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Knowing your breakeven point – the key to weathering economic storms

When stormy economic weather strikes and sales slump, many companies blame their hard times on all sorts of external events, and with good reason. Yet downturns in the economy and buyer’s habits are sure to come and companies must be prepared for it.

Measuring a company’s ability to handle their financial situation is often […]

Research & Development Tax Credit: an often overlooked bonus

Manufacturers frequently overlook one of the most lucrative tax advantages out there – the Research & Development Tax Credit. Available in many countries, this is intended to promote innovation and growth. In some countries, it is the largest handout of tax credits by national governments, and yet very few small and medium enterprises take advantage […]

Companies need to be aware of external opportunities and threats facing them

I started this blog to help manufacturers keep an eye on the external factors affecting their business.

SWOT analysis

Every business needs to conduct an ongoing “SWOT” analysis – a review of its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

Strengths and Weaknesses – Internal factors

The first two – Strengths and Weaknesses – are internal factors […]

Aluminum use in vehicle production set to rise considerably

Seeking to safely and cost-effectively reduce vehicle weight, a recent survey of North American automakers by Ducker Worldwide has found that they are accelerating the move to using aluminum in place of other materials for construction of cars and light tricks. With lighter vehicles getting better fuel economy with less emissions, aluminum already dominates for […]

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