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5 Key Developments for Building Product Supplier Strategy in 2021

March 3, 2021

Residential construction activity in early 2021 has continued where 2020 left off with robust demand growth. With strong order books, long lead-times and favorable fundamentals, many manufacturers continue to be more concerned about supply chain issues than demand for the coming year. While questions have started to emerge around the sustainability of such strong growth, … Continue reading 5 Key Developments for Building Product Supplier Strategy in 2021

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Industrial Trends Amid COVID-19 Distruptions

February 24, 2021

Ducker’s Transaction Advisory team is at the forefront of key trends impacting the industry amid COVID-19 disruptions.  Trade and country/regional policies continue to impact specialty chemicals Specialty chemical producers will be required to continually monitor current and proposed regulatory and trade conditions which directly affect the viability of their business, from raw material through finished … Continue reading Industrial Trends Amid COVID-19 Distruptions

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Ducker Launches Research and Consulting Service Program for Community

February 17, 2021

Ducker is committed to help drive business success and create a positive impact on the community, now offering complimentary research and consulting services to minority-owned businesses to help focus in areas of : ✔️ New Product & Service Testing ✔️ Customer Analytics ✔️ Marketing Strategy & Analysis ✔️ Geographic Expansion   Learn more here: Ducker … Continue reading Ducker Launches Research and Consulting Service Program for Community

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Microchip Shortage Challenges Automotive Recovery

February 10, 2021

The economic slowdown due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic pushed down vehicle sales volume for the year in North America and Europe with -14.5% and -24.5% respectively. The corresponding decrease in production volumes, pushed automakers to idle plants and subsequently decrease orders of microchips and other electronic components due to uncertainties on the timing and … Continue reading Microchip Shortage Challenges Automotive Recovery

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Understanding Your Customer’s Journey: Customer Centricity

February 5, 2021

Understanding Your Customer’s Journey: Customer Centricity in Off-Highway Equipment Market In increasingly competitive markets, like the off-highway equipment market, listening to the customer’s voice is crucial. The ability to differentiate service and product offerings is a key success factor in any business and being fully customer-focused is essential. As an off-highway manufacturer, it is sometimes … Continue reading Understanding Your Customer’s Journey: Customer Centricity

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North American Heavy Equipment Index Q1 2021

February 1, 2021

For over 30 years, Ducker has been forecasting the heavy equipment market, gaining unparalleled depth of knowledge in the industry. Research in non-building construction, residential and non-residential construction, the mining market, and general economic conditions, a solid understanding of the past and present has enabled the company to further understand sales and market trends in … Continue reading North American Heavy Equipment Index Q1 2021

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Automotive OE and Material Supply Amid Covid-19

January 27, 2021

The Ducker Advisory Team has completed over 20 buy and sell-side market studies and 185 corporate research engagements since the Covid-19 pandemic began, across a broad swath of industries and core methodologies. Key themes studied within the  transportation sub-segment of automotive OE and material supply include: Testing and simulation equipment and services NVH solutions and … Continue reading Automotive OE and Material Supply Amid Covid-19

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Automotive Aftermarket Insight During COVID-19

January 19, 2021

Ducker has completed over 20 buy and sell-side market studies and 185 corporate research engagements since the Covid-19 pandemic began, across a broad swath of industries and core methodologies. The Ducker Advisory Team provides clients with the highest quality insights and intelligence they need to make strategic investment decisions in shifting market landscapes. Sub-segments covered … Continue reading Automotive Aftermarket Insight During COVID-19

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PRESS RELEASE

Empowering Clients with Clear Answers to Drive Exceptional Business Outcomes

November 20, 2020

Empowering Clients with Clear Answers to Drive Exceptional Business Outcomes Troy, Michigan, Nov. 20, 2020 -The DuckerFrontier Board of Directors and Senior Executive team are proud to announce a successful spin-off of our subscription business (“FrontierView”), an important step in the company’s growth strategy.  This transaction will enable greater focus on its high-performing custom research, … Continue reading Empowering Clients with Clear Answers to Drive Exceptional Business Outcomes

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SURVEY REVEALS ALUMINUM REMAINS FASTEST-GROWING AUTOMOTIVE MATERIAL, EMERGING AS A PREFERRED METAL FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

August 21, 2020

Multi-material vehicle construction, onslaught of electrified powertrains and battery electric vehicle platforms drive aluminum’s increased market penetration. To view a summary of DuckerFrontier North American Light Vehicle Aluminum Content and Outlook (August 2020).

