In the wake of disaster

August 25, 2015
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By Marc Waco, PwC Principal, US Leader – Process Industries A truly resilient organization is one that embeds resilience both in its culture and talent and in its approach to strategy and risk. That resilience generally translates into a better ability to recover quickly from a crisis. Ironically, this resilience is often found within organizations […]

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Capitalizing on disruptive megatrends: Industrial manufacturing findings from PwC’s global CEO survey

August 18, 2015
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  By Bobby Bono, US Industrial Manufacturing Industry Leader Manufacturing CEOs are slightly more pessimistic about the economic outlook than other CEOs, but are less worried about the prospect of major disruptions to their industry. They’re focusing in particular on digital technologies to create value in new ways and developing diverse partnerships. Click here to […]

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Will technology ‘free’ the tax function?

August 11, 2015
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By Michael Burak, Partner, US and Global Industrial Products Tax Leader I see two overall trends that will transform the tax function over the next decade. One is that automation increasingly will be used to perform manual, time-consuming, non-value-added tasks. The second is that the tax function will receive and share data in a centralized […]

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Industrial products M&A activity remains steady for first half of the year

August 7, 2015
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By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader During the second quarter of 2015, PwC saw an uptick in M&A activity across its industrial products sectors, which include aerospace & defense (A&D), chemicals, engineering & construction, industrial manufacturing, metals and transportation & logistics, compared to the first quarter of 2015. With all the deals combined, there […]

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US airlines enjoying record profits, but are headwinds on the horizon?

August 4, 2015
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By Bryan Terry, Director, PwC’s Transportation & Logistics Practice Taking a look at the second-quarter earnings report for US airlines, I can’t help but be encouraged. Earnings are way up, and the industry has never appeared healthier. But on closer inspection, it’s clear that several noteworthy challenges are on the horizon. The good news: PwC’s […]

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Agchem and smartphones: What do they have in common?

July 28, 2015
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By Vijay Sarathy, Principal, Chemicals Advisory The world’s population is expected to hit 9.6 billion by 2050, up from the current level of 7.3 billion. Sustainably supporting this population in the face of scarce resources – especially arable land and water – is one of the generational challenges we’re facing. For example, today the world […]

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Tax reform: Everyone wants it and yet….

July 23, 2015
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By Michael W. Burak, US & Global Industrial Products Tax Leader; and Scott McCandless, Principal, Tax Policy Services Practice, Washington National Tax Services It’s no wonder viewers on our latest Talking Tax webcast said they were interested in hearing about tax legislation and policy. As one of the few developed countries still utilizing a worldwide […]

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Optimism among manufacturers descends from the heights

July 22, 2015
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By Bobby Bono, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader US industrial manufacturers are a little uneasy about the domestic and global economies, according to the Q2 2015 Manufacturing Barometer. So they have lowered their overall growth forecasts and spending plans. On the domestic front, they are being cautious about the effects of the strong dollar and the […]

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Speed is the new currency for manufacturing

July 14, 2015
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  By Tara Meyer, Customer Leader, Consumer and Industrial Products The world of manufacturing is moving at a lightning fast pace. In part, the unprecedented speed of change is due to the use of mobile devices that enable instantaneous interactions. No longer does a customer need to be at a desk in front of a […]

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Operating in a more extreme environment: Forest, paper and packaging findings from PwC’s global CEO survey

July 9, 2015
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By Max Blocker, US Forest, Paper & Packaging Industry Leader Forest, paper and packaging CEOs are gearing up for more extreme conditions. They see more threats and more opportunities on the horizon and to cope, they’re exploring new ways of competing via digital technologies, dynamic alliances and new sources of talent. They will also continue […]

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