SEMI | August 20, 2020
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.60 billion in billings worldwide in July 2020 (three-month average basis), according to the July Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS) Billings Report published today by SEMI. The billings figure is 11.8 percent higher than the final June 2020 level of $2.32 billion, and is 27.6 percent higher than the July 2019 billings level of $2.03 billion. “The second half of 2020 has started strong with double-digit billings growth for North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO. "The strength reflects the semiconductor industry's criticality in today's world and the driving forces in place for long-term industry growth."
ifm | July 31, 2020
Despite ongoing international trade disputes, the specialist for innovative automation and digitalisation technology was able to significantly increase sales again in 2019, recording a year-over-year growth of 5.5% at the end of the year. With a group turnover revenue of 1.0 billion euros, the ifm group hit the magic sales mark for the first time in its 50-year history. Major growth drivers were the markets in North and South America and China. "Thanks to good growth in the food and mobile machinery sectors, we were able to cushion the sharp downturn in the global automotive and associated mechanical engineering industry." The preliminary operating result (EBIT) was maintained at a solid level of 5.6% (previous year: 7.7%) despite the dynamic course of business. "This result demonstrates the sustained profitability of our business model," said Rosenberg.
Bespoke Manufacturing | April 27, 2022
Bespoke Manufacturing Company (BMC) announced that it is opening a new state-of-the-art plant in Phoenix, Arizona. BMC is a tech-enabled print, cut & sew operation specializing in one-off, on-demand garments and home fashion products. The leased 50,000 square-foot facility is expected to be fully operational by June 1st, 2022 and will bring over 250 jobs.
BMC is an ideal manufacturing solution for any size apparel brand that strives to reshape its supply chain. Brands can offer personalized products on-demand thanks to fast turnaround times and direct-to-consumer shipping options.
BMC's technological ecosystem incorporates a digital printing solution, the Kornit Presto, and Lectra's solutions AccuMark 2D, AccuMark 3D, YuniquePLM, AccuMark Made-to-Measure, as well as the GERBERcutter® Z1 allowing BMC to go from designing to printing and cutting and sewing within minutes, without facing the risk of errors. A fleet of Fetch Robotics AMRs (Autonomous Mobile Robots) deliver totes directly into 120 of Juki's newest electronic sewing stations. The plant has a capacity of over 5 dresses per minute.
Product setup through the iCreate.fashion web portal enables absolute real-time 24/7 visibility into the launch, manufacturing process, and inventory status. iCreate helps designers and brands build smart tech packs (STPs) that can be used in both simple and highly automated manufacturing plants worldwide.
J. Kirby Best, the founder of BMC, states, "We chose to build our first plant in the heart of Phoenix because of the talented sewers the city has to offer. Quality is of the utmost importance. We have hired first-rate tailors and sewers from around the world who are eager to show that the United States is a competitive force in apparel manufacturing."
"With talented fabric and consumer-product innovators, Greater Phoenix continues to attract technology-focused companies and manufacturers, We're excited to welcome BMC as the latest high-tech manufacturer choosing to expand in the region and look forward to being a partner in their continued growth and success."
Chris Camacho, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council
"Arizona is quickly becoming a fashion innovation hotbed, with designers, manufacturers and distributors of all sizes making an impact," said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. "BMC's state-of-the-art facility brings another high-tech innovator to our state, and we are proud to welcome their expansion."
Bespoke Manufacturing Company, LLC. (BMC.Fashion) specializes in purchase-activated, on-demand, one-off apparel manufacturing. BMC has developed technologically advanced manufacturing and distribution solutions for the on-demand apparel industry. Our factory model automates and integrates every aspect of the manufacturing process from order entry to delivery. The integrated components driven by complex software solutions allow BMC to manufacture unique SKU's on-demand thereby eliminating inventory costs and streamlining the supply chain.
iCreate.Fashion (iCreateone, Inc.) is an industry platform designed for brands and designers to create, track, store, and distribute their traditional human readable tech packs and their machine-readable Smart Tech Packs (STP) to retailers and manufacturers globally. iCreate has also constructed an integrated manufacturing system (M3) designed to eliminate as many human tasks as possible to be able to deliver one-off, personalized products on-demand.
BERKS Group | January 13, 2022
BERKS Group announces the acquisition of 180 Skills. 180 Skills is focused on skills-based training to help manufacturers increase productivity and decrease turnover.
This is an exciting addition to BERKS education technology platform," said Doug Krebs, Operating Partner, BERKS Group. "It fits perfectly with our goal to be a leader in innovative on-line education tools for business and individuals who want to grow.
180 has one of the world's largest libraries of on-line skills courses for manufacturing. Courses range from technical training to specific compliance and regulatory content. The course work provides powerful tools for employers, schools, workforce boards and associations to build their people.
"We are passionate about providing learning opportunities that help both people and businesses be more productive,Our partnership with BERKS allows us to expand our reach and get these important learning tools into the hands of more people across the country."
-Joe Kitterman, Founder, 180 Skills
The BERKS education technology platform already includes Valor Manufacturing Training. Valor is delivering interactive training content for companies in the food and precision manufacturing industries.
"Both Valor and 180's training solutions are helping companies get their people trained faster, providing critical safety and compliance learning and ultimately increases productivity for their clients."
-Dr. Nate Walts, General Manager, BERKS Group.
About BERKS Group
The BERKS Group is a diversified family of companies with holdings in education technology, high-value precision manufacturing, technology infrastructure and better-for-you consumer brands. The Bradley family also owns the News-Press & Gazette Company which has media holdings in digital, broadcast television, radio and publishing. www.BERKSGroup.com
About 180 Skills
180 Skills is an end-to-end online manufacturing skills training solution that enables employers, educators, and workforce professionals to deliver on-demand, high-quality, low-cost, manufacturing skills training. Since 2009, they have worked with companies and educators to create the world's largest library of skills training courses that includes workplace & soft skills, risk management & compliance skills, quality and continuous improvement skills, and technical skills for industrial careers. www.180skills.com
About Valor Manufacturing Training
Valor Manufacturing Training offers employee training and retention solutions by providing turn-key, state of the art training content and delivery platforms to manufacturing organizations to reduce the long and short-term costs associated with training, employee turnover and retention. The Company was founded in 2016 and became a part of the NPG/BERKS Group portfolio in 2018. www.valormanufacturingtraining.com