Six strategies for defense contractors to compete locally and globally

February 21, 2017
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By Randy Starr and Anurag Garg As growth in traditional defense markets slows, defense contractors must seek new channels by which to expand their businesses and find new customers. Rather than looking in familiar regions, growth for weapons manufacturers is being sought after in places like India, Saudi Arabia and Japan, resulting in landmark changes […]

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How industrial manufacturers can beat slow growth through digitization

February 14, 2017
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By Marian Mueller, Bobby Bono, Steve Pillsbury and Barry Misthal Looking around the globe, we see headwinds from Brexit continuing, two years of stimulus coming to an end in China and a new administration in the US with new policies beginning. As a result, we still believe that industrial manufacturing will remain in a slow-growth […]

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Are you prepared to meet ever-changing customer expectations?

February 7, 2017
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By Patty Riedl, Rodger Howell, and Marc Waco The fast evolution of technology combined with changes in customer demographics and expectations are forcing businesses to more swiftly and frequently adapt the way they operate. In today’s marketplace, customers are better informed and less loyal. When customer priorities shift, businesses must be prepared to shift with them. […]

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E&C companies that are slow to digitize may soon be too late

February 2, 2017
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By Mike Sobolewski Engineering and construction (E&C) companies are moving ahead with digitization. In our survey of 397 senior executives in 26 countries, they say they are investing about 5% of annual revenue, which is in line with other sectors. About a third say they’ve reached an advanced level of digitization and 69% say they’ll […]

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Why top companies lead with operations to create competitive advantage

January 31, 2017
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By Patty Riedl, Rodger Howell, and Marc Waco To say the recent business environment has been challenging is an understatement of significant proportion. A decade of major macroeconomic disruptions have forced companies to tighten their purse strings – sometimes in ways that would have been inconceivable in more favorable business climates. To survive, businesses had to […]

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Positive business sentiment to drive future M&A activity in Industrial Products sector?

January 24, 2017
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By Robert McCutcheon We have a new President and a new administration. And what this means for businesses, we’re not sure. But aside from the uncertainty, we’re increasingly seeing an optimistic attitude from businesses. Companies are fairly optimistic about the opportunities for growth and we may see a more business-friendly environment under the new administration. […]

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Housing starts looking stronger as we head into the new year

January 19, 2017
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By Marc Waco, Principal and E&C Advisory Leader, PwC; Scott Volling, Director, PwC; and Alec Williams, Manager, Strategy& Housing starts rose 11.3% in December to an annualized rate of 1,226,000, up from November’s 1,102,000, which was revised upward by 12,000. This number is slightly higher than expectations of 1.2M and 5.7% higher than the December […]

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2017: The Year of Air Traffic Control Reform?

January 18, 2017
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By Jon Glick, Rick Wysong, and Alex Stillman, PwC The privatization of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) function in the United States has been the subject of much discussion over the past decade. Many constituencies in the aviation community are arguing to increase the pace of ATC improvements while freeing its management and investment from political […]

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Economic sentiment shifts upward as industrial manufacturers forecast higher growth rates ahead

January 12, 2017
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By Bobby Bono, Partner, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader, PwC Optimism regarding the prospects of the US economy surged in our fourth quarter Manufacturing Barometer survey, as industrial manufacturers pointed to an improved outlook, including higher company revenue forecasts and increased capital spending plans. The renewed sense of optimism regarding the direction of domestic commerce raises […]

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Risks and opportunities in 2017

January 3, 2017
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Leader This past year was marked with significant disruption and unprecedented change. In the middle of the year, the global marketplace was surprised with Brexit, the result of a vote for the UK to exit the EU. Then, in November, the US was met with its own surprise, […]

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