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Environmental and Sustainability Activity and Reporting Index

May 27, 2022

Research indicates increasing disclosure of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance for energy, water, emission and waste disposal. Renewable energy is poised to become a major focus in med-term. Index analysis of company investment and tracking of conservation or improvement efforts favor energy and GHG emissions DOWNLOAD ESG  ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING INDEX Ducker is … Continue reading Environmental and Sustainability Activity and Reporting Index

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Heavy Equipment Industry Trends May 2022

May 18, 2022

Current Heavy Equipment Industry Market The heavy equipment market is currently experiencing similar supply problems as those occurring in the Automotive industry. Many equipment brands and models are on backorder for months leaving contractors challenged to meet job commitments. Ducker & Carlisle have been in the field talking with equipment owners, dealers, parts manufacturers, and … Continue reading Heavy Equipment Industry Trends May 2022

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Mega-Casting Trends For Automotive Manufacturers

May 11, 2022

Why Are Manufacturers so Interested in Mega-Castings? Nio and Xpeng, two Chinese EV startups, have already followed Tesla’s lead by ordering injection molding machines capable of 12,000 tons of force from IDRA (LK Machinery). Now it’s Mercedes-Benz’s turn for its EQXX to succumb to giant castings. The German automaker is aiming for maximum cost reduction … Continue reading Mega-Casting Trends For Automotive Manufacturers

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European Smart Home Device Trends 2022

April 25, 2022

The adoption of smart home devices & technologies into residential homes continues to increase year-over-year. At Ducker, we understand the significance of technology evolution for our clients in the building products and materials industry. Smart Home Devices have entered millions of homes in Europe. Ducker has collected data from European respondents based on: Decision Making … Continue reading European Smart Home Device Trends 2022

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Ducker Announces Merger with Carlisle & Company

March 31, 2022

March 31st, 2022 TROY, MICHIGAN – Ducker Holdings LLC (“Ducker”), a global market research, consulting and M&A advisory firm has completed its merger with Carlisle & Company (“Carlisle”), a leading insights and strategy consulting firm with expertise in aftersales, supply chain, industry benchmarking and pricing solutions for motor vehicle and industrial markets. The combined business … Continue reading Ducker Announces Merger with Carlisle & Company

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March 2022 Building & Construction Forecast

March 17, 2022

Interest Rate Hike Not Expected to Dampen Strong Construction Market in the Short-Term But Risks are Increasing   The expected increase in interest rates came to pass as the Federal Reserve announced a quarter-point hike in the federal funds rate, the first increase since 2018. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent reactions by the … Continue reading March 2022 Building & Construction Forecast

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M&A Transactions & Engagements for 2021

March 10, 2022

The Ducker Advisory Team actively supports leading middle-market private equity firms and corporate development teams for successful inorganic growth. Our deal teams work globally and provide the experience and knowledge to successfully enter and exit the transaction cycle and place your company on a trajectory toward success. Advisory 2021 Transactions & Engagements Ducker’s Private Equity team … Continue reading M&A Transactions & Engagements for 2021

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Ducker Panel Video – Platts Aluminum Symposium 2022

February 22, 2022

The S&P Global Platts Aluminum Symposium welcomed back industry leaders, decision-makers, and market-movers to in February 2022. Ducker Managing Principal, Scott Ulnick and Director of Automotive, Abey Abraham were amongst the panelists discussing the evolving demand picture of aluminum, from bust to boom post-Covid.  Topics within the discussion included: • Automotive demand and electric vehicles coming … Continue reading Ducker Panel Video – Platts Aluminum Symposium 2022

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Ducker Announces Merger with Carlisle & Company

March 31, 2022

March 31st, 2022 TROY, MICHIGAN – Ducker Holdings LLC (“Ducker”), a global market research, consulting and M&A advisory firm has completed its merger with Carlisle & Company (“Carlisle”), a leading insights and strategy consulting firm with expertise in aftersales, supply chain, industry benchmarking and pricing solutions for motor vehicle and industrial markets. The combined business … Continue reading Ducker Announces Merger with Carlisle & Company

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Ducker Team to Attend CES Show in January 2022

December 21, 2021

The Ducker team will be attending CES 2022 (Consumer Electronics Show) hosted by the Consumer Technology Association in January. CES will provide a global audience access to major brands and startups, as well as the world’s most-influential leaders. Over 2100 companies have committed to exhibiting in Las Vegas. Many more are being added each week. … Continue reading Ducker Team to Attend CES Show in January 2022

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Ducker Research & Consulting Announces Managing Principal Promotions

November 11, 2021

Troy, Michigan, Nov. 10, 2021 -The Board of Directors of Ducker Research and Consulting, a leading research, consulting and M&A advisory firm, are proud to announce the promotion of Nicole McGregor, Audrey Courant, and Jim Devlin to Managing Principal.     “Each of these talented team members have been critical to Ducker’s success and have delivered exceptional performance for many years.  … Continue reading Ducker Research & Consulting Announces Managing Principal Promotions

