FROM THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF SITE SELECTION 

CALIFORNIA

The State of Mobility

For advanced transportation technology, California is leading the way.

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY INVESTMENT PROFILE

When the World Takes Notice

Access to markets, skilled workers lures foreign firms to San Bernardino County.

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 LANDED LEAD OF THE WEEK 

Fuchs Petrolub

Lead Signal: In August 2015, Conway delivered a Lead Signal indicating that Germany-based Fuchs Petrolub acquired two lubricants companies in South Africa. The acquisitions allowed Fuchs to develop a significant presence in the southern African markets.

Project: In May 2018, Fuchs Petrolub completed a $9.4-million grease plant expansion at its Isando, South Africa, facility. Petrolub is focused on investing in existing and new plants to leverage new technology to increase production. Fuchs Petrolub is based in Mannheim, Germany, and employs 5,000 people at 58 facilities around the world.

Lead Signal

Source: Conway Analytics

 

Project

Source: Conway Analytics

 

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 PROJECT WATCH 

SOUTH AFRICA

Japan's Sumitomo Rubber Industries announced the commencement of its new truck and bus radial tire plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The multi-year $66-million investment comes to a site that now employs over 1,000 workers, and will produce Dunlop and Sumitomo branded tires for trucks and buses. Sumitomo Rubber Industries is the fifth largest tire manufacturer in the world.

Source: Conway Analytics

IRELAND

Chicago based Abbott Laboratories has announced that it will expand its Donegal diagnostics manufacturing facility. The expansion will cost over $6 million and create 500 new jobs. The site manufactures blood glucose test strips for use in diabetes monitoring. Abbott has been in Ireland since 1946 and employs 3,000 people across nine sites making a range of products including nutritional, diagnostics and medical devices.

Source: Conway Analytics

 

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 CONWAY ANALYTICS SNAPSHOT 

Sumitomo is one of the original four Japanese zaibatsu, or industrial conglomerates, that were dissolved following World War II (the other three are Mitsubishi, Yatsuda and Mitsui). Today the company is better known by the term keiretsu, meaning grouping of enterprises. And some grouping it is: Going back to the early 1990s in the Conway Projects Database, we find more than 280 facility investment projects associated with dozens of divisions, branches or JVs involving the Sumitomo name, making everything from golf balls and tires to fiber-optics and disc brakes. The graph shows the leading countries receiving those investments.

 

 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS  

Photo courtesy of Faraday Future

Since the above story on California was reported, Faraday Future has continued to herald promising developments. On August 28, following approvals for business site occupancy and paint shop air permits, team members celebrated their first pre-production build of the FF 91 ultra-luxury intelligent EV, built at the Hanford factory. Then, earlier this week, FF Global CEO YT Jia (pictured) greeted the company's newest group of recruits, saying he was there to help them "understand the FF way of transforming the impossible ideas into reality. Together, we will disrupt a century year old automotive industry with our products that help solve for the pollution and traffic congestion around the globe."

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 

Site Selection President and Publisher Adam Jones-Kelley this week made this tranquil photo on Lake Tai, in Huzhou, a city in northern Zhejiang province, China. The lake, also known as Taihu, is the third largest freshwater lake in China, with an area of 2,250 sq. km. (868 sq. miles).