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After Egypt’s revolution in 2011, the country has been experiencing power outages due to it’s growing population. Even though Egypt is a large producer of oil, this unstable power supply has made the country less attractive for investors and likewise it suffered economically. In order to reconstruct the nation’s economy, government officials knew they needed a new infrastructure for power generation. They drafted up a plan to build three new power plants to support their growing economy. 

They decided to look towards international partners to help build and finance the project. In June of 2015, Siemens and two companies based in Egypt, Elsewedy Electric and Orascom Construction signed a €6 billion contract to build and develop three gas-fired power plants. The power plants were to be built in Beni Suef, New Capital, and Burullus.

The main goal of this mega project was not only solving the countries huge energy gap, but it was also to train Egypt work force for more technical jobs. “We had built up for each of the power plants a full training center including simulators on different safety hazard situations and use of personal protective equipment” said the head of Siemens Professional Education for the Middle East and Africa, Ahmed El Saadany. 600 recruits were put through a 6 month training period in Egypt and Germany. Usually a job of this size would take 4 to 5 years to complete but due to Elsewedy and Orascom‘s dedicated task force they were able to complete it in a record breaking time of 27 months.

The three sites were all constructed with similar designs but certain geological features forced some variation between the three sites. The Beni Suef and Burullus are both located near bodies of water, the Nile River and the Mediterranean Sea respectively so they are able to use water cooling for the plants. The New Capital Facility, located in the desert couldn’t rely on water cooling, so they designed one of the worlds largest air-cooled condensers for the site.

The equipment for the three sites was obtained from different manufacturers around the globe. The gas turbines were made in Siemens Factory in Berlin and have 61% more efficiency when in combined cycle mode. This increased efficiency offers heavily reduced emissions and fuel savings for the site compared to other turbines available. Each site has the capabilities of generating up to 4.8 GW of power from natural gas or oil as a backup. The three new Siemens power plants adds 14.4 GW of power to their total capacity, increasing it from 11 GW to 25.4 GW.

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Innovation
In an effort to raise road safety, a new prototype for an airless tire was produced by Michelin, an automotive tire company in partnership with General Motors.

The prototype, called Uptis needs to be tested and approved before they become commercially available.  We expect to see them on models in 2024 at the earliest.  The partnership has plans to test the Uptis in Michigan on the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle within the year.

The Uptis prototype was created with two main objectives in mind. The first was to give the drivers of the road another layer of safety by eradicating the chance of flat tires or blowouts. The second was to reduce environmental harm by limiting the need for replacement or spare tires.

Uptis was first revealed in 2017 as Vision. The project hoped to develop the mobility of the future that would incorporate features like airless, 3D printed and renewable or bio sourced materials 

According to Michelin, the airless tires can work with all types of vehicles from autonomous self driving cars to all electric cars and many other applications.

The composite material that the tires are made of and the architecture removes the need for compressed air so the tires have an almost non-existent level of maintenance. There are around 200 million tires that are thrown away annually due to flat tires or penetrations from road hazards. Uptis removes the need to replace these 200 million tires, helping the environment by saving the raw materials used to make spare tires.

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Economy, Industry

Last year, the amount of companies participating in reshoring and foreign direct investment reached record breaking levels with an increase of 38 percent from 2017.According to the  Reshoring Initiative, the announcements of new FDI and reshoring is estimated to total over 145,000 jobs. Since 2010, the amount of manufacturing jobs brought to the United States from other countries has risen over 757,000. “The cumulative announcement of more than three-quarters of a million jobs since 2010 has driven 31% of the total increase in U.S. manufacturing jobs during that period and 3.3% of total 12/31/18 manufacturing employment of 12.8 million.” The United States has faced greater competitiveness due to corporate tax and regulatory cuts, making it a viable contender within the international market. Read the Reshoring Initiative 2018 Data Report for more information:

Quick Reshoring Facts

  • 59% of all off-shoring goes to China. However, FDI jobs have decreased by 12% in 2018.

  • Cheap shipping and cheap products are the reason to offshore for many businesses.

