PwC, June 2023
The industrial manufacturing and automotive sector is set to maintain a consistent level of deal activity in 2023, with an emphasis on strategic acquisitions to fill technology gaps and divestitures to optimize portfolios. These actions are geared towards addressing supply chain challenges, achieving ESG goals, and generating value in a period of economic uncertainty.
Meanwhile, in the aerospace and defense sector, companies are recovering and looking at acquisitions to address supply chain issues and bolster capabilities, particularly in unmanned systems and cybersecurity. As global market certainty improves, the mid-market is expected to experience increased deal activity, with a focus on strategic acquisitions, while business services and technology-driven deals continue to command high valuations. Geopolitical tensions may influence opportunities, making well-planned M&A strategies essential for CEOs to seize deals and create value.