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Process, Production

Chip shortages force German carmakers to throttle production even as demand recovers

July 21, 2021

Via: The New York Times

The global semiconductor shortage is disrupting production in the German car industry just as demand rebounds strongly from the pandemic-induced downturn. Automakers Daimler and BMW said this week that the lack of chips had forced assembly lines to slow down […]


Process, Production

Factory Output Dips 0.1% in June on Auto Chip Shortage

July 16, 2021

Via: Transport Topics

U.S. factory output slid last month as a shortage of computer chips disrupted auto production. Manufacturing production dipped 0.1% in June — the third drop in five months, the Federal Reserve reported July 15. Overall, industrial production — including output […]


Process, Production

Taiwan and Korea host 40% of worldwide wafer capacity

July 14, 2021

Via: Electronics Weekly

The report looks at the total installed monthly capacity of fabs located in a region regardless of the headquarters location of the companies that own the fabs. For example, the wafer capacity that Samsung has installed in the U.S. is […]


Aerospace & Defense, Industry Focus Areas, Process, Production

Boeing Faces New Dreamliner Production Problem

July 13, 2021

Via: The Wall Street Journal

A new production problem has surfaced with Boeing Co. ’s 787 Dreamliner, further delaying deliveries of the popular wide-body jets. Boeing expects the newly discovered defect to take at least three weeks to address, people familiar with the matter said. […]


Process, Production

US Manufacturing Technology Orders were $404.6 million for April 2021

June 18, 2021

Via: Today's Medical Developments

U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders totaled $404.6 million in April 2021, a decline of 12% from March 2021 but an increase of 72% from April 2020, according to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report published by AMT – The Association […]


Design & Planning, Process, Production

Toshiba shrinks solid-state lidar for transport infrastructure

June 11, 2021

Via: Electronics Weekly

A key improvement is within the silicon photo-multiplier (SiPM) light receiving integrated circuits which have light-receiving cells controlled by transistors. The new chips have smaller transistor modules, replace buffer layers protecting the transistors with newly-developed insulating trenches between the transistors […]


Process, Production

Bosch opens $1.2 billion German chip plant

June 7, 2021

Via: Automotive News

Robert Bosch opened a 1 billion euro ($1.2 billion) chip plant in Germany on Monday, in a record investment by the supplier as it gears up for the latest electric and self-driving cars. The plant, located in a semiconductor hub […]


Process, Production

Another step on the road to graphene mass production

June 7, 2021

Via: Electronics Weekly

Growth it on liquid catalyst shows promise, as the liquid surface is naturally flat, and devoid of crystal structure that can encourage periodic defects in the graphene. Furthermore, it might be possible to float or peel fresh graphene from the […]


Process, Production, Regulations

American Steel is Cleaner than its Competition. Can We Leverage That?

June 2, 2021

Via: Alliance for American Manufacturing

A report released last week supports what we’ve been saying all along: The American steel industry’s recent push towards carbon efficiency is good for the environment and our economy. The report, commissioned by the Climate Leadership Council (CLC), focuses on […]


Process, Production

Manufacturing Output Increased in April for a Second Month

May 14, 2021

Via: Transport Topics

U.S. manufacturing output rose in April by slightly more than expected, suggesting further improvement for factories that are otherwise buffeted by supply shortages and shipping challenges. Factory output increased by 0.4% in April, after an upwardly revised 3.1% jump in […]