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NEWS Volvo to Build New Factory in U.S. Volvo Cars (volvocars.com) said last month it intends to build a new manufacturing facility in the U.S. The Sweden-based automaker has not announced a location, but said it has a short list of potential locations, and will announce details regarding factory location, size and investment soon. The move will give Volvo a global industrial footprint, with factories on three continents-Europe, China and North America. The company said it is also part of a transformation plan that involves the complete renewal of Volvo's product range over the next four years, the introduction of a new modular vehicle technology, and other developments involving safety, design and connectivity services. In other company news, Volvo announced in its recently released 2014 Sustainability Report that it reduced the total lifetime CO2 emissions of its products by 40 million tons against a 2008 baseline, beating its goal by 10 million tons. The company also exceeded its target to reduce CO2 emissions from its production plants by 0.2 million tons (12%), compared to 2008, instead achieving a 20% (0.4 million ton) reduction by the end of last year. In 2014, the company also achieved ISO 14001 (environmentalmanagement) certification for 98% percent of its major production plants, and ensured that more than 94% of its automotive-products suppliers are similarly certified. 8| MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY U.S. Pollution, Waste Costs are World's Highest In a comparison of pollution abatement costs faced by manufacturing sectors in nine key countries, a new MAPI (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation) Foundation study finds that spending in the U.S. is roughly double the next highest-cost country, Japan. Additionally, it is three times as much as Germany, and about six times as much as Canada and Korea. The study-"A Comparison of Pollution Abatement Costs" (available at mapi.net)-compares manufacturing's pollution abatement and waste management costs in the U.S. and eight of its largest trading partners: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. China was not included in the study because its government and industry data in this area are not considered reliable. Costs examined were for air pollution and greenhouse gas abatement as well as waste disposal and wastewater treatment. According to Daniel Meckstroth, Ph.D., chief economist and report author, the analysis "shows that American manufacturers continue to bear a significant burden in environmental regulatory costs, especially when compared with their competitors in developing nations." Noting that costs depend on the regulatory environment in each country, Meckstroth said "the U.S. has a relatively strict environment and Europe has an even stricter model," but that many other countries don't have the same environmental mindset or enforcement process. U.S. manufacturers spent $24.6 billion in 2014 on pollution abatement and waste management, the highest for any country in the study. As a percentage of manufacturing value-added, however, the 1.2% spent is comparable to what manufacturers experience in the other advanced economies. Canada's manufacturers pay the most as a percentage of manufacturing GDP (2.2%) and Mexico's manufacturers pay the least (0.8%). APRIL 2015 http://www.volvocars.com http://www.benchmate.com http://www.benchmate.com

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