Asia Outlook: President Xi Seeks Stability Amid Slowdowns, Tensions, And Turmoil

Asia Outlook

The following article appears in this month’s issue of Manufacturing Outlook Digital Magazine. For a limited time, we’re offering Manufacturing Talk Radio listeners a FREE subscription. Visit to subscribe today! by Christine Casati CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE Amidst the developing turmoil in Kazakhstan, new rail links in Southeast Asia, and the growing global impact …

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U.S. Factories Saw Unexpected Decline in December

U.S. Factories

After a rather strong November, production at U.S. factories unexpectedly fell in December, with numbers pulled down by a decline in output at motor vehicle plants due to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage. Manufacturing output dropped 0.3% last month, after rising by 0.6% in November, according to newly released and revised information from the Federal …

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Honda Joins U.S. Company to Produce EV Batteries


Japanese carmaker Honda has signed a joint development agreement with Boston-based EV battery company SES Holdings in order to develop new lithium-metal batteries for their electric vehicles. This joint development agreement with SES is part of the overall battery strategy of Honda. Lithium-metal batteries could help Honda develop improved battery tech for its upcoming EVs …

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Intel Announces Location of New U.S. Chip Plant


On Friday, Intel revealed the location of their highly anticipated new American semiconductor plant. The new facility, which will be located in Ohio, is poised to potentially become the largest chip plant in the world.  The initial $20 billion investment, which is the largest in Ohio’s history, will lead to the construction of a new …

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Solar Set to Comprise 50% of U.S. Electricity Generation in 2022


According to a new report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, almost half of the planned 2022 electric capacity additions in the United States are expected to be solar.  With 46.1 gigawatts of new utility-scale electric generating capacity projected to be added to the U.S. power grid, the EIA’s Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory …

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Honda Still on the Fence About U.S. EV Manufacturing 


Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. recently stated that it’s still undecided on where to manufacture EVs in the United States, questioning the country’s demand despite soaring sales numbers from competitors miles ahead in their own electrified transitions. Like many other traditional automakers, Honda’s goal is to have 100% electric sales by 2040, although a huge …

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Toyota Becomes First Foreign Auto Company to Top U.S. Sales

top-selling automaker

2021 was a difficult year for auto manufacturers who struggled to meet demand due to the ongoing global chip shortage and lingering impacts of Covid-19. Despite these issues, Toyota still managed to make history by unseating General Motors as the top-selling automaker in the United States last year, becoming the first manufacturer based outside the …

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American Factory Orders Saw Strong Increase in November

American Factory Orders

According to new information released by the Commerce Department, new orders for U.S.-manufactured goods accelerated significantly in November, while business spending on equipment seemed to struggle to rebound in the fourth quarter. The report, released this past Thursday, showed that American factory orders rose 1.6% in November. Data for October was revised higher to show …

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Leonardo Electronics US Set to Build Semiconductor Manufacturing Near Tucson, AZ

Semiconductor Manufacturing

According to a new statement put out this past Monday, Leonardo Electronics US Inc., which manufactures defense, security, medical and industrial products, plans to build a new semiconductor laser manufacturing facility on 13 acres at Innovation Park in Oro Valley, six miles north of Tucson, Arizona. The one-story, tilt-up building will include manufacturing, assembly, testing, …

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Tesla to Recall Over 475,000 Cars in the U.S. 

Tesla recall

The last year was another major one for Tesla, as they saw continued growth and sales while other auto companies experienced delays and other manufacturing problems. However, a new major recall seems set to potentially stump much of the company’s momentum going into 2022. On Thursday, the company announced that it was recalling 356,309 vehicles …

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