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Assessing tax: 2016
An examination of effective tax rates can provide insight into key industry trends and help you evaluate departmental strategy and performance. Learn more about the 290 companies represented in our analysis.

Aerospace & Defense 2015 year in review and 2016 forecast
PwC's annual review and analysis of how Aerospace & Defense companies performed in the past year, and a look at the challenges and opportunities they face in the years ahead.

Quarterly updates of industrial products merger and acquisition activity
Each quarter we provide an analysis of global merger and acquisition activity in the aerospace & defense, chemicals, engineering & construction, metals, transportation & logistics, and industrial manufacturing industries. Each edition includes a review of overall deal activity for the quarter and year-to-date and a summary of large deals.

Aviation Perspectives: Volume 4.2
In our 2016 edition of Aviation Perspectives, we continue analyzing cybersecurity in the airline industry. This second volume of our special cybersecurity mini-series addresses the topic of prevention. What are the challenges and considerations?

Manufacturing Barometer
Manufacturing Barometer is a quarterly survey of executives in large, multinational industrial manufacturing businesses that captures participants' assessments US and world economies and their company's expectations in revenue growth, margins, inventory, costs investment plans, and mergers and acquisitions.

2015 Global Airline CEO Survey: Getting clear of the clouds
Airline CEOs are optimistic about the growth of their own airlines and the industry as a whole, but they are skiddish about reinvesting and making significant changes.

SEC comment letter trends for the industrial products industry
SEC comment letter trends for Industrial Products companies is an analysis of SEC staff comments to help executives understand key trends that are relevant to companies in the Industrial Products sector.

Glimpsing the future(s): Transformation in the chemicals industry
Peering into the next decade, what disruptions could be in store for the global chemicals industry? PwC takes a look at the potential impact on how chemicals companies do business as disruptions converge on their industry.

Inventory performance today: Why is it declining?
We don’t live in a world with perfect information, so how effective are advanced information management solutions at further reducing inventory?

What's driving the commercial agenda for global manufacturers?
Manufacturers need to re-evaluate how they market, sell, and price solutions for global customers while empowering their own commercial teams to deliver these new strategies via new people, processes, and technology.

Tailwinds 2015: Managing the challenges of rapid airline industry growth
Analyze key metrics in the global airline industry and forward-looking perspectives on emerging industry trends. Our latest report also considers how airlines are managing growth in the rapidly expanding aviation industry.

Fuel price volatility: How are airlines responding to the challenge?
In the wake of an extended period of financial challenges, airlines stand to gain significant benefits from unexpected periods of reduced fuel prices, which in the short term have resulted in increased profits. How are airlines responding? And what are the long-term implications?

Investing in transportation: the role of value for money (VfM) analysis
PwC insights on the role of Value for Money (VfM) analysis and how it can help articulate the value of public-private partnerships (P3s) for delivering infrastructure projects in the US.

2015 Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness Rankings
The analysis looks at how countries and states in the US compare in terms of their attractiveness as locations for commercial aircraft manufacturing.

The Internet of Things: what it means for US manufacturing
Manufacturers are leveraging big data, generated from thousands of new connected devices, to inform business decisions and streamline processes in ways that were never before possible.

The future of frequent flyer programs: Will you win or lose?
What flying behaviors and which factors -- carrier type flown, the number of legs flown, fare paid, and distance traveled -- more likely result in passenger gains and losses? Our latest report includes an impact analysis of the new frequent flyer programs for different passenger segments, along with an outlook on where these programs are headed.

Shale Gas: Still a boon to US manufacturing?
US shale gas development continues to mature rapidly. Its momentous growth is not only altering the country’s energy mix, and impacting global energy markets. It’s also giving US manufacturing a boost through significant cost savings and job creation, according to a PwC analysis.

The new hire: How a new generation of robots is transforming manufacturing
Robotics is already showing its potential to change America’s factory floor, however as manufacturers benefit from adding robots to their lines, they also face challenges of the new era of robot-human collaboration.

Successful Capital Projects: The integrated Risk Framework
Large-scale and mega-projects are more closely scrutinized today than ever before. To rein in costs and chart a path to success, leading companies are employing sound methodologies that guide decision making from project start to finish.

In depth: Revenue standard is final – A comprehensive look at the new model
The FASB and IASB have issued their long-awaited converged standard on revenue recognition -- how will you be affected? Accompanying this In depth are industry-specific supplements with examples and further insights into ways entities within the industry are likely to be affected by the revenue standard.

