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Globalstar Successfully Launches Spare Satellite

Globalstar | June 20, 2022

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Globalstar Inc., a global leader in satellite-powered innovation, announced the successful launch of the FM-15 spare satellite from Cape Canaveral's Kennedy Space Center. Thales Alenia Space manufactured and stored FM-15, Globalstar's second-generation constellation's 25th and final satellite. The satellite is expected to remain in orbit as a spare and will only be raised to operational orbit if necessary. 

SpaceX confirmed that the upper stage of the Falcon 9 rocket perfectly injected the satellite into its planned low earth orbit. Globalstar has begun initial in-orbit testing, and the satellite is currently operational.

We are pleased to achieve launch success together with SpaceX and would like to extend a profound thank you to the team at Thales Alenia Space for successfully manufacturing, storing and then readying the satellite for launch, This latest satellite, which will serve as an in-orbit spare, plays a crucial role in our continued growth plans prior to the launch of additional satellites procured from MDA and Rocket Lab which are expected to launch in 2025.”

David Kangan.

The satellite addition is designed to further support Globalstar's data products and services, including its legacy Duplex, SPOT retail consumer and Commercial loT. In addition, the launch reinforces Globalstar's commitment to providing users around the world with continuous connectivity.

About Globalstar, Inc.
In 2007, Globalstar pioneered personal safety by introducing the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. As a result, Globalstar now reliably connects and protects assets, transmits critical operational data, and saves lives – from any location – for consumers, industrial companies, and government agencies in over 120 countries by leveraging its low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. Globalstar's cost-effective satellite-powered innovations provide users with visibility and intelligence for improving safety and operational efficiencies, with a portfolio that includes SPOT GPS messengers, next-generation IoT products and modules, and cloud-based telematics solutions.

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STMicroelectronics and GlobalFoundries to advance FD-SOI ecosystem with new 300mm manufacturing facility in France

STMicroelectronics | July 11, 2022

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and GlobalFoundries Inc. (Nasdaq: GFS), a global leader in feature-rich semiconductor manufacturing, announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a new, jointly-operated 300mm semiconductor manufacturing facility adjacent to ST’s existing 300mm facility in Crolles, France. This facility is targeted to ramp at full capacity by 2026, with up to 620,000 300mm wafer per year production at full build-out (~42% ST and ~58% GF). ST and GF are committed to building capacity for their European and global customer base. This new facility will support several technologies, in particular FD-SOI-based technologies, and will cover multiple variants. This includes GF’s market leading FDX technology and ST’s comprehensive technology roadmap down to 18nm, which are expected to remain in high demand for Automotive, IoT, and Mobile applications for the next few decades. FD-SOI technology has origins in the Grenoble (France) area. It has been part of ST technology and product roadmap in its Crolles facility since the early beginnings, and it was later enabled with differentiation and commercialized for manufacturing at GF’s Dresden facility. FD-SOI offers substantial benefits for designers and customers, including ultra-low power consumption as well as easier integration of additional features such as RF connectivity, mmWave and security. ST and GF will receive significant financial support from the State of France for the new facility. This facility will strongly contribute to the objectives of the European Chips Act, including the goal of Europe reaching 20% of worldwide semiconductor production by 2030. In addition to the sizeable, multi-year investment in advanced semiconductor manufacturing in Europe, it will support the leadership and resilience of the European technology ecosystems, from R&D (with the recently announced cooperation on R&D among ST, GF, CEA-Leti and Soitec) to large-volume manufacturing, and support European and global customers with additional capacity in complex, advanced technologies for key end-markets including automotive, industrial, IoT, and communication infrastructure. The new manufacturing facility will be a substantial contributor to global digital and green transformations - delivering key enabling technologies and products. It will generate additional employment at the ST Crolles site (approximately 1,000 additional staff for the new manufacturing facility) and across its ecosystem of partners, suppliers and stakeholders. By working together, ST and GF will leverage the economies of scale at the Crolles site as they accelerate semiconductor capacity the world needs with high capital efficiency. “This new manufacturing facility will support our $20 billion+ revenue ambition. Working with GF will allow us to go faster, lower the risk thresholds, and reinforce the European FD-SOI ecosystem. We will have more capacity to support our European and global customers as they transition to digitalization and decarbonization ST is transforming its manufacturing base. We already have a unique position in our 300mm wafer fab in Crolles, France which will be further strengthened by today’s announcement. We continue to invest into our new 300mm wafer fab in Agrate (near Milan, Italy), ramping up in H1 2023 with an expected full saturation by end 2025, as well as in our vertically integrated silicon carbide and gallium nitride manufacturing.” -Jean-Marc Chery, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics. Our customers are seeking broad access to 22FDX® capacity for auto and industrial applications. The new facility will include GF dedicated foundry capacity for our customers offering GF’s unique innovation and will be managed by GF personnel onsite. This jointly operated, new manufacturing capacity expansion leverages ST’s Crolles existing facility infrastructure enabling GF to accelerate our growth while benefiting from economies of scale to deliver additional capacity in a highly capital efficient manner on our differentiated 22FDX platform, that has shipped more than one billion chips. With today’s announcement, we are expanding GF’s presence within Europe’s dynamic technology ecosystem and reinforcing our position as the leading semiconductor foundry in Europe,” said Dr. Thomas Caulfield, CEO GF. “Our global footprint enables GF to not only meet our customers capacity needs but also provides them supply chain security. The partnership investment with the French government, along with our long-term customer agreements, creates the right economic model for GF’s investment. Additional information for GF investors is available at investors.gf.com. The project is subject to the execution of definitive agreements and various regulatory approvals, including from the European Commission’s DG Competition, and to the completion of the consultation with ST’s French Works Council. About STMicroelectronics At ST, we are 48,000 creators and makers of semiconductor technologies mastering the semiconductor supply chain with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. An integrated device manufacturer, we work with more than 200,000 customers and thousands of partners to design and build products, solutions, and ecosystems that address their challenges and opportunities, and the need to support a more sustainable world. Our technologies enable smarter mobility, more efficient power and energy management, and the wide-scale deployment of the Internet of Things and connectivity. ST is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2027. Further information can be found at www.st.com.

