Are global airline CEOs thinking clearly about their future prospects?

July 29, 2014
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  By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader The great majority (82%) of global airline CEOs are optimistic about revenue growth over the next 12 months, according to our 2014 Global Airline CEO Survey. However, they are acutely aware of the threats to the industry and the difficulty of containing costs. Airline CEOs expect […]

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US industrial manufacturers plan for better times ahead

July 22, 2014
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  By Bobby Bono, Partner, US Industrial Manufacturing Leader US manufacturers are moving ahead with their investment plans, according to our Q2 2014 Manufacturing Barometer report. About half of respondents are planning longer-term CAPEX spending – up 13 points from the prior quarter. Three-quarters of manufacturers say they will invest in shorter-term operational spending, focused […]

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What is the board’s responsibility in transforming a company’s global operating model?

July 15, 2014
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  By Steve Palagyi, Global Industrial Manufacturing Advisory Leader; and Marc Waco, Industrial Products Operations Practice Leader Board members are increasingly expected to directly influence the management of companies they serve, and are often asking leadership pointed questions regarding management practices and performance measures. Boards are often focused on identifying risks and seeking solutions for […]

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The first six months of 2014: Predictable and surprising

July 8, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader Looking back now at the industry megatrends I mentioned in January, I see some predictable as well as surprising events. In addition to 3D printing, discussed in a 3-blog series, we are continuing to see the spread of computer assisted subtractive techniques (CNC) and advanced robotics. The […]

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The next big step for airlines: making the right connections

June 24, 2014
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  By Jonathan Kletzel, US Transportation & Logistics Leader It’s been a good year for the global airline industry, according to our recent Tailwinds report. Revenues are at an all-time high and profits are up, thanks largely to the increase in passenger traffic and the capacity discipline exerted by the airlines. However, results vary widely […]

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Good news: Profits are up. But so are corporate income taxes and international disputes.

June 17, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader; and Michael Burak, Partner, US and Global Industrial Products Tax Leader The average effective tax rate (ETR) has edged upward over the past three years for industrial products and automotive sectors. The increase reflects an improvement in the global business climate: greater profits often mean higher taxes. […]

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Metals CEOs are worried about risks and are less confident than any other sector: Findings from PwC’s Global CEO Survey

June 10, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader; and Sean Hoover, US Metals Leader Metals CEOs are more worried about a host of risks, according to PwC’s 17 Annual Global CEO Survey. Overall, they’re less confident than any other sector. Metals companies are cutting costs and taking it slow on transactions, but many are already […]

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“Made in the USA” is making a comeback: PwC and OFII release 2014 Insourcing Survey for inbound companies

June 5, 2014
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  By Michael Burak, Partner, US and Global Industrial Products Tax Leader Inbound companies are contributing to the “Made in the USA” comeback. PwC and the Organization for International Investment (OFII) recently released the 2014 Insourcing Survey, providing keen insights from more than 100 chief financial officers (CFOs) of inbound companies operating in the United […]

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When it comes to global operating model transformations, what tax challenges should companies expect?

June 3, 2014
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  By Steve Eddy, Global Industrial Products Advisory Leader; and Alex Voloshko, Partner, Value Chain Transformation Understanding the tax-value proposition is essential to operating model transformations, particularly for those companies expanding across geographic borders. Tax authorities in many regions have become more aggressive in scrutinizing, auditing, and disputing tax structures, so companies must deploy a […]

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How can innovation help improve the bottom line? A look at the chemicals industry

May 27, 2014
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  By Robert McCutcheon, US Industrial Products Leader; and A.J. Scamuffa, US Chemicals Leader Innovation can – and should – help improve the bottom line. A solid strategy for innovation is the essential starting point—and more than a third of chemical executives say they don’t yet have a well-defined strategy. That needs to become a […]

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