Lotus opens new hypercar factory at Hethel base in Norfolk

Lotus Cars | February 20, 2020

Lotus will build the Evija all-electric hypercar at a new manufacturing facility in Norfolk being readied for final prototype production. Series production and first customer deliveries of the all-electric two-seater will begin in the summer. The hall is situated at the brand’s historic home of Hethel, in Norfolk, UK. It has been built trackside, next to Lotus’ storied 2.2-mile circuit which has hosted testing and shake-down sessions with many Formula 1 legends such as Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jim Clark and others. The result is a versatile and inspiring workspace that will see Lotus hand-build up to 130 examples of the Evija. The first year’s production allocation is already designated to customers around the world. Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, commented: This is now the newest car production facility in the world, and to witness it move from the drawing board to reality has been deeply satisfying. It’s testament to the commitment of all involved, and is the perfect sleek and high-tech production home for the Evija at our iconic Hethel headquarters.

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Liquidmetal Enters into Supply Agreement With Yihao Metal Technology

Liquidmetal Technologies | January 21, 2022

Liquidmetal® Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: LQMT), the foremost supplier of applications for zirconium-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), has entered into a manufacturing supply agreement with Dongguan Yihao Metal Technology Co., Ltd. (“Yihao”), the world’s largest manufacturer of BMG products.While Liquidmetal has already been working with Yihao as its contract manufacturer over the years, this supply agreement now solidifies our long-term relationship. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have the right partners in place to bring about new technology into the forefront of success, and our partnership with Yihao completes our evolution of advancing the technology and bringing Liquidmetal applications and services to the global supply chain like no other,”said Tony Chung, CEO of Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc. “Our manufacturing capabilities coupled with Liquidmetal’s brand, knowledge and expertise in the amorphous alloy space creates a powerful, integrated vertical supply chain that can’t be matched. We are committed to the vision of bringing Liquidmetal technology to the masses and look forward to a long and prosperous business relationship,” -Peter Gao, CEO of Dongguan Yihao Metal Technology Co., Ltd. For more information, refer to the Company’s 8-K filing with the SEC on January 19, 2022. About Liquidmetal Technologies Lake Forest, California-based Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc. is the leading developer of parts made with bulk amorphous alloys, also known scientifically as bulk metallic glasses or BMGs. The non-crystalline atomic structure of these materials imparts unique performance properties, including the ability to injection-mold with micron-level precision, lustrous finishes, high strength, hardness and corrosion resistance, and remarkable elasticity. Liquidmetal Technologies is the first company to develop amorphous alloy parts commercially, enabling significant improvements in products across a wide array of industries. For more information, go to www.liquidmetal.com. About Dongguan Yihao Metal Technology China-based Dongguan Yihao Metal Technology Co., Ltd. was founded in November 2014 and has developed BMG technology for more than a decade to provide expertise in all aspects of BMG manufacturing. The Company operates out of a 200,000 square foot facility in the province of Guangdong and maintains more than 90 BMG manufacturing machines to service its customers. For more information, go to www.yihaometal.com.

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MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Honor unveils behind-the-scenes technology for new honor magic4 pro production line

