May 2021 Archive

May 10, 2021
Auto Makers Retreat From 50 Years of ‘Just in Time’ Manufacturing (WSJ)

The hyperefficient auto supply chain symbolized by the words “just in time” is undergoing its biggest transformation in more than half a century, accelerated by the troubles car makers have suffered during the pandemic. After sudden swings in demand, freak weather and a series of accidents, they are reassessing their basic assumption that they could always get the parts they needed when they needed them.

May 10, 2021
The Lithium Gold Rush: Inside the Race to Power Electric Vehicles (NYT)

A race is on to produce lithium in the United States, but competing projects are taking very different approaches to extracting the vital raw material. Some might not be very green as traditional mining is one of the dirtiest businesses out there, a reality is not lost on automakers and renewable-energy businesses.