Aerospace & Defense competitors seeking growth opportunities will be the focus for 2020

January 28, 2020
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By Scott Thompson and Bob Long Aerospace & Defense M&A activity in 2019 was largely impacted by the second quarter of 2019, which included the $52 billion merger of Raytheon and UTC – the A&D industry’s largest transaction in its history. Deal values were largely impacted by this megadeal, but the more telling story of […]

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Industrial manufacturing megadeals will remain prevalent in 2020

January 23, 2020
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By Paul Elie and Bobby Bono Due to high valuations, uncertainty in trade regulations and slowing GDP growth around the world, 2019 was a year in which M&A activity declined and caused certain deal makers to reevaluate their inorganic growth strategies. Following this trend, the first and fourth quarter deal volumes were reflective of some […]

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December housing starts surge to a 13-year high

January 17, 2020
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By Scott Volling December housing starts and permits capped off a resurgent 2019 for the housing market, blowing away expectations with results not seen since 2006. Starts came in at 1,608,000, 16.9% above the consensus 1,375,000 number.  This is the highest level since December of 2006.  Single family starts led the charge again, with 1,055,000, […]

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Operational technology security is the hottest issue in manufacturing – How can we protect it from cyber risks?

November 19, 2019
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By Chad Gray, Harshul Joshi, and Aaron Schamp Industrial companies are immersing themselves in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and increased automation has led to significant efficiency improvements within these organizations. However, this digital transformation shift is also presenting opportunities for the cyber world to take advantage of these companies, especially those that still have – […]

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A tax technology strategy and tax professional upskilling are critical to leveraging emerging technologies

November 12, 2019
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By Chris Kontaridis, Mark Nadel, and Nancy Hsieh What things are critical for tax functions to successfully leverage emerging technologies? PwC and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) recently collaborated on a survey to determine just that. Here are a few of our findings. Tax functions in the manufacturing industry continue to rely […]

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Three steps to building cyber resilience

November 5, 2019
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By Joe Nocera and Aaron Schamp As digital is increasingly integrated into business practices, companies are facing significant vulnerability to cyberattacks. And so they are overhauling strategies to protect themselves from cyber disruptions. How are they doing that? We asked more than 3,500 firms globally about their resilience strategies and the standards they’re aiming for. […]

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A Small Bright Spot in Q3 M&A Activity for the Engineering & Construction Industry

October 25, 2019
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By Colin McIntyre The number of M&A deals for engineering & construction (E&C) companies picked up during the third quarter of 2019, reversing a yearlong trend of quarterly declines and reflecting improving underlying sentiment of the opportunities in the sector. It’s not all rosy though as deal value continued the declining trend the sector has […]

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Scale Transactions will Continue to be the Focus for the Industrial Manufacturing Sector

October 24, 2019
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By Paul Elie and Bobby Bono Macroeconomic factors – the trade war, slow GDP growth and high valuations – continue to affect the M&A environment across the industrial manufacturing industry.  The latest September numbers from the Institute for Supply Management also showcase the struggle the sector is experiencing with the U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers’ index […]

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Adoption of emerging technology can help manufacturing tax functions improve efficiency and productivity

October 7, 2019
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By Chris Kontaridis, Mark Nadel, and Nancy Hsieh The current global economic and tax climate is causing unprecedented change to tax functions in the manufacturing industry. The impact on each tax function will be different, but certain trends, including rapid technological change, are prompting tax functions in manufacturing to reassess their adoption of emerging technologies. […]

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Is 3D printing of metals about to take off?

September 25, 2019
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By Miguel Smart The use of metals for 3D printing (or 3DP, also known as additive manufacturing) has been slow to catch on. Currently, for most applications, metals 3DP is more costly than traditional manufacturing, especially because parts have to be redesigned for the technology. But as the use of 3DP increases, resulting in lower […]

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