  • Government incentives, geographical convenience, high productivity and quality, and good reputation are the main reasons to stay domestic.


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Economy, Industry

The manufacturing industry business conditions continue to improve and the outlook remains positive. US Manufacturing reports from March show increased factory activity for the fifth straight month with factories expanding despite a strong U.S. dollar, which makes American products more expensive in overseas markets. They also have recovered from big cutbacks in the energy industry, which reflected low oil prices. Factory orders were up 5.5 percent from a year ago  with total shipments of manufactured goods increased 0.2 percent after surging 2.5 percent in December.  Manufacturing, which accounts for about 12 percent of the U.S. economy, is regaining its footing after being buffeted by lower oil prices and a strong dollar. The truly successful companies know that to be successful, outsourcing deployments require finding the right partner. Enser’s extensive experience as a leading engineering services company uniquely positions us to provide the best and most cost-effective solutions. ENSER can provide integrated solutions from the best tooling solutions and custom developed equipment & machines, to test and measurement devices, to prototyping, component and part fabrication, we deliver cost effective solutions reliably.

Custom Machine, Tooling and Build Services
  • Enser brings leading reliability in both Custom Design and Build to Print services to increased factory activity.
  • From our experience we have developed a completely USA based fabrication program that takes the unknown out of off-shore manufacturing.
  • Using our Quality Process to increase factory activity that has been developed over the past 70 years, we enable our customers to meet their “time to market schedules” 
  • We utilize local staff to provide a constant interface to our clients and ensure our manufacturing and quality team clearly understands the requirements and scope of the engagement.

Services offered out of our Engineering and Technology Development Centers include:
    • Systems Engineering
    • Design validation
      Systems Integration
    • Software & Controls Development
    • Prototyping
    • Fabrication
    • Tooling and Fixtures
    • Test Systems
    • System test and Debug

