Desktop Metal qualifies 4140 low-alloy steel for high-volume additive manufacturing of end-use parts with the Production System

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Desktop Metal is the first and only company to qualify 4140 low-alloy steel for use with metal binder jetting systems, enabling its use in mass production end-use part applications. million per year at a fully burdened part cost as low as $2.45. 3D printing Manufacturing Materials

New $60M DOE funding to increase energy efficiency in manufacturing

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As part of the pilot, selected IACs will partner with community colleges and technical programs to train diverse students and professionals to conduct energy-efficiency assessments of small to medium-sized buildings, including those located in disadvantaged communities.

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EV battery manufacturing expert network launched: Batteryline.com

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Batteryline.com introduces a new network website for experts in the manufacturing of EV batteries based on the need for more knowledge in the related automotive industry. Batterline’s specific expertise focuses on 5 steps of the future battery manufacturing lines: Production of the casings from cylindrical, prismatic and pouch cells. The supply chain of battery manufacturing will chance. The manufacturing of the battery cells, modules and packs will change.

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.

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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. 3D printing Manufacturing

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LG Chem to invest $5.3B in battery materials by 2025; part of $8.8B investment in new growth engines

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The investment is part of a 10 trillion KRW (US$8.8 Batteries Manufacturing Market Background MaterialsLG Chem will invest 6 trillion KRW (US$5.3 billion) in battery materials by 2025, including efforts in anode materials, separation membranes, cathode binders, radiant adhesives, carbon nanotubes, and more, according to LG Chem CEO Hak Cheol Shin. billion) investment in new growth engines, also including eco-friendly materials (3 trillion KRW) and new drugs (1 trillion KRW).

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Ricardo to assess feasibility of a UK-based battery manufacturing facility for niche volume EV manufacturers

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Ricardo has received UK Government funding to assess the commercial viability of a facility to assemble battery packs for UK manufacturers which produce fewer than 10,000 electrified vehicles per year. These UK electrified vehicle manufacturers include some of the world’s best-known prestige brands which create their luxury cars, special vehicles, or off-highway machines for a customer base in the low thousands. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

Airbus installs first 3D-printed titanium part on series-production commercial aircraft; part manufactured by Arconic

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Airbus and Arconic, a global technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing company, have achieved a 3D printing first—the installation of a 3D printed titanium bracket on a series production Airbus commercial aircraft, the A350 XWB. Arconic is 3D printing these parts for Airbus’s newest widebody aircraft at Arconic’s additive manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas. This 3D printed titanium bracket is part of an ongoing partnership between Airbus and Arconic.

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SEAT manufacturing automated ventilators with adapted windshield wiper motors

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150 employees from different areas have changed their usual workstation to put together the ventilators where parts of the SEAT Leon used to be assembled. Health Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Carbon and Automobili Lamborghini partner to manufacture digitally auto parts at scale

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Carbon announced a strategic partnership with Lamborghini in digital manufacturing. Lamborghini’s first production parts using Carbon’s technology are a new textured fuel cap with the Urus label and a clip component for an air duct. Both parts are on Lamborghini’s Super SUV, the Urus model, which was first introduced in 2018. Parts printed with DLS are much more like injection-molded parts than conventional 3D-printed parts, Carbon says.

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Volvo Cars inaugurates new battery assembly line at Ghent manufacturing plant

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Volvo Cars formally inaugurated a new battery assembly line at its Belgian manufacturing plant in Ghent, where it will start building its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8, later this year. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

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Motherson Group collaborating with UBQ to bring carbon-negative thermoplastics into auto parts

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Global automotive Tier 1 manufacturer Motherson Group is collaborating with Israeli cleantech company UBQ Materials. Adding as little as 10% UBQ GHG to a part can immediately transform it into a carbon-neutral product. Emissions Manufacturing Materials Plastics Recycling Sustainabilit

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

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Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle ManufacturersMercedes-Benz AG has taken numerous measures to sustainably improve its cost structure and become significantly more efficient.

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Northvolt raises $2.75B to expand battery cell manufacturing capacity; Swedish gigafactory to 60 GWh

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During the same timeframe, Northvolt foresees tremendous growth in other parts of the European value chain for battery manufacturing; from processing of raw materials to component and equipment manufacturing, to production of battery cells and systems and the build-up of recycling infrastructure.

Audi researching industrialization of chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste from manufacturing

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As part of the THINKTANK Industrial Resource Strategies, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have been working with Audi on the pilot project “Chemical Recycling of plastics from automotive manufacturing.” The plastic waste from automotive manufacturing can be processed into pyrolysis oil and could replace petroleum as a raw material for the production of high-quality plastic components in Audi models.

