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More manufacturers are considering how energy-efficiency programs can improve their sustainability, economic stability and image, even as the regulatory environment of energy efficiency continues to take shape. Reducing energy use not only lowers costs, but also makes companies more resilient, improves employee morale and creates a better corporate image. For those reasons, energy-efficiency programs will play an important part in keeping European and US manufacturing competitive over the next decade.
Industrial goods manufacturers face an increasingly volatile and difficult market. But there is one business area that can help them to become more stable, and definitely more profitable. And all this with a minimum of investments: Service.
Customer loyalty has never been more important for utilities, since liberalization in European markets makes it easy for consumers to switch providers. Bain’s study on customer loyalty reveals the most common reasons for staying or leaving.
The Chinese market is developing at a uniquely dynamic pace.
The switch on the iron ore market from long-term to short-term supply agreements will not only bring about greater fluctuations in steel prices.
The more consistently companies position themselves as solutions providers, the better they will fare through the crisis.
The global recession and financial crisis is feeding through to a profound downturn in the German mechanical and plant engineering sector.
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