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October 27, 2011

About CRU's 5th North American Steel Conference  The 5th North American Steel Conference will once again bring together consumers, steel mills, fabricators, service centers and financial analysts. The event presents a unique opportunity for delegates to meet and hear from senior- level representatives from companies involved in the North American steel market, both on the user and supplier-side.  Now available: The Impact of the Latest U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Economy Rules on...

October 25, 2011

As strategies have shifted from cost cutting to demand creation – the function of pricing and profit analysis has been overlooked and under managed.   Typical pricing strategies have aimed at increasing any level of volume typically through incentivized pricing, heavy discounts and bundling.   However, this focus on price based selling has caused many companies to overlook critical elements and opportunities of a sustainable pricing and profit strategy.   The rigor and discipline to hold to a...

October 10, 2011

By Len Boselovic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    The federal government's quest to double the average car's fuel economy by 2025 has intensified the long-running battle between steel and aluminum producers over one of their biggest customers. Both industries are pouring millions of dollars into new mills capable of making the lighter, stronger metals needed to take 400 pounds -- about 10 percent -- out of the average car. That's the weight reduction needed to meet the proposed fleet standard of...

September 21, 2011

The Detroit News Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Tuesday that he says ensures the state will receive more than $780 million of federal funding to make sure medical treatment is available to low-income residents. The legislation — part of the budget deal negotiated with state legislators earlier this year to balance the budget — eliminates the existing 6 percent use tax on Medicaid managed care organizations and replaces it with a broad-based, 1 percent health care claims assessment. Out-of...

September 07, 2011

Aluminum Use as a Percent of Automotive Materials Mix to Double by 2025 According to Survey   Aluminum Association, Inc. Detroit - Automakers are accelerating their shift to aluminum away from other materials for new car and light truck construction, as they seek to safely and cost-effectively lower the weight of vehicles according to a new survey of North American automakers conducted by Ducker Worldwide. The survey of automakers indicates that since lighter vehicles get better fuel economy...

August 25, 2011

By Drew WinterWardsAuto.com The loud fight in the U.S. Congress over raising the national debt ceiling drowned out the announcement, but in late July, the Obama Admin. sealed an agreement with 13 major auto makers to implement the largest mandatory U.S. fuel-economy increase in history. The proposal, expected to be finalized in September, mandates U.S. cars and trucks to average 54.5 mpg (4.3 L/100 km) by 2025.  But this begs the question: Now that politicians, environmental groups and most top...

August 05, 2011

Health system puts $68M into plan to add physicians Melissa Burden/ The Detroit News The looming shortage of physicians and its medical mission led Beaumont Health System to finance most of the new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, committing at least $68 million to the endeavor and planning a new building, the system's president and CEO said. The privately funded medical school, developed during the past several years, will open Monday to its inaugural class of 50...

July 27, 2011

The Affordable Care Act will create winners and losers in the medical device industry. Successful strategies include scaling operations, providing premium pricing, and looking for partners within the healthcare network.   By: Frederick W.K. Brown   The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents the broadest change to the U.S. healthcare system since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The act is being phased in over eight years, allowing medical technology leaders...

July 12, 2011

Smart Business Detroit Each day, Joanne Ducker Ulnick encourages her team at Ducker Worldwide LLC to live the five core values that her father, William Ducker, established when he started the company 50 years ago. The only difference is that she has added a sixth value added to that list: “Ducker’s team members are our key asset which we support, develop and grow.”  Read Full Article

July 08, 2011

Ducker Worldwide is pleased to welcome Ann Manix to its global market intelligence, consulting and transaction advisory team. Ms. Manix’s career spans corporate management, board and not-for-profit experience providing a unique perspective to client engagements.  Ms. Manix previously held the position as President of the Hallen Company, which manufactured and marketed the Screwpull corkscrew globally. Ms. Manix has served as an outside director on a number of NYSE Boards, including Baroid...

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