2021 Nissan Rogue company’s 1st global model built using closed-loop recycling system for aluminum parts

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The 2021 Nissan Rogue is the company’s first global model built using a “closed-loop” recycling system for aluminum parts. The system helps reduce CO 2 emissions compared with using parts made with primary alloys from raw materials.

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NIST awards nearly $4M to support metals-based additive manufacturing

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The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded nearly $4 million in grants to help accelerate the adoption of new measurement methods and standards to advance US competitiveness in metals-based additive manufacturing (AM). Additive manufacturing typically creates parts and components by building them layer by layer, based on a 3D computer model that is virtually sliced into many thin layers.

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SINTEF researchers devising energy-conserving aluminum parts manufacturing process

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Parts for suspension systems are among the automotive applications for aluminium. Today, many of these parts are kneaded into shape by means of forging in order to give them the required mechanical properties. Now, Norwegian materials technologists at SINTEF aim to meet these quality requirements via an alternative, energy-conserving manufacturing process that combines casting and forging.

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Honda begins making vital ventilator parts for Dynaflo

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The process was developed using production know-how from Honda’s experienced manufacturing associates, including parts tracking, build timing, quality checks and lot control. COVID-19 Manufacturing Vehicle ManufacturersHonda has begun producing and delivering critical components for the production of much-needed ventilators to Dynaflo Inc. of Reading, Penn.

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BMW Group spare parts logistics center piloting autonomous transport platforms

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The BMW Group’s worldwide spare parts logistics center in Dingolfing has recently started piloting autonomous transport platforms. The electrically powered AutoBox helps to move incoming spare parts efficiently from the freight dock to the warehouse. The aim of the AutoBox pilot project is to automate long distances in the Dynamics Center using the transport platform and to connect more distant parts of the building. Humans load the AutoBox with incoming parts.

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BMW investing €400M in new vehicle assembly at Munich plant as part of shift to electromobility; engine production being concentrated at Steyr and Hams Hall

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The combustion engines with four, six, eight and 12 cylinders produced there will be manufactured at the company’s locations in Steyr in Austria and Hams Hall in the UK going forward. At the same time, the BMW Group is expanding its capacity for manufacturing electric drive trains.

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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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DOE announces $22.5M to reduce carbon emissions from manufacturing via recovery, recycling and reuse

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million for projects that support the recovery, recycling, and reuse of material waste generated by the manufacturing sector. Projects funded through this solicitation will develop technologies that reduce embodied energy and carbon emissions associated with the production and consumption of metals, polymers, fibers, and electronic waste, as well as identify training activities that will expand the American manufacturing workforce. Emissions Manufacturing Recycling

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

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As part of the agreement, Nikola will utilize General Motors’ Ultium battery system and Hydrotec fuel cell technology, representing a key commercialization milestone for General Motors. General Motors is one of the top engineering and manufacturing companies in the world.

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Cranfield: switching from aluminum to zinc alloys could greatly improve longevity and sustainability of automotive parts

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A new study by researchers at Cranfield University in the UK finds that switching from aluminum to zinc alloys in the production of automotive parts could greatly enhance their longevity and sustainability. Over recent years aluminum alloys have been favored by the automotive manufacturing industry for their lightweight properties and lower cost. —Professor Konstantinos Salonitis, Head of Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Center at Cranfield.

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SEAT implements self-driven robots to automate outdoor parts transport; ASTI Tribot with SLAM navigation

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SEAT is the first industrial manufacturer in Europe to have outdoor, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) with SLAM navigation (simultaneous localization and mapping), 4G connection and inductive charging for the batteries. Autonomous driving Manufacturing Robotics

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ABB electromagnetic stirrers to increase efficiency for major Chinese steel manufacturer

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ABB has been chosen to supply its patented ArcSave electromagnetic stirrers as part of a substantial refit at leading Chinese iron and steel producer Guangdong Nanfang Donghai’s steelmaking plant in Guangdong Province, southern China. Manufacturing Market Background Materials

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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., To this end, Daimler Greater China is investing a multi-million euro amount as part of Farasis’ IPO. Batteries Manufacturing Vehicle Manufacturers

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BMW Group plans Additive Manufacturing Campus

