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April 27, 2021
Manufacturing Editor

Green ‘Renaulution’ from French auto manufacturer

BOULOGNE–BILLANCOURT, France: Renault says electric vehicles will account for 65 percent of sales by 2025 and 90 percent by 2030 in Europe. Ten years later it aims to be carbon neutral in Europe and worldwide by 2050. The manufacturer has committed to…
April 26, 2021
Manufacturing Editor

Michelin can now use recycled PET waste for tires

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France: Plastic waste recycler Carbios has successfully tested its enzymatic process to create “high tenacity” tire fibres for Michelin. The company says the fibre is particularly suitable for tires, due to its breakage resistance, toughness…
April 13, 2021
Manufacturing Editor

Volvo trucks made with fossil-free steel by 2022

GOTHENBURG: The Volvo Group and Sweden’s sheet steel manufacturer SSAB are to collaborate on producing the world’s first vehicles made of fossil-free steel. Volvo says it will start the production of concept vehicles and components this year from steel made…
April 01, 2021
Manufacturing Editor

Konecranes gets a lift with fossil-free fuel

MARKARYD, Sweden: Manufacturer Konecranes has been testing the use of HVO100 fossil-free fuel in its latest generation of lift trucks to meet customer demand for equipment using renewable fuels. HVO100 is a 100-percent renewable and fossil-free chemical copy…
March 25, 2021
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Finnair collaborates with manufacturer for new short-haul electric aircraft

HELSINKI: Finnair has signed a letter of interest to acquire 20 electric-powered short-haul aircraft from Swedish manufacturer Heart Aerospace. Based in Gothenburg, Heart is currently developing the ES-19, a 19-seat, four-engined aircraft with an all-electric…
March 15, 2021
Manufacturing Editor

BMW plans to use CO2-free steel

MUNICH: The BMW Group has invested in start-up Boston Metal, a US technology company that uses molten oxide electrolysis to produce CO2-free steel. Boston Metal uses electricity for its new technology, which, by means of an electrolysis cell, produces molten…
February 26, 2021
Manufacturing Editor

Swedish group invests in textile produced from trees

STOCKHOLM: H&M Group, Inter IKEA Group, Stora Enso and LSCS Invest are behind the construction of a €35 million pilot sustainable textile manufacturing plant for R&D company TreeToTextile (TtT). TtT’s new textile process uses regenerated cellulosic fiber,…
February 26, 2021
Manufacturing Editor

Companies lag in supply chain resilience to climate risk

CHICAGO: A survey of 308 publicly-listed retail, pharma and consumer electronics companies has found only 42 percent have set targets to reduce supply chain-related (Scope 3) carbon emissions. Commissioned by The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM)…
February 25, 2021
Manufacturing Editor

DHL Freight begins long-distance electric truck test

STOCKHOLM: In March DHL Freight and Volvo Trucks will begin testing an electric-powered, 60-tonne combination truck link between DHL facilities in Gothenburg and Jönköping, a one-way distance of 150 kilometres. The project is part of REEL, run by Sweden’s…
February 02, 2021
Manufacturing Editor

GM to be carbon neutral by 2040

DETROIT: General Motors has announced plans to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040 and has also agreed to set net-zero science-based targets in line with a 1.5°C future. According to Environmental Defense Fund president Fred…
December 11, 2020
Manufacturing Editor

DB Cargo helps Mercedes goal of CO2-neutral supply chain by 2039

BRUSSELS: The 27 European Union Council members have agreed to reduce their national emissions 55 percent by 2030 from a 1990 base level – an increase from a previous 40 percent goal but less than the 60 percent requested by EU Parliamentarians in October.…
October 07, 2020
Manufacturing Editor

Steel giant listens to Mighty Earth

LUXEMBOURG: Steel and mining giant ArcelorMittal has announced it will be carbon-neutral worldwide by 2050. With a presence in 60 countries and primary steelmaking facilities in 18, last year the company produced 89.8 million tonnes of crude steel and 57.1…

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