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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.

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.

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.

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.

2013 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.

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.

Off the radar: Managing through inflation
While inflation is not a serious threat right now, it's invariably part of the boom and bust cycle of our economy. PwC looked at three potential scenarios that could trigger inflation and the possible effects they could have on industrial products companies.

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.

Assessing tax: 2013 tax rate benchmarking for transportation and logistics companies
PwC is pleased to release its 2013 Assessing tax benchmarking study for transportation and logistics (T&L) companies with valuable data and insight into the tax function for more than 50 transportation & logistics companies.

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.

Assessing tax: 2013 tax rate benchmarking for engineering and construction companies
Tax rate benchmarking can give company executives valuable data and insight into their tax functions, helping them to evaluate departmental strategy and performance. This study provides a detailed analysis of tax rate metrics for 53 Engineering & Construction companies to highlight related trends for the industry.

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.

Lease accounting: Transformational change
Proposed lease accounting changes will impact industrial manufacturing company financial and performance metrics such as EBITDA, net income, and cash flows from operations. Creating a catalog of all leasing arrangements will be help in evaluating the impact of the new standard.

Assessing tax: 2013 tax rate benchmarking study for industrial products and automotive sectors
Tax rate benchmarking can give company executives valuable data and insight into their tax functions. PwC's report Assessing tax, a benchmarking study for industrial products and automotive sectors, analyzes tax rate metrics for 316 companies, highlighting general trends and details by industry sector.

Aerospace & defense 2012 year in review and 2013 forecast
PwC's annual review and analysis of how aerospace and defense companies performed in 2012, and a look at the challenges and opportunities they will face in the years ahead.

Industrial manufacturing 2013: Business issues and strategies for industrial manufacturing companies
Industrial manufacturers are focusing on simplification and business transformation. This briefing reviews areas of focus, challenges, and business strategic initiatives for the industrial manufacturing sector in the coming year.

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.

Industrial Products sector 2012 SEC comment letter trends
PwC has issued a summary document of comment letter trends and considerations for year-end financial reporting for industrial products and services companies. Areas reviewed include management discussion and analysis, goodwill impairment, revenue recognition, and much more.

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.

Building confidence: Subject matter specialists in government contracting enhance quality and reduce risk
Engineering and construction companies may find opportunities in purchasing contracts from federal, state or local governments. To achieve success in contracting with governments, companies must comply with regulations. Using construction subject matter professionals in government contracting can help to create a successful outcome to contracting with governments.

Engineering & Construction Accounting: The application of revenue recognition models in the engineering and construction industry
Engineering and construction companies have alternatives when applying construction contract standards, including a method to calculate percentage of completion (input or output methods) or recognizing revenue, costs of revenue and gross profit (Revenue or Gross Profit method).

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.

Under construction: Current financial reporting issues impacting the Engineering & Construction industry
An exposure draft released by the FASB and IASB proposes a reporting model that will have a significant impact on current revenue recognition under both US GAAP and IFRS, especially in several areas key to the E&C industry such as transfer of control, identification of performance obligations, determining the transaction price, accounting for warranties, and transition, among others.

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 year in review and 2011 forecast
The A&D year in review and 2011 forecast analyzes the path the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry took through the recent global recession and dares an outlook at this year's performance.

Examining IFRS for the airline, railroad, shipping and trucking industries
If US businesses are to succeed in the transition from US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), company executives should be thoughtful and measured in their approach. PwC's experience shows the transition can be complex for companies of all sizes, both domestic and international, and throughout business operations. To help provide insight, PwC is pleased to share with you four news reports that examine the impact and opportunities relating to IFRS for the airline, railroad, shipping and trucking industries.

Forging solutions: Examining international financial reporting standards for the US metals industry.
The United States is about to adopt a new accounting language. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) will soon replace US generally accepted accounting principles (US GAAP), and global and domestic companies are now preparing for this significant implementation. Our experience shows the transition can be quite complex for metals companies, extending beyond finance and accounting functions to involve human resources, investor relations, business development, tax, treasury, and information technology.

To help provide insight on the impact and opportunities relating to IFRS, PwC is pleased to share with you a new report, Forging solutions: Examining international financial reporting standards for the US metals industry.

Building toward the future: FASB/IASB revenue recognition exposure draft
This PwC white paper discusses the significant impact that the provisions of the proposed new revenue recognition model may have on engineering and construction companies, and includes practical examples on how the model will apply to situations that are common across the industry.

A&D insights: Accelerating global growth
Within the A&D industry, companies see globalization and its direct impact as the major driver of change in the industry, both now and in the coming decades. Similarly, they recognize that globalization will bring new competitors and new complexities in managing their businesses.

PwC interviewed 15 executives from leading A&D companies and organizations from around the world. The objective was to learn, first hand, more about the benefits and challenges of expanding into new international markets and the investments and decisions companies are making to overcome those challenges. This publication is the PwC's first edition of a new annual thought leadership report that is developed in collaboration with our clients through an interview process.

Navigating the move to IFRS for the US forest, paper and packaging industry
International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) will likely be adopted in the US in the near future. This is a change that will impact global and domestic companies alike and will see the elimination of US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP) for public companies.

This paper discusses the impact on the forest, paper and packaging (FPP) industry. Adoption may be a smooth transition for some companies, but our experience shows it's likely to be complex for most. A successful transition to IFRS extends far beyond finance and accounting functions, involving departments such as human resources, investor relations, business development, tax, treasury and information technology (IT).

Distilling IFRS for the chemicals industry
International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) will likely be adopted in the US in the near future. This is a change that will impact global and domestic companies alike and will see the elimination of US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP) for public companies.

This paper discusses the impact on the chemicals industry. Adoption may be a smooth transition for some companies, but our experience shows it's likely to be complex for most. A successful transition to IFRS extends far beyond finance and accounting functions, involving departments such as human resources, investor relations, business development, tax, treasury and information technology (IT).

How to fortify your supply chain through collaborative risk management
This PwC white paper represents new analysis on how aerospace and defense companies can work with their global partners to effectively and collaboratively manage supply chain risks. Insight was gained through various interviews with senior management in the aerospace and defense industry, as well as with cross-industry thought leaders. Findings were also based on in-house research on multi-tiered contractors’ financial performance, inventory turnover, and employee growth.

What new accounting standards will mean for the aerospace and defense industry
To keep pace with them, companies need to start preparing now. Due to the specialized nature of US GAAP guidance for A&D companies, there may be complex considerations in successfully implementing converged standards and ultimately transitioning to IFRS.