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One Of America’s Largest Solar Manufacturers Changes Direction

SunPower Corp, one of the largest manufacturers of solar panels has spun off its manufacturing business to focus on roof-top solar panel installation. The new manufacturing arm, named Maxeon Solar, will be headquartered in Singapore with manufacturing facilities in the Philippines, France, Malaysia, and Mexico. The CEO of SunPower's Technologies business unit Jeff Waters has been named Maxeon ...

Weekly Wrap Up For November 8th, 2019

Dr. Chris Kuehl, a managing partner with Armada Corporate Intelligence and chief economist for several non-profit organizations including the FMA and FIA, joins co-hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady to discuss the current Credit Manager’s Index issued by the National Association of Credit Managers, as well as the outlook for the U.S. economy in view of world and local events. Medical ...

Possible End To The Trump Tariffs In Sight

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that U.S. and Chinese officials are close to rolling back some tariffs in the interest of keeping negotiations moving forward. In an article published Monday, November 4th, Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is quoted as saying, “The two sides are really close to a deal but it will come ...

Medical Manufacturing Company To Build 3D Printing Plant In Buffalo, New York

Thinking Robot Studios Inc., a privately held medtech company based in Buffalo, New York, has received permission to build an implant 3D printing facility. The new site will be located at Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park, a reclaimed “smart growth” area, where 22 acres of land is set to be acquired by the company. Thinking Robot Studios plans to build office and manufacturing space on the land ...

Elon Musk Makes Big Claims For Tesla’s Solar Division

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla was able to turn around its solar company last quarter and the CEO, Elon Musk, says the company’s energy division, Tesla Energy, is on its way to becoming a distributed global utility that could eventually outgrow the company’s automotive business. Over the course of the past couple of months, Tesla has been trying to revamp its solar business. This ...

Weekly Wrap Up For November 1st, 2019

Tony Uphoff, President and CEO of Thomas (thomasnet.com) joins hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady to discuss three major trends in manufacturing: State of US Manufacturing, The impact of the tariffs on US Manufacturers, and the digital transformation of industrial sales, marketing and supply chain management. Listen to this special episode to learn how to navigate this manufacturing turbulence. ...

SpaceX Tests New SuperDraco Engines

In recent years NASA has made it clear that the private development of American-built crewed space vehicles is a very high priority. After the shuttle fleet was grounded in 2011, the United States has relied on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to get crews to the International Space Station (ISS). Problem is, it is not cheap. The cost of a single seat on Soyuz is about $85 million. In addition to the ...

Yamaha Cancels Plans To Manufacture Concept Cars Unveiled At Past Tokyo Motor Shows

The biennial Tokyo Motor Show is just around the corner, but don’t expect Yamaha to introduce any new designs at this year’s event. The company has recently announced that they were shifting their focus into other areas.  "Cars do not feature in our long-term plans anymore. That is a decision taken by president Hidaka for the foreseeable future, as we could not see a way to develop either ...

Blue Origin and Other Major Aerospace Companies Join NASA’s Artemis Program

Some of the biggest names across the aerospace industry are joining forces with the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos, to create what they’re calling the Human Landing System, which will put humans back on the moon’s surface by 2024 as part of NASA’s Artemis program. This announcement comes from the International Astronautical Congress, which named Blue Origin as the main ...

Weekly Wrap Up For October 18th, 2019

The Credit Manager’s Index is showing more negative signs than positive as uncertainty in the manufacturing industry increases across all sectors and we head for a period of mediocrity. Additional soft factors weighing on the economy are discussed by Dr. Chris Kuehl in this insightful interview with hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady. Researchers Utilize 3D Printing To Help ...