Robots: More than just a smart tool for manufacturers

May 27, 2015
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By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader Automation and robotics aren’t just for large multinationals anymore, especially as robots become easier to use, more mobile and, perhaps most important, cheaper. But how, exactly, is this changing manufacturing? As part of our thought leadership series on disruptive advanced manufacturing technology, PwC leaders hosted Universal Robots’ CEO […]

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Will the aerospace and defense sector continue its upward trajectory in 2015?

May 19, 2015
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By Scott Thompson, Partner, Aerospace & Defense Assurance Leader; and Chuck Marx, Principal, Aerospace & Defense Industry Leader Driven by a continuing surge in the commercial aviation market, the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry marked its best year ever in 2014 for revenue and operating profit – the fifth consecutive year of record revenues and […]

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Robots are taking on more responsibility. What does this mean for manufacturing jobs?

May 12, 2015
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By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader Robots are being released from their cages. After decades of toiling away at heavy (and dirty and dangerous) industrial tasks, robots are taking on more responsibility, becoming more adept, easier to use and, in some cases, less expensive. A new era of collaborative robots is allowing manufacturers to […]

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M&A activity is off to a solid start for the industrial products sector

May 7, 2015
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  By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader As we analyzed the first quarter of this year’s M&A, we have come across a few key themes that we think will continue through the year and shape the M&A environment going forward: M&A activity during the first quarter of 2015 in the industrial products sector increased […]

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The US ranks as top location for commercial aircraft manufacturing in new global index

April 23, 2015
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  By Scott Thompson, US Aerospace and Defense Assurance Leader The United States ranks #1 in a new index that contains findings that could help manufacturers determine where to expand their business. The US took first place in PwC’s latest global attractiveness index for aerospace manufacturing, an analysis of how countries and states in the United […]

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Seeking growth despite increasing dangers: Metals findings from PwC’s global CEO survey

April 21, 2015
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  By Michael Tomera, US Metals Industry Leader Metals CEOs are more pessimistic about the economy, their own prospects, and a wide range of threats. To cope, half are looking to diverse partnerships, while 90% are cutting costs. Digital technologies are lower on the strategic agenda – but metals CEOs worry more about skills shortages. […]

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For the airline industry, the time to build “digital muscles” is now

April 15, 2015
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By Richard Wysong, Director, Transportation and Logistics Advisory Airlines gather an enormous amount of data from multiple structured and unstructured sources, which they can use to significantly improve their performance, including the reliability and maintenance cost of their fleets. At Aviation Week’s MRO Americas this week, I spoke with industry leaders about building their organization’s […]

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Optimism among manufacturers is at its highest level in a decade

April 7, 2015
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By Bobby Bono, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader US industrial manufacturers are confident the domestic economy is strong and growing, according to the Q1 2015 Manufacturing Barometer. They think overall economic conditions will continue to improve and that global demand will pick up, despite the impact of the strong dollar on exports. So they are moving […]

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Is your industrial products multinational company ready for FATCA?

April 2, 2015
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By Michael Burak, Partner, US and Global Industrial Products Tax Leader Industrial products multinational companies (MNCs) are encountering unique challenges in navigating complex, existing, and emerging global tax information reporting regimes. The enactment of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), coupled with the issuance of more complex tax withholding certificates and changes to the […]

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How manufacturers are climbing up the Internet-of-Things ladder

March 31, 2015
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By Bobby Bono, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader, PwC; and Gardner Carrick, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Manufacturing Institute There’s a lot of hype around the Internet of Things (IoT), as digital connectivity continues to pervade the universe of products and services. Many of the advancements have been spearheaded by large companies with well-funded research and development […]

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