TIME UK | Financial Times | 02 August 2010

Why mobile phones can transform banking

In an ft.com/beyondbrics blog post, the focus of discussion is the issue of increased mobile payments in bric and emerging markets. The piece focuses on the findings within Arthur D. Little’s “M-Payments in M-BRIC” report and how mobile phone penetration is outstripping access to financial services in the BRICs, Mexico and emerging markets. A chart from within the report is used to articulate the findings.

Energy & Utilities UK | Business Green | 29 July 2010

Keep the coal fires burning a bit longer, says energy analyst

Following acting Editor Andrew Charlesworth’s interview with Nick White regarding the constulancy’s “Realigning UK Energy Policy” paper drawn up in parallel with DECC’s energy review announcement, this article discusses how ADL takes the UK government to task for fixating on wind energy and how Britain should renegotiate its commitment to close old coal- and oil-fired stations by 2015 to successfully decarbonise without too much of a heavy increase in costs to consumers and businesses

Energy & Utilities UK | Business Green | 29 July 2010

Energy policy, smart meters and electric cars

Questioning the DECC energy review announcement in the UK, this article is a write-up of an interview between Nick White and the acting editor of Business Green. Much of the discussion is based on Nick further exploring the ideas presented within ADL’s “Realigning UK Energy Policy” paper.

Chemicals Germany | Technology Review | 28 July 2010

Less oil for chemical industry

There is a new trend named bio-economy. It is the process of substituting oil with unused parts of plants for the production of important basic chemicals. Germany is a pioneer in bio-economics and the expected potential is tremendous. In accordance with a recent Arthur D. Little study, the global production of chemicals is worth around 77 billion Euros. Arthur D. Little estimates this market will triple or even quintuple by 2025.

Travel & Transportation Switzerland | NZZ am Sonntag | 25 July 2010

Emirates’ extensive shopping tour

Germany’s traditional carrier Lufthansa might be outperformed by Emirates Airlines soon as Emirates recently ordered 62 new jets. With their costs advantages, the carrier poses a risk to Swiss Airlines as well. Nathan Zielke, leader of the aviation competence centre at Arthur D. Little summarizes three major advantages for Emirates: the geographic position, efficiency and taxes and the structure of the fleet.

Energy & Utilities UK | Platts Nucleonics Week | 19 July 2010

Study: Veteran operators newcomers face some construction challenges

In an article dedicated to nuclear new build and the management issues involved, Platts Nucleonics Week speak with Arthur D. Little’s Matthias von Bechtolsheim and Michael Kruse following the release of the consultancy’s white paper on this issue. Quotes from both Matthias and Michael are included in the article which highlights the issues discussed within the report

Travel & Transportation Germany | Handelsblatt | 05 July 2010

Google works on holidays too

The online market for flight bookings is hard to grasp, most people pay more for their tickets than they should. Google plans to change this with the hope that other industry leaders will follow their lead. Nathan Zielke, aviation expert at Arthur D. Little says “There are not really any companies able to provide a customer-friendly overlook and transparent survey that comprises all major airlines.” Google will offer a search that will match the customer’s needs whilst being easier to handle.”

Germany | Handelsblatt | 30 June 2010

The car‘s transformation to a PC

For customers and manufacturers alike, high-quality IT in their own vehicle becomes more and more important. While the cubic capacity decreases, the arithmetic achievement of the board computers rises. The costs for a top class system combining sound and navigation mount up to 4,000 Euros. However, the automobile industry will not tolerate sub-suppliers taking over this highly profitable business, according to Stefan Lippautz. They can integrate software manufacturing and data supply, but do not leave the playing field open to them, explains the expert of Arthur D. Little.

Germany | Wirtschaftswoche | 28 June 2010

Final destination: the moon

The corporation OHB is the aerospace industry’s success story, says Stefan Lippautz. Within 25 years the company from northern Germany developed from a five-person-establishment to the third largest aerospace trust in Europe with 1,600 employees. Soon OHB will have reached a 500 million Euro turnover. “The reason for OHB’s competitiveness is their lean approach,” explains the expert from Arthur D. Little. While other companies still calculate under the slogan “cost plus extra charge,” OHB works with the principle “which price does it take to beat the others and how can we foresee that our costs are below theirs?”

Germany | Absatzwirtschaft | 25 June 2010

Interfaces propel innovations

Holistic, balanced and fast innovation management does not only generate a higher turnover, but also a better bottom line. This is one of the results of Arthur D. Littles’s new innovation excellence survey. “Meanwhile top innovators face the problem, that they cannot compare themselves to their competitors within the same industry,” explains Markus Achtert, a principal at the Technology and Innovation Management Practice. For those top innovators it is reasonable to compare their innovation approach merely to those top performers of different branches.

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