HONOR | May 31, 2022

Global technology brand HONOR today revealed the proprietary technology behind the manufacturing of HONOR Magic4 Pro, the brand's latest flagship smartphone made exclusively in HONOR Intelligent Manufacturing Industrial Park. Demonstrating manufacturing excellence, the flagship smartphone exemplifies the brand's commitment to delivering cutting-edge innovation and is a testament to HONOR's capability to manufacture high-quality premium products at scale. The HONOR Magic4 Pro is set to arrive in select international markets starting this month. "The opening of the HONOR Intelligent Manufacturing Industrial Park last year was a significant milestone of our success in integrating our R&D capabilities into our manufacturing processes. The consolidation allows us to better harness our expertise across both fields, In addition to bolstering our manufacturing capacities, the smart manufacturing facility houses world-class production, testing and quality control equipment that ensures our premium products live up to our customers' high expectations." George Zhao, CEO of HONOR Device Co, Ltd. Seamless Integration between R&D and Manufacturing Operational since September 2021, the HONOR Intelligent Manufacturing Industrial Park is the brand's first self-funded factory. Equipped with cutting-edge manufacturing and testing facilities to support every aspect of smartphone manufacturing, the Park is integral to assuring the quality of the brand's premium offerings. With 20 percent of the staff working in the Park being R&D personnel, HONOR weaves its R&D resources into the Park's core capabilities, maximizing the synergy between the two and enabling manufacturing technology to keep pace with innovation. Custom Production Line for HONOR Magic4 Pro Innovations Arriving to select international markets beginning this month, HONOR Magic4 Pro debuts with AI Privacy Call, a pain point killer feature that massively minimizes sound leakage during voice calls; Ultra-Fusion Computational Photography, a camera solution that enables users to take full advantage of the smartphone's multiple rear cameras; and the Quad-Curved LTPO Display, a stunning display that provides immersive viewing experiences. Each of these features poses a set of unique manufacturing challenges, the solutions to which are only made possible by HONOR's R&D and manufacturing synergy. With each generation of smartphones, smartphone makers have been continuously shifting the receiver towards the top bezel in attempt to achieve an increased display area. However, the closer the receiver is placed near the edge, the more pronounced the sound leakage during voice calls, leading to privacy concerns. To address this user pain point, HONOR identified and solved over 100 technological challenges and created AI Privacy Call. This innovative feature leverages the industry-first Intelligent Dual Sound-Emitting Unit, which includes a bone conduction component using piezoelectric ceramics that is mounted directly to the display. Due to the nature of glass, the assembly process requires extreme precision – even minor manufacturing deviations will permanently damage the panel. Working hand in hand, the R&D and manufacturing teams were able to overcome the challenge in three months' time. The concerted efforts resulted in the creation of the automated high-precision mounting equipment, which leverages computer vision and optimized algorithms to achieve an accuracy of 0.01mm and a yield of 99.99 percent, contributing to HONOR's ability to meet consumer demands for the HONOR Magic4 Pro. The HONOR Magic4 Pro is also equipped with a powerful Triple Camera combination supporting Ultra-Fusion Computational Photography. The complexity of the solution in the new flagship smartphone necessitated double the camera calibration equipment compared to what was required for its predecessor. Benefitting from improved calibration and testing procedures, the Triple Camera system, combined with AI algorithms, delivers more detailed images with more authentic colors across the full supported focal range. Advanced assembly processes are also adopted for the Quad-Curved LTPO Display on HONOR Magic4 Pro. Leveraging a cutting-edge setup of six-axis robotic arms, high-precision cameras and HONOR-developed computer vision algorithms, the mounting equipment operates with an accuracy range of ±0.075mm and outputs products with a low manufacturing tolerance of just 0.1mm, further demonstrating HONOR's superior manufacturing capabilities. The Park is also equipped with industry-leading laboratories, including a reliability laboratory, regulatory laboratory and environmental protection laboratory, with which HONOR conducts over 200 reliability tests on the HONOR Magic4 Pro to ensure its premium quality. For instance, the HONOR Magic4 Pro is tested to have a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) value – which measures smartphone radiation emission that is 56 percent below the limit of the most stringent industry standard. Three Pillars of Manufacturing Excellence Automation, digitalization and intelligent technology serve as the cornerstones underpinning the Park's core manufacturing capabilities. The Park operates with 75 percent of its production line automated, minimizing the risk of human error. Additionally, more than 40 percent of the automated production equipment is developed in-house, which serves as further evidence of the tight integration between R&D and manufacturing capabilities at the Park. All key equipment in the production facility supports digital control systems, allowing HONOR to better manage the entire production line and reap better efficiency as well as improve product quality. Manufactured exclusively in the Park, the HONOR Magic4 Pro represents the best of HONOR's manufacturing capabilities, which international consumers will soon be able to experience firsthand when the flagship smartphone arrives in select markets starting this month. About HONOR HONOR is a leading global provider of smart devices. It is dedicated to becoming a global iconic technology brand and creating a new intelligent world for everyone through its powerful products and services. With an unwavering focus on R&D, it is committed to developing technology that empowers people around the globe to go beyond, giving them the freedom to achieve and do more. Offering a range of high-quality smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables to suit every budget, HONOR's portfolio of innovative, premium and reliable products enable people to become a better version of themselves.

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Advent of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in Manufacturing Sector to Drive Sales of Industrial PC at 7.4% CAGR