Aviation Perspectives: The impact of mega-mergers - a new foundation for the US airline industry
What impact do commercial airline mega-mergers have on fares, operations, and the customer experience? Our latest report includes analyses of operational improvements, fares, and the customer experience, with a discussion of the implications of mega-mergers on the future of the airline industry.

FASB-IASB revenue recognition convergence: Engineering & construction industry supplement
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued a converged standard on revenue recognition. This supplement highlights some of the areas that could create the most significant challenges for engineering and construction entities as they transition to the new standard.

Assessing tax: 2014 tax rate benchmarking study for industrial products and automotive sectors
PwC’s annual issue of Assessing Tax provides a detailed analysis of tax rate metrics for 324 companies and highlights tax trends for aerospace and defense, automotive, chemicals, engineering and construction, industrial manufacturing and metals, and transportation and logistics companies. This issue includes a special report on the surge in international tax controversy.

Using innovation to drive sustainable growth in the chemicals industry
Chemical company executives who responded to a PwC survey on innovation and growth said that innovation is an important part of their company culture, but less than two thirds said that they have a clearly defined innovation strategy.

Gaining Altitude with PwC Issue 9 – Twelve considerations for suppliers to profitably produce sensitive mission program products with asymmetrical demand manufacturers
Sensitive mission programs require customized defense technologies to support time-sensitive mission needs, pressuring the industry to remain profitable on small product runs. Aerospace and defense companies should identify opportunities that meet sensitive mission program requirements with symmetrical and atypical demand.

Rethinking innovation in industrial manufacturing: Are you up for the challenge?
What impact does innovation have on for industrial manufacturing company growth? How are leading companies making innovation work for their organizations? PwC surveyed 249 industrial manufacturing companies across 20 countries to provide insights into these questions.

Aviation Perspectives: The impact of mega-mergers - a new foundation for the US airline industry
What impact do commercial airline mega-mergers have on fares, operations, and the customer experience? Our latest report includes analyses of operational improvements, fares, and the customer experience, with a discussion of the implications of mega-mergers on the future of the airline industry.

Aviation perspectives: Airline mega-merger impact on the US domestic airline industry
PwC analyzed average US domestic airfares in 2005 to compare how they have changed in relation to labor costs and fuel costs to measure the impact of these economic indicators against an airline company's financial performance.

Shale Gas: New conventions for unconventional development for the engineering and construction industry - Part 2
This second publication of our 3-part series shows how engineering & construction companies can align operating expenses, capital investment, and resources across development and production for greater returns in shale well development.

Aviation’s second golden age: Can the US aircraft industry maintain leadership?
The US commercial aircraft industry is at a crossroads. While it sees spiking demand for its aircraft, it also grapples with issues that need to resolved to ensure its spot as a global leader, including meet talent needs, unleashing a new wave of innovation and establishing a wider global footprint.

Strategic inventory management: The systematic approach to managing inventory
Many companies have improved manufacturing efficiency via Lean techniques, but they struggle with excessive inventory, insufficient inventory of critical parts, and unreliable supply chains. PwC offers a systematic approach to identify and solve inventory issues.

Shale energy: A potential game-changer - Implications for the US transportation & logistics industry
Transportation and logistics (T&L) companies in the US are being impacted by the shale energy revolution. The T&L industry is essential to the movement of people and equipment to the shale fields, and the transportation of shale oil and gas from the fields to processing plants. This paper highlights the implications of shale energy for different segments of the T&L industry.

Experience Radar: Lessons learned from the Airline industry
Airline customers have raised their expectations around seating packages, staff interactions, priority treatment, requiring airlines to think more like retailers and less like a mode of transportation amid rising operating costs. PwC’s Experience Radar can help point the way to value–and profits–by uniquely identifying ways to better serve the ever-changing demands of air passengers.

Shale Gas: New conventions for unconventional development for the engineering and construction industry - Part 1
To support the demand for shale gas production, oil and gas companies are developing thousands of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing well sites, posing a challenge to existing business models. Engineering and construction and oil and gas companies are reviewing the value chain to find new ways to meet the demand.

Tax technology: Creating a strategic asset
How do manufacturing companies use technology in their tax functions? PwC and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) surveyed more than 100 companies to uncover leading practices and challenges in applying technology to the tax function.

