Manufacturing Trends: IndustryWeek/PwC Webinar Series

An IndustryWeek-hosted webinar series, in partnership with PwC, sponsored by Epicor

    Date & Time

  • Thu, September 7, 2:00pm EDT
  • 4 Sessions of 1 hour each

    Event Type

  • Live Webinar


  • Free


September 7: PwC's Strategy& 2017 Industry Perspectives: Industrial Manufacturing Trends

Our annual collection of industry perspectives addresses major trends, challenges, and opportunities for companies to consider in 2017 and beyond. Our experts developed their views from industry discussions, observations of shifting market dynamics, and skilled analysis of data in the sectors that Strategy& serves.


On Demand Sessions

Originally aired January 26: 2016 Global Data and Analytics Survey: Big Decisions

Findings from the 2016 PwC Data and Analytics Survey, in collaboration with Forbes, were released at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions in Davos. More than 2,100 executives shared their next Big Decisions and how decision-making needs to improve by 2020.

With insights from across 15 industries, including a large majority of executives from the Industrials Sector, the survey suggests:

  • There are several Big Decisions facing executives; the top three are:  1) Launching new products and services (31%); 2) Entering new markets (17%); 3) Investing in IT (15%).
  • Highly data-driven companies are ready to compete. Companies are looking to grow in new markets and a large percentage (48%) describe themselves as data-driven.
  • Executives have ambition to improve decision turn-time and sophistication. Executives want decision-making to be faster, especially in banking, insurance and healthcare. They also acknowledge there is even more work to be done to improve the sophistication of these decisions.
  • Companies are beginning to understand the power of forward-looking predictive and prescriptive analytics.  However there are still a surprisingly low number of organizations that have predictive analytics available to leverage, with only 29% of decision-makers stating they have these capabilities.
  • A significant role for machines is emerging. We’re at an inflection point where artificial intelligence can help business make better and faster decisions. It requires an open mind- and a willingness to collaborate—to take advantage of it.

Join PwC Leaders as they discuss these findings and what companies need to do to be faster and more sophisticated when it comes to decision-making, while seeking the right mix of mind and machine to leverage data, understand risk, and gain a competitive edge.

Originally aired February 23: Industry 4.0: Building the Digital Enterprise

PwC’s 2016 Global Industry 4.0 Survey is the biggest worldwide survey of its kind, with over 2,000 participants from nine major industrial sectors and 26 countries. The study explores the benefits of digitizing your company’s horizontal and vertical value chain, as well as building your digital product & service portfolio.

Join PwC Partners as they discuss Industry 4.0 and the effects to the Industrial Manufacturing Sector.

Behind the scenes of the world’s leading industrial products companies, a profound digital transformation is now underway. The industrial manufacturing sector is no exception. Companies are digitizing essential functions within their internal vertical value chain, as well as with their horizontal partners along the supply chain. In addition, they are enhancing their product portfolio with digital functionalities and introducing innovative, data-based services.

  • Industrial manufacturing companies plan to invest 5% of annual revenue in digital operations solutions over the next five years. And they are setting themselves ambitious targets for the level of digitization and integration that can be achieved.
  • Many companies are already producing machines to deliver on the vision of the connected factory, using the power of the internet to link machines, sensors, computers, and humans in order to enable new levels of information monitoring, collection, processing, and analysis. This is adding to the products and services that companies can offer their customers, helping them work in collaborative ways in the design of future machines and their digital environment to boost performance.
  • A number of technologies, including robotics, cobotics, 3D printing and nanotechnology, have direct relevance for many industrial manufacturing applications while other technologies, such as augmented reality, can enable manufacturers give customers real-time information and training at the point of use.

Some of these developments are maturing now. Others remain for the future. The rate of adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies by industrial manufacturing companies is accelerating fast. The digitization, integration and automation opportunities offered enable companies to collaborate both internally and across their value chains in ways that can provide a step change in productivity as well as design and build quality. And they are opportunities that are increasingly important as companies seek to stay relevant as the era of digitally-connected smart infrastructure develops.

Originally aired April 6: 20th Annual Global CEO Survey: Key Findings from the Global Industrial Manufacturing Industry

What's on the minds of top manufacturing CEOs from around the world? PwC's longest running Global CEO Survey gains valuable insight into today's business challenges as well as the trends and issues shaping decision-making for tomorrow. Now in its 20th year, we explore what CEOs are concerned about in the future as well as, revisiting past CEO survey respondents on how their views may or may not have changed.

Key findings include:

  • Manufacturing CEO’s continued confidence in growth with 41% of CEO’s feeling confident for revenue growth over the next 3 years. This compared to only 33% of CEO’s feeling confident from our first survey in 1997.
  • Manufacturing CEOs agree with the global average in prioritizing innovation (29%) and human capital (18%) as the two areas they most want to strengthen in order to capitalize on new opportunities.
  • As our interactions become ever more automated, data driven and virtual, the human factor is receding. Industrial Manufacturing CEOs are aware of the risks and relatively confident in their systems and safeguards against damage to stakeholder trust levels.
  • In Industrial Manufacturing, 55% of CEOs agree or agree strongly that it is becoming harder to balance competing in an open, global marketplace with trends toward more closed national policies.

On Demand Presenters

Originally aired January 26: 2016 Global Data and Analytics Survey: Big Decisions

Massimo PellegrinoMassimo Pellegrino

At Strategy&/PwC Italy, Massimo Pellegrino is a Partner and the Digital Strategy and Innovation Practice leader. He’s also the global Data & Analytics lead for the Industrial Products sector. Massimo holds a Degree in Political Sciences as well as a Master of Business Administration.

Pellegrino joined PwC in September 2012 from Hewlett-Packard where he was the WW Vice President - Strategy and Portfolio Lifecycle Management - Strategic Enterprise Services, the organization within HP in charge of portfolio strategy and execution for Cloud, Mobility, Security and Information Management Services.

Originally aired February 23: Industry 4.0: Building the Digital Enterprise

Stefan SchraufStefan Schrauf

Stefan Schrauf is a partner in operations strategy for Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business and the Germany Industry 4.0 leader. He has more than 10 years of cross-industry experience in supply-chain management, sourcing, and product development. He focuses on helping clients develop and implement strategic changes in core operations.

His experience includes supply-chain strategy and transformation and operating model design in engineered equipment, product and aftermarket businesses.

Key areas of expertise are:

  • Supply-chain diagnostics
  • Transformational change
  • Industry 4.0 strategy
  • CAPEX reduction
  • Value chain transformation
  • Supply-chain and working capital optimization
  • Operational excellence

Originally aired April 6: 20th Annual Global CEO Survey: Key Findings from the Global Industrial Manufacturing Industry

Kimmy DonaldKimmy Donald
Industrial Manufacturing Senior Manager
PwC Assurance Practice


Kimmy Donald is a Senior Manager in Assurance practice. She has over nine years of experience leading large multinational public and private clients within the Industrial Manufacturing sector. She focuses on advising clients in areas such as SEC Reporting, managing multinational engagements, mergers and acquisitions and other technical accounting matters. Additionally, She provides perspectives and insights into sector thought leadership and business development initiatives.


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