Thursday, March 23, 2017

Focus on China 2017

Competition from Chinese imports may have cost some Americans jobs. Economists have found that, of the fall in manufacturing  jobs between 1990 and 2007, one-quarter could be attributed to a surge in imports from China.

What a company such as Apple would have done without low-cost Chinese assembly workers is unknowable. Nevertheless, American shoppers were able to buy cheaper stuff.

Americans were able to buy products to lower prices and this raised consumer's incomes by the equivalent of 13-percentage-point cut in tariffs.

It also helped poor Chinese workers get richer, which should be regarded as a positive development from a global perspective.

Source: The Economist, March 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Terex® Fuchs material handlers

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Dominik Vierkotten, 
General Manager
Terex® Fuchs


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cut-to-length operators learn in the woods on the job

Good harvester - forwarder operators are hard to find, however. Most contractors working cut-to-length processors in the woods learn on the job.

But it’s not something you can learn overnight. George Merrill from Maine, USA, said "it took him a year and a half to get proficient with his first processor".

“It’s just paying attention,” he said.

But it’s paying attention to many things at once. The trail, the stranding trees, working the joysticks, making sure the computer that cuts the logs to length is doing so accurately.

Source: Forests For Maine

Sunday, February 05, 2017

The change of Power

I almost missed the entire party because I was late in the Office figuring out how to send a video footage the next day from our point of observation.

There're these long, winding conversations  over long hallways. You get into the building and it's pretty small and very crowded.

You can't really say much more than your name and where you're from before you hit the door. We also saw that people's names were taped to the doors.

In terms of figuring out who would be in what office, we looked at the floor plan, and we had a plan to put most of those responsible into the right physical location.

For the communications team, especially the team on the spot, you realize that you are going to be working with full access to all material in the newsroom, the transition is going to be smooth.

The briefing-room door is almost always open. It's hard to have a confidential conversation when there is a dozen reporters standing in your office.

Close your eyes and imagine the physical space at the campaign - one giant room. Desks of people collaborating throughout the day.

But ultimately this is a good thing. Dealing with reporters face-to-face will lead to better relationships. You'll better understand each other as human beings.

Some of them know the history. They've been around for quite some time. Has it always been like this? Maybe.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Energy Intensive Industrial Background

Our energy intensive industrial background has taught us to handle big-ticket engineering, process development, and knowledge management projects in industries close to our head and hearth.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Virtual Sales Person is travelling the world to find new clients and prospects

Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

Planning Your Process Management Changes for 2017

Muutos = Change
Uudistuminen = Modernization 
Menestys = Success
Kansainvälistyminen = Internationalization

We'll pull together the Top 50 Data Mining Innovation Applications of 2017.

The Rise of the Smart Creative makes life easier for technology innovators. 

Explaining what Emotional Intelligence has to do with Productivity and Innovation?

At the beginning of each month, we will profile the most interesting DM applications we've studied or stumbled upon.

 How to listen, interpret and respond to the weak signals of your prospects and clients.

The Future of The Internet of Things (IoT).

Pushing Innovation as a Service!

Presenting Transformative Trends in Process Productivity Analysis.

Why Collaboration Is Still The New Competitive Advantage.

How the Impossible Becomes Possible through open global collaboration.

Why Silly Mistakes Lead to Bigger and more Productive Innovations.

Explaining Innovation and the Organizational Culture.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The history and present of Industrial Kokkola

Kemira and Outokumpu were strong players in Kokkola since the 1960s.There has been changes in the ownerships of the companies and new opportunities are looming around the next corner.

The Port of Kokkola is integrated to the industrial park, even though only a third of the goods shipped from the port originate from the factories in the area. One third consists of the transit traffic from Russia, while the rest comprises container traffic and general cargo.

The area boasts Finland's only all-weather terminal (AWT) where fright can be discharged and loaded under roof. One of the Port's main competitive advantages stems from good rail connections, combined with the fact that rail gauge in Finland is the same as in Russia and China.

The port and its connections to the rail network is KIP's main success factor. The access to qualified professionals in the region as well as investments in security and environment has also contributed to Kokkola's good reputation as a site for chemical production.

