TIME Germany | Wirtschaftswoche | 08 October 2013

Deutsche Telekom flirts with Orange

AT&T, Telefónica and Vodafone are on a shopping tour. Thus the fragmented European market with far more than 100 mainly nationwide active mobile communications and fixed network suppliers should become a uniform European home market with three or four strong players. This is the only way for Europe to catch up with American and Asian groups concerning incredibly fast internet and mobile communications networks. Even Deutsche Telekom is searching for suitable candidates to take over. The company works closely in so many business segments with its business partner Orange that they can fuse at any time. Ansgar Schlautmann of Arthur D. Little considers such a mega consolidation as likely: “Due to the high number of cooperations a wedding in the long term is absolutely possible.”

Energy & Utilities UK | Petroleum Review | 04 October 2013

Technology Application in Mid-Sized Oil and Gas Companies

Mid-sized upstream oil and gas companies often make relatively low investments in technology development and lack the leverage over service and equipment companies that is held by the larger E&P companies.

In this article, Arthur D. Little describes the results of a review in which it found that those mid-sized E&P companies with more proactive approaches to the adoption of technologies and stronger technology management processes generally seemed to yield better overall business performance expressed in both cost and resource replacement terms. This suggests that improving technology strategies can bring substantial benefits to the business performance of mid-sized E&P companies.

Technology Application in Mid-Sized Oil and Gas Companies article

First published in Petroleum Review October 2013
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Healthcare UK | European Biopharmaceutical Review | 01 October 2013

Gaining Approval

In this article, Thilo Kaltenbach of Arthur D. Little Healthcare Practice looks at how pharmaceutical companies must implement specific strategies and work alongside payers and patients in order to authorise new drugs in an ever-changing global market. The article discusses market access challenges, national differences, the impact on biotech companies and key success factors.

TIME UK | Reuters | 01 October 2013

Arthur D. Little: Competitiveness, Investment and Public Policy Goals: TIME for a Rethink

Arthur D. Little has launched Strategic Advisory Services for Competition and Regulation (SASCAR). The SASCAR competence centre will help define socially and economically appropriate public policy and support telecoms companies, manufacturers, governments and regulators in a global market increasingly dependent on the digital economy. Dr. Karim Taga, Managing Partner and Global Practice Leader of Arthur D. Little’s TIME practice said, “The Arthur D. Little TIME practice is very proud to add such an important service line to our core portfolio. Our consultants will work side-by-side with many high-caliber experts in the public policy and regulatory domain that we have invited to join the SASCAR competence centre. We have strong and independent opinions and we are eager to further engage our clients with what we believe is a highly relevant value proposition.”

Travel & Transportation Germany | Wirtschaftswoche online | 01 October 2013

Gathering longer at Lufthansa

Those who pay less for their ticket will get less miles: Lufthansa tightens the conditions on price conscious passengers and supports their change to competitors of the Gulf. The airline already suffers from the growing competition of Turkish or Gulf Airlines, as Ralf Baron, partner of the management consultancy Arthur D. Little says in a study for the Wirtschaftswoche: "In the beginning a high proportion of the travel novices fly long distance with Gulf airlines, because on average they are clearly cheaper than the Europeans."

Automotive UK | New Business | 27 September 2013

The Connected Car – Finally Coming True?

In this article, Dr. Andreas Gissler, Director for the Automotive, Manufacturing and Mobility Group at Arthur D. Little discusses the vision of the ‘connected car’ and its significant impact on the industry. He states that OEMs should create the framework today so that they can overcome start-up hurdles and achieve competitive advantage in the saturated market. He says that OEMS need to immediately find answers to some key questions in order to make the vision of the connected car a sustainable success story.

Healthcare Germany | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | 17 September 2013

Health insurance funds demand central control of new medicine devices

The conflict between German medical device manufacturers and the health insurance funds is becoming rougher. Background is a new EU order which should regulate how medical devices will come to the market in future. In a provocative paper, health insurance funds are demanding sharper licensing controls for medical devices and a central control like the American health authority, the FDA. The medical device industry fears a competitive loss due to more bureaucratic work and costs and describes the paper as a frontal attack against the innovation ability of the German medical technology manufacturers. “The problem is that the growth of the medical device manufacturers depends to a large extent on the refunding policies of health insurance funds“, explains Thilo Kaltenbach from Arthur D. Little.

Energy & Utilities UK | European Oil & Gas | 15 September 2013

Achieving Integration

In this article, Ben Thuriaux-Aleman and Stephen Rogers of Arthur D. Little talk about the emergence of the projects, technology and procurement division in E&P organisations. Companies are under increasing pressure to deploy their best available technological capabilities to maximise recovery and efficiency, while at the same time minimising costs in a safe way. Innovations should have the greatest impact in greenfield projects given that the performance levels baked in with technology selection are locked-in for the full 20 – 40 years. However, the strong pressure on ‘first oil’ means that projects managers are rewarded against delivery on schedule and scope. The authors state that a new organisational form that tackles these challenges is the integration of Projects, Technology and Procurement into one single, integrated global division. They suggest that as asset development challenges drive the development and adoption of more and more complex technologies, this organisational design will be seen more frequently in the future.

TIME UK | Connect World | 15 September 2013

Will 4G Bring Growth?

Didier Levy, director of Arthur D. Little’s Telecommunications, IT Media and Electronics practice, considers the business impact of 4G LTE for telecoms companies. He says that moving to 4G is extremely important for European telecom operators whose current networks are running out of capacity. He states that 4G LTE can carry 70 per cent more traffic than the latest 3G technology, which is enough to meet capacity needs for the next ten years. Didier says that operators need new tariff structures, partnerships with content providers, cost reductions, better network utilisation and network sharing if they are to build profits.

Automotive Germany | Handelsblatt online | 11 September 2013

With E-Mobility into the transportation business

VW and BMW have entered the market for e-mobility and Mercedes will follow. The current number one, Renault-Nissan, wants to remain on top by securing commercial customers of e-mobility such as logistics companies and suppliers. Klaus Schmitz from Arthur D. Little says, “Because of the low density of electric cars, private investments for public charging stations are not worthwhile. And vice versa the missing infrastructure prevents the market uptake of electric cars.”

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