German Lufthansa vice president Christoph Franz intends to cut spending budgets by 2011: about one billion Euro are to be saved by optimizing structures, projects, products and processes. In doing so, he wants to skip any advice from external experts, with one exception: Arthur D. Little is supposed to work for the aviation company regarding issues of purchase.
The international aviation industry anticipates losses as high as eleven billion US-Dollar for 2009. Particularly the premium-segments-sales are still under pressure. Though the proportion of premium customers will rise again after the recession, it will be far from reaching former levels of the economy, states Ralf Baron, Leader of the ‘travel and transportation’ team at Arthur D. Little.
In this article, Dean Brabec from Arthur D. Little’s Energy & Utilities Practice answers among others, the following questions: Did the fall of the Moravia Energo company come out of the blue? Was it possible to predict the situation, or even to prevent it? Where to look for the main causes of Moravia Energo's collapse? What impact did the company's demise have on other market players? Can a similar situation repeat itself, and how can we prevent it?
The German Industry spends 45 per cent of expenditures on material costs, but less than 20 per cent on labour costs. German companies pay about 500 billion Euro for metals, plastics and raw materials each year. The modernisation of production assets could save up to 100 billion Euro, concludes a new study performed by Arthur D. Little in cooperation with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and Fraunhofer Institute.
The author analyzes how and why Android (Google's mobile operating system) has not reached its sales targets in the first months after its launch. Juan Vera, Principal from Arthur D. Little’s TIME Practice in Spain, was interviewed on the issue and explained the opportunity Android means for smartphones which do not have their legacy OS (that is every smartphone but for iphone, Blackberry and Nokia),the fierce competition Googles's OS will find from Windows Mobile and the main strengths of each player.
Report on the salaries of pilots in Czech Airlines, where an Arthur D Little analysis of pilot salaries was mentioned and its results were quoted.
Dr. Thomas Schiller was invited to deliver a speech. Arthur D.Little China co-sponsored a session around the automotive innovation at 2009 International Forum on Chinese Automotive Industry Development (2009 IFCAID) on September 5th, 2009 in Tianjin, China. Dr. Thomas Schiller delivered a speech on function oriented modularization to the business executives as well as governmental officials.
New Asian car manufacturers and component suppliers are eager to enter the triad markets, threatening traditional players in these markets. As already seen in steel- and IT-industries, there are dislocations of the centers of gravitation within the automotive-sector, says a recent Arthur D. Little study. Especially for growing markets in China and India new development-strategies are vital, because German products are often over-engineered and therefore do not meet the masses‘ needs in Asia.
For several months, CEO, Philippe Germond has launched a global offer on sports betting to be ready for the opening of gaming and betting market to competition on January 1st 2010. A study carried out by Arthur D. Little has recently estimated that market at 3.4 billion euros.
After the success of banks’ “microcredit” to poorest, insurers also want to contribute to reduce social disparities. An Arthur D. Little study determine strategic keys of microinsurance (Financial Services VP : Emerging markets in microinsurance (Thiemo Rehlaender, Jens Ellrich, Erik Almqvist, Vincent Bamberger, Bruno Padinha & Chris Smith).