Electric Car Market Charges Ahead

Electric Car Market Charges Ahead

September 6, 2019

The electric car market is expected to overtake combustion engine vehicle sales in another 20-30 years.

Currently, even the lower cost electric cars are still more expensive than similar sized combustion engine vehicles. The upper end of the price range for electric cars is naturally limited by a small market.

The key to growing electric car sales will be tied to lower battery costs, which is starting to take place, along with the development of mass market vehicles. New electric cars are much faster to design and build, given fewer parts needed to operate an electric vehicle.

In addition, VW and GM are starting to develop fast-charging stations in a nationwide network to encourage consumers to confidently drive an electric vehicle almost anywhere. This infrastructure is needed to spur sales and helps address consumer concerns over the limited range of electric vehicles. The overseas markets are likely going to mature sooner than the US market for electric vehicles.


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Pour a Foamy Mug of Rejected Cereal

Pour a Foamy Mug of Rejected Cereal

July 6, 2019

Kellogg’s in Manchester, England has teamed up with UK brewery, Seven Bro7thers, to put new “pop” in the beer business.

The two companies are making beer using Rice Krispies and Coco Pops not perfect enough to make it into the cereal box.

As part of its sustainability efforts, Kellogg’s is repurposing misfit rice-based flakes that are too large, too small, overcooked, uncoated, or discolored and that would, in the past, have been used as animal feed.  The cereals replace malted barley in beer recipes.

These beers follow on the heels of a similar partnership which used rejected Corn Flakes to create “Throw Away IPA” in 2018.


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This post is based on the Independent article, Kellogg’s launches new beers made from Rice Krispies and Coco Pops waste, by Katie O’Malley, June 13, 2019; the Business Green article, Sip, sparkle, and drink: Kellogg’s turns cereal waste into beer, by Toby Hill, June 13, 2019 (requires a subscription); and the Facebook video, Kellogg’s is making beer using discarded corn flakes, by NowThis Food, December 18, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / Y_L

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iPhone Production Doesn’t Have To Stay In China

iPhone Production Doesn’t Have To Stay In China

June 30, 2019

The China-U.S. trade war has disrupted traditional supply chains with threatened (and partially implemented) tariffs on hundreds of Chinese exports.  The 25% tariff would impose a severe tax on Apple’s iPhone, its “most profitable product”.

Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as the Taiwan contract manufacturer Foxconn, is the primary partner for Apple products.  According to their semiconductor division chief Young Liu, Hon Hai has sufficient production capacity outside China (estimated at 25%) if Apple asks its partner to relocate production outside of China.

Such a relocation for final assembly is described as “easy”, but not so the full production of components that go into the final product.  It would likely mean moving other assembly from non-U.S. companies back into China.  Currently, Foxconn is testing quality for mass production of the iPhone XR near Chennai.  Further, there is the future prospect of the Wisconsin plant to further diversify some aspects of the iPhone production.

To date, Apple has not announced any plans for such a change in its production strategy, but further uncertainty regarding the tariffs could change that.


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