Advancing aviation: 2013 global MRO supply chain benchmarking study
How have airlines reduced maintenance costs while delivering higher levels of service? Where do the gaps exist in their MRO supply chains? PwC's 2013 global MRO supply chain benchmarking study provides insights into these questions and more.

Transformational change: Considering the impact of the proposed new lease accounting guidance on lessees in the rail industry
This spotlight paper considers the impact of the proposed new lease accounting guidance on lessees in the rail industry.

Tailwinds: Airline industry trends - inaugural edition
PwC is pleased to introduce Tailwinds, a new publication for airline industry executives and stakeholders. Each edition provides an overview of the state of the US airline industry, and highlights a key trend or challenge facing the industry. This edition's special topic reviews the economics of running and maintaining 50-seat regional jets, and the impending pilot shortage.

Aviation perspectives: Airline mega-merger impact on the US domestic airline industry
PwC analyzed average US domestic airfares in 2005 to compare how they have changed in relation to labor costs and fuel costs to measure the impact of these economic indicators against an airline company's financial performance.

Shale gas: Reshaping the US chemicals industry
Advances in horizontal drilling and fractionation of shale gas basins in North America are altering the chemicals industry value chain. In this analysis, we examine the immediate and longer term effects on the chemicals industry.

Successful capital projects: How to become a player in the P3 market
More P3s will mean greater opportunities for US engineering and construction firms. Now is the time for US E&C firms get into this competitive game, but it’s worth learning the ropes before trying to take a leading role. Before deciding to try a P3, construction firms must determine their risk tolerance and carefully evaluate the risks and rewards of specific projects.

A homecoming for US manufacturing? Why a resurgence in US manufacturing may be the next big bet
The manufacturing sector in the US is rebounding. Factors that could impact reshoring decisions include labor, materials, transportation/energy costs, market demand, the availability of talent and capital, tax rates, and currency fluctuations.

Shale gas: A renaissance in US manufacturing?
A PwC analysis finds that full-scale and robust shale gas development through 2025 could yield a number of potential benefits for the industrial manufacturing, chemicals, and metals industries.

Hard commodities: Metals volatility
Metal industry executive interviews reveal that metals companies need to go beyond a solid hedging strategy and develop an agile risk assessment methodology to capitalize on emerging opportunities.

Constructing change: A standard-setting roadmap
PwC has compiled a roadmap to assist engineering & construction companies with FASB/IASB projects that are intended to improve financial reporting information for investors

New opportunities in China for the chemicals industry: What foreign investors need to know
Market demand in China is shifting from chemical commodities to specialty chemicals. Multinational chemical companies can take advantage of new business opportunities from the rising demand for specialty chemicals in China.

Aerospace Top 100 – Rebound to growth
The 14th annual edition of the Top 100, ranking Aerospace companies globally according to their financial results--as analysed by PwC. The report finds that 2010 was a year of buoyant rebound for Aerospace with industry revenue growth of 2% and profits up 16%.

Achieving excellence in production and supply
This is the latest installment in our "Manufacturing Excellence" series that identifies how the manufacturing sector can position itself for long term success by identifying and preventing supply chain risk, linking demand planning with the value chain, making customer and supplier collaboration real, and more.

Export control reforms: How will Aerospace & Defense operating in the global economy be impacted?
The Obama administration has called for a restructuring of the export control system that will impact aerospace and defense companies' compliance organizations and operations. A more transparent export control system could increase a company's ability to win work.

Customer collaboration designs excellence: How manufacturing companies are collaborating with customers to build relationships and revenue
Manufacturing companies are reaching across the supply chain to understand how consumers of their products impact their decision-making, which enable them to improve their own products and cut costs.

Spares forecasting: A commercial aviation perspective on value chain maturity and best practices
Commercial airlines and aerospace and defense companies need to develop usable demand forecast information to make the most of their inventory and manufacturing operations while accounting for predictable and unexpected maintenance. The information flow recommendations presented in this survey can be applied to reducing lead times on aircraft parts and turnaround times, spares reduction, and defining future demand for repairs and spares.

Aerospace & Defense maintenance, repair, and overhaul: revenue recognition and related issues
This PwC publication explores some of the challenges in financial reporting for MRO arrangements.

Aerospace & Defense 2014 year in review and 2015 forecast
The aerospace and defense industry delivers a fifth consecutive year of record revenues and profits, and another record year of deliveries and backlog for commercial aerospace.