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Ducker Opens New London Office as Global Teams Expand

September 8, 2021

Ducker Research and Consulting announces the opening of new London office at LABS House, 15-19 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH LONDON, SEPTEMBER 8th 2021 – Over the last 18 months, Ducker has expanded their presence, helping clients chart a path to recovery and pursue growth opportunities. Ducker is pleased to announce the opening of our … Continue reading Ducker Opens New London Office as Global Teams Expand

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FGIA Releases 2020/2021 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast

May 21, 2021

Prepared by Ducker Research & Consulting, The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released the FGIA 2020/2021 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast. This report delivers timely information on window, door and skylight market trends and product relationships. Historic data for 2012 through 2020 and forecast data for 2021 through 2023 are also included … Continue reading FGIA Releases 2020/2021 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast

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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).

CASE STUDY

Inorganic Automotive Market Entry

August 27, 2021

Client Situation: A global automotive OEM supplier of passenger comfort products was interested in the potential acquisition of an automotive supplier with proprietary seat technologies and fluid systems. The client was primarily interested in the addition of the Target company’s proprietary seat technologies to their own portfolio; however, this acquisition would also include automotive fluid … Continue reading Inorganic Automotive Market Entry

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Transaction Diligence I Case Study

July 27, 2021

Client Need:  A global private equity firm was considering an acquisition of a specialty chemicals manufacturer and supplier with substantial participation in food and agriculture, transportation, coatings, health, and personal care markets. While having knowledge and operating partners in the specialty chemicals industry, the client engaged Ducker to obtain a granular view to not only … Continue reading Transaction Diligence I Case Study

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New Product Development in Industrial Products Industry

July 21, 2021

Ducker was approached by a global supplier of specialized processing equipment and engineered solutions serving critical processing industries such as food & beverage and industrial markets. The client firmly believes that continuous innovation and delivering increased value to customers are vital to advancing competitive differentiation, business growth and success. The early stages of new product … Continue reading New Product Development in Industrial Products Industry

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COMMERCIAL DUE DILIGENCE FOR AN M&A TRANSACTION

August 21, 2020

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.

WHITE PAPAER

The Dynamics of New Emission Regulations in Indian Construction Equipment Industry

August 12, 2021

This white paper highlights the historical, present, and upcoming / planned emission standards in India, its impact on OEMs, and the ways to tackle them. This write-up is the result of interviews conducted by Ducker with several heavy equipment end-users, dealers and manufacturers in the targeted region as well as news articles & other online … Continue reading The Dynamics of New Emission Regulations in Indian Construction Equipment Industry

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European Smart Home Device Trends 2022

April 25, 2022

The adoption of smart home devices & technologies into residential homes continues to increase year-over-year. At Ducker, we understand the significance of technology evolution for our clients in the building products and materials industry. Smart Home Devices have entered millions of homes in Europe. Ducker has collected data from European respondents based on: Decision Making … Continue reading European Smart Home Device Trends 2022

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The Electrification Trend’s Impact on the Aluminum Industry

June 22, 2021

The automotive industry is currently experiencing a deep transformation, with overarching mega trends towards connected vehicles, automated driving, shared mobility, sustainability, and last but not least electrification. Electrification has a direct and major impact on the Aluminum industry. Electrification has a direct and major impact on the Aluminum industry.  Last month, Ducker Managing Director, Hélène … Continue reading The Electrification Trend’s Impact on the Aluminum Industry

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SAE WCX: Lightweighting Trends in Electric Vehicles

April 21, 2021

The SAE WCX Lightweighting Trends in Electric Vehicles Panel covered a broad range of topics and insights as the North American market transitions towards electrification. Ducker Managing Director, Abey Abraham’s presentation covered market centric information and insights including overall near term and longer-term materials mix, the increasing intensity of various materials and product forms and … Continue reading SAE WCX: Lightweighting Trends in Electric Vehicles

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Clean Mobility Through Hydrogen – Enabling Sustainable Mobility

March 31, 2021

There is an urgent need to make mobility more environmentally friendly and sustainable. While a reduction in mobility would be the most obvious consideration to drive sustainability, modern economies and lifestyles that focus on professional and individual needs for traveling, convenience, and instantaneousness prohibit its implementation. Clean mobility through hydrogen will enable sustainable mobility in … Continue reading Clean Mobility Through Hydrogen – Enabling Sustainable Mobility

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Non-Residential Building Sector Adjusts to Adverse Market Conditions

March 11, 2021

In contrast to the buoyant residential construction demand, the non-residential building sector did not see a similar post-lock down rebound as activity declined throughout the second half of the year. Put-in-place construction expenditures for non-residential buildings in 2020 ended at $462 million, 2.1% down from 2019 despite high order backlogs at the start of the … Continue reading Non-Residential Building Sector Adjusts to Adverse Market Conditions

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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