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COMMERCIAL DUE DILIGENCE FOR AN M&A TRANSACTION

Through a clear-eyed assessment of the market, its size and segmentation, Ducker was able to advise a core corporate client about a potential acquisition target—and help prevent a problem down the road.

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MARKET-ENTRY STRATEGIES

M&A, joint-venture versus partnership. The ways in which an American companies can enter either the Western, Eastern or Central European markets are many. Unfortunately, the specific challenges facing the company are considerable, associated risks and pitfalls even greater. Few decision-makers today can afford to rely on intuition or opinion, even when based on years of experience with these markets. Furthermore analysis of secondary information on its own falls short particularly in industrial markets.

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HEAVY EQUIPMENT MARKET RESEARCH

A leading heavy equipment manufacturer believes that it offers a line of products with quality that is far superior to that of its competition. However, it was struggling to quantify the value associated with this quality differential from a customer’s perspective. This client was interested in understanding how quality impacts overall product perception for a wide range of product types.

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INDUSTRIAL AND CONSTRUCTION PORTFOLIO STRATEGY

A major building products company must achieve significant growth in the next three to five years. The markets it currently serves are considered mature and competitive pressures are intense. Product extensions and new innovations are essential to increasing share of market, revenues and profitability. The client required a thorough strategic plan to develop market-driven products and innovation and target segments with the greatest opportunity for success.

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Microchip Shortage Challenges Automotive Recovery

February 10, 2021

The economic slowdown due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic pushed down vehicle sales volume for the year in North America and Europe with -14.5% and -24.5% respectively. The corresponding decrease in production volumes, pushed automakers to idle plants and subsequently decrease orders of microchips and other electronic components due to uncertainties on the timing and … Continue reading Microchip Shortage Challenges Automotive Recovery

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Automotive Aftermarket Insight During COVID-19

January 19, 2021

Ducker has completed over 20 buy and sell-side market studies and 185 corporate research engagements since the Covid-19 pandemic began, across a broad swath of industries and core methodologies. The Ducker Advisory Team provides clients with the highest quality insights and intelligence they need to make strategic investment decisions in shifting market landscapes. Sub-segments covered … Continue reading Automotive Aftermarket Insight During COVID-19

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Ducker Market Study Value Proposition

December 8, 2020

Ducker partners with its private equity clients, across the full deal life cycle, to provide support – from initial transaction, through portfolio company growth, to company exit.  Our market studies for transaction thoroughly: Quantify market opportunity Evaluate the competitive landscape Analyze customer feedback In supporting private equity clients for decades, we appreciate the importance of … Continue reading Ducker Market Study Value Proposition

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COVID-19 Implications on the Packaging Industry for 2021

November 24, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the entire packaging supply chain has been forced to adapt to extraordinary new demands. Ducker examines how the industry has responded so far and considers the possible long-term implications. Uncertainty is inherently stressful. If you work in an industry such as packaging, where foresight and constant planning is a necessity, … Continue reading COVID-19 Implications on the Packaging Industry for 2021

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STRONG BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION DIY SALES POINT TO POSITIVE GROWTH FOR THE INDUSTRY

August 21, 2020

In April of this year, Ducker consultants and team of building and construction experts released with DuckerFrontier ,”Covid-19’s Impact on Residential and Nonresidential Construction and Leading Segments for Growth Post Pandemic” a forecast and outlook report that identified the potential for increase in home remodeling and DIY efforts for nesting in place and upgrading spaces. The recent earnings release by Lowes and Home Depot affirms Ducker’s prediction and provides further insights to the changing dynamics of the US construction industry.

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Customer Segmentation in B2B: A Great Marketing Tool for Customer Centricity

July 27, 2020

In B2B, and even more in industrial sectors, marketing segmentations are often poorly understood – and underutilized. The “PUSH” culture still thrives, usually driven by a product or service, rather than by the customer.