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Friday, March 04, 2016

Global manufacturing struggles in early 2016

The headlines on global manufacturing in early 2016 tell a tough story… Global Manufacturing PMI Signals Stagnation (Seeking Alpha, March 4th) The manufacturing slowdown has spread to the services sector (Business Insider March 2016) Britain’s factories engulfed in global manufacturing slump (The Telegraph, March 1st) Manufacturing: A hard pounding (The Economist, February 18th) China Manufacturing […]

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation 2015

2015 was another respectable year for M&A in manufacturing Automation, running ahead of the second half of 2014 from Q2 through Q4, but overall finishing behind the 2014 pace.  For tracked companies Mirus identified 46 acquisitions in 2015 as compared to 50 in 2014 and 59 in 2013.  Mirus continues to attribute this overall adjustment […]

Friday, December 11, 2015

More on M&A and the INTERNET OF THINGS

Last month I wrote about the Internet of Things (IOT) in Manufacturing Automation, but of course this is just the one application domain that is impacted.  So what exactly is the Internet of Things and is this a real trend that will develop its own eco-system leading to significant M&A activity beyond Manufacturing Automation, or […]

Thursday, November 19, 2015

INTERNET of THINGS in Manufacturing Automation

I will be the first to admit that when PTC first declared they were going after the Internet of Things market back in 2013 with their acquisition of ThingWorx for $112M, I was skeptical.  When they spent another $170M the next year to further develop the space with their acquisition of Axeda I was dumbfounded.  […]

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation – H1 2015 Update

In July of 2014 Mirus initiated its coverage of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Manufacturing Automation industry. As it ended up 2014 was strong year for M&A in Manufacturing Automation, and Software in general.  For 2015 Mirus continues to cover the space with the release of it’s new report Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation – H1 […]

Monday, March 30, 2015

Three ways the strong dollar affects your business

How many businesses do you know that increased their prices 28% last year? If you answered “we all did“, then you would be right. At this time last year, a European customer buying $100,000 of your made-in-the-USA products would have viewed that as a €73,000 cost. Today, that same purchase costs your customer €92,000, an […]

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Why take a PaaS?

Over recent years we have seen a preference of PLM and ERP suppliers to work with a few large System Integrators to implement their products within large customers who demand special attention and substantial resources, often in spikes of demand. Now, with the demand of manufacturing companies for industry specific solutions, proliferation of the cloud, […]

Monday, February 23, 2015

What will become of Supply Chain Management (SCM)?

After completing our analysis of 2014 Mergers and Acquisitions in Manufacturing Automation one standout was that there were very few acquisitions by SCM (Supply Chain Management) companies.  In fact, SCM had the fewest acquisitions of any of the manufacturing automations sectors.  At the same time, it was one of the highest growth sectors we evaluated, […]