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Process, R & D

Lean and Robots: Dynamic Duo or Disruptive Disaster?

June 18, 2019

Via: Industry Week

Lean—be it lean manufacturing or the lean enterprise—has long been an oddly divisive topic of conversation, right down to its very definition. The folks who coined the term in the late 1980s developed a set of lean characteristics, starting with […]


Process, Production

Germany to support three battery cell alliances: economy minister

June 18, 2019

Via: Reuters

Among the more than 30 companies that applied for state funding at the German Economy Ministry are carmakers Volkswagen and BMW, as well as German battery maker Varta and Swedish battery manufacturing startup Northvolt. France and Germany have already asked […]


Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

GM is thinking about building an electric Hummer

June 17, 2019

Via: Automotive News

DETROIT — A zero-emission Hummer sounds as paradoxical as non-alcoholic whiskey, but General Motors is mulling over the idea of building an electric vehicle that would bring the defunct gas-guzzling brand back to life. For now, it’s just an idea […]


Aerospace & Defense, Industry Focus Areas

Boeing, Airbus and others to speak at the Paris Air Show

June 17, 2019

Via: Manufacturing Global

Today, 17 June, saw the opening of the week-long International Paris Air Show. An important event for the aerospace and defence industry, the show is held at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris. As the BBC reports, almost 2,500 […]


Logistics, Process

Huawei says U.S. ban hurting more than expected, to wipe $30 billion off revenue

June 17, 2019

Via: Reuters

Ren’s downbeat assessment that the ban will hit revenue by $30 billion, the first time Huawei has quantified the impact of the U.S. action, comes as a surprise after weeks of defiant comments from company executives who maintained Huawei was […]


Regulations

Huawei delays global launch of foldable phone by three months

June 14, 2019

Via: Reuters

The Mate X, a competitor to Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Fold, is expected to be rolled out globally in September, Vincent Pang, Huawei’s head of corporate communications, said on the sidelines of the WSJ Tech D.Live conference in Hong Kong. It […]


Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

Awake at the wheel: Automakers tap VR to banish boredom in autonomous cars

June 14, 2019

Via: Reuters

Automakers have long focused on getting drivers to sit tight and pay attention to the road. Now, as the industry moves to self-driving cars and drivers become passengers, they face a new problem: how to tackle passengers’ boredom. “Once customers […]


Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

VW closing in on Ford deal for EVs, AVs

June 13, 2019

Via: Automotive News

Volkswagen Group is nearing a deal to cooperate with Ford Motor Co. on electric-car technology and self-driving vehicles, according to VW CEO Herbert Diess, who also called for a faster transformation of the German manufacturer. Talks with Ford are “progressing […]


Process, Production

China chip industry insiders voice caution on catch-up efforts

June 13, 2019

Via: Reuters

But industry insiders are less optimistic that Chinese chip makers can quickly meet the challenge of supplying all the needs of Huawei and other domestic technology firms. The prospectuses of Chinese chip companies preparing to list on a new tech-focused […]


Logistics, Process

Robot Sales Dip in Q1

June 12, 2019

Via: Industry Week

Robot orders in North America declined slightly in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year, according to the latest statistics released on June 12 by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). North American companies ordered a […]