Industrial Products & Processes

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Chemical Industry
July 2015
The winning North American chemical companies will apply an in-depth understanding of supply-and-demand developments to capture value proactively in the years ahead.
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.

Metals & Mining

June 2015
Mineral exploration worldwide is in crisis. Mining companies that shift their focus from productivity to an integrated approach that restores greenfield exploration will come out ahead.
June 2015
Most miners aren’t extracting maximum value from their commercial operations. The reason? Miners tend to be driven by production rather than marketing.
March 2015
Drawing on econometric and other analyses, the World Gold Council and BCG demystify the forces shaping the gold-recycling industry and propose success strategies for industry players.
January 2015
Far-flung teams in the mining industry, working under unpredictable conditions, have long struggled to operate with disciplined efficiency. But an integrated automation strategy just might change that.
November 2014
Recent advances in low-cost technology can drive productivity and safety benefits at mines, just as they have done in other industries.
October 2014
Steel overcapacity is back following the China boom. But steel companies can still find ways to influence their profitability.

Shipping

June 2015

As much as 10 percent of container traffic between East Asia and the U.S. could shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020.

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.

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.

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.