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Read on for the latest hires and facility news from Made Smarter, ABB, Additive Engineering, SABIC, and more.
Made Smarter appoints Siemens’ Brian Holliday as new co-chair
The UK’s Made Smarter Commission has appointed Managing Director of Siemens Digital Industries Brian Holliday as its new co-chair. Holliday replaces former Siemens CEO Professor Juergen Maier in the role, and will head up the commission alongside Lee Rowley MP, Minister for Industry and the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The pair will oversee the delivery of the commission’s adoption and innovation programs to help UK-based manufacturers to capitalize on new digital technologies including 3D printing, IoT, robotics, and automation.
“I’m delighted to be co-chairing the Made Smarter Commission with Minister Rowley through its next steps,” said Holliday. “Since the original Made Smarter Review in 2017, I have been struck by the importance of this government and industry partnership in manufacturing to highlight how much the sector matters to address the productivity, innovation and skills challenges in the UK and increasingly, to find the right levers to help to invest in material, resource and energy efficiency too.”
ABB to automate NatureWorks’ new bioplastics plant
Swiss-Swedish multinational electrical equipment firm ABB has announced it will be automating German bioplastics manufacturer NatureWorks’ new Thailand plant in order to meet increasing global demand for sustainable materials.
The new site is set to produce 75,000 tons of Ingeo PLA biopolymer each year, with ABB’s technology helping to improve the energy and production efficiency of bioplastic manufacturing at the facility. Among other uses, Ingeo can be deployed as 3D printing filament for a wide range of applications.
Additive Engineering’s Melbourne facility now operational
Australian Additive Engineering’s new facility in South Melbourne is now commercially operational following the installation of three metal and two polymer 3D printers. The machines have already been used to produce a titanium cutting and drilling guide for a maxillofacial patient.
The firm has also entered into a production sharing agreement with medical technology supplier Device Technologies which will see the latter granted access to Additive Engineering’s facility in exchange for re-selling its services. Medical technology firm Singular Health, which acquired a 25 percent stake in Additive Engineering in March last year, can also leverage the facility’s services to produce its bio-models, guides and implants.
Boris Johnston tours SABIC facilities
Rounding off this week’s facility news, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnston has been shown around chemical producer SABIC’s facilities during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia. Johnston visited the SABIC Plastics Application Development Center (SPADC) and witnessed a live 3D printing demonstration at the site, alongside innovations in transportation, healthcare, and construction.
SABIC has a strong presence in the UK with its petrochemicals headquarters in Teesside and three nearby manufacturing and storage facilities, with SABIC Chairman Khalid Al-Dabbagh referring to the visit as a “proud moment” for the firm.
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