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Siemens Switchgear Ltd., Shanghai expands robotic deployments with Geek+ for lean production via smart automation

Geekplus | July 28, 2022

Geekplus, the global leader in autonomous mobile robots, has expanded collaboration with electronic components manufacturer Siemens Switchgear Ltd., Shanghai with the second phase of a smart manufacturing automation project. The expansion introduces more of Geekplus's goods-to-person picking and materials handling robots to the multi-robot configuration and opens up a further 3000m2 of automated warehousing space. The system achieved a delivery accuracy rate of 100%, with materials accuracy of over 99.98% in the production line. Siemens Switchgear Ltd., Shanghai first joined forces with Geekplus in 2019 and successfully built a full-process flexible automated intelligent logistics factory using four types of Geekplus robots: P800R goods-to-person picking robots, MP1000R moving robots, RS2 tote-to-person robots, and X-series four-way shuttles for high-density storage. The entire manufacturing process is now automated with robots, from inbound receiving, to in-store stock management, outbound stock collection, and production line delivery. "We are very proud of this end-to-end automation success with Siemens Switchgear Ltd., Shanghai. The company makes cutting-edge electronics technology, and Geekplus uses robotics technology to power their operations. The result is a beautiful example of how well smart intralogistics can function." -Junzhe Yang, Vice President of China Region at Geekplus. With the growth of Siemens Switchgear's business, new demands for storage capacity, material informatization, distribution timeliness, and accuracy have arisen. The implementation of a Plan For Every Part (PFEP) logistics model is a key step for Siemens Switchgear Ltd., Shanghai to react to this new reality. Entrusting the running of the site to Geekplus's smart technology and sophisticated software provides the 360° inventory oversight that this strategy requires. Geekplus has created a fully automated, flexible, multi-robot solution that represents a breathrough in intelligent manufacturing. In this second phase of the project, Geekplus added more MP1000R moving robots equipped with laser-guided simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) capabilities to the production line without interrupting operations. Managed by Geekplus's warehouse management system, these robots autonomously carry out on-time delivery of raw materials to where they are needed in the production line. This precise matching of required materials and delivery times reduces line side warehouse space requirements by half and yields a material handling accuracy rate of over 99.98%. In realizing this expansion, Geekplus engineers listened to Siemens Switchgear's experiences with the first-phase configuration. To better meet the client's needs, the Geekplus team optimized the paths layout of the four-way shuttle storage system and the layout of the picking workstations. The outbound throughput rate has increased from 500 pallets per day to 1000 pallets per day. They also added a steel platform to create a second storage level operated by the original P800R fleet, with a new cluster of P800Rs equipped with square pallet docking with low-level hoists in the materials receiving area on the ground floor. These additions, along with more MP1000R moving robots, have been seamlessly integrated into Siemens Switchgear's fully automated facility and freed up an additional 3000m2 of storage space. Geekplus and Siemens Switchgear Ltd., Shanghai will further deepen their cooperation, expand application scenarios, explore innovative solutions, and continue to lead the intelligent transformation and upgrading of the manufacturing industry. About Geekplus: Geek+ is a global technology company leading the intelligent logistics revolution. We apply advanced robotics and AI technologies to realize flexible, reliable, and highly efficient solutions for warehouses and supply chain management. Geek+ is trusted by over 500 global industry leaders and has been recognized as the world leader in autonomous mobile robots. Founded in 2015, Geek+ has over 1500 employees, with offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, and Singapore.

