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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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Businesses that survive will emerge from the recession in...

The article argues that companies who take advantage of the recession in order to change their structure will end up much stronger if they survive the recession. It discusses Arthur D. Little's three sets of action for companies: 'hygiene', 'fitness', and 'muscle-building' and how they will help...
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UK lacks unity on wind energy

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...
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Regards croisés sur l'aéroport de 2025

It's now necessary for airport and operation management players to adapt a long-term vision and elaborate new strategies (to anticipate airport in 2025). (...) The "city airport concept" will develop in the coming years and impose a new business model to airports : to turn infrastructure...
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Chinesische Telekomausrüster starten Aufholjagd

The market share of Chinese telecom suppliers like ZTE and Huawei is constantly growing. Their success is not only due to their reasonable prices, but also to their power to innovate. An Arthur D. Little assessment considers Huawei along with the Swedish Ericsson in the group of the most...
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Electroshocks for the Auto industry

Reasonably priced electro cars for everyday use won't be available tomorrow, says Stefan Lippautz from Arthur D. Little. Currently consumers are willing to pay an extra of around 3,000 Euro for such a car which is why Lippautz sees the biggest chances for these cars in conurbations.
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“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.
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