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The BMW Group will invest more than €10 million in a new Additive Manufacturing Campus. Our new Additive Manufacturing Campus will concentrate the full spectrum of the BMW Group’s 3D printing expertise at a single location. Within the BMW Group production network, the new Additive Manufacturing Campus will foster the latest technologies in this field in much the same way as a pilot plant and make them available for use within the network. 3D printing Manufacturing

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Dürr expands market access in battery manufacturing technology with cooperation with Techno Smart

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Dürr is positioning itself in this growth market as a supplier of production technology and is expanding its market access to battery manufacturers through a cooperation with Techno Smart, a leading Japanese manufacturer of coating systems. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background

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Ford to assemble electric E-Transit van in Kansas City; building out $3.2B North American EV manufacturing capability

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Ford Motor Company announced that its Kansas City Assembly Plant will build the all-new E-Transit van, part of a more than $3.2 billion investment in Ford’s North American manufacturing facilities to produce a series of new electric vehicles for commercial and retail customers. Electric vehicles are a key part of Ford’s commitment meet the requirements of the Paris Accord and achieve carbon neutrality globally by 2050. E-Transit is part of Ford’s more than $11.5

Lithium-ion Battery Manufacturers in India

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To encourage in-house manufacturing, the government has announced a large PLI for the lithium-ion battery industry, many companies, such as Tata Chemicals, Exide, Amara Raja, have expressed interest in receiving benefits under this scheme.

Motor vehicles and component parts sector employment in US grew by 3% from 2017 to 2018

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The Motor Vehicles and Component Parts sector employed 3% more people in 2018 than 2017. Motor Vehicles and Component Parts employers are defined as any firms that contribute to the manufacture, wholesale distribution, transport, and repair and maintenance of gasoline, diesel, hybrid, electric, natural gas, hydrogen and fuel cell, or other vehicle technologies. Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Haldor Topsoe to build large-scale SOEC electrolyzer manufacturing facility to meet customer needs for green hydrogen

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Haldor Topsoe will invest in a manufacturing facility producing highly efficient solid oxide electrolyzers (SOEC) with a total capacity of 500 megawatt per year with the option to expand to 5 gigawatt per year. It basically consists of three parts: an anode, a cathode and an electrolyte.

Dürr and Techno Smart partner on manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries for e-cars

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Dürr is positioning itself in the growing Li-ion battery market as a supplier of production technology and is expanding its market access to battery manufacturers through a cooperation with Techno Smart, a leading Japanese manufacturer of coating systems. Batteries Manufacturing

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Daimler first automotive company to test UBQ’s climate-positive thermoplastic material in auto parts

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Daimler announced a trial and development partnership with Israeli cleantech company UBQ Materials to explore the use of UBQ’s climate-positive material in the production of automobile parts. Manufacturing Market Background Materials Sustainability

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Equipmake and HiETA developing new motor with 20kW/kg power density using additive manufacturing

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UK-based electrification company, Equipmake, has teamed up with additive manufacturing organization HiETA to develop a next-generation motor as part of a project grant-funded by Innovate UK.

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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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Snam invests €33M in electrolyzer manufacturer ITM Power

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The subscription of the shares as part of the ITM Power capital increase will take place in cash, using Snam’s financial resources. Snam signed a partnership agreement with ITM Power Plc, the UK-based producer of electrolyzers.

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BASF investing €16M into tire pyrolysis oil company Pyrum as part of ChemCycling project

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BASF will uptake most of the pyrolysis oil and process it into new chemical products by using a mass balance approach as part of its ChemCycling project.

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Audi first car manufacturer to be awarded the Chain of Custody - the certificate of the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative

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The ASI also puts the spotlight on the people who are part of the aluminum supply chain. For example, representatives of indigenous peoples who live close to the bauxite mines are an established part of the organizational structure of the ASI.

Bridgestone focusing on sustainable procurement of natural rubber as part of sustainability campaign

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Japan-based Bridgestone, the world’s largest tire manufacturer, has launched “ A Layered Journey ”—a new global campaign highlighting the company’s efforts to incorporate sustainability in its value chain with a focus on the sustainable procurement of natural rubber.

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BASF develops engineering plastic with optimized sliding friction properties; for automotive parts in contact with hot oil

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BASF is launching an engineering plastic that is particularly suited for automotive parts that come into contact with hot oil. The new polyethersulfone (PESU) Ultrason E0510 C2TR is particularly suited for automotive parts that come into contact with hot oil. Ultrason E0510 C2TR enables the manufacture of various car parts that come into contact with oil: oil pumps, oil control pistons, pressure valves and high-speed components in automatic or manual gearboxes.

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