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Intel CEO: We need more IC gear for our wafer fab plans
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With many planned wafer fabrication facilities on the drawing board, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger worries about the ability to be able to purchase the semiconductor manufacturing equipment needed to fill those future fabs, as some chipmaking systems are not easily available due to certain microchip shortages. "To us, this is now the No. 1 issue, is in fact the delivery of equipment," Gelsinger told reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Full Story: The Economic Times (India)/The Associated Press (5/23) 
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The biggest challenges for Moderna are hiring skilled workers, growing the company and building a supply chain that allow for vaccines to be rapidly deployed, says Chief Financial Officer David Meline. "We're still a very small company and so our main constraint to expand and continue to develop is really around the management bandwidth we have," Meline says.
Full Story: CFO Dive (5/23) 
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The Kind brand is on-track to hit $1 billion in US retail sales by mid-summer with the brand experiencing "robust growth" in 2022, said Russell Stokes, CEO of Kind North America. The key to Kind's success is maintaining its autonomy since its acquisition by Mars and a "lean, hungry" approach to innovation, said Stokes.
Full Story: FoodNavigator (5/23) 
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Holcim US has acquired Baton Rouge, La.-based Cajun Ready Mix Concrete's eight plants and the company's headquarters for an undisclosed sum. Cajun Ready Mix, which has more than 100 employees and 50 trucks, will not retain its name as part of the deal.
Full Story: The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (5/23) 
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The Autonomous Enterprise
What is autonomous manufacturing? Review how technological breakthroughs are expanding the potential scope and maturity of autonomy and learn more about challenges and best practices from the field that enable autonomy and maximize business value. Find out more.
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Cybersecurity
Overly arduous cybersecurity measures are reducing employee focus and productivity, raising the risk of data breach via emails, according to research by Zivver. Wouter Klinkhamer, CEO and co-founder of Zivver, advocates smart email data security tech that gives employees "the ability to send emails in a highly secure and unobtrusive way."
Full Story: Business Leader (UK) (5/20) 
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Defeat Disruption with an Agile Supply Chain
To overcome unrelenting supply chain disruptions, manufacturers are adopting digital technologies to prioritize agility and resiliency. Real-time, end-to-end visibility is central to these efforts to maximize efficiency and reduce risk. Get the guide.
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Supply Chain
Chief information officers are taking inflation, supply chain constraints and other factors into consideration as they make technology investments that will increase efficiency, productivity, growth and profitability. Executives are focusing on technology that helps organizations build predictive models to account for supply chain disruptions and use automation and artificial intelligence to reduce bottlenecks.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (5/23) 
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Sustainability
The chemical industry can continue to move toward a lower-carbon future while maintaining plastics growth, asserts Bloomberg NEF. BNEF identifies lower-carbon investment opportunities for the industry, including cracker electrification and carbon capture and storage projects.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (5/24) 
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Workforce of Tomorrow
JE Dunn Construction recently worked with Southeast Toyota Distributors to build a new industrial facility that allows employees to be efficient, flexible, connected and comfortable at work. "At the end of the day we want our employees to feel valued and supported in an environment where they can do their best work," says Tammi Bailey of JE Dunn Construction.
Full Story: IndustryWeek (5/19) 
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