Boeing, Lockheed Passed Up; Heineken Uproots Huge Orchard; Autopia Goes EV | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 168

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Every week, we cover the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week: 

Latest Formula E Race Car Goes from 0-60 MPH in 1.82 Seconds – @3:55

The GEN3 Evo unveiled at H.S.H Prince Albert II’s Private Car Collection will debut in Season 11 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Chinese Nationals Accused of Trying to Illegally Export U.S. Semiconductor Tech – @13:32

The Department of Justice last week unsealed an indictment implicating two Chinese nationals in a plot to export U.S. technology to restricted end users in China.

Disneyland’s Gas-Powered Autopia Cars Are Going Electric – @20:01

Earlier this month, the amusement park told the Los Angeles Times that the gas-powered vehicles of the Autopia ride within the Tomorrowland attraction will be swapped out for electric vehicles.

Heineken Uproots Huge Apple Orchard as Cider Sales Slip – @29:08

Heineken owns Penrhos Orchard, a 300-acre site in Wales. The orchard was planted in 1997, but cider sales are down and Heineken has been left holding the bag of apples.

Boeing, Lockheed Passed Up for Air Force Drone Program – @39:15

The U.S. Air Force recently picked two companies that it will continue to fund as part of its Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) program. Surprisingly, they are not Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin or Boeing.

In Case You Missed It

Report: SpaceX Injuries Far Exceed Industry Average – @53:03

SpaceX’s 2023 records indicate an injury rate of 5.9 incidents per 100 workers.

Boeing Takes Over GKN Plant to Support F/A-18, F-15 Programs – @59:33

On Friday, Boeing finalized a deal to buy GKN Aerospace’s manufacturing operations in St. Louis. A large portion of the staff, some 550 people, have been hired by Boeing.

Blood Draw Device Acts Like a Leech – @1:06:58

A suction cup measuring about two and a half centimeters is attached to the patient’s upper arm or back.

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