The new trade era unleashes a flood of strategic questions for the C-Suite

February 7, 2019
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By Rajiv Jetli and Sebastian de Meel As the contours of global trade shift around new pacts and policies — including the newly forged U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), US-China tariffs, and the on-going Transpacific Partnership — top executives are beset by a growing list of questions about how they’ll respond. Indeed, the calculus of cross-border trade […]

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The Fight for the Future of Mobility

February 4, 2019
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By Brandon Mason January is a hectic month for the automotive industry. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where autonomous vehicles have been increasingly prominent in recent years, kicks off a three-week stretch that also includes the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and Automotive News World Congress (ANWC), both in Detroit, and […]

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Who are the high-leverage innovators in Chemicals & Energy?

January 31, 2019
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By Barry Jaruzelski and Sarah Rodriguez 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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A grassroots movement: How employee groups are driving diversity and inclusion in the industrial sectors

January 29, 2019
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By Niloufar Molavi and Carolyn Lee The needs and demographics of the American workforce are changing and, as we explored a few months ago in a white paper released jointly by PwC and The Manufacturing Institute—the social impact and workforce arm of the National Association of Manufacturers—manufacturers in all sectors industrials, consumer markets, technology and […]

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Strong A&D Deal Activity to Continue in 2019

January 25, 2019
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By Scott Thompson and Bob Long The global aerospace and defense (A&D) sector wrapped up 2018 with strong M&A activity, and we believe this momentum will continue into 2019, but with a slight shift in strategy. In 2019, we believe A&D deal activity will more prominently feature large A&D companies focusing on transformation through acquisitions […]

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Metals Industry Nearly Doubles M&A Value in 2018 Despite Decrease in Number of Deals

January 24, 2019
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By Mike Tomera and Brian Kelly 2018 was a rollercoaster year for M&A activity in the metals industry. We saw the return of megadeals, which were absent in 2017, play a major role in the spikes and dips of deal value on a quarterly basis. Overall, their return helped nearly double total deal value from […]

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Which A&D company is a high leverage innovator?

January 8, 2019
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By Barry Jaruzelski and Brad Goehle 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 a […]

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Housing starts increase in November

December 18, 2018
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By Scott Volling Housing starts for November came in slightly ahead of expectations at 1,256,000 units compared to a consensus number of 1,225,000.  Permits also fared well relative to expectations, coming in at 1,328,000, 5.8% above the consensus number of 1,255,000.  On a year over year basis, starts fell 3.6% against a strong November 2017 […]

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Where are you on the D&I maturity curve?

December 17, 2018
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By John Karren and Carolyn Lee Diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs have been advancing for decades. Some companies boast sophisticated, comprehensive programs, but others might be relatively new to these endeavors—and may not know how they can improve. Thanks to new research conducted by PwC and supported by The Manufacturing Institute, we can help you […]

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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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