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June 21, 2011

About CRU World Aluminum Conference   CRU Events’ 16th World Aluminum conference gave attendees a comprehensive update and insight into the latest movements of the worldwide aluminum industry.  Attendees were addressed by leaders in the field of aluminum production and demand from around the globe during the three day conference. Now available: A Past, Present and Practical Look at the Global Future for Aluminum in Light Vehicles The Presentation includes: How much aluminum is used? Where is it...

June 15, 2011

David Sedgwick Automotive News   DETROIT -- Now that federal regulators are considering proposals to raise fuel economy standards as high as 62 mpg, automakers are taking a fresh look at new uses for aluminum. By 2020, the average aluminum content of vehicles produced in North America will rise close to 400 pounds, up from about 326 pounds in 2009, as automakers choose lighter engine blocks, hoods and other components, predicts Richard Schultz, a consultant with Ducker Worldwide, a research...

June 13, 2011

Crain's Detroit Business By Jay Greene Under Medicare's shared savings program, which begins in January, accountable-care organizations can choose between two financial risk models. In the "one-sided risk model," which is considered the less risky model, ACOs share in any savings for the first two years of a three-year contract. However, during the third year, ACOs could lose money if the cost of patient care exceeds the Medicare average. But in the "two-sided risk model," the ACO stands to...

June 13, 2011

Crain's Detroit Business By Jay Greene A 19.3 percent profit margin apparently wasn't enough for Thomson Reuters to keep its Ann Arbor-based health care information business. Last week, New York-based Thomson Reuters (TSX/NYSE: TRI) put its health care division up for sale for an unspecified price. "There are other parts of the business that have higher margins and are growing at faster rates than health care," said Calvin Mitchell, global head of corporate affairs for Thomson Reuters. In...

May 18, 2011

About Great Designs in Steel Conference In an effort to assist automakers in meeting new, more stringent fuel economy standards and safety regulations, the North American steel industry is accelerating its work to provide affordable advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) solutions for vehicle mass reduction and performance improvements. Great Designs in Steel is the premier forum for the latest trends and applications in automotive steel technologies. This all-day, multi-track program features...

May 13, 2011

A longtime Detroit-area business consulting firm has added a health care practice and hired a veteran of the industry to lead its efforts among pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Fred Brown is now with Troy-based Ducker Worldwide with the title managing director. Read Full Article

May 10, 2011

CRU’s 16th World Aluminum Conference June 13-15, 2011 Rey Juan Carlos, Barcelona, Spain   CRU Events’ 16th World Aluminum conference will give you a comprehensive update and insight into the latest movements of the worldwide aluminum industry brought to you by the leaders in the field. This event gives you the opportunity to network with senior level decision makers in the aluminum industry from around the world. Richard Schultz, Managing Director, Ducker Worldwide Automotive Materials Practice...

April 25, 2011

Ducker Worldwide, a consulting and research firm based in Troy, Mich., has joined Oakland County’s Medical Main Street (MMS) initiative as an Ambassador.   “Medical Main Street is pivotal in attracting leading healthcare businesses to southeast Michigan, said Joanne Ulnick, CEO and managing partner, Ducker. “Ducker’s focus on helping companies grow makes us ideally suited to support MMS and the Ambassador program. We are proud to have been selected.”  Medical Main Street’s unique alliance of...

April 18, 2011

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the broadest change to the U.S. healthcare system since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. Although the act is phased in over eight years, the dramatic increase in access—more than 32 million new lives and 15 million better insured beneficiaries—will overwhelm the system, causing a prolonged funding crisis starting in 2015.  I see a window of opportunity for the medical supply, device, and diagnostics industry to benefit from the ACA...

April 14, 2011

Clearly, the traditional model of using historical volumes to predict future sales to generate five year business plans is broken. The economic conditions of the past three years have created historical volumes that are no longer predictive of future activity. Manufacturing and service companies alike are turning to more disciplined, creative methods of projecting  in order to create long term business plans that are meaningful. While the global economic conditions over the past three years may...

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