SpaceX bags SDA contract to track ICBM launches

In a defining moment for SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space venture has won a $149 million contract to build missile-tracking satellites for the Pentagon, said the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) in a statement on Monday. The development marks SpaceX’s first government contract to build satellites. Known for its reusable rockets and astronaut capsules, SpaceX is…

Toyota Motor Corp-Panasonic Corp joint venture builds lithium-ion battery production line in Japan

On Tuesday, in a statement Toyota Motor Corp said, it will collaborate with Panasonic Corp to create a joint venture for producing batteries in Japan. To this end, the duo will establish a production line in Western Japan which will manufacture lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles starting from 2022. The production line will have a…

Tesla aims to ramp up battery production to 3,000 gigawatt-hours

Following Tesla’s unveiling of its plans to produce its own batteries in order to trim costs, shares of its two battery suppliers fell on Wednesday. Shares of South Korea’s LG Chem and Japan’s Panasonic have fallen with the news reaching the market. After initially opening higher, LG Chem’s shares was trading down by 3.1% while…

Samsung Electronics breaks ground for 6th domestic contract chip manufacturing facility

On Thursday, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd stated, it has broken ground for its sixth domestic contract chip production line which will produce logic chips. The development comes in the wake of Samsung’s efforts to reduce its reliance on the volatile memory chip sector. With this move, Samsung will be taking on bigger rival Taiwan Semiconductor…

Foxconn partners with Medtronic Plc to manufacture ventilators

On Wednesday, Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn stated, it will partner with U.S. firm Medtronic Plc to manufacture ventilators to help patients afflicted by the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, Foxconn is best known for assembling Apple’s iPhones at factories in China. Foxconn’s statement, released through the company’s…

Tesla engineers showcase ventilator prototype on YouTube

In a video posted on Tesla’s YouTube channel, Tesla’s engineers have showcased a prototype for a ventilator. Tesla is gearing to produce thousands of ventilators to help hospitals around the country who have been overwhelmed by the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. According to one of the engineers, the design relives heavily on Tesla car parts. This…

VW aiming to build 50 million electric vehicles globally: Herbert Diess

The development underscores VW’s near-long term strategy post 2020. Volkswagen’s Chief Executive Herbert Diess told Automotive News, the carmaker is likely to build up to 50 million electric cars on its new electric vehicle platform. VW is also looking to expand its manufacturing footprint in the United States. “We set up the plant in Chattanooga…