Much has been made of the recent resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, a trend that could be the result of cheaper natural gas prices, among other factors. With that in mind, we took a look at the industrial side of manufacturing worldwide, as our database has tracked nearly 3,000 PE deals in aerospace and defense, building products, industrial supplies and parts, machinery and commercial transportation since the start of 2005. Turns out, U.S. companies have accounted for 60% of 2014’s deals in the sectors so far, up from 54% last year. U.S. investors are on pace for 206 deals this year, which is close to the 214 from last year, while European investors are on track to make 85 deals, 14% fewer than 2013's total of 99.
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Top investors in the last 10 years and their investment counts incl. add-ons: