Will our transportation infrastructure hinder or support economic growth?

March 23, 2017
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By Mark Lustig, Principal, PwC The American chemical industry is at a major crossroads. Thanks in large part to shale-based feedstocks, capital spending in chemical production is expected to reach an all-time high and significant new capacity is coming on line. This is really good news for our economy as a whole. But the industry […]

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An infrastructure stimulus: A shot in the arm for US industrials?

March 21, 2017
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By Bob McCutcheon and Mike Sobolewski It’s been a long time (maybe since Eisenhower?) that infrastructure has grabbed headlines. President Donald Trump has made infrastructure investment a front-and-center priority as a jobs creator and an economic stimulus. In his February address to Congress, the President highlighted his commitment of a $1 trillion infrastructure investment, ‘financed […]

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US manufacturers view tax reform with growing optimism

March 14, 2017
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By John Livingstone, John Ranke and Rajiv Jetli When US manufacturing companies hold their earnings calls these days, the issue of tax reform inevitably comes up. It would be hard to find an industrial products CEO who was not enthusiastic about the prospect of a lower headline tax rate. Many of the CEOs also express […]

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Is your board prepared for disruption?

March 9, 2017
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By Bob McCutcheon and Tom Waller Industrial products (IP) companies are facing tremendous challenges: massive shifts in global economic power and demographics, accelerating urbanization, climate change, resource scarcity, political uncertainty, and technological disruption. Companies and boards are responding by moving ahead with digitizing their traditional products, adopting new business models, and tapping into emerging technology […]

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Filling the vacuum: The threat of new space

March 2, 2017
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By Randy Starr and Eric Brown The space sector has entered a renaissance period, ripe with growth, new ideas, new players…and disruption. But a rising tide rarely raises all ships, so we are likely to see a mixture of winners and losers over the next several years. Macro-level signposts suggest that the space industry will […]

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Three strategies chemical companies should employ in a zero-growth world

February 28, 2017
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By Vijay Sarathy, Marcus Morawietz, Jayant Gotpagar, and Jeremy Bebiak The unstable landscape the chemicals industry is facing–a result of a funk since its peak in 2007–is indicative of a new normal. In 2016, overall industry sales growth increased just 2.1% as the sector faced declining industrial production and broad inventory rightsizing by many of […]

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Six strategies for defense contractors to compete locally and globally

February 21, 2017
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By Randy Starr and Anurag Garg As growth in traditional defense markets slows, defense contractors must seek new channels by which to expand their businesses and find new customers. Rather than looking in familiar regions, growth for weapons manufacturers is being sought after in places like India, Saudi Arabia and Japan, resulting in landmark changes […]

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How industrial manufacturers can beat slow growth through digitization

February 14, 2017
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By Marian Mueller, Bobby Bono, Steve Pillsbury and Barry Misthal Looking around the globe, we see headwinds from Brexit continuing, two years of stimulus coming to an end in China and a new administration in the US with new policies beginning. As a result, we still believe that industrial manufacturing will remain in a slow-growth […]

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Are you prepared to meet ever-changing customer expectations?

February 7, 2017
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By Patty Riedl, Rodger Howell, and Marc Waco The fast evolution of technology combined with changes in customer demographics and expectations are forcing businesses to more swiftly and frequently adapt the way they operate. In today’s marketplace, customers are better informed and less loyal. When customer priorities shift, businesses must be prepared to shift with them. […]

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E&C companies that are slow to digitize may soon be too late

February 2, 2017
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By Mike Sobolewski Engineering and construction (E&C) companies are moving ahead with digitization. In our survey of 397 senior executives in 26 countries, they say they are investing about 5% of annual revenue, which is in line with other sectors. About a third say they’ve reached an advanced level of digitization and 69% say they’ll […]

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