Jun 1, 2020

Accenture acquires Callisto Integration to boost digital manufacturing capabilities

Jack Grimshaw
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Callisto Integration, a digital manufacturing business providing services to industries ranging from food and beverage to chemicals and utilities, has b...

Callisto Integration, a digital manufacturing business providing services to industries ranging from food and beverage to chemicals and utilities, has been acquired by Accenture.

Accenture has made the acquisition as it looks to expand its capabilities in North America, ensuring the production of orders is on time, increasing its yield and enhancing the quality of its products. More technology and manufacturing expertise will be added to the Accenture Industry X.0 industry unit as a result of the acquisition.

Callisto’s main expertise include the design and implementation of manufacturing execution systems, industrial internet of things systems, and shop-floor control systems. MeasureTek, a subsidiary of Callisto Integration, is also included in the acquisition. This business utilises IoT technology to deliver precision farming services like dynamic field monitoring and irrigation information.

Castillo’s technology ensures that workers, equipment and materials are always ready for use when they are required. The solutions also provide real-time data, which helps companies address quality issues in their production lines, and also gives the ability to predict potential failures within machinery.

This is the third digital manufacturing acquisition Accenture has made in recent times, with two previous purchases in 2019. The company acquired Silveo, in France, and Enterprise System Partners, in Ireland, both last year.

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The Industry X.0 branch of Accenture, which all of Callisto’s existing employees will be joining, works with digital technologies such as AI, IoT, and data analytics to improve the production lines of companies around the world. 

Jimmy Etheredge, CEO, North America at Accenture said: “Our clients, who include the leaders in virtually every industry, are under tremendous pressure to harness the power of disruption for competitive advantage. Our acquisition of Callisto shows how we continue to scale our digital manufacturing capabilities to help our clients innovate and succeed in an environment of accelerating digitization.”

Castillo’s chief innovation officer, Mike Grasley, said: “Becoming part of Accenture Industry X.0 and Accenture’s global organization is an incredible opportunity. It allows us to bring our digital manufacturing solutions to more clients at a scale that hasn’t been possible before and presents new opportunities to our people.”

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May 10, 2021

Lion Electric to Construct US EV Manufacturing Facility

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Georgia Wilson
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Lion Electric announces its selection of Illinois to construct its all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicle manufacturing facility...

Who is Lion Electric?

Founded in 2008, Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of all-electric, zero-emissions, medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles. Lion Electric designs, manufactures, and assembles all components for its vehicles that have unique features specifically adapted to the users and their needs. “We believe that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life,” believes Lion Electric. 

Lion Electric’s new Illinois Manufacturing Facility

Just two months after announcing plans to construct a battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre in Quebec, Lion Electric is expanding its locations further, selecting Joliet, Illinois for its new manufacturing facility in the US.

The new facility is said to “represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the US,” as well as being the company’s biggest footprint in the market. The new facility will give Lion Electric the capacity to meet increasing demand for ‘Made in America’ zero-emission vehicles and bring production closer to customers. 

It is expected that the first vehicles off the production line will be in the second half of 2022.

“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

“The new Joliet facility will put Illinois at the forefront of a national movement to transition to zero-emission vehicle use, advancing our own goals of putting one million of these cars on the road by 2030. In Illinois, we know that a clean energy economy is about more than just vehicles – it’s about healthier communities and jobs for those who live there. We are excited to welcome Lion to the Land of Lincoln and look forward to their future success here.”

Lion Electric’s Agreement with the Government of Illinois

Over the next three years, Lion Electric will invest a minimum of US$70mn into Illinois. The new facility - totalling 900,000 square feet - is expected to create a minimum of 745 clean energy direct jobs in the next three years, and have an annual production capacity of up to 20,000 all electric buses and trucks.

Scaling electric bus production and decarbonising freight and transportation

As the US moves to electrifying its school buses, the additional production capacity at the facility will help Lion Electric to scale its electric bus production, as well as produce an increased volume of heavy-duty zero-emission trucks to help governments and operators in the US further the decarbonisation of freight and transportation fleets.

“Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company. This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also better serve our customers, while adding critical clean manufacturing jobs that will form the backbone of the green economy,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.

“I also want to acknowledge the crucial role that P33 and Intersect Illinois, civic groups committed to developing developing a long-term roadmap for the local tech industry, played in connecting Lion with the Chicago area’s business and civic community to help further commercial traction, as well as engagement with key workforce and supplier partners.” 

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