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BOLLINGER REVEALS B4 COMMERCIAL ELECTRIC TRUCK

BOLLINGER MOTORS | September 02, 2022

Bollinger Motors announces its Class 4 all-electric fleet truck, the Bollinger B4, featuring a cab-forward design with industry-leading safety, cargo, and turn circle capabilities. "The cab-forward design is a radical change from our previous concepts, And that's on purpose. We listened to our commercial customers and developed what they need for ultimate efficiency." -Robert Bollinger, founder and CEO of Bollinger Motors. The new Bollinger B4 incorporates years of feedback from dozens of major fleets looking to electrify their vehicles. The result is a cab-forward truck, designed from the ground up to offer maximum cargo volume, accommodate unlimited adaptation, and prioritize safety. "The cab-forward design also increases both overall cargo space behind the cab and critical downward visibility in front, The B4's 41-foot turning circle will be better than any comparable wheelbase truck -- which will improve driving dynamics in both rural and urban settings." -Kent Harrison, chief product officer of Bollinger Motors. The Bollinger B4 is driven by a solid rear-axle e-drive to meet demand for higher payloads. High-voltage components operate on an 800-volt platform, with batteries consisting of LFP (lithium iron phosphate) chemistry, which ensures safety and reduces cost. Customers may outfit their B4s with either one or two battery packs to accommodate cost and range requirements. Range estimates exceed current customer need and offer roughly 100 miles per battery pack. Bollinger Motors will track test B4 chassis cab trucks this fall with numerous fleet customers, upfitters, and charging companies to gather constructive feedback. Bollinger B4 customers will benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act recently signed into law by President Joe Biden, with the B4 expected to be eligible for a 30% tax credit up to $40,000 under the newly created 45W Commercial EV Tax Credit. Commercial fleets need a cost-competitive alternative to traditional ICE vehicles, and these credits, along with Bollinger's aggressive efforts to deliver a quality product with a lower total cost of ownership, make EVs a more affordable and viable option than their ICE counterparts, said Ed Burke, commercial sales director. These credits are a win for Bollinger, our customers, and our nation's sustainability agenda as we help accelerate the adoption of this clean technology across America's roadways. Bollinger Motors has been developing medium duty all-electric trucks since 2015, says Bryan Chambers, chief operating officer of Bollinger Motors. Our extensive Class 4-6 engineering and supply-chain development means our commercial trucks are on the fast track to production. Bollinger will begin production with Class 4 Chassis Cabs -- with Class 5 and Class 6 trucks to follow. Price and release date for the B4 chassis cabs will be announced at a later date. ABOUT BOLLINGER MOTORS: Founded in 2015 by Robert Bollinger, Bollinger Motors is a U.S.-based company, headquartered in Oak Park, Michigan. Bollinger Motors will manufacture all-electric platforms and chassis cabs for commercial vehicles in Classes 4-6.

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