Wearable technology in the connected factory of the future

May 24, 2016
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Leader From 3D printing to robotics to sensors, manufacturers have already made an impressive headway in adopting new technology on the factory floor. Another connected device that’s shaping the Factory of the Future is wearables – small accessories that help people and machines connect – designed to merge […]

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Texts from a trash can, and the new digital culture

May 19, 2016
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Leader; and Kumar Krishnamurthy, Principal, Strategy& Manufacturers are going digital in a big way, creating a digital ecosystem that’s blurring the line once separating physical and digital worlds. Consider a crane toiling away in Australia and sensing something’s off – say, wonky brakes – then alerts the manufacturer […]

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The chemicals industry is facing lots of challenges, but CEOs agree that opportunities abound

May 10, 2016
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By Pam Schlosser, US Chemicals Industry Leader This is a tough environment for chemicals CEOs, but according to industry-specific data from PwC’s latest Global CEO Survey, many still see opportunities for growth increasing over the long term. In fact, 71% of chemicals CEOs say there are more opportunities for growth than there were three years […]

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Industrial manufacturers should set sights on digital operations, not just products

May 3, 2016
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By Michael Kinder, PwC’s Strategy&; and Bobby Bono, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader, PwC Most industrial manufacturers today are paying attention to the potential that could result from digitizing products and services. As a result, these conversations are dominating C-suite discussions as boards push to find new ways to grow revenue and disrupt markets. Our clients […]

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The future of aerospace in Southern California

April 28, 2016
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Preparing an ecosystem in Southern California for competition in an evolving aerospace industry By Bill Lay, Partner; Mike Quindazzi, Director; and Mike Goulet, Manager The aerospace industry is currently undergoing a technological transformation. This is especially evident in Southern California, where demand for new, emerging technologies – like autonomy, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, cybersecurity, […]

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Defending against airline cyber threats: A framework for an effective defense plan

April 27, 2016
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By Jonathan Kletzel, PwC US Transportation and Logistics Leader As cyber threats continue to grow in number, cost and sophistication, airlines are confronted with a new set of risks. The democratization of air travel has led to more people flying today than ever before, and they’re flying more frequently to a greater number of destinations – […]

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Talking Tax webcast highlights corporate integration, new IRS examination process, and tax-related identity theft

April 22, 2016
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By Michael W. Burak, US & Global Industrial Products Tax Leader I usually have the opportunity to moderate some interesting panel discussions around tax policy and administration during our quarterly Talking Tax webcasts. Our most recent webcast (click here for the archive) was no exception, as we discussed: Potential options for integrating the corporate and […]

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Understanding the Industrial Internet of Things

April 21, 2016
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By Kumar Krishnamurthy, Principal, Strategy&; and Juliane Stephan, Senior Associate, Strategy& Internet of Things is a much discussed topic in the industry as executives try to determine how to create value for their companies. However, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is still evolving and we see challenges for companies around its ecosystem, including new […]

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We’ve been here before…Industrial manufacturers adjusting to slower growth environment

April 19, 2016
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By Bobby Bono, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader Plummeting energy prices, China’s economic woes and the impact of a strong dollar on corporate earnings have all combined to create a more complex and uncertain environment. We’ve seen this translate into lower levels of optimism expressed by U.S. industrial manufacturers during the first quarter of this year […]

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3D Printing and the ‘flattening” of manufacturing

April 14, 2016
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By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Leader; and Gardner Carrick, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Manufacturing Institute For manufacturers, 3D printing, in just a few years, has evolved from novelty to more mainstream. Global spending on industrial and desktop 3D printers is now about $11 billion, and that could more than double over the next […]

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