Metals Industry Nearly Doubles M&A Value in 2018 Despite Decrease in Number of Deals

January 24, 2019
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By Mike Tomera and Brian Kelly 2018 was a rollercoaster year for M&A activity in the metals industry. We saw the return of megadeals, which were absent in 2017, play a major role in the spikes and dips of deal value on a quarterly basis. Overall, their return helped nearly double total deal value from […]

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Which A&D company is a high leverage innovator?

January 8, 2019
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By Barry Jaruzelski and Brad Goehle Certain companies consistently outperform their competitors. How do they do this? In our 2018 Global Innovation 1000 study, which includes the 1,000 publicly-held companies that spent the most on research and development, we looked at R&D spending trends and financial results over the last 15 years. We found a […]

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Housing starts increase in November

December 18, 2018
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By Scott Volling Housing starts for November came in slightly ahead of expectations at 1,256,000 units compared to a consensus number of 1,225,000.  Permits also fared well relative to expectations, coming in at 1,328,000, 5.8% above the consensus number of 1,255,000.  On a year over year basis, starts fell 3.6% against a strong November 2017 […]

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Where are you on the D&I maturity curve?

December 17, 2018
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By John Karren and Carolyn Lee Diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs have been advancing for decades. Some companies boast sophisticated, comprehensive programs, but others might be relatively new to these endeavors—and may not know how they can improve. Thanks to new research conducted by PwC and supported by The Manufacturing Institute, we can help you […]

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Innovation is a key differentiator among auto companies

December 5, 2018
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By Barry Jaruzelski and Akshay Singh Certain companies consistently outperform their competitors. How do they do this? In our 2018 Global Innovation 1000 study, which includes the 1,000 publicly held companies that spent the most on research and development, we looked at R&D spending trends and financial results over the last 15 years. We found […]

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What makes an industrial company stand above its peers?

November 28, 2018
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By Barry Jaruzelski and Robert Chwalik Certain companies consistently outperform their competitors. How do they do this? In our 2018 Global Innovation 1000 study, which includes the 1,000 publicly held companies that spent the most on research and development, we looked at R&D spending trends and financial results over the last 15 years. We found […]

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Slight increase in October housing starts

November 20, 2018
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By Scott Volling Housing starts for October came in 3.2% below expectations at 1,228,000, a 2.9% drop from October of last year.  While starts increased slightly from September’s revised number of 1,210,000 the gains were driven by the multi-family segment’s 6.2% month-over-month gain to 343,000.  Isolating the important single family segment shows a decrease of […]

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Are you ready for the smart manufacturing revolution?

November 6, 2018
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By Todd Benigni and Juliane Stephan With digital technology reaching an inflection point, manufacturers have a critical choice to make. They can continue to digitize individual factory functions, making them more efficient, or begin to integrate digital capabilities across the factory. The digital factory, which integrates all functions, internal and external, is a horse of […]

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The USMCA: What does it mean for US industrials?

November 1, 2018
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By Rajiv Jetli and Sebastian de Meel United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the revised 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), carries short- and long-term implications for US companies across many sectors, yet its provisions are likely to impact the industrial manufacturing sector most broadly. In its essence, the agreement preserves the tariff-free access for most […]

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Talking Tax rewind: Tax and trade policy, GILTI regs, and toll charge updates

October 30, 2018
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By John Livingstone I recently hosted our quarterly ‘Talking Tax’ webcast, continuing with this popular series. We covered a number of relevant topics, including US tax and trade policy developments, proposed global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) regulations, and recent toll charge developments. Impact of midterms on US tax policy Scott McCandless, a principal in our […]

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