Volkswagen bringing additional partners to Industrial Cloud; 11 in first step

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Volkswagen, together with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and integration partner Siemens, is opening up the Industrial Cloud ( earlier post ) to other manufacturing and technology companies. With the Industrial Cloud we are creating a platform allowing partners to contribute their solutions.

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DOE selects national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected 13 projects through a Battery Manufacturing Lab Call with combined funding of almost $15 million over three years. Industry Partner. Koura Global. High-throughput Laser Processing and Acoustic Diagnostics for Enhanced Battery Performance and Manufacturing. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background

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BMW Group opens new Additive Manufacturing Campus

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The BMW Group has officially opened its new Additive Manufacturing Campus. The new center brings together production of prototype and series parts under one roof, along with research into new 3D printing technologies, and associate training for the global rollout of toolless production. The €15-million campus will allow the BMW Group to develop its position as technology leader in the utilization of additive manufacturing in the automotive industry.

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BASF and IntelliSense.io partner to accelerate the mining industry’s digital transformation

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Global chemical company BASF and IntelliSense.io, a leading industrial artificial intelligence (AI) company, announced an exclusive partnership which will combine their expertise in mineral processing, ore beneficiation chemistry and industrial AI technology. Industry 4.0

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DOE to fund national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals from the National Laboratories and industry partners that pursue radical innovations for American battery manufacturing leadership. Interested industry partners should reach out directly to the National Laboratory contacts listed below about opportunities to collaborate. Capabilities: Electrode Manufacturing; Battery Cell Testing. Capabilities: Electrode Manufacturing; Electrode Materials Scale-up.

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Roskill sees recovery in lithium industry, buoyed by demand from rechargeable battery applications

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Despite the trend toward transportation electrification, the lithium industry has had a rough few years. However, Roskill believes that the closure of Altura Mining, the latest casualty of the period of falling lithium prices, may represent a turning point for the lithium industry.

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Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services to develop Industrial Cloud; open industry platform

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Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will develop the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud together. Both companies announced a multi-year, global agreement jointly to develop this project. In the future, the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud will combine the data of all machines, plants and systems from all 122 facilities of the Volkswagen Group. Volkswagen’s industrial cloud, which will reinvent its manufacturing and logistics processes, is yet another example of how ?Volkswagen

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GM boosting face mask production; sharing mask manufacturing plans

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In addition, the company has shared its manufacturing plans with GM suppliers along with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association and the Michigan Manufacturers Association ( MMA ) to help other manufacturers ramp up their own production efforts. —Shilpan Amin, GM vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. GM’s efforts are a strong symbol of how manufacturing is driving solutions to solve this crisis.”.

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Germany launches R&D facility for industrial-scale Li-ion cell manufacturing; €500M in funding

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The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched the Battery Cell Research Production Center, a new R&D and large-scale industrial manufacturing plant for lithium-ion cells; the center will receive an investment of €500 million. Six German cell manufacturers have already pledged their support for the establishment and operation of research production: Leclanché, BMZ Group/ Terra E, Customcells, EAS and Liacon.

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Siemens to be integration partner for Volkswagen Industrial Cloud

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The Siemens technology group will be the integration partner for the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud. Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services (AWS) earlier this week announced the development of the Industrial Cloud; in the future, the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud will combine the data of all machines, plants and systems from all 122 facilities of the Volkswagen Group. Apart from the applications and apps of the MindSphere platforms, this will also include industrial edge solutions.

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Tesla seeking 56% cut in $/kWh, $25K EV in three years through manufacturing and design innovations

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The baseline precept for the presentation was the centrality and associated difficulty of manufacturing new technologies at a scale sufficient to make a tangible difference. The aim of Tesla is to be the best in manufacturing of any company on earth.

