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  • Manufacturing, sustainability, resource scarcity: PwC global survey and report
    demand And since the relationships between these resources are strong both the causes of and the solutions to scarcity are complex Which for a manufacturing organisation with a global supply chain can spell trouble Minerals and metals scarcity explosive prices delivery delays In Minerals and metals scarcity in manufacturing The ticking time bomb we explore the impact that minerals and metals scarcity is likely to have on seven manufacturing industries We interviewed senior executives in many of the leading organisations that are central to the future growth of these industries to gauge the relevance and effects of this scarcity We found that the supply of many minerals and metals is struggling to keep up with rapid increases in consumption resulting in price hikes and delivery delays For example dysprosium an essential component of super magnets and tantalum an important component in aircraft and medical equipment automotive electronics mobile phones and LCD screens have both experienced explosive price increases in recent years Video Minerals and metals scarcity in manufacturing Malcom Preston Global Sustainability Leader explains the relevance of the report in terms of measuring the impact scarcity has on the entire supply chain On policy makers radar Resource scarcity is becoming a central issue on the policy agenda for many governing bodies The European Union is pushing for resource efficiency and trade policies that favour international open markets In the U S the Dodd Frank Act is forcing companies to become transparent with how they use so called conflict minerals Producing countries are starting to protect their interests with export taxes and trade restrictions for example China has imposed trade barriers for some metals to protect its domestic industries Scarcity of resources is also likely to be a central issue at the Rio 20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/services/sustainability/publications/metal-minerals-scarcity.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Risk consulting: Governance, risk and compliance: PwC
    develop new strategies products and services and implement structural changes to stay competitive factoring in the implications and interdependencies of risk and regulation into decision making can be daunting Even business as usual faces a changing risk environment as the requirements of regulatory and compliance efforts increase What does risk mean to you Is it impeding or enabling Something to avoid or embrace A failure factor or success factor When you make important decisions about the direction of your organisation do your risk conversations look only at the negatives or do they uncover positive impacts and opportunities Your risk mind set can tip the balance between avoiding failure and pursuing success Leaders who have a rigorous foundation for risk based decision making know how to consider risk across their business strategy They are prepared to make dynamic changes as needed across the organisation and throughout their business continuum More than being traditionally resilient companies whose leaders take this approach are prepared to make change work to their advantage They cultivate a long term risk agile culture better positioned to achieve their goals and leave the competition scrambling We can help you Build a risk aware strategy Create agile decision making from strategy through execution Build performance and earnings predictability by managing risk Increase enterprise resilience Manage financial risk Optimise governance risk and compliance Deliver business insight Contact us for more information on how we can help you manage risk to your advantage Consulting Strategy Operations Enable growth Drive profitability Fulfill corporate responsibilities Build agility and resiliency Operate globally Realise deal value Publications Case studies Recent analyst recognitions Strategic supply chain Finance People organisation Customer Customer strategy Customer experience Marketing and sales Service and engagement Pricing and profitability Analytics and simulation Case studies Videos Programme and portfolio management Technology Risk Build

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/services/advisory/consulting/risk.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Global chemicals industry publications
    service Monthly highlights Spotlight The CEO agenda CEO insights blog Careers About PwC Technology careers Employer of choice Our history PwC Professional Employability Aspire to lead PwC s series on leadership and gender equality Country job search Explore careers with Strategy Press room Facts and figures Press contacts Analyst relations Global International PwC Sites Commonly visited PwC sites Global Australia Brazil Canada China Hong Kong France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Publications Chemical compounds Fourth quarter 2015 chemical industry mergers and acquisitions analysis February 08 2016 2015 ends with the December announcement of a 62 1 billion merger between two chemical giants in an otherwise flat year for M A in the Chemicals sector Glimpsing the future s Transformation in the chemicals industry November 16 2015 Peering into the next decade what disruptions could be in store for the global chemicals industry PwC takes a look at how some factors as disparate as heightened consumer demand for eco products 3D printing and natural gas hydraulic fracturing technology could potentially change how chemicals companies do business as disruptions converge on their industry Using innovation to drive sustainable growth in the chemicals industry April 16 2014 This PwC report explains why innovation in the chemicals industry is so important because it helps chemicals companies address their customers challenges and creates competitive advantage The Carbon Disclosure Project CDP September 14 2013 Sector insights what is driving climate change action in the world s largest companies Sourcing and logistics in China Costs processes and strategies of German companies procuring in the Chinese market January 26 2009 PwC carried out a study in collaboration with the BME the German association for materials management

