Tag: production

Process, Production

100 year record fall for US industrial output

May 26, 2020

Via: Electronics Weekly

At 85.5% of its 2012 average, manufacturing output was at its lowest level since 1997, as all major industries reported declines in output. The production of motor vehicles and parts was by far the most affected, as closed assembly plants […]

Design & Planning, Process, Regulations

Michigan due to reopen manufacturing from coronavirus lockdown

May 11, 2020

Via: Reuters

Michigan, a major Midwest industrial powerhouse hard hit by both the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout, is the latest of several states permitting the restart of assembly lines halted in mandatory business closures meant to contain the outbreak. But […]

Energy, Industry Focus Areas

Tesla applies to become UK electricity generator

May 4, 2020

Via: Electronics Weekly

An application to Ofgem, published on Ofgem’s site last Wednesday, read: ‘Tesla Motors Limited hereby gives notice that it has made an application to the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority for an electricity generation licence. The closing date for comments […]

Process, Production

The Pandemic Proves the Need for Industrial Policy

April 14, 2020

Via: The New York Times

Hundreds of companies across the United States are reinventing themselves to make equipment that is desperately needed to treat the coronavirus. That so many American manufacturers are rising to meet this pandemic with little coordination from the federal government reveals […]

Industry Focus Areas, Workforce Development

How the biggest companies in the world are preparing to bring back their workforce

April 9, 2020


At some point, the biggest American companies are going to tell their employees it’s time to leave home and return to work. That decision will be fraught with risk without widespread testing for the COVID-19 virus. For some industries, such […]

Process, R & D

Additive Manufacturing for Production: Benchmarking Against Traditional Alternatives

April 7, 2020

Via: Manufacturing Tomorrow

As additive manufacturing (AM) / 3D printing continues to evolve, many of the pre-conceptions concerning its usefulness as a production technology for plastic parts and components need to be revisited. Now an established technology set, with a 30-year plus pedigree […]

Process, Production

Fab spend to grow 3% in 2020.

March 10, 2020

Via: Electronics Weekly

China’s fab equipment spending will grow by about 5% to over $12 billion this year and by 22%, or $15 billion, in 2021. Taiwan will spend most in 2020 at nearly $14 billion but will drop to third place in […]

Process, Production

Reinventing U.S. Manufacturing: GE Appliances Opens Doors to Alabama Plant Expansion

February 25, 2020

Via: Manufacturing Tomorrow

GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, unveiled the completion of its $125 million investment at its refrigeration plant in Decatur, Alabama. The investment boosted production capacity by 25% and ensures early compliance with 2022 refrigerant changes, making the plant a […]

Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

VW charged with violating Canada’s vehicle emission standards

December 10, 2019

Via: Automotive News

Volkswagen Group, in another legal action stemming from its 2015 emissions cheating scandal, on Monday was charged with importing nearly 128,000 vehicles into Canada contravening the country’s environmental legislation, a Canadian government agency said. VW was charged with 60 counts […]

Process, Production

GFG agrees deal with Novelis for aluminium plant in Belgium

December 10, 2019

Via: Manufacturing Global

GFG Alliance, owned by British commodities tycoon Sanjeev Gupta, has agreed to buy the Duffel aluminium plant in Belgium from Novelis.  The deal for the plant, which supplies the auto industry and is one of the largest rolling mills in Europe, […]