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Thailand’s EV industry growing rapidly

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According to the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand, the number of companies that are part of Thailand’s electric vehicle industry has risen significantly since 2015, from 76 to 420 in 2019. With a population of more than 645 million consumers in ASEAN alone, the EV industry is projected to grow more as demand across the rest of Asia increases. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background

Nikola & GM form strategic partnership; GM to engineer & manufacture Nikola Badger BEV & FCEV; 11% ownership

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Nikola will exchange $2 billion in newly issued common stock for the in-kind services and access to General Motors’ global safety-tested and validated parts and components. General Motors is one of the top engineering and manufacturing companies in the world.

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BMW Group increasing use of digitalization and Industry 4.0 in production logistics

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The BMW Group is increasingly relying on innovations from the fields of digitalization and Industry 4.0 We are already working with tomorrow’s Industry 4.0 The BMW Group supply chain relies on a global supply network and close cooperation with numerous logistics service providers. Industry 4.0 Manufacturingin production logistics.

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Snam invests €33M in electrolyzer manufacturer ITM Power

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ITM Power, despite the green hydrogen sector being still at an early stage of development, is already present on the global market with various solutions and has partnerships with leading international energy operators.

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Audi and Ericsson to pioneer 5G for automotive manufacturing

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As part of the project with our partner Ericsson, we are testing the opportunities offered by 5G technology for industrial applications in the smart factory. Ericsson is already running 5G industry programs all over the world to help manufacturers boost productivity and create new business opportunities. This project is a great opportunity to see what is possible when we bring 5G into an automobile production environment to truly enable smart wireless manufacturing.

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CF Industries to build green ammonia plant in Louisiana

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CF Industries’ Board of Directors has approved a green ammonia project at the company’s flagship Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex to produce approximately 20,000 tons per year of green ammonia. CF Industries is a leading global manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products for clean energy, emissions abatement, fertilizer, and other industrial applications. —Tony Will, president and CEO, CF Industries.

Borgward to build manufacturing facility in Bremen; all-electric-drive Borgward BX7 first model; Industry 4.0

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The company also plans to manufacture electric and plug-in-hybrid versions of the BX5 series and other models. Construction of the new manufacturing facility is scheduled to begin in early 2017. From the start, Borgward’s Bremen plant will base the technological aspects of its manufacturing system, processes, and equipment on the Industry 4.0 Borgward plans to create an SKD manufacturing facility with a production capacity of up to 10,000 vehicles per year.

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DOE announces $70M for Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing; advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing

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The US Department of Energy announced up to $70 million in funding ( DE-FOA-0001263 ) for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing. With this investment, the DOE aims to support research and development advancements that can reduce the cost of deployment for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50%. Big Data Controls and controllers Industry 4.0

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GM and Honda to establish industry-first $85M joint fuel cell system manufacturing operation in Michigan

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General Motors and Honda are establishing the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture—Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC, FCSM)—to mass-produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from each company. FCSM will operate within GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility site in Brownstown, Michigan, south of Detroit. —Charlie Freese, GM executive director of Global Fuel Cell Business.

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McKinsey & Co. survey finds huge gap between piloting and deploying digital manufacturing; automotive no exception

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Automakers and their suppliers, like manufacturers in many other industries, have been exploring the potential of digital manufacturing strategies to increase productivity, profitability and decision-making. Audi, for example, just last week announced plans with Ericsson to pilot the use of 5G as a future-proof enabling communication technology for such Industry 4.0 McKinsey’s 2018 Manufacturing Global Expert Survey comprised 700 companies in seven nations.

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Mercedes-Benz announces strategic partnership and equity stake in Chinese battery cell manufacturer Farasis

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Mercedes-Benz has entered a far-reaching strategic partnership with the Chinese battery cell manufacturer Farasis Energy (Ganzhou) Co., Key elements of the agreement include the development and industrialization of advanced cell technologies, accompanied by ambitious goals for cost competitiveness. The stake will give Daimler the option to nominate a representative for a seat on the supervisory board of the battery cell manufacturer.

