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February 02, 2012

Ducker Worldwide Advisors served as the exclusive financial advisor to Yourmembership.com in their recent acquisition by the Riverside Company, a private equity firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. David Eberly, Managing Director, led Ducker’s advisory team in the engagement with Yourmembership.com, a leading global provider of online member communities and web-based membership management software.   “With Yourmembership.com, we worked as an extension of the management team in the identification of...

January 24, 2012

By John W. MillerWall Street Journal "The average car today contains only 175 pounds of advanced high-strength new steel, but is expected to contain twice as much by 2020, according to Ducker Worldwide, a consultancy based in Troy, Mich.  The basic-steel content of the average car is expected to decline to 980 pounds, from 1,542 pounds." Read Full Article

January 04, 2012

By Jay Greene The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an interim final rule late last month that requires pharmaceutical companies to report to the FDA all interruptions of drugs that are "life supporting, life sustaining, or intended for use in the prevention of a debilitating disease or condition." More than 220 drugs were reported in short supply in 2011, three times more than in 2006, the FDA said. Hospital pharmacists in Southeast Michigan have told Crain's that drugs in short supply...

December 01, 2011

The State News  By Stephen Brooks When the first class of students in MSU’s marketing research graduate program earn their degrees in December, they will be entering an industry experts expect to grow by double-digit percentages during the next several years. The class of 19 students is the first to complete the new graduate program, which launched in January. The program was created because there is a high need for students with skills in the market research industry, including how to manage...

November 07, 2011

Ducker Worldwide formally announced today that David Eberly has been appointed Managing Director of Ducker Worldwide’s Transaction Advisory Practice.  As Managing Director, Mr. Eberly will be a key contributor to Ducker Worldwide’s current service offerings including strategic growth planning, pro-active transaction ideation and target identification, due diligence, financial advice, transaction management, post-merger/acquisition integration and exit strategy.   “Ducker Worldwide brings a...

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 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...

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