Daily US Manufacturing News Digest – the industry stories you should be aware of today

Each day The Manufacturer compiles a roundup of the top US manufacturing news stories from around the web. To make your life a little easier, we trawl through all the major trade publications, broadsheets and business magazines to find you the most important manufacturing news each morning. Don't forget to bookmark this page and check back daily.

Tuesday – 27/10/2020

US Corrugated closer to choosing Dover for $80m ‘super plant,’ bringing more than 150 manufacturing jobs to Central Delaware

Texas-based US Corrugated, which produces corrugated cardboard boxes, has chosen Dover, Delaware, as the “location of preference” for its new 457,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

The new $80m plant is expected to create 160 jobs in the area, with departments including research and development, design, and marketing and sales. — Read more via Dover Post

HARIBO chooses contractor for Wisconsin factory build

HARIBO has chosen Gilbane Building Company as the general contractor to build its first-ever North American manufacturing facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Construction on the 136.8-acre facility is due to begin ASAP, and will support HARIBO’s continued long-term growth, as well as bring jobs to the local area. — Read more via Yahoo! Finance

ExOne to develop high-strength steel alloy for US Air Force

Binder jetting 3D printer manufacturer ExOne has been chosen to develop binder jet 3D printing processes for a novel steel alloy for the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

ExOne was awarded the contract by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) to qualify AF-9628, a high-strength steel produced by the US Air Force, for binder jetting.

Binder jet 3D printing transforms powdered materials, such as metal, sand or ceramic, into dense and functional precision parts at high speeds. — Read more via 3D Printing Industry

Tesla reveals plans for its fifth Gigafactory, likely to be located in the US

Tesla looks set to build its next Gigafactory and battery cell production facility on US soil, after the the company’s 10-Q document that was released for the third quarter. In the document, Tesla lists its four currently-owned facilities  California, Shanghai, Berlin, and Texas — as well as a factory listed as “U.S. Location(s) TBD.”

The filing reinforces hints dropped by Elon Musk that the EV maker was “very likely” to build a third US facility. — Read more via Teslarati.com

PwC executive says US firms to curb reliance on China suppliers

Tim Ryan, chair of accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), has said US-based companies are sticking with their plans for shifting manufacturing commitments away from China. He said that would remain true regardless of who wins the forthcoming presidential election.

Ryan said that the Covid-19 pandemic really put a spotlight on supply chain risk, causing many firms to rethink their strategies going forward. — Read more via CNBC

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Friday – 23/10/2020

California’s Hydrogen Highway adding more fueling stations worth $70m

California’s Hydrogen Highway will become more robust thanks to $70m of planned grant funding to expand the state’s existing network of hydrogen fueling stations.

The grants, which have been conditionally approved, will go to FirstElement Fuel, Shell Hydrogen and Iwatani Corp. to build new hydrogen fueling stations and add hydrogen fueling to existing gasoline stations. — Read more via The Manufacturer

US Army extends digital twin project to aircraft, tanks, and VR training

The United States Army is in the process of disassembling a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to 3D scan each of its individual components — all 20,000 of them — to determine the potential role of 3D printing in its future supply chain.

Now, other army divisions are following suit to see if 3D printing is an innovation that could help them going forward, too. — Read more via 3D Printing Industry

Airbus Mobile plant delivers first US-built A220 to Delta

The first of Airbus’ A220 aircraft assembled in the United States has just been delivered to Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, the world’s largest A220 customer. It marks a significant milestone for Airbus, which purchased majority ownership of the A220 program, formerly known as CSeries, from Canadian-based Bombardier in 2018.

Airbus’ plant in Mobile, Alabama was initially viewed as a workaround to avoid potential import tariffs on aircraft built at Bombardier’s factory in Quebec. However, the tariffs never materialized and Airbus still moved forward with producing the jet in the U.S. — Read more via Flight Global

MxD awarded $15m to boost US manufacturing’s COVID response

MxD, which helps manufacturers take advantage of digital tools to improve their offerings, has been awarded $15m in funding from the US Department of Defense via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The money is designed to address critical public -health and infrastructure needs and to support manufacturing as it mobilizes in response to COVID-19.

MxD’s three CARES Act-funded programs will focus on supply chain resiliency and transparency, rapid and secure medical device deployment, and pharmaceutical industry production optimization. — Read more via MxD

Toyota says its NA production is back to 94% capacity

Top Toyota Motor North American executives have said that Toyota and Lexus production is back to where it was a year ago. Speaking via video from the company’s HQ in Plano, Texas, the execs said production had reached 93.7% of capacity by the end of September — similar to where it was a year ago when it was at 95.9%.

