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Open newsletter – february 23, 2022

ASIA A divide is emerging between how the Asia Pacific region has responded to the Omicron wave of COVID-19, and how North American and Western European countries have responded. East Asia Forum, Jeremy Youde: Asia’s cautious approach to Omicron AUSTRALIA One of the former Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials involved with a new […]

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Five Predictions for 2022, ‘The Year of the Smart Factory’ (Jason Bergstrom, IndustryWeek)

Not long ago, the words “Wouldn’t it be great if…” reverberated around the walls of manufacturing and production environments. Organizations have long known that in the future, digital transformation would be essential to competitiveness. Five Predictions for 2022, ‘The Year of the Smart Factory’ | IndustryWeek

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Trudeau Proposes Joint EV Rebates with US to Avoid Trade Dispute (Ryan Secard, IndustryWeek)

If you can’t beat them, join them. That appears to be the thinking behind Canada’s latest move concerning a proposed U.S.-built electric-vehicle tax rebate contained in President Biden’s $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” investment bill. Trudeau Proposes Joint EV Rebates with US to Avoid Trade Dispute | IndustryWeek

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A Heavy Lift for a Heavy Equipment Manufacturer: Managing a Workforce Across 5 Continents (Kylene Zenk, Jie Su, IndustryWeek)

Managing a global workforce is complex. Beyond creating positive and culturally appropriate work experiences for a workforce across multiple regions, companies need to stay on top of labor laws and pay rules, compliance regulations, attendance policies, leave exceptions, and country-specific factors like time zones, languages, and more. A Heavy Lift for a Heavy Equipment Manufacturer: […]

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US Trade Deficit Saw Big Export-Fueled Drop in October: Gov’t (Agence France-Presse, IndustryWeek)

Strong American export business caused a large drop in the U.S. trade deficit last month, even as imports also rose, according to government data released Tuesday. US Trade Deficit Saw Big Export-Fueled Drop in October: Gov’t | IndustryWeek

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Digital Transformation Is Increasingly about Reimagining Manufacturing’s Business Model (Shruti Gupta, IndustryWeek)

While the adoption of technology and automation in manufacturing processes has grown significantly in recent decades, manufacturing business models have largely remained the same: organizations purchase raw materials, process them into a finished product, and sell that product to customers. But there are signs that this status quo is changing, as many industrial equipment companies […]

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Cybersecurity Risk Lurks in a Common Industrial Operating System (Daniel dos Santos, IndustryWeek)

With an increased focus on critical infrastructure protection, organizations need to pay attention to operational technology vulnerabilities. New research from Forescout Research Labs, dubbed NUCLEUS:13, has identified more than a dozen critical vulnerabilities in the Nucleus TCP/IP stack, enabling remote code execution, denial of service (DoS), and information leaks. Cybersecurity Risk Lurks in a Common Industrial Operating […]

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US Department of Energy Funds Clean Energy Innovations Program (IndustryWeek)

Engineers and scientists with ideas for decarbonizing the manufacturing industry in the United States have expanded access to an entrepreneurship program offering a $100,000 annual stipend for two years and $175,000 in R&D funding. US Department of Energy Funds Clean Energy Innovations Program | IndustryWeek

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Nissan Plans 50% Electric Vehicles Sales by 2030 (Agence France-Press, IndustryWeek)

Automaker Nissan wants half its global sales to be electric or hybrid vehicles by 2030 and plans to plough billions of dollars into the effort, it announced Monday. Nissan Plans 50% Electric Vehicles Sales by 2030 | IndustryWeek

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Where Manufacturing’s Been—and Where It’s Going (Tzahi Rodrig, IndustryWeek)

The way products are made has changed quite a bit over the past few decades. I recently talked with some of my colleagues at Bright Machines about this very topic, and we realized that amongst us, we have over 75 years of experience in the manufacturing sector. Where Manufacturing’s Been—and Where It’s Going | IndustryWeek

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Samsung Announces $17 Billion Semiconductor Fab in Taylor, Texas: Company Confirms (IndustryWeek)

Samsung, the global electronics and appliances manufacturer, is expanding its stateside semiconductor operations. The Korean conglomerate will build a new $17 billion semiconductor fabricator, or “fab,” in Taylor, Texas, about 30 miles away from the company’s existing U.S. fab in Austin, according to a statement from the company. Samsung Announces $17 Billion Semiconductor Fab in […]

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The Whys Behind the ‘Astonishing Drop’ in Lithium Ion Battery Costs (MIT News, IndustryWeek)

Lithium-ion batteries, those marvels of lightweight power that have made possible today’s age of handheld electronics and electric vehicles, have plunged in cost since their introduction three decades ago at a rate similar to the drop in solar panel prices, as documented by a study published last March. But what brought about such an astonishing cost decline, […]