Travel & Transportation Germany | Wirtschaftswoche online | 29 April 2014

Germany`s threatened flagship industries

High costs, new competitors, strategic omissions, governmental interference endanger Germany`s welfare. Cost pressure forces companies like Airbus to cut jobs and optimize sourcing. This in turn squeezes aerospace suppliers. According to a recent Arthur D. Little publication, the suppliers are still profitable as they can continue to sell either to Boeing or to Airbus – but these options are short-term.

Energy & Utilities Germany | manager magazine online | 17 April 2014

How realistic is this scenario?

Although economically irrational, there is a political risk that Russian gas delivery to Europe could cease. Manager magazine developed a scenario together with international gas experts from Arthur D. Little. “One option for Germany would be to switch gas demand to liquefied natural gas (LNG)”, says Dr Matthias von Bechtolsheim. “Although Germany does not have a LNG-terminal at its disposal, there are several bordering counties with re-gasification plants – most of them are 80% unused.”

Energy & Utilities Germany | Bloomberg | 11 April 2014

Gas Carousel Making Spain Europe’s Biggest LNG Exporter

Spain overtook Norway last month to become the region’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas but Spain’s gas use dropped eight per cent last year. “Spanish demand for the gas probably won’t recover any time soon” predicts Stephen Rogers, a partner at consultancy Arthur D. Little in London. “It is likely to be many months, or possibly years, before Spain needs all of the gas that it has contracted for use in powering its own economy” he added.

UK | The Sunday Times | 23 March 2014

When a spin-off is the only answer

If your employees have come up with a promising innovation, a separate venture may be the best home for it.  Some companies invest a lot of time and money in innovation in the hope that their staff will come up with profitable ideas.  It doesn’t necessarily follow, however, that they should develop those ideas themselves. Rick Eagar, partner at Arthur D. Little says “Parents naturally want to retain some interest in the spin-out, such as minority share ownership, royalties on the transferred intellectual property or opportunities to be a supplier to the new business.  These are all reasonable and normal, and perfectly sensible if done carefully.  But too much ownership and interference in the spin-out’s operations, heavy initial royalties – choking the spin-out’s cash flow – and tight restrictions on its freedom to choose other suppliers…are all good ways to ensure early failure.”

Travel & Transportation Germany | Handelsblatt | 19 March 2014

Hong Kong is best

By 2050, over 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities - but how will people move from one place to another? To answer this question the global management consultancy Arthur D. Little has researched the mobility range of 84 cities around the globe. Only 11 of these cities are positioned well enough to master the challenges of tomorrow's mobility. The overall winner is Hong Kong; Stockholm and Amsterdam follow; midrange is Copenhagen, Vienna, Singapore, Paris and Zurich; lagging desperately behind are Hanoi and Baghdad.

Energy & Utilities UK | The Energy Industry Times | 16 March 2014

The future of energy utilities

Companies operating in the electricity sector are at a crossroads.  While the future of the utility business is impossible to predict, there are some possible business strategies that utilities should adopt to survive in the new paradigm. Market conditions in the energy utility sector, at least in Europe, are the most challenging in living memory.  The centralised, integrated giants, which emerged from waves of central planning and international consolidation, now see their historical business model challenged by several factors including completion, political initiatives, regulation and structural changes.  Furthermore, technological change creates additional challenges in areas such as smart meters, micro-generation and distributed generation.

Travel & Transportation Germany | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | 14 March 2014

Berlin races, London rumbles

Automotive manufacturers are changing their business models and moving towards mobility service providers that offer networked urban mobility. This is necessary due to the increasing process of urbanization across the world. A recent study by management consultancy Arthur D. Little highlights the scope of this emerging multi-billion Euro market. The consultants researched and compared the transport systems of 84 international cities and ranked them according to 19 criteria ranging from the proportion of travel that takes place on public transport to the density of their cycle lane networks. The study envisions the ideal urban transport system of the future as a place where bikes would be as widely used as in Wuhan, bike-sharing would be widespread as in Brussels and the rail network would run as frequently as the London Tube.

Berlin races, London rumbles article

Travel & Transportation Austria | Medianet | 14 March 2014

Arthur D. Little screens mobility in more than 80 cities

For cities all over the world, mobility is a key topic of interest. Therefore, in its study The future of Urban Mobility - Imperatives to shape extended mobility ecosystems of tomorrow" management consultancy Arthur D. Little evaluated the options for mobility in 84 major cities concerning their maturity and their level of performance. Vienna, capital of Austria, was ranked number five and has improved three places since the former study back in 2011. "Vienna scores highly with several initiatives to solve the city´s congestion problems", says Oleksii Korniichuk, the author of the study.

Arthur D. Little screens mobility in more than 80 cities article

Automotive, TIME Germany | Wirtschaftswoche online | 06 March 2014

Continental – Former problem child transformed to stock exchange star

The number of human-interfaces in cars will grow significantly in the years to come. A snapshot of the future was captured at the Geneva International Motor Show - almost all car manufacturers promoted their latest models as mobile command centers capable of integrating Smartphones and tablets. Arthur D. Little considers the car`s digitalization as a key trend – with disruptive potential for the whole automotive industry. Additionally, the trend recognizes the movement towards software and services.

Travel & Transportation UK | ITS International | 01 March 2014

Survey shows cities’ shortcomings

Most of the world’s cities are ill-equipped to cope with the predicted increase in demand on urban travel – that is the stark finding of the second ‘Future of Urban Mobility’ study carried out by global management consultancy Arthur D. Little.  Compiled in association with the international Association of Public Transport (UITP), the survey examines and rates urban mobility in 84 cities worldwide against an extended set of criteria ranging from the financial attractiveness of public transport to the density of vehicles registered. So what would a city that performs well across all criteria look like? According to the authors it would have a best-in-class urban mobility system as affordable as Hong Kong, with a similar vehicle density, modal split and level of smart-card acceptance.  It would also have Stockholm’s clean air, as much cycling as Amsterdam and be as safe as Copenhagen.  Public transport service would be as frequent as the London Tube, combined with a bike sharing system from Brussels or Paris and Stuttgart’s car sharing scheme. Travel times would be a short as Nantes and its climatic impact would be as small as that of Wuhan.

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