Blockbuster deals drive M&A value in 2015 for the Industrial Products Sector

February 10, 2016
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Leader Calendar year 2015 saw a total of 996 deals worth $603 billion across the Industrial Products sector, which includes Aerospace & Defense, Chemicals, Engineering & Construction, Industrial Manufacturing, Metals and Transportation & Logistics. The uptick in 2015, compared with 1010 deals worth $518 billion in 2014, was driven […]

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Embracing new technologies: A risk worth the reward

February 2, 2016
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By Bobby Bono, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader; and Stephen Pillsbury, Principal, PwC’s US Industrial Products practice We all remember the sting of 2001 and 2008, when global economic expansion enticed industrial manufacturers to invest in new equipment and technologies designed to improve factory performance. What we all remember more is when the markets unexpectedly crashed, and […]

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How secure is your airline from cyberattacks?

January 29, 2016
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By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader, PwC Security is a major issue for airlines. And, increasingly, security is focused on cyber attacks because of changes in how airlines operate. Airlines are using the Internet to connect pilots with ground crews and with airport and air traffic control, leading to greater efficiency. Airlines are […]

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Tax policy in a time of change: Setting priorities in an election year

January 27, 2016
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By Michael W. Burak, US & Global Industrial Products Tax Leader During our quarterly Talking Tax webcast series, I usually have the opportunity to host some stimulating panel discussions around tax policy. Our most recent webcast (click here for the archive) was no different – it took place just a few days after President Obama […]

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How vulnerable are industrial products companies to cyber threats?

January 26, 2016
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Leader Data have become valuable as a means of understanding the customer, increasing efficiency, and gaining competitive advantage. This growth in value is also attractive to hackers, who can reap the rewards of stealing and selling data. It’s likely that as businesses increasingly use data and data analytics, […]

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Technology and talent: Key takeaways from PwC’s CEO Survey

January 21, 2016
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Leader Technology and talent. Two themes we’ve discussed at length in the last year, and with great cause. PwC recently released findings from its 2016 CEO Survey and guess what continues to be on the minds of the more than 1,400 company leaders from 83 countries who took […]

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Manufacturers are putting virtual reality to work…and in surprising ways

January 19, 2016
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Leader; and Gardner Carrick, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Manufacturing Institute In last week’s post, we shared some findings from an upcoming PwC survey on adoption of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology adoption. The gist of what we learned is that manufacturers are finding ways to […]

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For US manufacturers, virtual reality is for real

January 12, 2016
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Leader; and Gardner Carrick, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Manufacturing Institute We’ve been hearing a lot about virtual reality of late. As virtual reality continues to take center stage, established tech and non-tech players and start-ups continue to invest in the space at great speed. This activity, unsurprisingly, is […]

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What are industrial manufacturers planning for in 2016?

January 11, 2016
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By Bobby Bono, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader In the last year, most manufacturers were not very optimistic about global prospects. But the majority continued to believe the domestic economy was strong. That changed this quarter. Optimism regarding the domestic economy dropped to 46%, down 14 points from the prior quarter. This was the lowest level […]

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A glimpse into 2016

January 5, 2016
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader A New Year has begun. Time to reflect and think ahead to the disruptions that could potentially shake up the business landscape throughout the year to come. I can’t predict the future, but I have a few thoughts that may shed some light as to how […]

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