Is 3D printing our Gutenberg press?

September 2, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader During the past several years, we’ve seen a rapid popularization of 3D printing. What once seemed a science-fiction novelty is now becoming a mainstream technology. There’s no clearer sign of this than a couple of recent announcements. Home Depot will begin selling 3D desktop printers […]

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Forest, paper, and packaging CEOs see tough times ahead: Findings from PwC’s Global CEO Survey

August 12, 2014
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  By Max Blocker, US Forest, Paper & Packaging Sector Leader Forest, paper, and packaging CEOs see tough times ahead and worry about economic and business risks. Findings fom PwC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey indicate adapting more quickly to changing technology is an issue in this sector. They’re already collaborating along the supply chain, […]

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Global M&A activity surges as companies gain confidence

August 5, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader Global industrial products (IP) deal value is on pace for the strongest year since the financial crisis. According to our latest quarterly M&A reports for industrial products, there were more deals, bigger deals, and a substantial rise in deal value from the last quarter and from […]

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Are global airline CEOs thinking clearly about their future prospects?

July 29, 2014
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  By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader The great majority (82%) of global airline CEOs are optimistic about revenue growth over the next 12 months, according to our 2014 Global Airline CEO Survey. However, they are acutely aware of the threats to the industry and the difficulty of containing costs. Airline CEOs expect […]

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US industrial manufacturers plan for better times ahead

July 22, 2014
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  By Bobby Bono, Partner, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader US manufacturers are moving ahead with their investment plans, according to our Q2 2014 Manufacturing Barometer report. About half of respondents are planning longer-term CAPEX spending – up 13 points from the prior quarter. Three-quarters of manufacturers say they will invest in shorter-term operational spending, focused […]

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What is the board’s responsibility in transforming a company’s global operating model?

July 15, 2014
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  By Steve Palagyi, Global Industrial Manufacturing Advisory Leader; and Marc Waco, Industrial Products Operations Practice Leader Board members are increasingly expected to directly influence the management of companies they serve, and are often asking leadership pointed questions regarding management practices and performance measures. Boards are often focused on identifying risks and seeking solutions for […]

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The first six months of 2014: Predictable and surprising

July 8, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader Looking back now at the industry megatrends I mentioned in January, I see some predictable as well as surprising events. In addition to 3D printing, discussed in a 3-blog series, we are continuing to see the spread of computer assisted subtractive techniques (CNC) and advanced robotics. The […]

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The next big step for airlines: making the right connections

June 24, 2014
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  By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader It’s been a good year for the global airline industry, according to our recent Tailwinds report. Revenues are at an all-time high and profits are up, thanks largely to the increase in passenger traffic and the capacity discipline exerted by the airlines. However, results vary widely […]

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Good news: Profits are up. But so are corporate income taxes and international disputes.

June 17, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader; and Michael Burak, Partner, US and Global Industrial Products Tax Leader The average effective tax rate (ETR) has edged upward over the past three years for industrial products and automotive sectors. The increase reflects an improvement in the global business climate: greater profits often mean higher taxes. […]

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Metals CEOs are worried about risks and are less confident than any other sector: Findings from PwC’s Global CEO Survey

June 10, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader; and Sean Hoover, US Metals Leader Metals CEOs are more worried about a host of risks, according to PwC’s 17 Annual Global CEO Survey. Overall, they’re less confident than any other sector. Metals companies are cutting costs and taking it slow on transactions, but many are already […]

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