ASCII Advisory Board Meeting

Our annual Advisory Board meeting took place last week, where we were able to discuss welcome input for the future direction of ASCII. Society at large is at an inflection point: Not only do we have wars on our doorstep, but we also have to meet the challenges of the green transition. As a result, the export-led economic growth model of recent years is increasingly unraveling.   

But these challenges also highlight the important role that a pioneering institution like ASCII can play. Our research enables data-driven, near-term responses to the economic disruptions of our time. One example is the Supply Chain Pressure Index, which we launched in June. For the first time, it is possible to map supply chain bottlenecks affecting Austrian companies in a timely manner.   

Of course, research has to be financed. That is why we are grateful to have the Federal Ministry of Labor and Economic Affairs and the state government of Upper Austria as effective partners at our side.  

Benoit Montreuil, Thomas Eibl, Veit Kohnhauser, Peter Klimek, Markus Gerschberger, Klaus Oberreiter, Klaus Friesenbichler, Bernd Winter, Pol Antras, Ralph Ossa, Stefan Thurner, Thomas Starlinger, Gabriel Felbermayr, Mario Vielgrader, Charlotte Hofer, Sabine Herlitschka, Viktoria Grünberger, Franz Staberhofer, Christa Schlager, Peter Umundum, Georg List, Michael Stern, Martin Kocher, Georg Konetzky; photo credit: Enzo Holey

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Our annual Advisory Board meeting took place last week, where we were able to discuss welcome input for the future direction of ASCII. Society at large is at an inflection point: Not only do we have wars on our doorstep, but we also have to meet the challenges of the green transition. As a result, the export-led economic growth model of recent years is increasingly unraveling.
The European Union is imposing provisional countervailing duties of 21% on battery electric vehicles (BEVs) imported from China from July 4, 2024. This move follows an investigation that found evidence of WTO-inconsistent subsidies for Chinese BEVs. Imports of Chinese vehicles could fall significantly, but prices for electric cars are unlikely to change much in the long term.
On September 16, ASCII is launching a new format to make the exciting world of supply chain research accessible to interested parties outside of science and politics: the ASCII Nachtcafé. This is a series of events in which current topics can be discussed informally over snacks and drinks.