Aerospace & Defense industry reports higher revenues and profits in 2016; strong forecast for 2017

June 20, 2017
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By Scott Thompson The top 100 aerospace & defense (A&D) companies accounted for $709 billion in revenue, resulting in $69 billion in profits for 2016 – an increase from $689 billion in revenue and $64 billion in profits compared with 2015. While this is below the record levels set in 2014, largely due to the […]

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Housing starts down as we head into summer

June 16, 2017
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By Scott Volling May housing starts came in at 1,092,000, well below consensus estimates of 1.21 million and down 2.4% year over year. We have been optimistic about the market’s slow and steady recovery based upon consistent year-over-year improvement, so we will need to watch carefully if this is a one-time anomaly or a multi-month trend. […]

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Gleaning insights from ‘Talking Tax’ participants during these unpredictable times

June 6, 2017
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By John Livingstone Our learnings from several years of hosting our ‘Talking Tax’ Executive Webcast Series have been invaluable — not only for our clients, but also for broadening our own perspectives. I recently hosted our 26th installment — the focus of which was the likelihood of tax and healthcare reform in 2017 and the […]

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Commercial transportation sector adapts to market disruption in 2017

May 30, 2017
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By Andrew Schmahl For decades, commercial transportation stuck to convention until new technologies and information systems began to drive market demand and shape expectations. Traditional companies have begun to respond, with some investing in sophisticated data networks to make their operations faster, more responsive and transparent. But 2016 was different. It was the year of […]

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It could be a costly year for the automotive industry

May 23, 2017
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By Ray Telang Global auto industry performance is seemingly strong – worldwide sales and profit margins are up for suppliers and automakers (OEMs). But if you look at performance indicators such as total shareholder value and return on invested capital, it’s clear the automotive industry continues to struggle, making it less attractive for investors. Simply […]

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During uncertain times, what can E&C firms count on?

May 16, 2017
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By Mike Sobolewski and Al Kent The Engineering and Construction (E&C) industry has weathered its share of storms over the past several years. While analysts predict 2017 will bring renewed growth to the industry, industry stakeholders can count on one thing: uncertainty from 2016 will carry forward into 2017. The new administration has created excitement […]

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Megatrends to watch in the paper and packaging industry

May 9, 2017
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By Max Blocker The world is changing at a rapid pace and in ways never imagined. Global business and society are being shaped by several dynamic forces, or megatrends, that are impacting every industry, including the paper and packaging sector. I recently participated in a discussion at Paper2017 about what paper and packaging companies should […]

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Airlines, are you reacting too slowly to cyberattacks?

May 4, 2017
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By Jonathan Kletzel The speed at which an airline reacts to a cyberattack is critical. We now know that it takes an average of 6-18 months to detect an intrusion. That’s a long time for a hacker to be hunting around your organization. So it makes it extremely important that you have a rapid response […]

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The Trump administration and the automotive industry

May 3, 2017
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By Rick Hanna During his campaign, President Trump took a hardline stance against several measures that directly impact the auto industry, including trade pacts and emissions standards, and promised to invest more in infrastructure development. On par with other issues the new administration is tackling, some developments have unfolded at an accelerated pace while others […]

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Using predictive analytics to support military readiness

April 25, 2017
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By Fred Cleveland Predictive analytics is increasingly playing a role in the success of the commercial airlines industry. Airlines are using enormous amounts of data to improve overall performance and decrease maintenance issues. That same approach has the potential to transform our defense operations and support military readiness. Recently, I moderated a panel at Aviation […]

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