UK | The Times | 06 May 2009

Benchmarking eco-friendly performance

Chris Smith, a principal at Arthur D. Little’s Sustainability and Risk practice in the UK is quoted in the article ‘Benchmarking eco-friendly performance’ from The Times newspaper’s Sustainable Investments supplement. The article looks at the financial trade-off of investment in sustainable developments to follow regulations on environmental protection. Smith claims that “the steps that companies are taking depend on a whole range of factors, including geography, sector, financial strategy and the regulatory environment,” thus making it difficult to tie down corporates on their carbon policies.

China | Dialogue (China Central Television (CCTV)) | 06 May 2009

Chrysler’s Bankruptcy Protection

Dr. Thomas Schiller was invited to this 30 minutes live programme to address Chrysler’s bankruptcy protection issues. Chrysler, the third-largest American automaker, filed for bankruptcy last Thursday after months of negotiations with regulators, unions and creditors fell apart when a small group of debt- holders balked at the government’s final terms for an out-of-court restructuring. The programme tries to answer following questions: Why would the United States government, while bailing out its banking sector with billions of US dollars, refuse to back America’s auto industry, which epitomized modernization and strength of the country?

Switzerland | CHemie PLUS | 04 May 2009

Operational Excellence and PAT have an effect

The market for pharma installations is highly attractive, but bears numerous risks. On the one hand engineers have to deal with the splits between major enterprises and medium-sized businesses, on the other hand they need to have more and more special knowledge about regulatory basic conditions as well as production processes. Dr. Werner Zesch, Head of Chemical & Pharma Practice at Arthur D. Little, outlines his opinion about trends in pharma installations and what operators, contractors and providers should prepare for.

Germany | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) | 29 April 2009

The End of Oil

Price fluctuations, supply uncertainty and climate change are three substantial reasons why oil can no longer play its current dominant role in the energy mix of the future. This is the conclusion reached by Peter Hughes, Director of Arthur D. Little. Energy efficiency improvements, alternative sources of power as well as issues concerning carbon dioxide could result in the world economy moving quite some distance away from the current oil-centric world in the next ten years. 

UK | The Financial Times; Energy Efficient Buildings | 27 April 2009

Efforts increase to improve sustainability

Davide Vassallo,  is quoted in the leading article of the Financial Times’ Energy Efficient Buildings supplement. The article looks at how ‘big name’ buildings, such as the Empire State Building in New York, are being overhauled to reduce their environmental impact. Davide is quoted as saying that Arthur D. Little believes the “best time for companies to consider improving the environmental impact of their facilities is when they are already planning a major investment into building refurbishment or expansion” and that they “estimate the cost of adding a sustainability element to a major capital investment at 5 to 20 per cent of the total cost.”

UK | The Independent | 24 April 2009

UK lacks unity on wind energy

Matthew Jackson writes to The Independent on the lack of unity and co-ordination in the UK’s offshore wind industry. Matthew states that this lack of unity now has the UK facing major competition for foreign direct investment and that both the government and industry will have to work twice as hard to establish the UK as a major player in the development of Europe’s offshore wind industry.

Switzerland | Neue Zürcher Zeitung | 24 April 2009

Arts and culture boom

This article explores how global holiday tour operators are penetrating the small niche market of art sellers, music and cultural travel following an increasing desire from holidaymakers for more than just relaxation and tranquillity. Arthur D. Little’s “Art Cities: arts and culture as a strategy to create local political advantage” is cited and quoted as saying “Approximately 4400 new jobs were created by the museum [Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao], through hotels and other tourist services.”

Germany | Spiegel Online | 22 April 2009

Ryanair

Ryanair is benefiting from the current recession, says airline boss Michael O'Leary. But he’s suffered a dampner not only in his attempts to negotiate crisis-induced super-discounts with Airbus, airports are also no longer willing to meet the Irish low-cost airline part-way in its demands for fee reduction, explains Stefan Höffinger, Managing Director of Arthur D. Little Austria and Head of the consultancy’s Air Traffic Competence Center.

Germany | Heute Journal (German TV news program) | 22 April 2009

China: The Auto Industry's Latest Darling

Not for nothing did Stuttgart car manufacturers Porsche present their newest luxury model " Panamera" at the Shanghai Motor Show. Over the last few years China has developed into one of the most important locations for the automotive industry and is now ready to take a leap: The country wants to become the market leader in electric cars within a short period of time. In discussion with the ZDF (Germany’s second TV channel) Thomas Schiller, Arthur D. Little’s automotive expert in China, presented a new study “Shifting Centers of Gravity" and explained why China’s significance in automotive manufacturing will continue to grow.

France | Les Echos | 22 April 2009

Air Transport Hubs, stars of the dominant economic model

Olivier Noyer quotes Mathieu Blondel, a manager at Arthur D. Little in Paris, “The pressure of the “low cost” becomes more marked in the short and medium networks of large companies”

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