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.

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SEAT manufacturing automated ventilators with adapted windshield wiper motors

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Taking an assembly line that manufactures subframes, a car part, and adapting it to make ventilators has been a lengthy, difficult job involving many areas of the company, and we managed to do it in the record time of one week. Health Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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DOE to award $67M to stimulate manufacturing technology innovation

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a $67-million funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0002252 ) to stimulate technology innovation, improve the energy productivity of American manufacturing, and enable the manufacturing of cutting-edge products in the United States. Manufacturing Market Background

2020 82

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. manufacturing industry. This technology is applicable for laundry detergents from plant-based sources that reduce manufacturing and washing machine energy use and avoid toxic byproducts. Manufacturing Market Background Recycling

2020 66

Mullen Technologies executes LOI for $135M in funding to acquire an existing EV manufacturing plant in the US

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a Southern California-based licensed electric vehicle manufacturer, executed an LOI with Axiom Financial for $135 million in funding to acquire and build out an electric vehicle manufacturing plant. At this time, Mullen is pre-approved for funding via non-recourse, asset-backed Line of Credit (“LOC”) totaling $135 million with Axiom Financial to be used for the purchase of the plant to manufacture Mullen Electric vehicles. Mullen Technologies Inc.,

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SOFC-maker Bloom Energy announces initial strategy for hydrogen market entry; partnership with SK

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Solid-oxide-fuel-cell manufacturer Bloom Energy is entering the commercial hydrogen market by introducing hydrogen-powered fuel cells and electrolyzers that produce renewable hydrogen. The Bloom Energy Servers are a proven market leader in clean, reliable, and resilient on-site power.

2020 121

DOE selects 11 manufacturing and materials projects to receive $3.3M for high performance computing research

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The projects will use high performance computing to address key technical challenges in US manufacturing and materials development. Through DOE’s High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, selected teams will work with the Department’s National Laboratories to apply advanced modeling, simulation, and data analysis for projects that improve manufacturing productivity and explore materials that can withstand extreme conditions.

2020 76

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.

2020 72

Lightning Systems more than tripling size of manufacturing and R&D facility in Colorado

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With more than $32 million in pending orders from commercial and government fleets, commercial electric vehicle supplier Lightning Systems is more than tripling the size of its manufacturing, research and development facility in Loveland, Colorado. Conversions Electric (Battery) Manufacturin

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New $3M round of funding for DOE High Performance Computing for Manufacturing

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million in funding to spur the use of US National Laboratory supercomputing resources to strengthen domestic manufacturing. Under DOE’s High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) solicitation, competitively-selected project teams will work with the labs to apply advanced modeling, simulation, and data analysis to achieve energy, material, and cost savings in manufacturing.

2020 66

Britishvolt and the Welsh Government sign MoU to develop 30 GWh battery manufacturing plant at Bro Tathan

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Britishvolt has signed an MOU with the Welsh Government as both parties work together on plans to develop a commercially viable 30 GWh battery manufacturing plant, and supplementary 200MW solar plant, at the former RAF base at Bro Tathan , Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

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OXIS Energy to build Li-S manufacturing plant in Brazil

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OXIS Energy and the Minas Gerais Development Company CODEMGE have signed a 15-year lease agreement with Mercedes Benz Brazil (MBB) to take possession of a plant located at the MBB manufacturing site in Juiz de Fora in southeast Brazil to build a Li-sulfur battery manufacturing operation. Brazil has the third-largest bus market in the world, with 700,000 ICE buses currently in circulation. Batteries Brazil Li-Sulfur Manufacturing

2020 66

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.

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Borealis Fibremod technology available for N American market; glass and carbon fiber-reinforced polypropylene

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Borealis, a supplier of polyolefin plastic materials for engineering applications in the automotive industry, announced the availability of Fibremod, its innovative carbon and glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene (PP) technology, for the North American automotive market.

