Arthur D. Little and Solidiance Form Comprehensive Alliance to Strengthen Their Business Operations in Asia

Singapore, Singapore, November 29, 2012 --( Global management consulting firm Arthur D. Little signed a comprehensive partnership agreement with Solidiance, a Singapore-based B2B growth strategy advisory firm operating in several Asian countries, with the aim of jointly pursuing business in the region.

In the wake of Arthur D. Little’s shift to a new organization structure following their Management Buyout last December, the firm has been looking for ways to enhance the company’s network, especially in emerging markets, in order to respond to growing demands from clients for greater support in the region as these companies continue to globalize at an accelerating rate. With rising risks associated with China and worsening conditions in the business environment, Japanese companies in particular have increasing support needs for business operations in the South East Asia region.

Alliance partner, Solidiance, has been a strong promoter of “growth and innovation” in China, South East Asia, and India since its founding in 2007. Solidiance has achieved steady growth by providing a variety of growth advisory services grounded on first-hand local marketplace knowledge, on behalf of a wide range of Fortune 1000 client mostly in industrial applications, technology and healthcare, spanning from B2B market opportunity analysis to planning market entry and growth strategy.

Solidiance and Arthur D. Little share many of the same values, such as an emphasis on leveraging innovation creation to contribute to client companies' growth as well as their clear client-centric approach. Over the past two years the two firms have already collaborated on a number of consulting projects, and with this agreement, the two companies will now pursue more extensive collaboration, offer a greater level of service to clients and provide a greater commitment to advancing client company value, especially in the Asian Region.

Regarding this agreement, Arthur D. Little (Japan) Director Yonoshin Mori, who is in charge of this alliance, said the following: “Asian strategy is one of the core growth platforms, not only for Japanese companies, but for all manufacturing companies deploying globally. By forming a comprehensive partnership with Solidiance, we will be able to provide an even higher level of consulting services to global companies operating in Asia, combining local expertise and in-depth knowledge of technology and business.”

Solidiance’s co-Founder and Managing Partner Damien Duhamel, commented that: "We are absolutely delighted to partner with Arthur D. Little, the oldest yet most innovative Management Consulting firm in the world. Our people-focus and customer-centric mindsets are very much alike. As such, we believe the combination of our mutual strengths will offer clients better inroads into the growing emerging markets of Asia where Solidiance has a very strong regional position."

For Arthur D. Little (Japan) Inc., in addition to an on-going dedication to its traditional work in business strategy planning and innovation, this Asia partnership represents an opportunity to improve support to boost clients' global structures, and accelerate their Asia growth.

For inquiries about this press release please contact:
Arthur D. Little (Japan) Inc.  Head of Public Relations 03-3436-2196
Solidiance. Regional Executive Marcom

About Arthur D. Little
The firm was founded in 1886 by M.I.T. professor Arthur D. Little, making it the world’s first management consulting firm. For over 125 years, Arthur D. Little has supported client business innovation, focusing on the areas of strategy, technology and innovation.

Currently, Arthur D. Little has 26 offices in 20 countries worldwide with over 1000 professional consultants. For more details:

About Arthur D. Little (Japan) Inc.
Arthur D. Little (Japan) Inc. is Arthur D. Little’s subsidiary in Japan, where it was first established in 1978. Since then, Arthur D. Little Japan has provided consulting services and solutions to a wide range of corporate issues to top management at leading companies, focusing on Japan’s manufacturing industry in particular. For more details:

About Solidiance
Solidiance is a dedicated B2B growth strategy consultancy firm focused on Asia with offices in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.. We perform market opportunity analysis to support the Asia market growth expansion strategies of our clients and provide them with the required insights and the necessary roadmap to capture profitable market share in the region. For more details:
Sitaresti Astarini
+ 65 31520301
Singapore (HQ) + 65 3152 0301
Indonesia +(84 8) 3521 8639
China +86 21 5301 9980
Thailand +66-2-611-2664
Malaysia + 60 3 9205 8429
Myanmar +95 9431 54745
Vietnam +84 8 3521 8639