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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 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...

March 16, 2011

Aluminum Tests Its Mettle Against Steel in Drive for Lighter Cars  By Robert Guy Matthews Tougher fuel-efficiency standards, made even more urgent by the recent run-up in gasoline prices, are intensifying the fight between steel and aluminum companies to build the next generation of lightweight cars. Auto makers want to strip out anywhere between 250 pounds and 700 pounds from each car, or 15% of the weight, to achieve the 7% to 20% fuel-usage reduction mandated by the Transportation Department...

March 04, 2011

Wind Executives Spot Growth Areas in Windpower Markets By: WindPower Engineering The long-term global outlook for wind power investment is a growth story driven by government mandates for increased clean energy, says Jamieson Bender, associate partner with Ducker Worldwide (www.ducker.com). The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects the demand for global electricity to double by 2030, growing 2.6% each year. Bender’s firm recently completed a study of global wind-production issues. A...

February 17, 2011

MichBio Annual Meeting & Showcase April 18th, 2011 Inn at St. John's Plymouth, Michigan Driving Value in Your MedTech Company: Successful Growth Strategies in a Competitive Environment Is your company poised to lead, follow or get run over?  Take a step back from day-to-day operations and critically examine your strategic positioning. Learn the tools and techniques to make that "gut feeling" come alive from exploration through to implementation. Understand the drivers of value in your...

January 17, 2011

Automotive News David Sedgwick   As North American automakers put their vehicles on a weight-loss plan, they are turning increasingly to a new generation of advanced high-strength steel. The average vehicle built in North America contains 151 pounds of advanced high-strength steel, up from 111 pounds in 2007, according to Ducker Worldwide, a suburban Detroit consulting firm. Dick Schultz, Ducker's managing director, predicts automakers will increase use of advanced steel 10 to 15 percent...

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