From the September Issue


TVA Accelerates the EV Revolution

In a sequel to last year’s TVA Intelligence Report about TVA stakeholders preparing the way for electric vehicles, we take a close look at how TVA and its partners helped bring Ford’s $5.6 billion BlueOval City project to the region; how communities are linking together an electrified ecosystem; and the role played in all of the above by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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World Reports

A grab bag of global news documents UNCTAD’s trade update; LEGO’s big plans in Vietnam; the smart factory projects of Finnish building construction firm ADMARES in the Middle East and beyond; Dana’s project in Åmål, Sweden; Ford’s Thailand plant modernization; and where to find (or avoid) the world’s most expensive office space.

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Building Back Better

The federal government’s $3 billion initiative aims to help communities recover and improve after the pandemic.

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Right on Time

E-commerce workforce demands are being met through innovative, digital logistics certifications.

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Volvo Cars and Northvolt last week announced their selection of Gothenburg, Sweden, for a new battery manufacturing “Gigafactory” that will “commence operations in 2025, create up to 3,000 jobs and complement the planned R&D center that both companies announced in December as part of an investment of approximately SEK 30 billion [nearly US$3.3 billion]. Volvo plans to sell only fully electric cars by 2030. The new plant will have potential annual battery cell production capacity of 50 gigawatt hours (GWh), which would supply batteries for approximately half a million cars per year. “The Swedish location of the plant, which will be built in Torslanda, Gothenburg, offers benefits in terms of a direct route into Volvo Cars’ largest car plant, access to infrastructure, a strong pipeline of renewable energy supply and relevant job competences, as well as its proximity to both Volvo Cars’ and Northvolt’s R&D units,” the companies said. Large scale recruitment of operators and technicians will begin late 2023.

Source: Conway Analytics

New Jersey

India’s Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) last week committed to an expansion in Edison, New Jersey, that will see the global IT services and consulting company hire nearly 1,000 additional employees by the end of 2023, according to Choose New Jersey. The company also committed to grow the reach of its STEM and computer science teacher training and student education programs in New Jersey by 25%. “Our economic mission trip to India in 2019 continues to bear fruit as we have seen deep investments from Indian companies in our state,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. The Edison site is one of 30 TCS operates in the U.S. The company already employs more than 3,700 in the state. The company says it has been “among the top two U.S. recruiters of IT services talent, hiring more than 21,500 employees in the past five years.” A Part of the Tata group, India’s largest multinational business group, TCS employs more than 556,000 consultants in 46 countries.

Source: Conway Analytics





Keep Georgia in Mind

Seven reasons to enjoy life in the Peach State.

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This image shows the CMOS THz-ID , a collaboration between Professors Ruonan Han and Anantha P. Chandrakasan of MIT.
Image courtesy of researchers, edited by MIT News

Federal officials late last week hailed the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the America Competes Act to rebuild the domestic semiconductor manufacturing industry, not long after a survey by the U.S. Department of Commerce found that “the median inventory of semiconductor products highlighted by buyers fell from 40 days in 2019 to less than five days in 2021 — putting American manufacturers at severe risk of shutdowns.” Just as crucial to the industry as today’s supply is R&D focused on tomorrow: MIT researchers in January released a strategy outlining the role of universities in helping the U.S. “regain its place as a semiconductor superpower.”

“We are already in a situation where we are not producing enough engineers at all levels for the semiconductor industry, and we are talking about a major expansion. So, it just doesn’t add up,” said Jesús del Alamo, the Donner Professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the leading author of the white paper. “If we want to provide the workforce for this major expansion, we need to engage more students.”


Photo courtesy of IOC

In an online exhibit called “Nostalgia” that is part of the International Olympic Committee’s Agora program supporting links between the Olympic Games, culture and the arts, a curated selection of rare photographs from the archives of the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage is on public display for the first time. The exhibit includes images from the first winter competitions in London in 1908 to Grenoble in 1968. Among the eight venues used for the 1948 Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, five were legacy structures from St. Moritz 1928, including this ski jumping venue.