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New Manufacturing Acquisitions, Investments and Facilities

March 13, 2023
Our compilation of the newest manufacturing business announcements features Siemens Mobility's new $220 million facility, Avery Dennison's completed acquisition of Thermopatch and more.

Siemens Mobility Announces $220 Million Manufacturing and Rail Services Facility

Creating more than 500 new jobs, the new Siemens Mobility facility in Lexington, North Carolina, will focus on rail technology. With operations starting in 2024, there will be a passenger coach manufacturing factory and a locomotive and passenger coach overhauls facility; they will be located on a 200-acre site, creating opportunities for future expansion. The facility plans to be carbon neutral once fully operational.

The announcement gives credit to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for allowing critical investments in rail networks. “This facility supports our strategy to grow in close proximity to our customers as well as provide us with the added capacity needed to push the boundaries of innovation,” said Marc Buncher, CEO of Siemens Mobility North America.

Avery Dennison Expands Industry Knowledge with Thermopatch Acquisition

After signing an agreement in January, materials science company Avery Dennison Corp. has recently completed its acquisition of Thermopatch. Becoming part of the Solutions Group, Thermopatch, headquartered in Syracuse, New York, brings expertise in emblems, transfers and label solutions.

“Combining Thermopatch and our strong product portfolio and long-standing customer relationships will enable us to continue to grow and deliver value for all our stakeholders,” said Michael Barton, senior vice president and general manager, Solutions Group

Rockwell Automation to Invest in, Work with READY Robotics

Industrial automation company Rockwell Automation has announced an investment with READY Robotics. They will integrate READY Robotics’ ForgeOS, a platform allowing operators to control and program robots, with Rockwell’s line of Logix controllers and design and simulation software. ForgeOS features a single interface that allows the user to simplify the robot implementation process with minimal training.

“Linking the intuitive ForgeOS software suite with Logix control, design and emulation capabilities allows a broader range of businesses to implement these powerful tools and spend less time getting their systems up and running,” said Matheus Bulho, vice president and general manager, Production Automation at Rockwell.

Emerson’s Digital Ecosystem Chosen to Enable Safe, Sustainable Operations at Polymers Facility

Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem will automate the Golden Triangle Polymers Project, a joint venture between Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. and an indirect subsidiary of QatarEnergy. Located in Orange, Texas, the $8.5 billion project is an integrated polymers facility that includes a 2,080 KTA ethane crack and two 1,000 KTA high-density polyethylene units. “With its digital automation technologies, industrial software portfolio and deep energy experience, we are relying on Emerson to help ensure a project of this magnitude operates safely and reliably, optimizes energy use and mitigates emissions,” said David Godard, project director for the Golden Triangle Polymers Project.

 More specifically, Emerson will deliver:

  • DeltaV distributed control and safety instrumented systems and Rosemount gas analyzer and chromatograph solutions for process control and predictive technologies.
  • Mimic and AspenTech HYSYS simulation software for management, analysis, training and optimization.
  • AgileOps operations management software and alarm management services to promote reliable control and safety.
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