Manufacturing Germany | Handelsblatt | 23 April 2012

Decampment to new markets

Most mechanical engineering companies put most of their stakes for too long in a high-tech strategy. On the other hand the players covering the medium segment make it harder for Chinese competitors to catch up in terms of market share. But companies need to gain ground in developing countries. In order to do that, Bernd Hirschle, an expert for distribution strategies at Arthur D. Little says: “The developments for the medium segments cannot be driven from Germany or other leading countries in mechanical engineering. Lokal markets need to be serviced with local products“, he says. “A shift in thinking is essential here. It is vital to have the guts to displace core competencies into these new markets“, he continous.

TIME UK | TelecomTV | 19 April 2012

European telco revenues set to decline

An article about Arthur D. Little’s report: ‘Telecom Operators: Let’s Face It’ – the 11th edition of the annual edition from Arthur D. Little and equity broker Exane BNP Paribas. The article states that core European telco revenues will decline by 1.8 per cent per year until 2015, partly due to the competition of OTT services. Didier Levy, Director in Arthur D. Little’s Telecommunication, Information, Media and Electronics (TIME) practice is quoted saying European operators will need to design and implement new business models as well as consider revenue opportunities in adjacent businesses.

TIME UK | Total Telecom | 17 April 2012

European core telco revenues to decline 1.8% per year until 2015

An article about Arthur D. Little’s report: ‘Telecom Operators: Let’s Face It’ – the 11th edition of the annual edition from Arthur D. Little and equity broker Exane BNP Paribas. The article explains why Europe’s telco sector will see core revenues decline by 1.8% per year through 2015 unless operators make dramatic changes, including cost-cutting and moving into new sectors. Didier Levy, Director in Arthur D. Little’s Telecommunication, Information, Media and Electronics (TIME) practice predicted that depending on the strategy implemented, operators will fit one of three profiles: ‘the mega operator’, ‘the local hero’, or the ‘infrastructure play’.

Technology & Innovation Management Germany | manager magazine online | 13 April 2012

Western machine builders vs the rest of the world

The new challenge for the German mechanical engineering industry is what has already been achieved by  Germany’s car manufacturer’s years ago - - successfully conquering the fast growing emerging countries. „Car manufacturers procure locally, produce locally and even develop in the BRIC-countries. In Germany this is not the case where the mechanical engineering industry is coined predominantly by small and medium sized companies“, says Markus Achtert from Arthur D. Little. „When it comes to new business in China or India, the magic term for them is middle segment“, the expert continues. For customers in China or India, the products have to be good, but – taking the price into account - only good enough and not premium.

Travel & Transportation UK | Modern Railways | 01 April 2012

Unintended consequences

An article about how Britain’s railways are full of contradictions. The article states that track workers often don’t report incidents because they know the pain it will cause. Arthur D. Little is mentioned for its report for McNulty which estimates up to £600million could be saved from the Railway Safety Industry.

Corporate Germany | Financial Times Deutschland | 26 March 2012

New consulting-fields

According to the German Federal Association of Management Consultants, the industry’s turnover will grow tremendously in 2012.  Some new consulting fields have also emerged which will enable further growth. Fabian Dömer, Manging Partner ?? at Arthur D. Little in Germany said : ‘’For some of our customers, smartization and agilization of their services and products are becoming more and more important.’’

Energy & Utilities UK | Utility Week | 09 March 2012

Atomic numbers: doing the sums highlights the potential bottlenecks in staffing Europe’s nuclear revival

An article written by Michael Kruse, Principal at Arthur D. Little and Julia Heizinger, Consultant at Arthur D. Little about labour issues in the nuclear industry. The article states that despite Fukushima, the nuclear renaissance is continuing and research shows that about 39 countries are planning and willing to implement a new nuclear programme.

Automotive, TIME UK | Fleet World | 07 March 2012

ADL publishes e-Mobility guide for OEM’s

An article about Arthur D. Little’s latest viewpoint: ‘The Connected Car’. The article outlines how OEMs must create the framework today to overcome start-up hurdles and achieve competitive advantage in a saturated market.  Andreas Gissler, Director for the Automotive, Manufacturing and Mobility Group at Arthur D. Little, is quoted saying that OEMs are in a real dilemma because there’s a need for action to fulfil the requirements of the ecosystem on connected vehicles; however there are no existing market models that have been successfully applied.

Automotive UK | The Financial Times | 27 February 2012

Drive to keep the industry moving

An article about Bill Ford calling for a unified effort between carmakers, government and mobile technology companies to work together to avoid what he calls “a potential future of crippling congestion.” Arthur D. Little is mentioned for its report on “The Future of Urban Mobility” and is quoted as saying “About 3.5bn people currently live in urban areas. By 2050, the proportion will reach 70 per cent of the population, or 6.3bn people.”

Energy & Utilities UK | Power Engineering International | 15 February 2012

Germany eyes energy efficiency after its nuclear withdrawal

An article about how Germany’s deepening reliance on fluctuating renewables raises the urgency of cutting power consumption. Dr. Matthias von Bechtolsheim, Head of Energy Practice Central Europe for Arthur D. Little, is quoted as saying Germany is expected to become dependent on imported power, as German baseload capacity will be short since operators cannot expect full-load hours and prices due to the significant increase of mostly volatile renewables.

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