Fact.MR | April 18, 2022

Total sales of industrial PC are projected to top US$ 6 Bn in 2022. Exhibiting growth at a CAGR of 7.4%, the industrial PC market is slated to reach a US$ 12.3 Bn by the end of 2032. With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and 5G technologies across energy and power, automotive and other industries, the application of industrial PC is expected to surge. Similarly, growing demand for a computing platform with climatic condition resistance, energy-efficiency, and longer service life in the manufacturing sector is estimated to create remunerative opportunities for the industrial PC market. Furthermore, rising need for smart energy solutions such as CNC machines and panel PCs, along with advancements in IT infrastructure, is projected to boost the market in the forthcoming years. For more insights into the Market, Request a Sample of this Report Remote monitoring of industrial processes through solutions such as manufacturing execution systems (MES) and plant asset management (PAM) improve operational decisions. Industrial PCs enable automated production operations, which, in turn, will drive sales over the forecast period. In addition to this, the integration of Big Data analytics and machine learning in PCs is anticipated to help manufacturers make data-driven decisions, thereby spurring demand in the market. Besides, sales of industrial PCs are projected to surge owing to their valuable features such as high productivity, low total cost of ownership (TCO), and increased uptime. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the global investment in renewable energy capacity exceeded USD 2.5 trillion in 2019. This is encouraging manufacturing companies to invest in renewable energy projects, fueling the sales of industrial PC. Key Takeaways: Based on type, the panel industrial PC segment is estimated to dominate the market, exhibiting growth at 8.2% CAGR during the forecast period. In terms of industry, sales in the communication and network infrastructure category are projected to increase at a CAGR of 7.5% by 2032. Asia Pacific is expected to hold a maximum share in the industrial PC market due to expansion of energy and power, medical, and transportation industries. North America is expected to emerge as an attractive pocket amid increasing adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and 5G technologies in the manufacturing sector. Industrial PC market is anticipated to grow 2.3X during the forecast period, exceeding US$ 12.3 Bn by the end of 2032. Growth Drivers: Increasing need for high productivity and efficiency through real-time planning, monitoring, and controlling of manufacturing operations will create a conducive environment for the market. Rising industrialization and infrastructural development is anticipated to propel the demand for smart manufacturing solutions. This is likely to augment the sales of industrial PC. Restraints: High installation cost of industrial PCs might impact sales in emerging economies. Increasing maintenance and repair costs might exceed the cost savings from automation. This is estimated to restrain the growth in the market. Lack of skilled professionals in developing countries might limit the sales of industrial PC in the coming years. Growing risks of data security due to operation in different settings is likely to inhibit the adoption of industrial PCs. Competitive Landscape: Some of the key players in the global industrial PC market are focusing on expanding their production capacities to improve sales. Furthermore, they are also investing in technological advanced equipment to enhance their product line and to strengthen their global footprint. 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Empowering End-to-End Process Lifecycle Management with a Digital Twin of an Organization

Mavim | March 30, 2022

Celonis announced the acquisition of Mavim partner, Process Analytics Factory GmbH (PAF), with the stated intention of reaching a broader audience of Microsoft Power BI users. This acquisition is a welcome one for customers who are looking forward to leveraging the power of Celonis' EMS within the familiar Microsoft Power BI environment. As a strategic PAF (now Celonis) partner*, we also welcome this acquisition and look forward to a strong collaboration moving forward. For many Celonis customers, process automation and mining is still something done within a single process in most organizations. With Mavim's Intelligent Transformation Platform, we empower Celonis' customers to give process automation and mining its rightful place at the heart of all operational excellence initiatives. This helps them scale and align their mining and automation efforts with strategic initiatives and manage ongoing ROI beyond discrete projects. By making it part of the continuous improvement cycle, Mavim can help improve the democratization of process management and increase customer value. Last year, Accenture announced a partnership with Mavim as part of its broader BPM ecosystem offerings. Based on joint customer cases, Mavim has seen how process optimization efforts are not well aligned with mining and automation efforts.  Accenture's customers are looking for a way to treat their process improvement efforts holistically.  While Celonis offers the best-in-class technology for discovering optimization opportunities in discrete process domains, Mavim offers a product that allows customers to visualize their improvement initiatives in the context of their entire operating model.  Accenture brings these worlds together with their 8 BPM core offerings, as pictured. "The combined solution of Celonis and Mavim is now supporting Accenture with an end-to-end integrated intelligent transformation platform, accelerating time to value". -Jean-Jacques Vossen, Mavim CEO *As part of the strategic partnership with PAF, Mavim extended the PAF product in the following ways: Built conformance checking to understand the amount of deviation the happens by overlaying mining results on top of the perceived way of working Established a process prediction lens based on historic event log data with Azure ML Created order-to-cash and procure-to-pay content packs for D365 customers to accelerate time to insights Built a cloud-based upload and data transformation solution to get insights fast and without friction. Transformed PAF into an Azure cloud mining solution for customers that are looking for a zero-footprint solution Interested in learning more about Mavim? Join us for our annual customer event in May to hear from an inspiring line up of speakers that includes customers, partners, and product announcements from the Mavim team. About Mavim For complex global organizations that are changing or re-inventing their operating models in order to respond quickly in a rapidly shifting environment, Mavim provides software that enables digital transformation. Through the development of our product, we create context and visibility for companies who face the challenges associated with changes in technology, competition, and consumer behavior. In short—we provide simplicity in a world of increasing complexity. With offices in Amsterdam, Boston and Bangalore, Mavim has a global customer base that numbers over a million end-users worldwide.

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