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DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office to award $8.5M to 7 small business R&D projects

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Of these projects, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) will fund seven selections totaling $8.5 million for technology innovations that improve energy efficiency, material productivity, and competitiveness for US manufacturers. The seven selected projects are: Global Research & Development, Inc. This technology is applicable to both the industrial and medical sectors, such as for energy-efficient steelmaking and on-demand oxygen for ventilators.

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Mercedes-Benz AG exploring sale of Hambach smart EV plant as part of global realignment

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An important lever for this is the adjustment and realignment of capacity within its global production network. In addition, the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on the economy are creating new framework conditions in the market and in this context we are optimizing our global production network. Furthermore, the company does not expect the devaluation to have any impact on the Free Cash Flow of its industrial business.

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DOE to award $89M for innovative manufacturing technologies

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US Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced $89 million to support innovative, advanced manufacturing research and development projects ( DE-FOA-0001980 ). This Department of Energy (DOE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) tackles key priorities such as domestic manufacturing for energy storage. US manufacturers have created almost 500,000 jobs since 2017 and more than 250,000 jobs in the last year alone. The manufacturing sector also uses 25% of the nation’s energy.

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Siemens and EDAG intensify cooperation on additive manufacturing for automotive

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Siemens is intensifying its cooperation with the EDAG Group —a leading global independent engineering company for the automotive industry—further to promote industrial applications of additive manufacturing (AM) and to make engineering and production processes more efficient. intelligent modular system features a combination of bionically designed and additive-manufactured nodes and high-strength, energy-absorbing aluminum extrusion profiles. Industry 4.0

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Hyundai Motor to establish Hyundai Mobility Global Innovation Center in Singapore

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Hyundai Motor Company will establish a Hyundai Mobility Global Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICs) to accelerate its innovation efforts, with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). HMGICs will become Hyundai’s global open innovation hub. The lab, through open innovation on multiple fronts, will explore and prove new future mobility business concepts for eventual expansion into global markets.

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DOE’s Manufacturing Institute to award $35M to support R&D in recycling, reuse and remanufacturing

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Reducing EMbodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Manufacturing Institute announced approximately $35 million to support research and development (R&D) that will enable US manufacturers to increase the recovery, recycling, reuse, and remanufacturing of plastics, metals, electronic waste, and fibers. Manufacturing Market Background Recycling

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Neste and LG Chem building a strategic partnership to drive the polymers and chemicals industry transformation towards a circular bioeconomy

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LG Chem will start replacing fossil feedstock commonly used in the manufacturing of polymers and chemicals with Neste Renewable Hydrocarbons in the upcoming months.

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GM reveals new Ultium batteries and flexible global platform for rapid growth of EV lineup

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The heart of GM’s strategy is a modular propulsion system and a highly flexible, third-generation global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries. Ongoing technological and manufacturing breakthroughs will drive costs even lower, the company said. GM’s ability to stack batteries vertically is unique in the industry and it allows for a flat cabin floor and more interior room than comparable EVs that use cylindrical battery packs.

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USA Rare Earth acquires US rare earth permanent magnet manufacturing capability from Hitachi; mine-to-magnet

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USA Rare Earth, LLC, the funding and development partner of the Round Top Heavy Rare Earth and Critical Minerals Project in West Texas, has purchased the neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) permanent magnet manufacturing equipment formerly owned and operated in North Carolina by Hitachi Metals America, Ltd. Industry sources estimate the rare earth magnet market will nearly double by 2027. At present, no other NdFeB permanent magnet manufacturing plant is operational in the Americas.

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DOE awards $187M to support innovative advanced manufacturing R&D, including $65.9M for batteries

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The US 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 challenges. Lower Thermal Budget Processes for Industrial Efficiency & Productivity: $28.7 Lower Thermal Budget Processes for Industrial Efficiency & Productivity: $28.7

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Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting endorses harmonized global approach to improve fuel efficiency and reduce GHGs

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Leading global manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial trucks and engines gathering at the annual Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting endorsed a harmonized global approach as an effective pathway to further improve energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from commercial vehicles. The manufacturers have been pursuing policy cooperation for a number of years.