    • From the Engineering and Design of your product to the manufacturing, tooling and testing, to supporting your process engineering, Enser can deliver superior cutting-edge solutions to increased factory activity. Since 1947, Enser’s reputation has been built on the quality of service and firmly believe long-term customer satisfaction is the cornerstone of our success. Call us today (877) 367-3770 to schedule a visit to discuss the options available for your specific needs.
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Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2015 American Made Matters Day: A Call-to-Action for Consumers ADAMSTOWN, P.A. – American Made Matters, an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products, is holding the 3rd annual American Made Matters Day on November 19th. The purpose of the event is for consumers to buy at least one U.S.-made product on this day, and to encourage consumers to buy made-in-USA products throughout the upcoming holiday season to show their support for US manufacturing. November 19th has been declared American Made Matters Day not just because of the positive impact that manufacturing has on jobs, but also on local communities, the U.S. economy, product safety, the environment, and the future of America. A resolution has been passed in Pennsylvania and Colorado declaring November 19th as American Made Matters Day, and a resolution has been introduced in Alabama and New York. To celebrate American Made Matters Day, events will be held in thirty locations throughout the United States. These events will show the two American Made Matters videos, provide information to consumers, and give consumers the ability to buy U.S.-made products. Some locations will offer food and music. Over forty American Made Matters members, including Todd Shelton, Carole S. Miller Handbags, hats.com, K’NEX, and Ball and Buck, will be offering online sales and specials which will be available on the American Made Matters blog. Bollman Hat Company will again conduct tours in their historic Adamstown, PA factory, the oldest hat factory in America, as well as launch a Kickstarter campaign to bring the iconic Kangol 504 hat production from China to Adamstown, creating 41 new jobs in Pennsylvania. Tacony Manufacturing, which proudly builds Maytag Vacuums, Riccar Vacuums and Simplicity Vacuums, will be offering an open house with factory tours, food and door prizes at their facility in St. James, MO, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Joy Petty, Director of Marketing, said, “We’re delighted to be hosting this American Made Matters Day event to showcase not only the pride we put into every vacuum we build, but also what several other manufacturers in the area are doing to support the USA. After hearing more about the American Made Matters movement, you’ll be amazed at the power you hold in your pocketbook.” Don Rongione, President and Founder of American Made Matters, says, “Buying American made products creates jobs, stronger communities, independence and security for our country, an improved national economy, safer products, and a more environmentally friendly planet. Each of us can make a difference every time we make a purchase. American Made Matters Day was created as a call to action to use our individual purchasing power on November 19 and during the holiday shopping season to make a difference for our future.” The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that every $1 spent on American-made goods invests an additional $1.32 in the U.S. economy. If Americans dedicated just a small portion of their holiday shopping budget to buying American-made goods, it could have a very positive impact on our economy. In fact, according to ABCNews, if each American family spent just an extra $49.95 on American-made goods, the spending would generate 150,000 American jobs. About American Made Matters®: American Made Matters® was launched on July 4, 2009 by the Bollman Hat Company, America’s oldest hat manufacturer. It is the only organization committed to promoting American-made goods that is run by manufacturers. It has over 375 member companies located in 45 states of the 50 US states. For more information, visit http://www.americanmadematters.com, or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMadeMatters. ###
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Economy, Industry, Press Releases
by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter Harry Moser, the former president of machine tool company GF AgieCharmilles, is on a mission to bring manufacturing back to the United States. His Reshoring Initiative offers resources and information for companies which want to move factories from overseas to the U.S. He spoke to Product Design and Development in an exclusive interview about the reshoring movement and what it can offer engineers. “It is very important to note that the design engineer can work most efficiently with the manufacturer if they’re in the same building or city or state,” Moser said. “They can optimize the product or the process of making it when they can get together and speak the same language. So the engineer will be more successful if he or she is physically close to the manufacturing site. “Second, if the manufacturer is going to China and the best way to improve efficiency is to bring the manufacturer and engineer together, you either move manufacturing and engineering together in the U.S., or move both to China. Would you rather move engineering to manufacturing in China, or rather do research to determine whether you can bring the manufacturing back to the United States and keep your job?” Moser recently contributed a chapter to a book called Remaking America, a collection of essays on reshoring. He has also visited several conferences in his capacity as founder of the Reshoring Initiative, and says that more and more companies are showing interest in reshoring. He spoke to the American Gear Manufacturers Association and American Bearing Manufacturers Association recently at their annual meeting, and said that 54 percent of people in attendance reported either they or their customers had reshored recently. “That’s a big number,” Moser said. “I know I wouldn’t have gotten that number three or four years ago, so to me that’s very impressive. This week I spoke at ISM (the Institute of Supply Management) and again a good percentage of people I met had interest, and some of them were actively involved in their company with trying to figure out what to bring back and how to do the analyses of what to bring back.” Chief among those analyses is the cost of reshoring. The Reshoring Initiative offers a Total Cost of Owning estimator, which factors in the various costs associated with manufacturing and calculates the possible difference if the company was to reshore. The biggest challenge facing companies that want to reshore is the cost, he said. The common belief that it costs more to make a product in the U.S. is true, due largely to higher wage rates, he said. He pointed to Germany as an example of a country that produces much of its goods within the country and still has a trade surplus. Germany, Moser said, is a good example of a country in which workers gain a lot of technical and hands-on training at university and afterward, and are therefore highly productive and adapt well to technology. This means, he said, that companies can afford to pay them more, because they make more per person and more per machine. “If you’re going to have high wage rates like we do you have to have more people with higher skills and better automation. And if we do that we can bring things back to the shore, because they can do it in Germany,” Moser said. While it isn’t a manufacturer itself, Moser said that WalMart has been doing a good job encouraging reshoring through its Made in the USA / JUMP (Jobs in U.S. Manufacturing Portal) program, on which he consulted. “They’re certainly doing reshoring the most,” he said. “Their commitment is to purchase an incremental $250 billion over the ten years ending with 2023.” Ideally, reshoring could save companies money, Moser said. Business owners, he said, need to ask themselves: “Does the overhead come down more than the labor cost goes up?” “You eliminate the duty and freight for bringing it into the country. You don’t have as much inventory because you make it and deliver it just when you need it. You don’t have travel when you go to the supplier. You don’t have much intellectual property risk. When you have engineers and manufacturers in the building next to one another, they can innovate more efficiently. You don’t run out as often. You don’t have as much excess inventory. When you add all those factors up, are they enough to make up for the higher labor costs? And in some cases the answer is yes and in some cases the answer is no.” Balancing all these numbers is the purpose of the Reshoring Initiative’s Total Cost of Ownership analyzer. Moser hopes that it will bring more manufacturing, and more jobs, back into the United States. Moser recommended both the analyzer and WalMart’s JUMP program to business owners who are considering reshoring. The Reshoring Initiative has something else that might be the key as well: success stories. Their website collects testimonials from business owners who have made the move. “The best way to get someone to consider reshoring is to show them that other people have been successful in doing so,” Moser said.
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Press Releases
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Cinnaminson, NJ January 4, 2013 – ENSER Corporation, a 65-year-old engineering services company, is proud to announce that CDT, a Platinum Value Added Reseller of PTC® has acquired ENSER’s PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the Product Development Company, Value Added Reseller (VAR) for MCAD/Windchill sales, training and services business.