 One of the speakers 2014: Professor Johan Sjöblom (born in Pietarsaari) speaking at the Kokkola Material Week about a new paradigm in Water / Oil / Gas Separation Offshore. Department of Chemical Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim Norway
Johan Sjöblom has been Professor in surface and colloid chemistry and the Head of the Ugelstad Laboratory at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim from January 1st 2002.
The present owners and big players at the Kokkola Industrial Park are:
  •     Boliden: zinc, sulfuric acid (Boliden's zinc plant one of the largest in the world)
  •     Feeport Cobalt: cobalt
  •     Yara: feed phosphates, potassium sulfate
  •     Woikoski: oxygen, nitrogen and argon gas, carbon dioxide
  •     Air Liquid: oxygen, carbon dioxide
  •     Tetra: calcium chloride
  •     Nordkalk: lime
  •     CABB: organic fine chemicals
  •     Kokkola Power: electricity, heat, steam
  •     Kokkolan Voima: electricity, district heating

Analyzing Kokkola Material Week 2014

Why did we go?  We wanted to know. KIP - the Kokkola Industrial Park - is the largest manufacturing site of inorganic chemicals in the Nordic region. Impressive, sure, we wanted to find out more about Kokkola, its research and development, scientific goals, future plans, and analyze present problems and opportunities.

The companies in the area do annually invest 50 million € in modernizations.

Furthermore, a combined investment of more than 100 million € in new production facilities by a number of companies at the KIP area have been made.


The KMW 2014 material chemistry event was held for the second time. Experts from ten countries with scientific, industrial and administrative backgrounds got together to learn, discuss, and network about material science, metals, nanotechnology, biomass, recycling, industrial symbiosis, lithium and natural products.

During the 2'nd Material Week more than 50 experts were covering a rich assortment of themes:
  •     biorefining
  •     nanotechnology
  •     sustainability
  •     leather
  •     metals
  •     industrial symbiosis (networking and collaboration)
  •     new technologies linked with business development
The session topics were dealing with futuristic point of views, catalysis, process intensification, biomass utilization, coating, REACH, LCA, industrial side streams, oil recovery and burgeoning lithium supplies from the region.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Southport Lumber Mill, North Bend Oregon

Southport Lumber Mill, North Bend Oregon, USA.  Published: 16.2.2013. Taken during a tour organized by Leadership Coos.

This is a modern, highly automated mill that specializes in small diameter Douglas Fir logs, 18" in diameter or smaller. They produce green and kiln dried wood products, with bark, wood chips, and other materials utilized as completely as possible.

With logging practices limited to younger stands of trees, this is a market that older mills designed for old-growth and large size logs can't compete with, and in fact there are a shrinking number of mills that have the capacity for those larger logs these days.

This is a video that attempts to show the journey of logs from unloading off the log trucks, being cut to size, and then being sorted and packaged onto rail cars. The technology is fascinating, and as you can see the process is very quick.

As each log enters the mill it is measured and analyzed for the most profitable and productive use according to continually updating market pricing for lumber. Lumber sizes that are getting higher prices will be cut more often, when possible, and continually adjusted to match demand.

Individual logs are debarked, cut to length, and processed through a series of saws while being oriented to make the most of each log. Lasers, optical scanners, and other devices are used to continually scan the wood and evaluate the milling process in real time as it moves to the next step.

Very little human interaction is evident, although there are people observing the line at all times. There is a high degree of technology at work here, and the production volume is high. As a commodity product, producers make very little profit so must maximize their volume to generate the needed revenues to pay operating costs, repay their investment, and continually reinvest into the facility.

- Coos County is heavily investing in natural resources, and it is the major contributor in our economy. Mining, wood products, fishing, livestock, dairy, and food products are all historical and current industries. Many are family owned, as is Southport Lumber.

- They contribute current sustainable and efficient practices in our rural areas, employ local workers, and are often active in our communities. We value our heritage, and appreciate all of the business owners for their investments and contributions.

The Reporter: "Unfortunately, this was takes with a small digital camera and did not have a higher definition option. Some of my other videos in HD were taken with a Panasonic camcorder that I had left at home for this trip. Till, next time, thanks for watching."

Source: ambledog

Monday, September 05, 2016

Construction in China

Do you know anything about construction in China?  

"We do," says Woodstat!

We have [Woodstat] charts containing housing starts, home sales, sales prices and more. With our newsletter Market News you will get information about construction in China and many more countries.
Started residential buildings in China down 17.9% Building projects with a total area of 952 million m² were started in China during January - August (-16.8% compared to 2014). The figure for residential buildings was 658 million m² (-17.9%).

A total floor area of 697 million m² were sold in China during January - August (+7.2%). When we break down the numbers in detail it shows that the sold floor area of residential buildings during January - August was +8.0%, office buildings +8.5% and buildings for commercial business +1.2%. Sales in local currency (Yuan) of constructions increased by 15.3% during January - August.

The total floor space for sale increased by 18.1% to 663 million m² during January - August (compared to 2014). If we compare the floor space for sale during the first eight months of 2015 with the first seven months of 2015, the floor space for sale in August decreased marginally in August.

Despite the decline in started construction, there is still more buildings being started than sold. However, the difference in floor space of started and sold residential buildings is now clearly decreasing. 

Source: Woodstat