2016: A year of action for industrial manufacturers

2016 predictions series: Beyond the hype and hogwash In 2015, most industrial manufacturers experienced modest levels of profitability helped by lower commodity prices and low wage inflation. This environment provided a brief window of opportunity to consider the role new “disruptive” technologies might have on manufacturing businesses and to discuss potential investment strategies. As we file away 2015’s research reports and analyst white papers, we can conclude that last year was largely dominated by hype. The Internet of Things topic captured our imaginations as we considered the impact billions of connected things will have on our businesses and, more importantly,...