PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Manufacturing Barometer from Q2 2014 shows industrial manufacturers are prioritizing the need for skilled labor employees, despite an overall decline in the percentage of manufacturers hiring new talent.  The quarterly business outlook report notes 48% of manufacturers plan new net hiring over the next 12 months, 8 points below Q1 2014, but 6 points about a year ago (42%). Recent research shows more than...
According to The Wall Street Journal’s Experts Series, an exclusive group of industry and academic thought leaders who weigh in on the latest industry debates, three core drivers will enable the expansion of U.S. manufacturing in years to come. Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director at McKinsey & Co., outlines the three primary drivers as the following. 1) the cost of key inputs falling (e.g., the shale gas boom that has reduced the...
New research from KPMG indicates Canadian manufacturers are increasingly moving operations “on-shore” in North America, due to rising energy costs and increased inflation in low-cost jurisdictions like China and India. The “Canadian Manufacturing Outlook 2014” report says Canadian manufacturers will be able to take advantage of this trend because of their proximity to the U.S. and reputation for making higher quality goods. A CBC News...
A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute (HRI) projects a 6.8% growth rate for healthcare spending in 2015, a slight uptick from the 6.5% during 2014.  To compile data for the report, HRI interviewed industry executives, health policy experts, and health plan actuaries; HRI also analyzed results from PwC’s 2014 Touchstone Survey of more than 1,000 employers from 35 industries. Findings from the...
According to a new report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), 3D printing adoption (3DP) is on the rise in the manufacturing industry. The “3D Printing and the New Shape of Industrial Manufacturing” report shows 67% of manufacturers surveyed are currently implementing 3DP either by experimenting with the technology or by using it for prototypes or final products. One in four respondents said they plan to adopt 3DP in some way in the future. ...

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