Procurement


  • A general view of GMC Hummer EVs on November 17, 2021 at General Motors' Factory ZERO electric vehicle assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan
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    New IRA guidance limits battery components made in China

    The long-awaited proposed guidelines clarify how the law’s “foreign entity of concern” requirements will impact automakers’ ability to qualify for EV tax credits.

    By Dec. 1, 2023
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    Manufacturing down again in November amid low orders: PMI

    The industry isn't expected to see major gains in demand or employment through the end of the year. 

    By Dec. 1, 2023
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    Trendline

    Top 5 Stories from Manufacturing Dive

    Check out five of our biggest stories of 2023 so far, led by new investment in U.S. manufacturing against a fast-changing landscape.  

    By Manufacturing Dive staff
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    Cost, availability of raw materials is biggest barrier to US battery manufacturing: report

    The Inflation Reduction Act boosted domestic production of lithium-ion batteries, but the availability of components could drop below demand by 2025. 

    By Kavya Balaraman • Nov. 29, 2023
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    Toyota, Redwood Materials expand deal to source recycled battery materials

    The automaker will use aging Prius models to help feed its growing electric vehicle production in North Carolina.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Nov. 28, 2023
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    How the US is leveraging its spending power to strengthen manufacturing supply chains

    Procurement tactics like creating demand signals and convening key industry players are critical tools in the government's playbook, a White House advisor told Supply Chain Dive.

    By Nov. 28, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    EV sales are rising. So why are automakers nervous?

    Slower sales growth, lower prices and growing inventories have spooked EV manufacturers, leading some to reconsider their plans and finances.

    By Michael Brady • Nov. 17, 2023
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    Volvo acquires Proterra’s EV battery business

    The automaker purchased the electric bus maker's battery segment three months after the startup declared bankruptcy.

    By Nov. 15, 2023
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    Exxon to mine lithium in Arkansas for EVs

    The oil giant aims to supply the mineral to more than one million vehicles a year by 2030.

    By Nov. 14, 2023
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    Chocolate contains ‘concerning’ amounts of lead and cadmium, Consumer Reports finds

    The nonprofit found troublesome amounts of the heavy metals in 16 out of 48 products tested and called out Hershey to take action.

    By Christopher Doering • Nov. 10, 2023
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    EPA considers reevaluating vinyl chloride, as PVC remains common in certain packaging

    Spurred in part by the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment, environmental groups are urging the agency to review the chemical’s safety. 

    By April Reese • Nov. 9, 2023
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    Milk producers sour over carton shortage

    Dairy suppliers and others cite packaging manufacturer Pactiv Evergreen as the supply problem’s source. Competing producers are trying to fill the gap.

    By Katie Pyzyk • Nov. 8, 2023
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    Opinion

    Why Inflation Reduction Act subsidies should differentiate between critical mineral mining and process

    While the U.S. is limited in its domestic mining abilities for critical minerals like lithium and graphite, it has the potential for increased processing capacity.

    By John DeMaio • Nov. 7, 2023
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    Work stops at $500M US-backed battery plant

    Owner Li-Cycle Holdings paused construction at the Rochester, New York, hub due to escalating costs and is reviewing its future plans.

    By Matthew Thibault • Oct. 31, 2023
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    Sugar shortage isn’t causing spike in Halloween candy prices: Wells Fargo analyst

    Despite constrained global supplies, experts don’t believe it will affect U.S. confection manufacturers ahead of the holidays.

    By Chris Casey • Oct. 25, 2023
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    China moves to limit exports of graphite

    The move against the critical mineral came days after the Biden administration restricted semiconductor exports to the country.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Oct. 24, 2023
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    The US, South Korea and Japan are piloting a supply chain warning system. What does that mean?

    As the U.S. looks to counter China’s dominance in critical mineral supply and processing, it’s leveraging alliances to better share data and resources.

    By Oct. 23, 2023
  • A group of UAW members hold strike signs outside of Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.
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    Auto suppliers struggled financially for years. Then came the strikes.

    Industry suppliers had risky financial scores and profitability indicators prior to the labor disruption, according to RapidRatings.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Oct. 19, 2023
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    Google to manufacture Pixel smartphones in India

    The tech giant will start with production of the Pixel 8 as it competes for market share against Apple and Samsung.

    By Oct. 19, 2023
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    BMW secures new battery material supplier in Canada

    A new partnership with Umicore and added South Carolina production are scaling the automaker's EV supply chain strategy.

    By Oct. 18, 2023
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    EPA opens $100M grants for building material makers

    The funding, part of the Inflation Reduction Act, aims to help decarbonize the industry and increase manufacturers’ emissions disclosures.

    By Oct. 16, 2023
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    How the UAW strike is impacting supplier operations

    The ongoing strike is causing some down-tier manufacturers to hold inventory, while others may see cash flow delays.

    By Kelly Stroh • Oct. 10, 2023
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    LG Energy Solution invests $3B in US battery manufacturing expansion

    The extra capacity will help the battery maker supply Toyota with lithium batteries in a new supply deal. 

    By Oct. 10, 2023
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    New Balance will discontinue its use of kangaroo by the end of 2024

    The athleticwear manufacturer joins Nike and Puma, both of whom pledged earlier this year to curb their use of the animal skin.

    By Lara Ewen • Oct. 10, 2023
  • A Chevy Volt goes through an assembly line as sparks fly and robotic arms work to build it.
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    Manufacturing remains in a trough, but signs of relief are showing: PMI

    Companies are shifting from layoffs to attrition and hiring freezes to manage headcount, as companies note greater optimism for future growth in the industry.

    By Oct. 2, 2023
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    Auto supplier BorgWarner warns of potential impact if UAW strike expands

    For now the manufacturer expects modest effects as a handful of plants at the Big Three automakers stand idle. But that could worsen if workers at other plants strike.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Sept. 26, 2023