Manufacturing: a tough market

Developments in the manufacturing industry pose difficult questions for market players. Arthur D. Little's manufacturing practice works with you to develop and implement innovative solutions.

A robust segmentation model enabling the development of the product portfolio is crucial for company development. However, real benefits come only when they are supported by a modularization and platform roadmap. We propose an approach covering the complete value chain from market segmentation to technical module [...]

Construction Trade Convergence

The trend towards energy efficiency, “green building” solutions, renovation or value-added services, means that previously distinct construction trades and value chain structures are beginning to converge. Established construction companies, material suppliers or technical building equipment providers: who will win the race to gain most of future market share? Is it time now for forward looking entrepreneurs to start innovating their business to outcompete their peers? [...]

Capture growth while managing the risk of over-engineering

There is a clear trend towards improved energy efficiency in industrial products and systems. The trend is driven more by market factors than by governmental intervention. Leading companies are setting energy efficiency targets and launch development programs to deliver more energy efficient products and systems. [...]

Definition of attractive regional markets and expansion strategy for a world leading cement producer

Challenge: The client and its Chinese partner target to further develop its leading position in China. They need to identify and expand into attractive markets surrounding regions in the next 3-5 years, in particular when there is nationwide restructuring and rapid development of Chinese cement industry. However, [...]

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Viewpoints20 May 2016

Outsourcing model redesign

Unleash latent improvement potential by taking a fresh look at established partnerships

<p style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; widows: auto; "><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: UniversLT, sans-serif; ">Outsourcing has been widely implemented in all industries. While some of these partnerships [...]

Viewpoints20 February 2016

Aviation MROs

Delivering long-term value in a transformed aftermarket

As the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) landscape is disrupted by the emergence of new technologies and the growing presence of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the aftermarket, we examine these challenges and propose a [...]

Viewpoints18 February 2016

Confronting Core Market Decline

Portfolio diversification in the industrial services sector

Portfolio-led diversification can create a wealth of new growth opportunities for industrial service providers, but also presents new challenges. In this article, we highlight some critical success factors for the effective transition to a [...]

Viewpoints12 February 2016

Aerospace Supplier Squeeze – Ways Out?

Arthur D. Little’s strategic recommendations for commercial aerospace suppliers

This guest blog post at Aerospace Diary, an online forum for aerospace professionals, is based on Arthur D. Little's Viewpoint that takes the same title. The aerospace and defense (A&amp;D) industry today struggles with a duality: [...]