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/industries/chemicals/publications.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Transformation in chemicals industry: Highly disruptive future scenarios for chemicals companies and their customers: PwC
    and beverage construction to automotive which in turn places an onus upon chemicals companies to respond to or better anticipate demand for new materials solutions and applications And just as the baby boomer generation sparked a movement for greener products the millennial generation holds even higher demands and expectations for eco friendly products with over half of millennials globally willing to pay a premium for sustainable products Meanwhile developing economies are moving to mitigate pollution and waste making consumer driven sustainability more of a global societal imperative Technology advancements too such as 3D printing collaborative robots and Industrie 4 0 are opening new possibilities for manufacturers to pursue small batch customized or micro manufacturing These manufacturers are also looking to chemicals producers for new materials that lend themselves to these burgeoning technologies Key uncertainty 2 Feedstock playing fields level out How many of us foresaw ten years ago that shale gas and oil activity in North America would hand local ethylene producers such a strong home court cost advantage over their Asian and European counterparts The US shale gale has resulted in massive cost savings for US manufacturers with the chemicals industry a chief beneficiary 1 Now that natural gas costs in the US are less than half of those in Europe and Close about one quarter of those in Japan much is being planned around the current state of affairs PwC s Strategy estimates US ethane feedstock and ethylene production could rise by 45 through 2025 2 3 4 But what if this natural gas boom were to go bust If for example a balancing of global energy feedstock costs unfolds in the wake of numerous events successful coal to olefins development in China a greater viability of bio based feedstock such as sugarcane in Brazil shale gas and oil being embraced in western Europe and exploited in Asia Pacific for lower cost ethylene production in those regions prolonged period of low oil prices Such a scenario would Close erase or at least erode cost advantages for US based chemicals companies and possibly derail planned expansions in chemical production in the US and the Middle East Thus an altogether different energy landscape takes shape The US and the Middle East lose their energy feedstock cost advantage with light and heavy feedstock prices balancing globally This could come about through a combination of a few unfolding conditions unconventional hydrocarbon drilling technologies could become successfully adopted in regions such as Europe Asia and Latin America petro states notably Russia and Saudi Arabia could alter global supply to depress oil prices causing a pull back from shale oil and gas drilling in North America as a result of it becoming less economically attractive Quite simply the era of large geographical hubs and regional energy feedstock cost advantages ends as the chemicals and energy industries become less inextricably linked The result Regions gain a greater degree of energy feedstock independence and embark to build out domestic chemical manufacturing hubs unencumbered by cost disadvantages

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.com/us/en/industrial-products/publications/chemicals-industry-disruption-converge.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Chemical compounds: Chemical industry merger and acquisition review and outlook: PwC
    the December announcement of a 62 1 billion merger between two chemical giants in an otherwise flat year for M A in the Chemicals sector Explore the data Chemical compounds is PwC s quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition M A activity in the global chemicals industry It provides an overview of the most recent M A results and our expectations for future deal activity Highlights of what this quarter s analysis revealed Dow Chemical Co and EI du Pont de Nemours Co announced a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all stock merger of equals worth 62 1 billion Absent this transaction total deal value in the Chemicals sector remained relatively flat with a slight decline of 1 3 in 2015 Amid weak revenue growth an effort to achieve operational efficiency competitive advantage and geographic and customer base expansion emerged as primary motivations for consolidation in 2015 Shareholder activism continues to play a role as well as investors seek to rightsize portfolios with the divestiture of non core and underperforming businesses While declining commodity prices and a strengthening dollar remain a key concern for US chemical producers in 2015 some companies focused on business optimization and portfolio changes while others remained focused on high growth businesses Oil prices continue to remain low on a historic basis which can help offset margin pressure in many chemical segments As a result of this lower feedstock cost environment additional funds are expected to free up for continued M A activity in some of these segments Download the analysis to review all the key trends from 4Q15 Launch the data explorer on this page for a deeper dive into the data Explore the data Use the options below to explore the deal data from the last two years Criteria

