Industrials investment banking at William Blair draws on the firm’s deep expertise and relationships throughout the sector to deliver objective advice and execution excellence. We have built a leading franchise helping industrial companies maximize the value of their businesses. Our clients turn to us for outstanding execution for their M&A advisory and capital-raising objectives.

The strength of our relationships with strategic and financial buyers in the industrials sector and our global reach have allowed us to deliver outstanding results for our clients.


Robotic arms on an assembly lineConvergence Amid a Shifting Industrial Landscape - August 2019

The technological advancements that are powering the advent of fully connected, “smart” factories have also caused capabilities and business models to converge throughout the industrial technology sector. These convergence trends are shaping the strategic roadmaps and acquisition strategies of companies throughout the industrial technology sector.

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PackagingPackaging Report - November 2018

Conversations at October's PACK EXPO International focused on the trends driving heightened dealmaking in the packaging industry. The $40.9 billion of transaction value in the first half of the year puts 2018 on pace to exceed 2017's record level. 

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HeatmapGeospatial Analytics Drives Growth of C4ISR Spending - Septebmer 2018

Strategic acquirers and financial sponsors are aggressively targeting companies that can convert imagery and data into actionable insights for military, governmental, and commercial users. 

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Jet flying above desert mountainsU.S. Military Pilot Shortage Creates Outsourcing Opportunities, M&A Interest for Defense Contractors - May 2018

Faced with an unprecedented and growing pilot shortage, the U.S. military is expanding its outsourcing of aggressor support training and other forms of pilot training, transport, ISR, and other services, leading to intense M&A interest in these companies from potential acquirers. 

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Specialty MaterialsSpecialty Materials - April 2018

Ongoing material substitution trends, combined with increasing M&A activity by financial sponsors, created a very favorable environment for sellers across the specialty materials sector in 2017. 

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