The execs added that many Toyota plant workers had been working overtime on weekends to help meet strong demand for the automaker’s products. — Read more via Automotive News


Thursday – 22/10/2020

Boeing to develop supersonic ramjet missile demonstrator for US Navy

Boeing has been awarded a $30m contract to develop a supersonic ramjet missile demonstrator in cooperation with the US Navy’s Air Warfare Center Weapons Division. The Supersonic Propulsion Enabled Advanced Ramjet (SPEAR) flight demonstrator will be used to help determine technical requirements for future missiles to defend Navy carriers. — Read more via New Atlas

Tesla’s record-breaking $8.7bn third quarter is an eye opener

Tesla has revealed its third quarter results, which show the EV manufacturer’s profit-making abilities show no sign of letting up any time soon. During its third quarter, Tesla raked in more than $8.77bn in revenue its highest ever quarterly revenue on record — which alone exceeded analysts’ expectations by nearly 5%.

Tesla made a profit of $331m in the third quarter of 2020, more than double that of the third quarter last year. — Read more via The Verge

Boeing mulls moving division headquarters to Everett to cut costs

Boeing is considering relocating its commercial airplane division HQ in Washington in an effort to reduce costs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Boeing Executive Bill McSherry confirmed earlier reports that the company was mulling whether to vacate the Boeing Commercial Airplanes headquarters in Renton and move to either the Boeing Field in Seattle or the campus in Everett. — Read more via The Columbian

Ford introduces more advanced, 4th gen self-driving vehicle based on Escape Hybrid

Ford and Argo AI have launched their fourth-generation self-driving vehicle which is now based on the Escape Hybrid platform.

Scheduled to roll out this month, the new autonomous vehicle features the latest advancements in sensing and computing technology. — Read more via Carscoops

Wabtec secures 11,000 sq ft of Pittsburgh’s Neighborhood 91

Global rail and transit manufacturer Wabtec has secured 11,000 sq ft of space in Pittsburgh’s Neighborhood 91, which is a printing hub based in the city Airport’s Innovation Campus. The Neighborhood is reportedly the world’s first development to connect all components of the additive manufacturing supply chain into one ecosystem.

Wabtec will use the new facility to 3D print lightweight parts for transit customers and reduce lead times by up to 80%. — Read more via 3D Printing Industry


Wednesday – 21/10/2020

U.S. Department of Defense awards $87.5m to create a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute sited at the University of Minnesota

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a Cooperative Agreement to establish the Bioindustrial Manufacturing And Design Ecosystem, or BioMADE, as the 16th federally-sponsored Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) within the Manufacturing USA network. BioMADE will be located on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus with satellite offices in Berkeley, CA, and Cambridge, MA.

The institute will be dedicated to boosting non-medical bioindustrial manufacturing in the United States and will be supported by a seven-year award that includes at least $87.5m in federal funds and is being matched by more than $180m in cost sharing from non-federal sources. — Read more via University of Minnesota

Smart card manufacturer looking at Strongsville for first North American facility

OMEC Smart Card LLC, a Chinese smart card manufacturer, is considering the purchase of a building in Strongsville, Ohio to open its first North American facility. The Shanghai-based plans to hire 200 employees for the new location. OMEC makes smart cards, tags and tokens, and other plastic smart cards, for municipal, governmental, industrial and enterprise markets. — Read more via Cleveland Business Journal

6K awarded $1m phase two program to reclaim defense scrap for aerospace grade powders

Advanced materials specialist 6K has been awarded a Phase Two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program from the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to commercialize a domestic closed-loop supply chain producing high-performance metal powders from scrap sources.

The latest program will utilize 6K’s proprietary microwave plasma platform, UniMelt, to source and reclaim nickel superalloy scrap components and convert them into aerospace-grade powders. — Read more via 3D Printing Industry

Delta deals $5bn blow to Airbus

Amid falling demand for air travel, Delta will reduce its commitment to Airbus by $5bn, reducing final delivery payments for aircraft that it currently does not need and pre-delivery payments.

Wide body aircraft and Airbus A321neo likely hit hardest in new delivery schedule. — Read more via Seeking Alpha

Tesla to roll out beta of Full Self-Driving on Tuesday, according to Elon Musk

Tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta is rolling out to select customers Tuesday night, according to a tweet from CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday afternoon.

In the tweet, Musk says the rollout will be “extremely slow and cautious.” Still, he didn’t say where these vehicles getting the beta will be located, so it’s not clear whether the company has the appropriate permitting in these areas to do this kind of self-driving vehicle testing. — Read more via Roadshow