Easing Congestion Will Require an Ecosystem Approach

May 9, 2019
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By Ray Telang Congestion is an ever-present challenge for cities around the world. In some ways, thriving urban areas are victims of their own success. They tend to offer greater access to jobs, housing, education and culture, attracting people seeking opportunities for a better life. In the United States, cities and the suburbs that surround […]

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What are industrial manufacturing CEOs doing in this tough external environment? They are looking inward

May 7, 2019
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By Bobby Bono and Barry Jaruzelski The industrial manufacturing sector is facing several significant challenges: trade wars, political instability, and a slowdown in economic growth. Deal activity in the first quarter for industrial manufacturers fell to its lowest level in more than four years and many economists are predicting slower growth ahead. It’s no wonder […]

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Chemicals M&A Update: Consolidation in Specialty Chemicals Space Driving up Trading Multiples

April 30, 2019
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By Craig Kocak Chemicals M&A activity during the first quarter saw the highest total deal value compared to other industrial products industries. This was in large part driven by the announcement of Saudi Aramco’s acquisition of a majority stake in SABIC for $69 billion. This one deal accounted for 80% of chemical deal value in […]

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Industrial Manufacturing Deal Activity Falls to Lowest Level in over Four Years

April 25, 2019
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By Paul Elie Deal activity in the first quarter for industrial manufacturing companies fell to its lowest level in more than four years. The pullback is attributed to global economic uncertainty which has companies reevaluating the strategic fit of acquisitions. This is due in large part to trade wars and growth slowdowns in the U.S., […]

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A&D’s workforce: closing the gap on diversity and inclusion

April 23, 2019
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By Robert Ginzel, John Karren and Cristina Fasano CEOs in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) sector know they need to keep forging ahead with their diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives. Yet, the percentage of women in the A&D workforce has been stuck at around 24 percent since 2014 (with a slight dip in 2016). The […]

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Will blockchain change the aerospace industry?

April 17, 2019
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By Scott Thompson and Rachel Parker Sealy The complexity of modern aircraft can be staggering. A typical single-aisle commercial jet is made up of several hundred thousand parts while a superjumbo can contain one million or more. With 40,000 commercial aircraft projected to enter service over the next 20 years, the total number of components […]

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The USMCA: Industrials’ First Step — Taking a Close Look at Materials

March 26, 2019
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By Rajiv Jetli and Kevin Smith The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has potentially far-reaching implications for industrial companies. Assuming the pact, a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), is ratified by all three countries’ legislatures next year, its provisions won’t be fully enforceable until 2023. Four years may seem like a long […]

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Can we really measure diversity and inclusion?

March 19, 2019
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By Jeff Sorensen and Carolyn Lee When assessing diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs, you have to figure out where you are before you can decide where you want to go. This means measuring the progress of D&I policies in all facets of an organization: employee recruitment, hiring, retention, promotions, leadership involvement and even exits. Only […]

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Manufacturers: Can blockchain fix your pain points?

March 5, 2019
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By Jeff Sorensen Interest in the transformative potential of blockchain has never been greater. Though the highest-profile uses for the technology so far have been in the financial services sector, executives across industries and around the world are asking themselves whether it can make a difference for their businesses. Indeed, when we surveyed 600 executives […]

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Decline in December housing starts

February 26, 2019
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By Scott Volling After an almost 6-week delay as a result of the government shutdown, December housing starts were released today.  Originally planned for release on January 17th, December starts came in at 1,078,000, almost 11% below December 2017 levels and almost 14% below the consensus number of 1,250,000.  Permits fared better at 1,326,000 for […]

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