, GILTI regs, and toll charge updates

October 30, 2018
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By John Livingstone I recently hosted our quarterly ‘Talking Tax’ webcast, continuing with this popular series. We covered a number of relevant topics, including US tax and trade policy developments, proposed global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) regulations, and recent toll charge developments. Impact of midterms on US tax policy Scott McCandless, a principal in our […]

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Number of Automotive Deals Hits Speedbump in Third Quarter

October 26, 2018
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By Jeff Zaleski Through the first three quarters of 2018, global automotive M&A deal value is at a ten-year high. While all signs point to a banner year for deal activity, we want to level expectations as Q3 also saw the lowest number of deals in the past 12 quarters. Here is the topline data […]

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Metals M&A activity gaining back momentum

October 25, 2018
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By Mike Tomera and Brian Kelly The metals industry may be re-gaining momentum in M&A activity and could potentially see an uptick for the remainder of the year and into 2019. The $6.1 billion merger in the gold mining space headlined the increase in deal value for the third quarter of 2018, but the rise […]

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September housing starts below expectations

October 17, 2018
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By Scott Volling Housing starts and permits for September came in below expectations, continuing a lackluster four-month trend.  Starts were 1,201,000, 1.6% below the consensus of 1,220,000 and 5.3% below last month’s revised number of 1,268,000.  Permits came in at 1,241,000, 2.4% below the consensus of 1,272,000 and 0.6% below last month’s revised 1,249,000.  While […]

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Manufacturers are doubling down on diversity: Here’s how

October 9, 2018
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By Jeff Sorensen and Carolyn Lee Today, PwC and The Manufacturing Institute—the social impact arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (N.A.M.)—are joining together to release a new report: All In: Shaping tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce through diversity and inclusion This paper is focused on how U.S. manufacturers are expanding their diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs, […]

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