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Volkswagen establishes VWAT subsidiary to bring autonomous driving to market; light commercial vehicles first target

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As a center of excellence for autonomous driving from Level 4 up, VWAT will serve to build up know-how within the Group and bring a self-driving system (SDS) to market maturity. Autonomous driving Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

2019 90

Motor vehicle taxation brings in €440.4B for governments in major European markets

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New data shows that motor vehicles generate more than €440 billion in taxation per year for national governments in the major EU markets plus the UK, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) reports. Europe Market Background Policy Regulations

2020 96

ACEA: plug-in vehicles take 6.8% market share in Europe in Q1 2020; HEVs at 9.4%

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In the first quarter of 2020, the electrically-chargeable vehicle segment in Europe significantly increased its market share, rising to 6.8% (from 2.5% Diesel now holds a market share of 29.9% (down from 33.2% of the total EU car market.

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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 strategic collaboration is the result of an extensive market analysis executed by Volkswagen’s e-Raw Material Team.

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Nissan has already conducted tests with an experimental model and is deciding whether to bring the car to market , according to local media. Chrysler is the last of the six largest car companies to put a hybrid on the market." Tags: manufacturers

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Bus manufacturer NFI Group acquires Alexander Dennis Limited for US$405M

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North America-based bus manufacturer NFI Group Inc. has acquired UK-based bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) for a total transaction value of £320 million (US$405 million) on a cash-free, debt-free basis, subject to certain adjustments.

2019 94

Chinese EV battery manufacturer CATL building plant in Germany; 14 GWh capacity, €240M investment by 2022

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The Chinese EV battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. With this step, CATL is reaffirming its commitment to the European car market and exploiting the opportunities for growth that Europe and Germany are generating with electric vehicles.

2018 85

Syzygy raises $5.8M in Series A to develop photocatalytic platform for clean chemical and fuel manufacturing

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Syzygy’s first go-to market is focused on a distributed hydrogen production system for small-scale hydrogen consumers. Examples of these consumers include manufacturers of semiconductors, LEDs, float glass, food oil, metal, and users of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

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Ford reorganizes Asia Pacific markets; establishes stand-alone China business

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Fleet will also oversee the establishment of a new International Markets business unit, which will initially comprise Ford’s existing Asia Pacific businesses outside of China and other markets globally—the subject of a future announcement. The moves are designed to accelerate Ford’s return to profitable growth in China, the world’s largest vehicle market and a key pillar of Ford’s global strategy. China Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Adamas: LFP market share drops to 6% in global passenger EV batteries in 2019; potential comeback in 2020 with cell-to-pack

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In 2019, the market share of lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode chemistry fell to 6% in global passenger EV batteries by watt-hours deployed (i.e. Adamas said that it views the renewed adaptation of LFP as a reflection of diversifying market needs.

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Honda secures auto industry’s largest renewable energy purchase; 60% reduction in CO2 from N.A. manufacturing operations

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Seeking to slash CO 2 emissions from its North American manufacturing operations, Honda has entered into long-term virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for renewable wind and solar power that will cover more than 60% of the electricity that Honda uses in North America. This new “collar” structure sets upper and lower bounds on Honda’s exposure to energy market price fluctuations in any given quarter, while resulting in strong and stable revenues for the renewable power operators.

2019 97

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.

2019 77

JATO: global vehicle sales fall by 39% in March; electrified vehicles up to 17.4% new registration market share in Europe

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With the pandemic spreading across the globe, strict lockdowns in key markets, combined with consumer panic and economic uncertainty, have all contributed to the huge decrease in sales last month. Registrations fell in all 27 markets, but with varying severity. Markets were significantly hit in Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Slovenia, Greece and Portugal, where the combined volume fell from 634,600 units in March 2019 to 161,800 units last month.

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Magna signs its first complete vehicle manufacturing JV in China; EVs with BAIC

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Magna and the BAIC Group have signed a framework agreement governing their electric vehicle manufacturing joint venture ( earlier post ) in Zhenjiang, China, which marks another milestone of their continued cooperation. This joint venture, which is to be controlled by an affiliate of the BAIC Group, represents Magna’s first investment in a complete vehicle manufacturing facility outside Europe. China Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

2019 74

Si-dominant Li-ion company Enevate targeting power tool market

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Enevate, a pioneer in advanced silicon-dominant lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology capable of high energy density and fast charging for electric vehicles (EV), is applying its battery solutions to advanced power cells for the power tool market and other high power applications.

