Germany | Handelsblatt | 03 June 2009

The air gets thinner

Through the various crisis in the last years the international airline industry has learnt to cope much better with the results of the current economic slump, says Ralf Baron. The practice leader of the Travel & Transportation Team at Arthur D. Little says that the airline industry is much more flexible than the manufacturing industry when it comes to adapting offers to new demand structures.

Germany | Handelsblatt | 29 May 2009

“What do you consider client orientation?”

Client orientation, argues, Diethart Bühler, MD Central Europe, is most and first of all an innovation topic. It is most relevant to anticipate customer needs at a stage when customers themselves do not realize they have them. This is what H&M, Dacia or Apple did best in the past.

Germany | Financial Times | 26 May 2009

Ambitious potential Opel investor from China

Beijing Automotive Industry Corp is among the potential investors in Opel. Buying a stake in the German firm would make sense for the Chinese car manufacturer, says Thomas Schiller from Arthur D. Little in Beijing. Currently the Chinese manufacturer is strongly dependant from his joint ventures with Hyundai and Daimler Benz. With a stake in Opel the Chinese would be owners of a renowned brand.

China | The Economic Observer | 25 May 2009

Prospects of Chinese Auto Industry

Dr. Thomas Schiller was quoted in the Chinese leading business newspapers regarding prospects of Chinese auto industry. This article tries to understand the future global landscape of the auto industry and where China will be positioned. To face the challenges and build a competitive Chinese auto industry, Dr. Schiller recommended three major changes: 1) Restructuring and consolidation of the OEMs; 2) Self Innovation - very few OEM are able to survive without their foreign JV partner and self innovation is the key for Chinese OEMs' sustainable growth; 3) More liberal competition instead of current tight regulated auto industry.

Austria | Wirtschaftsblatt | 25 May 2009

Mobile TV is an ongoing problem

As of now, Mobile TV is not yet a success story. A global study from Arthur D. Little says that only one percent of all mobile owners use mobile TV. While there are some growing markets in countries such as South Korea and Italy, a working business model is yet to be found. However, mobile TV could be a good opportunity for  filling a specific niche in a competitive market the report says.

Germany | Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung | 24 May 2009

Ruhr area hopes for a change of image

Art and culture have become much more important economic factors than is usually perceived in the general public says Stefan Höffinger. In his latest report he cites the example of Liverpool. In 2008 the British city was European Capital of Culture and was able to reap great financial and economic benefits from the tourist boom started by this event. The Ruhr area should take the British city as the best practice example.

China | China Radio International | 21 May 2009

The Future of Chrysler

Dr. Thomas Schiller was invited to share his insights with the audience in this programme. Recently, Chrysler has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and announced that it's entered into an agreement with Italian automaker Fiat to keep a vastly scaled-down version of Chrysler going. Unfortunately the restructuring is going to mean thousands of layoffs and buyouts, and represents a fundamental blow to the overall viability of the US auto industry in its current state. So how did Chrysler get to this point in the first place? What are the reasons for Fiat entering into an agreement with Chrysler? And what does the future hold for the US auto industry as a whole?

Austria | Die Presse | 16 May 2009

Titanic: Landing in Sight

Arthur D. Little, an international consultant, invited sixteen University Students from different ourses to a two day strategy workshop. The Challenge: to find and present a Growth Strategy for the Austrian based List Company that specializes in yacht interiors. The title refers to the different scenarios, with  “Titanic“ meaning an ongoing crisis, and “land in sight“ standing for a fresh rise of economic power.

Germany | Handelsblatt | 15 May 2009

Crisis forces everybody into economy class

In February 2009 airless sold 21.1 percent less premium tickets than in February 2008, whereas in economy class it was only 8.3 percent less. Ralf Baron, practice leader of Arthur D. Little’s Travel and Transportation team thinks that even though sales of premium tickets will pick up again after the crisis it will be a long while before pre-crisis levels will have been reached again.

Germany | Infosat | 08 May 2009

IPTV and interactive Services are best “weapon” to beat client erosion for Telcos

Bundled products, and particularly triple play services containing TV services over IPTV could be the maverick product helping incumbents retain old customers and win new ones. This is one of the prime results of the study that Arthur D. Little and Exane BNP Paribas carried out ("Telecom Operators - Reviving the fixed line"). In order to succeed, incumbents need to build up a set of products and continuously keep building on it suggests Klaus von der Hoff, Global Practice Leader of TIME at Arthur D. Little.

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