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.
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.”
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.
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.
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”
This article is on the merger of Air France and KLM and its effect on the business. Mathieu Blondel, a manager at Arthur D. Little in Paris is quoted on how companies with multi hubs exist elsewhere and citing major airline holding companies who function out of 4 or 5 large hubs.
We are heading towards an increase in merger and acquisition activity, however this article questions whether this is the calm before the storm. Herman Vantrappen, a Director in Arthur D. Little’s Strategy & Organisation Practice in Belgium is featured as saying the key for future M&A activity is through innovation.
45% of all expenditure in German industry is on materials, with costs for personnel costs not even reaching 20%. Businesses are paying out approximately 500 billion euros per year for steel, plastic and intermediate products. More efficient production processes and more modern technical plants could reduce these costs by a fifth, according to a study carried out by Arthur D. Little in cooperation with the Wuppertal Insitute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.
A dedicated article to Arthur D. Little on innovation being a driver for M&A activity. Herman Vantrappen, a Director in Arthur D. Little’s Strategy and Organisation Practice in Belgium is featured.
Decrease in milk sales, price pressure from foreign competitors, angry farmers: The milk business is getting harder and harder. The consulters from Arthur D. Little see only one solution for the Austrian dairies: expansion. “It would be economically reasonable for them to look to new markets in the eastern countries” Stefan Höffinger, Managing Director of Arthur D. Little Austria, says.