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Powertrain at the Crossroads

Mapping the Future for the Global Bus and Truck Industry

The impact of the global financial crisis on the truck and bus industry has been profound. However, other forces are also driving significant changes in the powertrain industry. These forces will fundamentally change the rules of the game for players in the industry, affecting OEMs, dealers and...
Automotive

Tourism industry in turbulent times

Identifying ways out of the global economic crisis

The economic crisis’ impact on the tourism industry has become apparent with a delay, but is currently putting existing business models under pressure. The set phrase that travel is the last thing consumers compromise on is no longer valid. Generally declining demand for travel in the leisure and...

HSPA and mobile WiMax for Mobile Broadband Wireless Access

HSPA and mobile WiMax for Mobile Broadband Wireless Access.

The advent of mobile broadband access is accompanied by significant uncertainties over the likely future successes of the new technology choices that are becoming available. In particular, the relative commercial and technical advantages and disadvantages of operating HSPA vs. mobile WiMax remain...

Profitable Growth through Service

Profitable Growth through Service

Innovative service strategies offer a large potential for increasing growth and profitability in the investment goods industries as in these mature markets competitive pressure is rising continuously and differentiation through physical products becomes more and more difficult. In this situation...
Industrial goods & services

Commercial Vehicle Trend Study Towards 2015

How Technology Will Change Value Chain Structures

While numerous studies have analysed developments in the passenger car industry, the heavy-duty commercial vehicle industry has largely remained a blind spot. That is why Arthur D. Little decided to conduct a study on the future of trucks. We elaborated hypotheses on several issues which we tested...

Automotive Power Electronics 2015

Automotive innovation relies heavily on electronics.

This Arthur D. Little study deals with the future use of power electronics in automotive technology. Beginning with an overview of the power electronics market and then developing the five mega-trends in automobile electronics that will drastically influence the motor industry, we have detailed the...

How to manage portfolio companies when the economy is down

Strategies to Turn an Economic Slump to Portfolio Companies’ Advantage

Management summary The current U.S. economic environment has profoundly hurt companies of all sizes and ownership structures. Rising raw material costs, driven by volatile commodity prices and rising supply chain costs, have crippled EBITDA margins. Adding to the pain, companies...
Private equity

The accidental distressed investor

Optimizing investment recovery

Management Summary As the credit and economic crisis deepens, many investors aresuddenly finding themselves in possession of assets or portfolio companies that are closing in on default scenarios.Managerial under-performance and over-leveraged balance sheets coupled with the economic...
Private equity

The World is becoming flat...

Overcoming infrastructure issues for mobile operators

Flat-fee offerings are emerging for voice, data and multimedia services in many countries around the world. As flat-fee offers become increasingly aggressive, it can be already observed that they cause severe quality problems for all customers consuming these services. In this article we highlight...

Arthur D. Little

Breakthrough enablers

Arthur D. Little is the first management consulting firm in the world. While we have invented management consulting, we have very much remained focused on innovation, and believe the current times are extremely exciting, as we are entering an era in which success will be predicated on...