2018 looks to be a promising year for the chemical products industry. In spite of seismic changes to the economic and political environment, scientists and researchers continue to forge new paths forward, creating innovative new products and finding ways to be active in new fields and markets. Green science and sustainability continues to be a major theme of the industry; major companies continue to dedicate efforts to finding sustainable solutions and reduce their environmental impact.
Meanwhile, the automotive industry continues to prosper in the United States. Interest in electric cars continues to trend upward as costs decrease and new innovations improve battery technology. Sales of electric cars such as the Tesla and the GM Bolt rise as driving ranges approach 300 miles and price tags continue to drop.
The excellent presence and interest in National Manufacturing Day each October is a testament to the continued resilience of American manufacturing. More than 18.5 million Americans are employed in the industry, with each dollar spent on American manufacturing creating an additional 40 cents for the United States economy. Events connected to National Manufacturing Day were aimed at creating awareness of the breadth and depth of American industry and how it ranges from the shop floor and scientist lab to a number of residential, commercial, and military applications.
In that vein, support for science and manufacturing education continues to increase on campuses across the country. Since the 2008 recession in particular, enrollment in STEM programs and support by government administrations at all levels has been on a steady rise. As a result, the total number workers in these fields have grown at a 3% clip through 2013 compared to 2% for the general workforce.
Gage Products Company continues to stand at the forefront of these changes, offering efficient, sustainable solutions in these and a number of other industries. We’d like to thank all of our customers, partners, and employees for a successful and exciting 2017 and look forward to an even better 2018!
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This year the Gage Products’ team took on several causes that drive industry progression, innovation, and success. Wildlife conservation, Earth Day, National Safety Month, and National Manufacturing day are only four of many causes that we partake in throughout the year. The automotive industry, in and of itself, has also seen major advancements. In 2017, EcoCar and EV took a front seat throughout the sector.
In March, we hosted the Detroit Zoo’s inaugural Wildlife Conservation Gala. The event supported the zoo’s world-renowned wildlife conservation efforts. Presentations included their multifaceted conservation programs with aims to save and protect local, national, and international wildlife. The Detroit Zoological Society helps with the care and rescue of animals, endangered species, field research and conservation projects, support of other conservation organizations, educational initiatives, and response to environmental emergencies like oil spills.
Another environmental cause Gage supports is Earth Day, celebrated in April. Our products are ever present in the U.S., European, and Asian-Pacific automotive industries. At Gage, we offer our clients paint area solutions that are compatible with green technology, help to reduce manufacturing costs, and work to advance their company objectives. We also work with the aerospace, textile, industrial, marine, gas/ oil, government, printing/packaging, and furniture industries, providing solvent recycling programs and custom fuel blends. Our team also comes up with solutions for paint line cleaning programs, paint booth cleaners, solvent reclamation, recycling programs, and solvent & waterborne purge solvents–all of which are environmentally compliant.
National initiatives that we backed this year included National Safety Month and National Manufacturing Day. The sensitive nature of supplying wide range industries with chemicals, fluids, solvents, and specialty products demands that attention. We work diligently to ensure ongoing compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard with an aim to limit workers’ exposure to toxic substances and protect them from various health hazards. As an industry leader, we work hard to raise awareness with all of our clients, partners, and affiliates.
The annual goal of National Manufacturing Day is to address ongoing industry struggles to work towards community and industry solutions. Current concerns include the manufacturing skills gap, public misconceptions about the industry, outsourcing of American job placements overseas, and uneven gender numbers in the field. For an update on this year’s statistics visit the NMD website.
The 2017 EcoCar3 winners were announced in May. EcoCar3 is a product of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series. It is North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition. This year’s challenge was to redesign a Chevy Camaro to reduce environmental impact. It also needs to maintain “the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.” The teams were asked to incorporate alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies to lower greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions. Sponsors of the 2017 event included the DOE, GM, and Gage Products. Management was done by Argonne National Laboratory.
As the world is at a crossroads regarding energy efficiency and carbon emissions, car manufacturers are driving to meet goals for clean vehicles and sustainable products. One of the automotive industry’s greatest strengths has been developing products to meet the needs of consumers. Electric cars (EVs) are topping the trends lists for all auto manufacturers for 2017.
The auto industry is moving into the future with sustainability and renewable energy at the forefront of its technologies. As environmental sustainability advocates, we’re excited to watch the sector take initiative on reducing emissions and planning for future environmental protection. We look forward to the new technologies that will emerge in 2018, making sure to keep our audience informed of any new developments.
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We wish you all a happy holiday season and look forward to reconnecting come the new year!
Auto companies are still a leading industry throughout the U.S. Going far beyond the big 3 (Ford, Chrysler, and GM), car makers from around the world have manufacturing plants in the states. Today’s auto industry is innovative, trendsetting, and highly competitive in the global market. The outlook for 2017 is optimistic, and it isn’t business as usual as engineers, designers, and manufacturers look to the future of transportation.
As the world is at a crossroads regarding energy efficiency and carbon emissions, car manufacturers are driving to meet goals for clean vehicles and sustainable products. One of the industry’s greatest strengths has been developing products to meet the needs of consumers.
Electric cars (EVs) are topping the trends lists for all auto manufacturers for 2017. As battery technology continues to improve and the costs decrease, analysts expect the cost of EVs to drop below gasoline-fueled cars by 2025. Ford is aiming for an all-electric crossover with a range of over 300 miles to be in dealerships in 2020. Deliveries of GM’s all-electric, long-range Bolt are reaching record figures. Tesla, the gold-standard for electric cars, continues to produce quality vehicles that go beyond current regulatory standards for sustainability.
As with EVs, auto manufacturers are speeding into developing viable autonomous technology, but the reality of actual deployment is still years away. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are the technologies propelling the advancement of self-driving cars. But, there are many challenges–safety, reliability, and acceptance– that have to be overcome before consumers see self-driving cars in their garages.
The auto industry is moving into the future with sustainability and renewable energy at the forefront of its technologies. We applaud the industry for taking steps to reduce emissions. As a company that pioneered sustainable closed-loop recycling systems for automotive paint solvents, Gage is continuously committed to environmental protection.
To learn more about our products and services which add increased sustainability to the auto industry, please contact us. You can also stay up-to-date with all of Gage’s news by reading our blog, and following us on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Tonight, Gage will be at EcoCAR 3, a product of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series. EcoCAR 3 is North America’s premier collegiate automotive engineering competition. The challenge this year? To redesign a Chevy Camaro to reduce environmental impact. It also needs to maintain “the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.”
This year’s sponsors include the DOE itself and General Motors. Management is being conducted by Argonne National Laboratory.
The competition promotes ingenuity, innovation, and topnotch training for students looking to become prospective automotive leaders.
The teams were previously asked to incorporate alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies to lower greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions.
As a leading powerhouse in sustainable manufacturing, custom fuel blends, solvent remanufacturing, and toll blending systems, with continual work and emphasis on the Automotive industry, Gage is sponsoring the fuel used during the event. We are happy to contribute our ever-expanding knowledge on auto sustainability to a bright and knowledgeable group.