Nov 7, 2020

EnerSys & SMC Group: Partners for a Long Battery Life

Manufacturing
Sustainability
EnerSys
Energy
Sam Scane
2 min
In an effort to infiltrate the Texas and Oklahoma battery markets, EnerSys and SMC Group have joined forces...

EnerSys and Sanitary Maintenance Consultants (SMC Group) recently joined forces to represent NexSys’s PURE battery production portfolio and strengthen the former’s distribution and industry reach throughout Texas and Oklahoma.

The combination of these companies will further the technology of cleaning equipment by providing a maintenance-free power solution designed to save time spent on labour-intensive tasks, remove battery cleaning and eliminate the risk of damaging acid spills on floors or carpets. 

EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes energy system solutions to customers world wide. Their expertise range from speciality batteries, energy systems and power equipment which are utilised from aerospace to defence systems across the globe. 

“Reliable, cost-effective and convenient power for cleaning equipment has never been more vital as facilities prepare to reopen amid COVID-19,” said Edward Pogue, Sales Manager, NexSys Products Americas at EnerSys. “NexSys® PURE batteries are uniquely engineered to withstand repeated daily use while providing premium, long-lasting performance and simplified maintenance.”

This seemingly perfect fusion may in-fact pave the way for other technologies to optimise cleaning technology across the world. Companies such as Fetch Robotics are already doing the same, with their cleaning bots that can work autonomously around humans while being controlled by the cloud.

Sanitary Maintenance Consultants have over four decades of janitorial and sanitation experience, connect an extensive distributor and end-user base with innovative manufacturers and their products across all of Texas and Oklahoma, utilising in-person and digital training for distributor and sales personnel, alongside interactive product demonstrations. 

“The NexSys® PURE battery is a premium product that provides reliable power with minimal maintenance – a solution that is invaluable to our customers throughout the cleaning industry,” said William Struck, President, Sanitary Maintenance Consultants, Inc. “We look forward to working with EnerSys and adding NexSys® PURE batteries to our offering.”

It seems the automation of cleanliness is getting an upgrade, and it’s safe to say that in a world still reeling from COVID, we need these little cleaner bots more than ever. 

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Jun 8, 2021

IMF: Variants Can Still Hurt Manufacturing Recovery

IMF
Manufacturing
COVID19
Musk
Elise Leise
3 min
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) claims that while markets are rising and manufacturing is coming back, it’ll push for global immunisation

After a year of on-and-off manufacturing in the US, UK, and the eurozone, demand for goods surged early last week. Factories set growth records in April and May, suppliers started to recover, and US crude hit its highest price point since pre-COVID. As vaccination efforts immunise much of the US and UK populations, manufacturers are now able to fully ramp up their supply chains. In fact, GDP growth could approach double-digits by 2022

Now, the ISM productivity measure has surpassed the 50-point mark that separates industry expansion from contraction. Since U.S. president Biden passed his US$1.9tn stimulus package and the UK purchasing managers index (PMI) increased to 65.6, both sides of the Atlantic are facing a much-welcomed manufacturing recovery. 

Lingering Concerns Over COVID

Even as Spain, France, Italy, and Germany race to catch up, and mining companies pushed the FTSE 100 index of list shares to a monthly high of 7,129, some say that UK and US markets still suffer from a lack of confidence in raw material supplies. Yes, the Dow Jones has made up its 19,173-point crash of March 2020, and MSCI’s global stock index is at an all-time high. 

Yet manufacturers around the world realise that these wins will be short-lived until pandemic supply chain bottlenecks are solved. If we keep the status quo, consumers will pay the price. In April, inflation in Germany reached 2.4%, and across the EU’s 19 member countries, overall prices have increased at an unusual pace. Some ask: Is this true recovery? 

IMF: Current Boom Could Falter

Even as Elon Musk tweeted about chip shortages forcing Tesla to raise its prices, UK mining demand skyrocketed; housing markets lifted; and the pound sterling gained value. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), however, cautioned that manufacturing recovery won’t last long if COVID mutates into forms our vaccinations can’t touch. Kristalina Georgieva, Washington’s IMF director, noted that fewer than 1% of African citizens have been vaccinated: “Worldwide access to vaccines offers the best hope for stopping the coronavirus pandemic, saving lives, and securing a broad-based economic recovery”. 

Across the globe, manufacturing companies are keeping a watchful eye on new developments in the spread of COVID. Though US FDA officials don’t think we’ll have to “start at square one” with new vaccines, the March 2021 World Economic Outlook states that “high uncertainty” surrounds the projected 6% global growth. Continued manufacturing success will in large part depend on “the path of the pandemic, the effectiveness of policy support, and the evolution of financial conditions”. 

Mathias Cormann, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) concurred—without global immunisation, the estimated economic boom expected by 2025 could go kaput. “We need to...pursue an all-out effort to reach the entire world population”, Australia’s finance minister added. US$50bn to end COVID across the world, they imply, is a small investment to restart our economies.

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