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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Deal trends in industrial products: What’s ahead in M&A?

April 21, 2017
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By Robert McCutcheon When looking at M&A trends over the first three months of the year, it’s clear that deals remain a key ingredient to corporate growth strategies. Industrial products companies engaged in 221 deals across the subsectors, including aerospace and defense, chemicals, engineering and construction, industrial manufacturing and metals. While activity was down from last quarter, […]

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Are metals companies keeping up with their customers’ digital needs?

April 11, 2017
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By Mike Tomera In our survey of 157 senior executives in 26 countries, they say they are investing about 4% of annual revenue, about one percentage point below other sectors. A little less than a third, 31%, say they’ve reached an advanced level of digitization and 62% think they’ll be there in five years. As […]

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Connected cars: Where are we headed?

April 4, 2017
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By Evan Hirsh The appeal of technology innovation as applied to personal vehicles is not difficult to understand. The American Automobile Association’s Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that, on average, American drivers spend more than 17,600 minutes (the equivalent of 12 days) behind the wheel each year. Global estimates for how many cars are on […]

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Will our transportation infrastructure hinder or support economic growth?

March 23, 2017
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By Mark Lustig, Principal, PwC The American chemical industry is at a major crossroads. Thanks in large part to shale-based feedstocks, capital spending in chemical production is expected to reach an all-time high and significant new capacity is coming on line. This is really good news for our economy as a whole. But the industry […]

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An infrastructure stimulus: A shot in the arm for US industrials?

March 21, 2017
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By Bob McCutcheon and Mike Sobolewski It’s been a long time (maybe since Eisenhower?) that infrastructure has grabbed headlines. President Donald Trump has made infrastructure investment a front-and-center priority as a jobs creator and an economic stimulus. In his February address to Congress, the President highlighted his commitment of a $1 trillion infrastructure investment, ‘financed […]

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US manufacturers view tax reform with growing optimism

March 14, 2017
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By John Livingstone, John Ranke and Rajiv Jetli When US manufacturing companies hold their earnings calls these days, the issue of tax reform inevitably comes up. It would be hard to find an industrial products CEO who was not enthusiastic about the prospect of a lower headline tax rate. Many of the CEOs also express […]

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Is your board prepared for disruption?

March 9, 2017
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By Bob McCutcheon and Tom Waller Industrial products (IP) companies are facing tremendous challenges: massive shifts in global economic power and demographics, accelerating urbanization, climate change, resource scarcity, political uncertainty, and technological disruption. Companies and boards are responding by moving ahead with digitizing their traditional products, adopting new business models, and tapping into emerging technology […]

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Filling the vacuum: The threat of new space

March 2, 2017
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By Randy Starr and Eric Brown The space sector has entered a renaissance period, ripe with growth, new ideas, new players…and disruption. But a rising tide rarely raises all ships, so we are likely to see a mixture of winners and losers over the next several years. Macro-level signposts suggest that the space industry will […]

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