A mid-year evaluation: other disruptive effects

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By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader At the beginning of the year, I talked about the disruptive effects of technology. While technology remains a critical change agent within the industrial products sector, there are other disruptors that continue to impact our business. Shareholder activism. More private equity firms are emerging as the voice of […]

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Robots: what’s the next killer app?

June 25, 2015
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By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader Robots have come of age. Industrial and even residential robots’ capabilities more closely resemble episodes of The Jetsons than ever before. And among the top tech trends of 2015, we can look for “robots” to be on many top 10 lists. A new breed of robots is marching […]

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Industrial products companies implementing 3D printing face potential tax issues

June 23, 2015
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By Mike Burak, Partner, US and Global Industrial Products Tax Leader Many industrial products companies are exploring 3D printing (3DP) as a way to expand their businesses and become more competitive in the global marketplace. 3DP is an additive manufacturing process whereby digital designs are applied to layers of different types of materials – including […]

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Are the airlines ready for takeoff?

June 17, 2015
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By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader The global airline industry is in better shape than it’s been in years. A recent look at the key metrics attests to this new-found health. Profits have been rising steadily since 2009, and we predict they will continue to grow. More people are flying today and demand […]

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What aftermarket business are you in?

June 11, 2015
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  By Dirk deWaart, US Transportation & Logistics Advisory Principal Many companies with stable or declining product revenues are looking for ways to grow their aftermarket business. In defining their growth strategies, the fundamental question of “what business are we in?” is often overlooked, resulting in misaligned investments that fail to achieve the desired results […]

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Air cargo executives see more opportunities than threats on the horizon

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By Bryan Terry, Director, PwC’s Transportation & Logistics Practice Confidence among air cargo executives is on the rise, a positive indicator as industry leaders are seeing more opportunities on the horizon, according to a PwC survey of air cargo executives, which was presented at this year’s IATA World Cargo Symposium. Based on a survey of […]

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Building on strengths to enter new sectors: Engineering & construction findings from PwC’s global CEO survey

June 2, 2015
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By H. Kent Goetjen, US Engineering & Construction Industry Leader Engineering and construction CEOs worry about the economy and a range of risks, but are still fairly confident of revenue growth. They’re looking to new sectors, actively investing in digital technologies and forming alliances with new partners. Many are even collaborating with competitors. Click here to […]

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Will the aerospace and defense sector continue its upward trajectory in 2015?

May 19, 2015
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By Scott Thompson, Partner, Aerospace & Defense Assurance Leader; and Chuck Marx, Principal, Aerospace & Defense Industry Leader Driven by a continuing surge in the commercial aviation market, the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry marked its best year ever in 2014 for revenue and operating profit – the fifth consecutive year of record revenues and […]

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Robots are taking on more responsibility. What does this mean for manufacturing jobs?

May 12, 2015
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By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader Robots are being released from their cages. After decades of toiling away at heavy (and dirty and dangerous) industrial tasks, robots are taking on more responsibility, becoming more adept, easier to use and, in some cases, less expensive. A new era of collaborative robots is allowing manufacturers to […]

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M&A activity is off to a solid start for the industrial products sector

May 7, 2015
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  By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader As we analyzed the first quarter of this year’s M&A, we have come across a few key themes that we think will continue through the year and shape the M&A environment going forward: M&A activity during the first quarter of 2015 in the industrial products sector increased […]

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