September housing starts below expectations

October 17, 2018
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By Scott Volling Housing starts and permits for September came in below expectations, continuing a lackluster four-month trend.  Starts were 1,201,000, 1.6% below the consensus of 1,220,000 and 5.3% below last month’s revised number of 1,268,000.  Permits came in at 1,241,000, 2.4% below the consensus of 1,272,000 and 0.6% below last month’s revised 1,249,000.  While […]

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Manufacturers are doubling down on diversity: Here’s how

October 9, 2018
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By Jeff Sorensen and Carolyn Lee Today, PwC and The Manufacturing Institute—the social impact arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (N.A.M.)—are joining together to release a new report: All In: Shaping tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce through diversity and inclusion This paper is focused on how U.S. manufacturers are expanding their diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs, […]

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Automakers seek new ways to collaborate and innovate

October 5, 2018
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By Phil Biggs New investments into electrification, autonomy and mobility are being announced almost daily it seems, and those investments are remaking the auto industry. Carmakers today face a serious dilemma – if they don’t invest substantially in electric and self-driving technology, they won’t curry favor with Wall Street. But as they continue to sink […]

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Economic crime in the chemicals sector: How the industry’s risk assessment measures up

October 2, 2018
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By Kazi Islam  and Todd Ranta How well positioned is the chemicals sector to deal with threats of economic and cybercrime? According to the recently published findings of PwC’s 2018 Global Economic Crime Survey, chemical companies are largely in lockstep with other industries when it comes to guarding themselves and utilizing risk assessments to protect […]

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A tipping point for the chemicals industry

September 25, 2018
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By Kazi Islam The global chemicals industry has faced many challenges over the years including declining margins, product commoditization, expanding competition in developing countries and customers demanding more at lower prices. However, this year, the chemicals industry may soon be given a break and perhaps even see the first signs of a tipping point. Some […]

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August housing starts exceed expectations

September 19, 2018
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By Scott Volling Housing starts for August exceeded expectations by 3.8%, coming in at 1,282,000, while results for permits came in below expectations at 1,229,000, 6.5% below consensus.  Starts improved 9.2% compared to July, but this is a bit misleading given the surprisingly low July number of 1,168,000.  August starts were driven by the volatile […]

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How can A&D companies strengthen their workforce?

September 18, 2018
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By Robert Ginzel and John Karren The A&D sector is enjoying strong growth, with transport aircraft orders at record levels and more dollars allocated for defense this year. But companies cannot deliver unless they have the right people—and that has A&D executives concerned. In our recent interviews with industry leaders, they expressed the difficulty of […]

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Where are the best places for A&D companies to expand?

September 12, 2018
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By Scott Thompson It was a very good year for the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) sector, which reported record profits. Demand for commercial aviation is growing at a rate about twice the growth of global GDP and aircraft manufacturing is at record levels and ramping up.  Also, defense budgets have increased significantly in the past […]

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Making the transition: Industrial products sector assimilates accounting changes

September 11, 2018
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By Kathy Nieland and Jeff Sorensen A wave of new accounting regulations has kept financial executives busy at industrial and manufacturing companies. From revenue recognition (ASC 606 & IFRS 15) and lease accounting (ASC 842 & IFRS 16) to new hedge accounting guidance, among others, companies have been taking steps to ensure compliance with these […]

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Automotive M&A on Pace for Record Year Despite Second Quarter Slowdown

August 23, 2018
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By Jeff Zaleski At the midway point of 2018, global automotive M&A activity has already reached 84% of the deal value we saw in all of 2017. However, uncertainty lies ahead by way of regulatory and geo-political pressures weighing on the industry. Here are our topline findings for Q2 automotive deal activity: Value: $14.1B worth […]

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