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Category: Production


Process, Production

Q1 notebook production to take 29-36% hit

February 18, 2020

Via: Electronics Weekly

Q1 notebook production will fall 29-36% sequentially, says Digitimes Research, due to laboyr and component shortages caused by the coronavirus. Some notebook ODMs’ China plants have capacity utilisation of around 30% due to slow employee returns, the 14-day quarantine requirement […]


Energy, Industry Focus Areas, Process, Production

Department of Energy Awards $187M to Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness

February 12, 2020

Via: Quality Magazine

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $187 million in funding, including $48 million of cost share, for 55 projects in 25 states to support innovative advanced manufacturing research and development. These projects address high-impact manufacturing technology, materials, and […]


Process, Production

U.S. companies cut back on installing robots in 2019

February 11, 2020

Via: Reuters

U.S. companies installed fewer robots in 2019 than they did the year before, the first cut back since 2015, as a downturn in manufacturing fueled by trade wars and weaker demand dampened appetite for the machines. Shipments fell to 23,758, […]


Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle, Process, Production

Carmakers to resume China output after Coronavirus forced closures

February 10, 2020

Via: Manufacturing Global

Below are details on carmakers’ plans (in alphabetical order) as compiled by Reuters: BMW’s China venture with Brilliance said on February 5 the Chinese firm planned to restart production on February 17. Daimler said on February 3 it plans to […]


Process, Production

Top Apple iPhone maker Foxconn restarts key China plant with 10% of workers: source

February 10, 2020

Via: Reuters

Taiwan’s Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, got the green light to restart production in the eastern central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, said the person with direct knowledge of the matter. The company, however, has not yet been allowed […]


Process, Production

Foxconn sees full China production resuming late-February: source

February 5, 2020

Via: Reuters

Taiwan’s Foxconn, which makes smartphones for global vendors including Apple (AAPL.O), has filed requests to reopen factories with Chinese authorities, the source said, adding that a full resumption was not possible until late February due to various travel restrictions imposed […]


Process, Production

Bosch says global auto production may have peaked

January 29, 2020

Via: Automotive News

STUTTGART — Global automotive production may have peaked, Robert Bosch said on Wednesday, announcing job cuts and a review of its business to cope with a 44 percent drop in full-year operating profit and a downturn in demand for cars. […]


Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle, Process, Production

GM investing $3 billion to produce all-electric trucks, autonomous vehicles

January 27, 2020

Via: CNBC

DETROIT — General Motors on Monday announced it will invest $3 billion for production of “a variety” of all-electric trucks and SUVs, as well as the automaker’s recently unveiled Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle. The investment will include $2.2 billion at […]


Industry Focus Areas, Medical, Process, Production

GE Healthcare Life Sciences opens 3D printing center in Umeå to speed hardware manufacture

January 22, 2020

Via: Manufacturing Tomorrow

January 22, 2020 – Umeå, Sweden – GE Healthcare Life Sciences has inaugurated a new additive manufacturing center in Umeå, Sweden. This will integrate 3D printed parts into the production of biomanufacturing equipment. A two-million USD investment, the center is […]


Process, Production, R & D

Chinese property firm Country Garden plans mass production of construction robots

January 17, 2020

Via: Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s largest property developer by sales Country Garden is planning to start mass production of construction robots next year to cut costs and raise efficiency, it said on Friday. The group, which started investing in robotics […]