Daily Archive: November 9, 2023

West Midlands Gigafactory in advanced talks with leading Asian battery manufacturers

The West Midlands Gigafactory joint venture has confirmed that it is in advanced discussions with several leading Asian battery manufacturers about future investment at the Coventry site.

The West Midlands Gigafactory’s Coventry location is the only available site in the UK with planning permission in place for a large-scale battery production facility with capacity for up to 60GWh per annum – enough to power 600,000 electric vehicles. It is perfectly placed as a pioneering centre of excellence for battery technology and manufacturing, located at the heart of the UK’s manufacturing industry.

The ground-breaking location is the first of its kind in the UK is offering an all-in-one solution for battery research, industrialisation, manufacturing, testing, recycling and electrified logistics designed to foster the UK’s growing battery ecosystem.

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Speaking at the Labour Party Conference on Monday, Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change at Coventry City Council said, said, “The West Midlands Gigafactory site in Coventry is a prime location offering future investors an all-in-one solution for battery manufacturing, research, industrialisation and recycling. In addition, we are well-positioned to become an Investment Zone, which will deliver significant additional tax incentives and breaks for future investors.

“I’m pleased to report that we are now in advanced discussions with leading Asian battery manufacturers who want to develop a presence in the UK. We hope, with the support of the UK Government, that we will secure an investor and further strengthen our region’s leadership credentials in the shift towards electrification.”

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“The site is perfectly located at the heart of the UK’s manufacturing industry in the West Midlands with access to world-class skills, talent

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Construction material guidelines set for Buy America law

The final guidance for the use of construction materials under President Biden’s “Build America, Buy America Act,” which fell under the $1.2 trillion 2021 infrastructure law to expand standards to require government-funded projects to use more U.S.-made construction products has been issued by the White House. 

Finalization of the guidance by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) supports the implementation of the law’s statutory requirements that certain manufactured products, construction materials, iron, and steel used in federally funded infrastructure projects are made in America. 

Critics of the law, which includes multiple construction and roadbuilding related groups including the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials and Associated Builders and Contractors, suggested in part that preference for American-made supplies would dramatically increase costs and potentially cause delays based on availability.

While supportive of the intent to expand domestic jobs and manufacturing to avoid further global supply chain disruptions, ABC’s comments on the guidelines sought safeguards against increased costs and delays of projects funded by taxpayers.

Like the Associated General Contractors of America and other groups, ABC continues to have concerns about the implementation of the Buy America requirements.

Conversely, those within the roadbuilding sector gained some amount of relief due in part to the advocacy of the National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association.

The associations recognized the OMB for ensuring that aggregates, concrete, and asphalt supplied to federally funded construction projects would not be subjected to domestic sourcing requirements.

“These imports are crucial for building roads, constructing waterways, creating housing, and facilitating energy delivery to every community,” a statement by the groups noted.

However, like the general construction groups, officials from the asphalt and concrete groups further indicated that implementation would be monitored across federal and

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The best web developers in Canberra

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Who are the best web developers in Canberra? Photo: File.

Whether you are embarking on a new business adventure or are a seasoned business owner, one factor is likely to be a constant – the need for a website. Be it on desktop, mobile or app, today’s websites are a crucial interface for businesses and their customers.

The best websites are essential business tools, used to establish credibility and build trust with customers. They provide all the information essentials, showcase products and services, answer common questions, and even facilitate end-to-end transactions.

As the world evolves to address our new way of living, websites are playing a bigger role than ever. Failing to nail your online presence could see potential customers trickle right through your fingers. While some simple websites can indeed be built yourself, placing the digital fate of your business is best left to the professionals.

So where does one turn for this type of assistance? The answer is simple – to Canberra’s best web developers. Web developers are masters of programming, whipping up stellar digital platforms that grace the world wide web. They manipulate code to design aesthetically pleasing online destinations that are intuitive to use at the same time. They can also take care of ongoing maintenance, web hosting, content and image sourcing, and search engine optimisation.

With that in mind, a web developer can be one of your most critical service hires. In effect, they create the online face of your business, so it is important to get it right the first time. Failing to select the right web developer can be a business risk, both in terms of time and money – but also in potential customer attrition. Thankfully, Canberra is home to some of the brightest technical minds in the national web development game,

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X, formerly known as Twitter, hit with trademark lawsuit from marketing agency

X Corp, formerly known as Twitter, was sued in federal court in Florida on Monday by a legal-marketing company that claims the social media giant’s new name infringes its trademark incorporating the letter “X.”

The lawsuit by X Social Media claims that X Corp, which owner Elon Musk began rebranding to X from Twitter in July, was likely to cause consumer confusion.

The case appears to be the first of what could be numerous trademark disputes with Musk’s company over the letter “X,” which is commonly used in tech branding.

“X” is included in hundreds of federal trademarks owned by companies including Microsoft MSFT-Q and Meta Platforms. X Corp applied for its own U.S. trademarks covering the letter last month.

X Corp did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the complaint. X Social Media declined to comment.

Windermere, Florida-based X Social Media is an ad agency focused on mass-tort litigation. Its website says that Jacob and Roseanna Malherbe founded the agency in 2015 to connect Florida panhandle residents with attorneys in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The lawsuit said the agency has used the “X Social Media” name since 2016 and owns a federal trademark covering it. It said it has invested more than $400 million in Facebook advertising to reach potential clients.

The company said Twitter’s rebrand has already confused customers and caused it to lose revenue.

“In a short time, X Corp has wielded its social media clout, marketing resources, and overall national notoriety to dominate consumer perception of its ‘X’ mark,” the lawsuit said.

X Social Media asked the court to force Musk’s company to stop using the “X” name and requested an unspecified amount of money damages.

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