What will make 3D printing a game changer?

September 16, 2014
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  By Vinod Baya, Director, PwC’s Center for Technology and Innovation Expectations and excitement are high for 3D printing as the pace of innovation hits hyper drive. Although the concepts and technologies of 3D printing have existed for two to three decades, recent progress has reduced the cost of printers by orders of magnitude, expanded […]

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The future of chemicals: Managing complexity and enabling growth with natural supply chains

September 9, 2014
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  By Rohit Singh, Principal, Strategy&; and Marc Waco, Partner, PwC US Chemicals Advisory Leader In an increasingly complex and challenging climate, chemical companies are facing a combination of shifting market forces and an increasingly heterogeneous customer set. Many organizations are focusing solely on all-out growth or across-the-board cost-cutting strategies in an attempt to adjust […]

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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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