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.com/us/en/industrial-products/publications/chemical-compounds.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Chemical industry opportunities for foreign companies in China: PwC
    Governance PwC s Investor Resource Institute Point of view View CFOdirect About us Alumni Alliances Awards Corporate responsibility Diversity Our global site Press room Video library Careers PwC Open University United States International PwC Sites Commonly visited PwC sites Global Australia Brazil Canada China Hong Kong France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites New Opportunities in China for the Chemicals Industry What Foreign Investors Need to Know November 2011 At a glance Market demand in China is shifting from chemical commodities to specialty chemicals creating new market opportunities for multinational corporations Chemical companies can take advantage of new business opportunities from the rising demand for specialty chemicals in China Download New Opportunities in China for the Chemicals Industry What Foreign Investors Need to Know Create custom report Download chart pack Download the iBook for your iPad Market demand in China is shifting from chemical commodities to specialty chemicals creating new market opportunities for multinational corporations How is your company positioned to benefit The report reviews the shift in demand China s changing investment landscape and implications for companies interested in expansion PwC offers insight into how companies can successfully adapt to the new landscape and benefit from rising demand for specialty chemicals Industrial Products Aerospace and defense Business professional services Chemicals Engineering construction Forest paper packaging Industrial manufacturing Metals Transportation logistics Airlines and airports Industrial insights blog Industry issues Manufacturing resurgence Navigating tax Supply Chain Industrial Products publications Industrial Products leadership Connect with us and our ideas everyday Download the award winning 365 business app on both iPad and iPhone today Contacts Tracey Stover Tracey Stover US Industrial Products assurance leader US Industrial Products assurance leader Tel 1 720

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.com/us/en/industrial-products/publications/china-chemical-industry-opportunities.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Shale gas potential for manufacturing job creation in the United States: PwC
    sites Global Australia Brazil Canada China Hong Kong France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Shale gas A renaissance in US manufacturing February 2012 At a glance Shale gas is a viable alternative energy source that has drawn large investment and discussion as the United States pursues a cleaner and more sustainable energy mix This report from PwC explores the potential benefits and limiting factors for shale gas production such as a possible increase of 1 million manufacturing jobs by 2025 and lower feedstock and energy costs Download Shale gas A renaissance in US manufacturing Create custom report Download chart pack Download the iBook for your iPad During the last couple of years increased commercialization of alternative energy has ushered in mounting debate on the impact or lack of impact that the deployment of new energy sources has on US job creation Shale gas is one such alternative energy source that has drawn momentous investment and discussion as the country pursues a cleaner and more sustainable energy mix In Shale Gas a renaissance in US manufacturing We explore the potential benefits and the potential limiting factors for shale gas Key findings based on high recovery of shale gas and low prices of natural gas are US manufacturing companies could employ approximately one million more workers by 2025 Lower feedstock and energy cost could help US manufacturers reduce natural gas expenses by as much as 11 6 billion annually through 2025 Shale gas related reading Shale Gas Still a boon to US manufacturing Shale energy A potential game changer Shale Gas New conventions for unconventional development for the engineering and construction industry Shale gas Reshaping the US chemicals industry Industrial

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  • Michael W. Burak
    Our leadership team Code of conduct Corporate responsibility Network governance Our contribution to the debate Genesis Park Diversity and inclusion Analyst relations Alumni Member firms worldwide Live events and discussions Strategy Research insights View featured Browse by issue Browse by industry Browse by service Monthly highlights Spotlight The CEO agenda CEO insights blog Careers About PwC Technology careers Employer of choice Our history PwC Professional Employability Aspire to lead PwC s series on leadership and gender equality Country job search Explore careers with Strategy Press room Facts and figures Press contacts Analyst relations Global International PwC Sites Commonly visited PwC sites Global Australia Brazil Canada China Hong Kong France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Michael W Burak Global US Tax leader Chemicals Summary Michael is a tax partner in the industrial products services tax practice of PwC for the Metropolitan New York region based out of Florham Park New Jersey Michael serves as the firm s global industrial products services tax leader and global chemical industry tax leader Michael has more than twenty years of experience teaming with client tax professionals to tackle complex global tax challenges effectively manage risk minimize their global effective tax rates and maximize cash During his career Michael has provided key solutions to chemical and industrial clients based upon his strong understanding and knowledge of client business and industry challenges Several areas in which Michael has helped to deliver and provide solutions include FAS109 IAS 12 income tax accounting Sarbanes Oxley 404 income tax accounting controls environmental remediation and insurance recovery planning international tax restructuring federal tax legislative matters and state and local corporate income tax minimization Michael is a Certified Public Accountant

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