Agchem and smartphones: What do they have in common?

July 28, 2015
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By Vijay Sarathy, Principal, Chemicals Advisory The world’s population is expected to hit 9.6 billion by 2050, up from the current level of 7.3 billion. Sustainably supporting this population in the face of scarce resources – especially arable land and water – is one of the generational challenges we’re facing. For example, today the world […]

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Tax reform: Everyone wants it and yet….

July 23, 2015
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By Michael W. Burak, US & Global Industrial Products Tax Leader; and Scott McCandless, Principal, Tax Policy Services Practice, Washington National Tax Services It’s no wonder viewers on our latest Talking Tax webcast said they were interested in hearing about tax legislation and policy. As one of the few developed countries still utilizing a worldwide […]

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Optimism among manufacturers descends from the heights

July 22, 2015
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By Bobby Bono, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader US industrial manufacturers are a little uneasy about the domestic and global economies, according to the Q2 2015 Manufacturing Barometer. So they have lowered their overall growth forecasts and spending plans. On the domestic front, they are being cautious about the effects of the strong dollar and the […]

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Speed is the new currency for manufacturing

July 14, 2015
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  By Tara Meyer, Customer Leader, Consumer and Industrial Products The world of manufacturing is moving at a lightning fast pace. In part, the unprecedented speed of change is due to the use of mobile devices that enable instantaneous interactions. No longer does a customer need to be at a desk in front of a […]

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Operating in a more extreme environment: Forest, paper and packaging findings from PwC’s global CEO survey

July 9, 2015
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By Max Blocker, US Forest, Paper & Packaging Industry Leader Forest, paper and packaging CEOs are gearing up for more extreme conditions. They see more threats and more opportunities on the horizon and to cope, they’re exploring new ways of competing via digital technologies, dynamic alliances and new sources of talent. They will also continue […]

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A mid-year evaluation: other disruptive effects

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By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader At the beginning of the year, I talked about the disruptive effects of technology. While technology remains a critical change agent within the industrial products sector, there are other disruptors that continue to impact our business. Shareholder activism. More private equity firms are emerging as the voice of […]

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Robots: what’s the next killer app?

June 25, 2015
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By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader Robots have come of age. Industrial and even residential robots’ capabilities more closely resemble episodes of The Jetsons than ever before. And among the top tech trends of 2015, we can look for “robots” to be on many top 10 lists. A new breed of robots is marching […]

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Industrial products companies implementing 3D printing face potential tax issues

June 23, 2015
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By Mike Burak, Partner, US and Global Industrial Products Tax Leader Many industrial products companies are exploring 3D printing (3DP) as a way to expand their businesses and become more competitive in the global marketplace. 3DP is an additive manufacturing process whereby digital designs are applied to layers of different types of materials – including […]

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Are the airlines ready for takeoff?

June 17, 2015
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By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader The global airline industry is in better shape than it’s been in years. A recent look at the key metrics attests to this new-found health. Profits have been rising steadily since 2009, and we predict they will continue to grow. More people are flying today and demand […]

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What aftermarket business are you in?

June 11, 2015
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  By Dirk deWaart, US Transportation & Logistics Advisory Principal Many companies with stable or declining product revenues are looking for ways to grow their aftermarket business. In defining their growth strategies, the fundamental question of “what business are we in?” is often overlooked, resulting in misaligned investments that fail to achieve the desired results […]

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