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The Eternal Circle

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...
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Silence for the merger and acquisition storm

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...
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The employers claim government support for access to credit

Governments need to support the companies in getting easy access to loans. The Arthur D. Little crisis survey “Waking up in a new world” is mentioned with a quote from Michael Traem, the Global CEO of Arthur D. Little included.
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The white giant

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...
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The aviation-crisis gets worse

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...
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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...
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Android's landing on the mobile arena

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...
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Water footprint: the key to tracking and reducing use?

Due to the increasing pressure on water resources, this article aims to report on the slow but steady progress of water footprinting. David Lyon from the UK’s Sustainability & Risk Practice spoke at a recent water conference in London organised by Agra Informa. His thoughts are included in this...
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Blue-sky approach sought for imporving early warning

In an article that talks about the need for robust risk management to ensure a bright future for companies, James Catmur, Sustainability & Risk Practice UK, is quoted as saying “we found that only relying on standards and compliance is not sufficient to achieve good risk management...other...
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"Opinion - showcase of the nation" - guest...

Austria's most important daily newspaper "Die Presse" cited Stefan Höffinger in connection with the latest discussion about the new Airport Terminal "Skylink". "Airports are the marketplaces and traffic junctions of the 21st century" ... "Airports as realisation...
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