Robert Cyran, U.S. tech columnist, joined Breakingviews in London in 2003 and moved four years later to New York, where he continues to cover global technology, pharmaceuticals and special situations. Robert began his career at Forbes magazine, where he assisted in the startup of the international version of the magazine. Before working at Breakingviews he worked as a market researcher and reporter covering the pharmaceutical industry. Robert has a Masters degree in economics from Birmingham University and an undergraduate degree from George Washington University.
The $1.3 trln software firm’s plan to remove all carbon it has ever produced raises the bar for rivals seeking to appear green. Funding tech to remove atmospheric CO2 adds a multiplier effect. The only way Microsoft could improve on this would be to ditch its dirtier customers.
The indebted Canadian group warned 2019 profit would fall short. It’s trying to cut borrowing, so the last thing it needs is a charge against rail projects combined with a possible cash call at its joint venture with Airbus. Exiting the JV in a hurry may be the least bad option.
It’s tempting to see the $13.7 bln combo of Woodward and Hexcel as a response to the 737 MAX woes of Boeing, a mutual major customer. Sure, combining creates more heft with Boeing and Airbus. But a focus on making aircraft lighter and less polluting has better long-term logic.