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Ipsos Auto Global Study: interest in battery electric vehicles growing in the US

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Ipsos’ new 2020 Global Mobility Navigator Study, focusing on Electrification, found global interest remained on par with the numbers from 2019. Adopting new technology is a challenge for most consumers, and the bigger the purchase the bigger the challenge for manufacturers.

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Ford develops and begins manufacturing new powered respirator; expanding other COVID-19 efforts

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Ford has also started providing manufacturing expertise to help scientific instrument provider Thermo Fisher Scientific quickly expand production of COVID-19 collection kits to test for the virus. In just three weeks under Project Apollo, we’ve unleashed our world-class manufacturing, purchasing and design talent to get scrappy and start making personal protection equipment and help increase the availability and production of ventilators. Health Manufacturing

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Elysium developing modular interoperability platform for 3D engineering data; launching 3DxSUITE in Spring 2021

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Global interoperability solutions provider Elysium is developing a new consolidated interoperability platform scheduled for release in spring of 2021. Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Market Background

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ORNL, Lincoln Electric advance collaboration on large-scale metal additive manufacturing technology

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lincoln Electric announced their continued collaboration on large-scale, robotic additive manufacturing technology at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing InnovationXLab Summit. The new agreement builds upon ORNL and Lincoln Electric’s previous developments by extending additive technology to new materials, leveraging data analytics and enabling rapid manufacture of metal components in excess of 100 pounds per hour.

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Volkswagen Group and Chinese manufacturer Ganfeng sign memorandum of understanding for long-term lithium supplies

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The rapid increase in vehicle electrification in the automotive industry will have a major impact on global raw material markets. The global lithium demand is expected to more than double by 2023. This specialized team is focusing on building close relationships with the raw material industry. GFL is the world’s leading lithium compounds and metal manufacturer and dually listed on Chinese A share in 2010 and Hong Kong H share in 2018.

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Consortium proposes large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae (ICCM) as solution to global energy, food, and climate issues

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Members of the Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium (MAGIC), led by Duke University in North Carolina, have published an open-access paper in the journal Oceanography presenting the large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae (ICMM) as an answer to pressing global energy, food and climate security issues. Climate, energy, and food security are three of the most important global challenges society faces during the twenty-first century.

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GM to lead design, development and manufacturing of own family of next-generation EV drive units and motors: Ultium Drive

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General Motors announced that it will design, develop and manufacture a family of five interchangeable electric drive units and three motors, known collectively as “Ultium Drive.” —Adam Kwiatkowski, GM executive chief engineer, Global Electrical Propulsion.

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Global truck manufacturers call for progress in regulatory harmonization to aid reductions in fuel consumption

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The world’s leading manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial trucks and engines called for further progress in regulatory harmonisation and closer cooperation among European, North American, and Japanese regulators in order to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption associated with on-road freight transport. Moreover, the industry leaders also explored the potential of intelligent transport systems (ITS) to further reduce emissions and improve road transport.

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Daimler, partners building next-gen additive manufacturing process pilot production line for spare parts

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NextGenAM partners Premium AEROTEC, EOS and Daimler are building a pilot production line for a next-generation automated additive manufacturing (AM) process. The aim of the project is to develop a digitalized next-generation manufacturing line which can produce aluminum components for the automotive and aerospace sectors significantly more cost-effectively than is currently possible. The company is a global player in the aviation sector. 3D printing Manufacturing

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IHS Markit: global commercial vehicle production to drop 22% in 2020 in wake of COVID-19

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IHS Markit is forecasting that global commercial vehicle production (GVW 4-8) volumes in 2020 compared to 2019 will be down 22% (more than 650,000 units) to 2.6 Individual regional forecasts are set to a downtrend, and supply chain impacts are being felt, as the consequences of the virus have shuttered manufacturing and supplier facilities around the world. These forecasts are informed by the latest IHS Markit global economic forecast updates, which reflect a 3.0%

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