2020 97

ORNL, HTS International to collaborate on manufacturing research; conformal cooling

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HTS International Corporation and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have signed an agreement to explore potential collaborations in advanced manufacturing research such as in conformal cooling. 3D printing Manufacturing

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ABB, Hydrogène de France jointly to manufacture megawatt-scale fuel cell systems capable of powering ocean-going vessels

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ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hydrogène de France to manufacture jointly megawatt-scale fuel cell systems capable of powering ocean-going vessels (OGVs).

2020 116

COVID-19 outbreak poised to strengthen EV momentum and the markets for cobalt and copper

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While there is little doubt in our minds that the demand side of the market will be heavily reduced this year, the recent swathe of mine disruptions is quickly catching up; so fast in fact, that it is increasingly likely to counteract the losses on the demand side. Completing the picture on the supply side is the current turmoil in logistics markets across the world. Batteries COVID-19 Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Materials Mining

2020 82

Octillion marks 100,000 EVs on the road with its batteries, 2 billion km driven

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With operations in the United States, India and China, the company has expanded production capacity to more than 3 gigawatt hours (GWh) to meet the increasing demand for EVs as the market matures; the company plans to double this capacity in the next three to four years.

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BMW Group plants stepping up activities in balancing-power market to contribute to grid stability

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The energy control stations at BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut are stepping up their activities in the balancing-power market in Germany. In total, the plant manufactured more than 376,000 cars in 2017. Market Background Power Generation Vehicle Manufacturers

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Volkswagen further strengthens activities in China with market entry of SEAT and Smart City Project; smaller EVs

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The Volkswagen Group is further expanding its business in its most important market, China, with the entry of SEAT, a member of the Volkswagen Group, and the Smart City Project. Volkswagen Group China, SEAT and the Chinese auto manufacturer JAC, which together form the joint venture JAC Volkswagen, continue to drive SEAT’s market-entry strategy. The Spanish brand aims to enter the Chinese market in the coming two to three years.

2019 76

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. Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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DOE to issue a funding opportunity announcement on H2@Scale new markets

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced a Notice of Intent ( NOI ) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to advance innovations that will build new markets for H2@Scale. Potential topics under the FOA include: Electrolyzer Manufacturing R&D.

2019 78

Enovix raises $45M; working to develop its 3D Silicon Lithium-ion technology for EV market

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Rodgers and York Capital), and non-dilutive funding from market-leading customers. Enovix expects to supply the EV market within 5 years. Enovix Corporation has secured $45 million in new funds to produce and commercialize its 3D Silicon Lithium-ion Battery.

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BMW Group expands use of additive manufacturing processes in series production; planar technologies

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The BMW Group has been using components from 3D printers in series production since 2012; more than 10,000 additively-manufactured parts are built into the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The advantages of additive manufacturing are visible early on, especially for components with a complicated design.

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Blue World Technologies signs strategic cooperation agreement with Chinese EV manufacturer AIWAYS; methanol fuel cell vehicles

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Blue World Technologies has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China-based new energy vehicle manufacturer AIWAYS, with the purpose of supplying the market with vehicles powered by methanol fuel cells for fast refueling and long range.

2019 106

Mercedes-Benz Vans shows pickup truck concepts; market launch in late 2017; diesel V6

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The introduction of the one-ton pickup with seating for up to 5 people will make Mercedes-Benz the first premium manufacturer to account for the changing customer requirements in the global segment of mid-size pickups. The key markets are Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and South Africa.

2016 104

Electric motor company YASA enters innovation agreement with global automotive manufacturer for hybrids and EVs

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YASA, a leading manufacturer of axial-flux electric motors and controllers, signed a long-term joint innovation agreement with a global automotive OEM. The novel design is enabled by using powdered iron materials that enable complex magnetic parts to be manufactured easily.

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DOE to invest $50M to advance domestic solar manufacturing market

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50 million over two years for the SUNPATH (Scaling Up Nascent PV At Home) program, aimed to help the US reclaim its competitive edge in solar manufacturing. SUNPATH represents the second solar Photovoltaic Manufacturing Initiative (PVMI) supporting the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. As recently as 1995, the United States maintained a dominant global solar market share, manufacturing 43% of the world’s PV panels.

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