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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Automakers seek new ways to collaborate and innovate

October 5, 2018
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By Phil Biggs New investments into electrification, autonomy and mobility are being announced almost daily it seems, and those investments are remaking the auto industry. Carmakers today face a serious dilemma – if they don’t invest substantially in electric and self-driving technology, they won’t curry favor with Wall Street. But as they continue to sink […]

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Economic crime in the chemicals sector: How the industry’s risk assessment measures up

October 2, 2018
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By Kazi Islam  and Todd Ranta How well positioned is the chemicals sector to deal with threats of economic and cybercrime? According to the recently published findings of PwC’s 2018 Global Economic Crime Survey, chemical companies are largely in lockstep with other industries when it comes to guarding themselves and utilizing risk assessments to protect […]

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A tipping point for the chemicals industry

September 25, 2018
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By Kazi Islam The global chemicals industry has faced many challenges over the years including declining margins, product commoditization, expanding competition in developing countries and customers demanding more at lower prices. However, this year, the chemicals industry may soon be given a break and perhaps even see the first signs of a tipping point. Some […]

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