• Service: Advisory
  • Industry: Building materials, Industrial Manufacturing, Energy & Natural Resources, Mining
  • Type: Business and industry issue
  • Date: 14/02/2012

Global Metals Outlook: Manufacturing Resilience 

Substantial commodity price volatility will be a fact of life for metals manufacturers for years to come. To manage risks and capitalise on the opportunities arising from these uncertain market conditions, metals companies are pursuing strategies that reflect the characteristics of the segment in which they operate, their financial strength and their tolerance for risk.
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Written in collaboration with the Economist Intelligence Unit, this report is based on a survey of 220 senior executives from leading global manufacturing companies.


Featuring executive interviews and insights from KPMG experts, the report sheds light on key sector trends as well as the innovative strategies metals players are increasingly adopting.


Key insights

  • Metals companies list managing input costs — and costs in general — as their top concern.
  • Nearly seven in 10 (68 percent) metals producers say cost optimisation will be a top priority in the coming 12-24 months.
  • Metals companies are looking to expand via mergers and acquisitions (M&A), frequently to gain control of raw materials.
  • Companies are looking to locate assets closer to customers or suppliers.

Industrial Manufacturing

KPMG can help manufacturing enterprises respond to key issues such as innovation, lean manufacturing, time to market, quality and climate change.