How can automotive suppliers mitigate their coronavirus risks?

March 18, 2020
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By Dietmar Ostermann and Jeff Sorensen The latest pandemic, COVID-19, is having a significant impact on the global automotive industry, with its complicated global supply chains. At this time, each of the major geographical hubs is experiencing major disruption. For instance, China is likely to experience about a 15-20% decline in auto production, based on […]

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Manufacturing CEOs: Don’t be Discouraged by How Fast 4IR is Evolving

March 5, 2020
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By Anil Khurana and Bobby Bono The Fourth Industrial Revolution – or 4IR – is not an uncommon term anymore within the manufacturing industry. In fact, many organizations have implemented somewhat of a 4IR strategy – including technologies such as analytics, IoT sensors, drones, AI, and others which enable applications such as digital twinning and […]

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Are auto manufacturers placing risky bets to prepare for autonomous vehicles?

March 3, 2020
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By Akshay Singh Automobile manufacturers are taking huge risks by investing heavily in autonomous vehicles (AVs). Some are partnering with or acquiring companies specializing in AV technology, while others are moving into fleet management. It is understandable that companies are trying to position themselves for the coming disruption, but it is critical they do not […]

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Can auto suppliers survive the inevitable growth of electric vehicles?

February 28, 2020
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By Akshay Singh The good news for suppliers is that electric vehicles (EVs) are still only a small percentage of the auto market—at least for now. The bad news is that the growth of EV adoption poses a significant challenge for auto suppliers.  Since EVs have many fewer parts than vehicles with internal combustion engines […]

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Housing starts continue strong upward trend

February 19, 2020
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By Scott Volling January housing starts picked up where they left off at the end of 2019, continuing the trend of results not seen since late 2006. January starts came in at 1,567,000, 10% above the consensus number of 1,425,000, while December’s strong results were revised upward further, from 1,608,000 to 1,626,000.  The January figure […]

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Aerospace & Defense competitors seeking growth opportunities will be the focus for 2020

January 28, 2020
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By Scott Thompson and Bob Long Aerospace & Defense M&A activity in 2019 was largely impacted by the second quarter of 2019, which included the $52 billion merger of Raytheon and UTC – the A&D industry’s largest transaction in its history. Deal values were largely impacted by this megadeal, but the more telling story of […]

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Industrial manufacturing megadeals will remain prevalent in 2020

January 23, 2020
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By Paul Elie and Bobby Bono Due to high valuations, uncertainty in trade regulations and slowing GDP growth around the world, 2019 was a year in which M&A activity declined and caused certain deal makers to reevaluate their inorganic growth strategies. Following this trend, the first and fourth quarter deal volumes were reflective of some […]

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December housing starts surge to a 13-year high

January 17, 2020
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By Scott Volling December housing starts and permits capped off a resurgent 2019 for the housing market, blowing away expectations with results not seen since 2006. Starts came in at 1,608,000, 16.9% above the consensus 1,375,000 number.  This is the highest level since December of 2006.  Single family starts led the charge again, with 1,055,000, […]

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Operational technology security is the hottest issue in manufacturing – How can we protect it from cyber risks?

November 19, 2019
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By Chad Gray, Harshul Joshi, and Aaron Schamp Industrial companies are immersing themselves in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and increased automation has led to significant efficiency improvements within these organizations. However, this digital transformation shift is also presenting opportunities for the cyber world to take advantage of these companies, especially those that still have – […]

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A tax technology strategy and tax professional upskilling are critical to leveraging emerging technologies

November 12, 2019
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By Chris Kontaridis, Mark Nadel, and Nancy Hsieh What things are critical for tax functions to successfully leverage emerging technologies? PwC and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) recently collaborated on a survey to determine just that. Here are a few of our findings. Tax functions in the manufacturing industry continue to rely […]

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