Paper 1 Timeline


Royal Danish Bearings company created


Created in Denmark, a Danish machinist named Henrik Holstein

Market position determined


Market position was determined by the high quality and high price of its ball bearings.

Valdemar was born


Japanese companies' competition


RDB began to face competition from Japanese companies but because of their well established reputation they maintained their market share.

Valdemar Holstein started working at the company


Valdemar Holstein replaced Henrik (his father)


Shift to Just-In-Time Production


As Japan's economy developed, wages rose substantially. To remain competitive, Japanese companies moved to just-in-time production. Because of the method, their flexibility became their unique selling point which made it competitive with RDB.

Anna was born


Anna becomes CEO


Anna, Valdemar's daughter replaced him as CEO. She began to implement green approaches to RDB manufacturing. RDB should focus on corporate social responsibility and examine its impact on the environment and its customers' carbon footprint. Vision is to make RDB one of the world's most technologically advanced energy efficient ball bearings and to downsize the big factory in Denmark. RDB's production would be offshored to twelve small factories. Marketing would play a major role in the new RDB. Wrote all the details and ideas in her strategic plan called "RDB 2020."

Valdemar creates Alternative Plan


Valdemar was stunned when Anna proposed this plan because RDB was a Danish company and felt the need to provide jobs to Danish people. He asked her for time to come up with an alternative proposal that would incorportate some her ideas. He came up with rebranding the company and changing from RDB to "Green Bearings, an RDB company" and adopt Anna's marketing stadegy. It would remain in Northern Europe but divide each of the three mega factories to serve a region of the world. It would form stategic alliances with ball bearing companies in Brazil, China and India.

Sudden collapse of Icelandic banks


RDB had their funds in the Icelandic banks, but RDB managed to recover most its funds.