BMW announces PartChain supply blockchain for tracking automotive parts

BMW | April 02, 2020

Major automotive manufacturer BMW Group announced the planned launch of its blockchain-powered supply chain management solution called PartChain on Tuesday. According to the company, PartChain will launch in conjunction with 10 of its suppliers in 2020. BMW intends to use distributed ledger blockchain technology to provide transparency and traceability of components and raw materials used in the production of automobiles. In 2019, we conducted a successful pilot project for purchasing front lights, said Andreas Wendt, member of the board of management of BMW AG responsible for purchasing and supplier networks. This year, we want to expand the project to a large number of other suppliers. According to the BMW, automotive supply chains are highly complex ecosystems that involve numerous players at different delivery stages. All the stops in an automotive supply chain can also change rapidly according to the needs of various parts of the industry including the availability of raw materials, the supply of specific components from particular factories, and the demand for automobiles in different regions.

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Software has become ubiquitous in today’s digital world. Software is embedded in almost all kinds of modern products and services of our surroundings [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]. From a societal point of view, software provides flexibility, intelligence and security to all the complex systems and equipment that support and control the different key infrastructures of our society: transportation, communication, energy, industry, business, government, healthcare, entertainment, etc. Software also has profound impact on our social life, most visible in the way how it changed the way in which we communicate, interact, interoperate and collaborate both in our professional and private digital lives.

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Universal Engineering Sciences Acquires McGinley & Associates

Universal Engineering Sciences, McGinley & Associates | June 17, 2021

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Patrick Industries, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Coyote Mfg. Co.

Patrick Industries, Inc. | August 10, 2021

Patrick Industries, Inc. announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Nashville, Georgia-based Coyote Mfg. Co., a leading designer, fabricator, and manufacturer of a variety of steel and aluminum products, including boat trailers, towers, T-tops, leaning posts, and other custom components, primarily for the marine OEM market. "Coyote is a high-quality creative brand in the marine market known for its product innovation, customized style, and superior customer service," said Andy Nemeth, Chief Executive Officer of Patrick. "Coyote's marine components complement Patrick's growing portfolio in the OEM market while offering the potential for expansion into other leisure lifestyle markets. In keeping with our full solutions business model, our partnership with Coyote will provide additional resources and a wide breadth of marine products to better serve our customers across the U.S." David Money, co-owner of Coyote, commented, "The Coyote team is very pleased to join the Patrick family and we look forward to partnering with Patrick to continue to drive innovation with our product offerings, in addition to further broadening our geographic reach." Tony Lanier, co-owner of Coyote, further commented, "Patrick's strategic resources and marine industry presence will add value to our team's ongoing commitment to excellence." About Patrick Industries, Inc. Patrick Industries is a leading component solutions provider for the RV, marine, manufactured housing and various industrial markets – including single and multi-family housing, hospitality, institutional and commercial markets. Founded in 1959, Patrick is based in Elkhart, Indiana, with over 10,000 employees and 160 businesses across the United States.

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Hybrid Tech, LLC and GoldCann International Inc. have Announced an Engineering Agreement

Hybrid Tech | July 14, 2021

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