Green Manufacturing Assembly

Articles about energy-efficiency, landfill-free manufacturing and other green topics.


Green Manufacturing Initiatives Are On the Rise

July 18, 2014

Manufacturers are pursuing a wide variety of “green” initiatives, such as energy-efficient lighting, landfill gas, recycling, solar panels and wind turbines. In fact, more than one-half of our 2014 State of the Profession respondents claim their plant has implemented green-related programs during the past 12 months. That’s a 3 percentage point increase over 2013 and 8 percentage points higher than 2012.

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3M Is Leading the Fuel Cell Charge

July 18, 2014

3M Co. is famous for sand paper, Scotch tape and Post-it notes. But, it’s also bullish on the future of fuel cell technology. The company is a leading provider of materials that are critical to fuel cells, such as fluoropolymers, membrane materials and advanced ceramics.

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Green Energy Initiatives Drive GM Orion

July 18, 2014

The General Motors’ Orion Assembly Plant sits in the shadow of a large landfill. But, the 4-million-square foot factory, which is home to the Chevrolet Sonic and the Buick Verano, uses that to its advantage. The plant derives a significant portion of its power from landfill gas.

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Chinese Solar Panels Have Higher Carbon Footprint Than European Ones

July 10, 2014

EVANSTON, IL—Solar panels made in China have a higher overall carbon footprint and are likely to use substantially more energy during manufacturing than those made in Europe, says a new study from Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory.

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VW to Cut Electricity, Water Usage at India Assembly Plant

July 10, 2014

PUNE, India—Volkswagen plans to reduce energy consumption at its assembly plant here by 436 megawatt hours per year by equipping the assembly line with high-volume, low-speed fans. The carmaker also aims to reduce water usage at the facility by 1,636 cubic meters annually.

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Sun Helps Power Cooper Mini Assembly Plant

June 25, 2014

OXFORD, UK—BMW has installed 11,500 solar panels on the roof its Mini assembly plant here. The panels will generate enough electricity to power 850 UK households.

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Ford Cuts Global Water Usage by 30 Percent

June 19, 2014

DEARBORN, MI—Ford Motor Co. reduced per vehicle water use last year by 30 percent globally from a 2009 baseline, reaching its goal two years ahead of schedule. Plans are under way to further cut water use by another 2 percent this year and to set new long-term goals.

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Solar Panels Help Power Toyota Assembly Plant

June 12, 2014

ALTONA, Australia—Toyota has installed a 500-kilowatt photovoltaic system on the roof of its assembly plant here. The 2,000-panel system will provide approximately 10 percent of the factory’s energy needs.

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Boeing, Lockheed Honored With Manufacturing Awards

June 9, 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—Boeing and Lockheed were among several companies honored last week for leadership in manufacturing by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

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Fuel Cells Get Ready for Prime Time

Engineers continue to tackle high-volume production challenges.
May 1, 2014

Many experts tout fuel cells as one of the cleanest forms of green energy, because the devices reduce CO2 emissions and provide greater energy efficiency than combustion engines.

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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.


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