It’s Friday, and the means it’s time for more sourcing- and industry-related reading, chosen for you by the Global Sources content team.
… your next electric vehicle (EV) battery, that is. At least two dozen battery plants are in the works across Europe, four of them expected to come online in 2021, including Tesla’s plant near Berlin. While principally used for EVs, lithium-ion batteries can also be used for large-scale energy storage, which can help even out power supply fluctuations from green energy sources like solar and wind.
Counterpoint Research estimates wireless earphones to grow 33 percent in 2021, but Apple will be losing market share as competition in the market intensifies. Various Asian suppliers are catching up to the Airpods and are offering more affordable versions that have today’s trending features including active noise cancellation.
Not just your regular exoskeleton, this wearable assistive robotics item is made out of fabric, not plastic or metal, making it truly wearable and comfortable for everyday use by the physically challenged. AI-based, it has sensors that can detect the wearer’s movements and an air compressor that creates motion to assist in movement. It’s been cleared by the FDA as a medical device and is ready to ship this summer.
With rising costs of materials and shortage in labor, automation in construction can offer competitive advantages to businesses and manufacturers. Construction automation can make processes more efficient, fast-track projects, and help builders save on materials and labor costs. It also provides new opportunities to suppliers not just in the construction business but to those in the robotics and electronic components industries as well.
Far from only skin-deep, this new flexible material equipped with a sensor can be used to monitor a person’s vital signs remotely. It can pick up heartbeat and electrical impulses from muscle movement and send data from an accompanying strap-on wireless transmitter. Designed to be sprayed with water onto the chest, polyvinyl alcohol can be worn for a week at a time. Also up for development is an LED display that can be worn on the back of a hand. For people with difficulty using a smartphone, it shows heartbeat data and also emojis to keep the wearer connected to family and friends.
This article talks about four key automotive trends emerging during this pandemic. Number three, most notably, gives a brief intro on how the US is prepared to impose heavier tariffs on parts imported from China.
Global construction equipment sales in 2020 performed much better than anticipated and the forecast for 2021 and beyond is now better than expected prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, according to market specialists Off-Highway Research.
That’s all for this edition of the Friday links – have a great weekend.