This acquisition allows CDT to more effectively service ENSER’s existing PTC customers, while ENSER continues its focus on the Engineering Services market by providing engineering, staffing and fabrication services. The synergy of the two companies offers to the PTC engineering community a strong, stable relationship built upon both company’s reputations for stellar client service.

“We are very excited the acquisition,” said TJ Dial, Director-CDT. “They have a proven track record of offering premium engineering services and PTC products to enable clients to meet their product development goals. This acquisition will be a key driver of our growth path to representing PTC across the United States and offering best-fit solutions to our esteemed clients.”

“This acquisition enables ENSER to re-invest in its core engineering and contract staffing divisions,” explained Marco Arnone, President, ENSER Corporation. “With more and more of our clients bringing back to United States, or “re-shoring,” their engineering and design, we look forward to building ENSER into one of the premier engineering services companies in the country.”

CDT was acquired in February 2012 by Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., a $1.6 billion diversified global supplier of manufacturing technology and services across a broad spectrum of industries. This merger makes CDT the largest company in the PTC Reseller Channel with expanded capabilities to offer world-class engineering and enterprise solutions. By leveraging the vast resources of the Barry-Wehmiller family of companies, CDT is now positioned to offer clients comprehensive solutions to increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve ‘time-to-market.’

“The acquisition reiterates the strong foundation in engineering and manufacturing that Barry-Wehmiller and ENSER share,” explained Jim Webb, VP of PTC Product Group and PLM for Barry-Wehmiller International Resources. “In today’s economy, companies are looking to bring efficiencies in their new product design, manufacturing and production through tight integration of their CAD, ERP and PLM systems. Our synergy with ENSER will further strengthen CDT’s expertise to offer comprehensive, cutting edge solutions to engineering and manufacturing clients across diverse industry segments.”

About ENSER

For more than 65 years, ENSER Corporation has been one of the premier providers of engineering and project management solutions offering unparalleled expertise and commitment. ENSER provides support throughout the engineering, design and build cycle. ENSER’s extensive experience as a leading engineering services company uniquely positions them to provide the best and most cost-effective solution. Further information on ENSER is available at http://www.enser.com.

About CDT

CDT provides products and services to meet the rapidly changing landscape of product development, product lifecycle management (PLM), and global project collaboration. As a “total solutions” provider, CDT offers the full-line of PTC software products together with a comprehensive suite of services including implementation, training and core engineering services. CDT is “National Reseller” for PTC spanning the entire United States and with offices globally. CDT has a unique perspective on manufacturing with more than 100 years of manufacturing technology experience from Barry-Wehmiller. For more information, go to http://www.cdtplm.com/.

About PTC

PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC) develops, markets, and supports software solutions that help manufacturers win with superior products. PTC is the world’s largest software company with a total commitment to product development. The company services more than 33,000 customers worldwide. Further information on PTC is available at http://www.ptc.com.

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