How is software advancing 3D printing?

November 24, 2014
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  By Vinod Baya, Director, PwC’s Center for Technology and Innovation The 3D printing revolution is a lot about hardware: the printers, the printing methods and the materials that can be used in these printers. But let’s not forget software orchestrates the digital data flows and defines the overall experience. The entire 3D printing lifecycle […]

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What’s new in air traveler preferences? Recent survey shares insights on what leisure and business travelers want

November 18, 2014
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  By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader; and Jon Glick, Advisory Director, Transportation & Logistics   Which check-in methods do airline travelers prefer? How integral is technology to the passenger experience? These are among the issues we found addressed in the third International Air Transport Association (IATA) Global Passenger Survey. Nearly 5,500 travelers […]

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Economic crime in the chemical sector: Where is it coming from?

November 11, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader The chemical sector has one of the lowest rates of economic crime, according to our 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey. And yet, 27 percent of respondents say their company has experienced some form of fraud, up from 22 percent in 2011. These numbers are not […]

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How will the outcome of the mid-term elections impact tax policy and future tax reform legislation? PwC’s “Talking Tax” recap

November 6, 2014
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  By Michael Burak, Partner, US and Global Industrial Products Tax Leader I recently hosted the 16th installment of our Talking Tax executive webcast series. During the webcast, we had some great discussions regarding how the outcome of the mid-term elections could impact tax policy and future tax reform legislation as well as how big […]

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Robotics and the age of autonomous help

November 4, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader On America’s factory floors, manufacturers are creating a new relationship between man and (smarter) machines. From robotic vacuum cleaners to self-driving cars, autonomy is being embedded into more and more products. And manufacturers are not immune. They’re not only creating these products, they’re also working […]

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Global M&A for industrial products: On track to be a record-breaker

October 28, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader This may be the strongest year for M&A since the financial crisis. Deal activity for industrial products (IP) companies increased 25 percent year-over- year across the sector during the third quarter, according to our latest M&A report. Deal value in the first nine months of […]

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What you don’t know about megatrends can hurt you

October 21, 2014
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  By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader All businesses have to deal with industry-specific issues, but in today’s world they must also look at the disruptive forces that are changing the rules of the game. These changes, or megatrends, are already affecting the airline industry in dramatic ways. While airlines are now operating […]

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A split message from US industrial manufacturers in our latest manufacturing survey

October 14, 2014
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  By Bobby Bono, Partner, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader US industrial manufacturers are optimistic about company revenue growth, but less so about the US and global economies, according to our Q3 2014 Manufacturing Barometer. Survey respondents forecast an average growth rate of 5.6 percent over the next 12 months, up from 5.2 percent in the […]

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3D printing: Could it cut supply chains to one link?

October 7, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader As manufacturers turn to 3D printing (3DP) for the production of final products, they’ll start to see how additive manufacturing could augur far more than just another way to make stuff. In fact, for some industries and some products, the concept of 3DP-enabled “on-demand” manufacturing […]

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Air cargo executives “very confident” about their own companies, less so about the industry

September 30, 2014
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  By Bryan Terry, Director, and Jonathan Kletzel, Partner and US Leader, PwC’s Transportation & Logistics Practice Air cargo executives are bullish on their own organizations, but less confident about the sector’s performance as a whole. That’s according to a PwC survey we conducted with cargo executives earlier in the year, which was presented at […]

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