Industrial Products & Processes

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Manufacturing

June 2015
Many decentralized companies have practices that vary widely across sites. Correcting this—and implementing advanced techniques such as lean—requires a company-wide production system that establishes the right degree of standardization.
April 2015
Industry 4.0 will make production systems up to 30 percent faster and 25 percent more efficient and elevate mass customization to new levels.
April 2015
Lean-engineering champions are developing better products, reducing development time by up to six months, and staying 35 percent closer to products' target costs.
March 2015
Auto suppliers are under pressure to open more factories close to their customers’ assembly plants—and, simultaneously, to cut costs. These conflicting demands pose an industry-wide challenge.
February 2015
A scenario-based approach allows manufacturers to assess the implications of their make-or-buy decisions across product lines and manufacturing locations.
January 2015
Technological developments and a pressing need to boost productivity are likely to accelerate the adoption of new advanced-manufacturing technologies, which could transform many industries.

Shipping

March 2015
The eagerly anticipated uplift has not yet materialized, as companies continue to grapple with challenges stemming from overcapacity and a highly fragmented industry structure.
March 2015
To build a competitive edge for the future, shipping companies need to understand the business case for switching to environmentally friendlier options for marine fuel.
January 2013
Maritime shipping organizations must cut bunker costs to gain a competitive advantage. Companies that apply BCG’s end-to-end optimization framework may achieve cost reductions of up to 10 percent.

Industry Value Creators

June 2015
Much of the conventional wisdom about value creation in aerospace and defense is wrong. To deliver sustainable shareholder returns, it’s important to separate myths from facts.
August 2014
Tight margins. Intense competition. Rising labor costs. Demanding investors. Growth is returning to the engineering, construction, and services industry, but only the fittest companies will benefit.
August 2014
Activist investors are circling the engineering, construction, and services industry, spurring many developed-world companies to intensify their focus on margins, operational excellence, and cost discipline.
Infrastructure
June 2015
Many promising infrastructure projects in Africa are hobbled by the lack of early-stage project-preparation financing. A new approach can help get more of these projects off the ground.
February 2015
Private investors in infrastructure projects worry about such political and regulatory risks as expropriation, community protests, unfair taxes, and corruption. This report provides a 20-point risk-mitigation framework.
The Innovation Edge
April 2015
Growing demand for high-quality farm outputs, new sociopolitical priorities, changes in farming structures and practices, and developments in biotechnology will promote new business models in agriculture.
January 2014
In 2015, we expect some 60 percent of new cars to be “connected”—just one of the developments marking a new era of automotive innovation.
October 2014
Five organizing principles can help companies sharpen their innovation edge—and promote sustained, value-creating growth.

Metals & Mining

June 2015
Most miners aren’t extracting maximum value from their commercial operations. The reason? They tend to be driven by production rather than marketing.
E-Commerce
September 2014
Barriers to cross-border e-commerce are falling away, and online retailers, carriers, and other service providers are gearing up to compete in an effectively borderless world.
June 2013
Consumers say they can imagine making nearly 75 percent of their purchases online. To turn that vision into reality, retailers, carriers, and others will need to meet those buyers’ exacting expectations.
Chemical Industry
June 2014
Western chemical companies are starting to produce the industry’s best shareholder returns thanks to feedstock advantages in North America and significantly improved operating performance in Europe.
April 2014
The market for third-party chemical distribution, particularly in the specialty chemical segment, continues to grow faster than the overall industry, creating real opportunities for both suppliers and distributors.