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first_imgNTN Bearing Corp. of America, parent company of BCA Bearings, has announced the promotion of automotive industry veteran Kevin Judge to director of automotive marketing. Judge will report directly to Paul Johnson, NTN’s executive vice president of sales and marketing.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementIn this new position, Judge will oversee all marketing functions supporting NTN’s automotive business unit, including both OES and Aftermarket.“This new position will allow Kevin to leverage his vast market experience in helping to expand our automotive business lines,” said Johnson. “His demonstrated success in both sales and marketing will help us to continue to grow our automotive business units.”Judge joined NTN in 2015 as Eastern regional sales manager for BCA. Prior to that, he spent time in a number of leadership roles at Tenneco, Brake Parts Inc and Fras-le.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more


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first_imgThe two cranes have been made by the Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC) and will be used at the new Pier 1 rail sliding in the transfer of containers between road vehicles and rail wagons, and should speed up existing processes at the port.HLPFI understands that extensive communication has taken place between ZPMC, Transnet Port Terminals and Transnet National Ports Authority to obtain permission for Zhen Hua 23 to enter the port.last_img


first_imgHartmann Project Line is a collaborative venture between several companies of the Hartmann Group, utilising the knowledge and experience of Hartmann’s ship owning, ship managing and commercial management companies.The new service deploys modern multipurpose tweendeck vessels with capacities between 16,000 and 25,000 dwt and up to 240 tonnes lifting capacity.The vessels are owned by Hartmann Group affiliate Intership Navigation; the service’s commercial management is undertaken by HSA Chartering.More details to follow.www.hartmann-ag.comlast_img


first_imgThe monthly service connects the ports of Napier and Tauranga in New Zealand to key Asian ports, including Incheon, Qingdao, Lianyungang, Onsan, Tomakomai and Kaohsiung.Three Saiki-class bulk vessels (38,000 dwt) will be deployed on the service – Glorious Saiki, Furness Portland and Furness Southern Cross.Lodestar is the logistics and shipping division of Oji Fibre Solutions.www.swirecnco.comwww.ojifs.comlast_img


first_imgOnline platforms would be required to take ‘robust action’ against content that risks interfering with legal proceedings under government proposals for regulating the web. Failure to act could result in websites being blocked from the UK by a regulator enforcing a statutory duty of care, under the white paper on Online Harms published today. The long-awaited proposals, from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, aim to remove what are described as the shortcomings of the current regulatory landscape in the face of growing concerns ranging from cyberbullying to terrorist recruitment. Such shortcomings include protection from legal liability until web platforms have either actual knowledge of illegal content ‘or are aware of facts or circumstances from which it would have been apparent that it was unlawful and had failed to act expeditiously’.While individuals can in principle obtain remedies against harm by negligent businesses, such legal actions can face difficulties, the paper states. It is currently difficult to establish the company’s duty of care to the person bringing the claim, showing a causal link between their activities and harm caused, or obtaining factual evidence.The proposed regulatory model ‘will provide evidence and set standards which may increase the effectiveness of individuals’ existing legal remedies’. At the centre of the propsals is a new duty of care to take ‘reasonable steps’ to keep users safe and to tackle illegal and harmful activity. It will be enforced by an independent regulator, which will set out codes of practice for companies. This could either be an existing regulator – Ofcom would be a ‘strong candidate’ – or a new body. It will cover online businesses of all sizes, including social media companies, public discussion forums and non-profit organisations. The regulator will have ‘an obligation to protect users’ rights online, particularly rights to privacy and freedom of expression’. It would be funded by ‘fees, charges or a levy on companies whose services are in scope’.last_img read more


first_imgTHE AUSTRALIAN state of Victoria shortlisted five consortia in mid-September for the A$550m Fast Rail Links project (RG 10.00 p660). This involves upgrading of 500 route-km on the lines from Melbourne to Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and the LaTrobe Valley.The five consortia are: Thiess-Alstom Joint Venture, Fastrax Victoria (Leighton Contractors), BLM Consortium (Baulderstone, Hornibrook, Bilfinger+Berger, and Lockheed Martin Australia), Regional Rail Link (John Holland, Transfield) and Works Infrastructure (Downer and EDi).Premier Steve Bracks said the groups would have until January to finalise their bids, which would be assessed according to project capability, proposed travel times, management of construction issues, cost and completion time. Work is now expected to start next year.last_img read more


first_imgNORDCO: Ontario pension fund investor OMERS Private Equity has acquired Nordco from The Riverside Company, which has owned the track maintenance equipment manufacture since 2003. Financing has been provided by GE Capital, Allied Capital and OMERS Administration Corp, but terms of the deal announced on June 1 have not been disclosed. Nordco has plants at Oak Creek in Wisconsin and Oshawa in Ontario. It produces new and remanufactured track maintenance machinery, replacement parts, wagon movers and ultrasonic inspection equipment. Group companies include Dapco Industries, Nordco Rail Services, Shuttlewagon and JER Overhaul, employing a total of 330 people.last_img


first_imgSky has brought forward the release of its original film Four Kids and It to 3rd April 2020.Arriving a week earlier than previously announced, the film is based on the book by Jacqueline Wilson and stars Russell Brand, Matthew Goode, Paula Patton and the voice of Sir Michael Caine.Watch the trailer below:The film has been brought forward due to the recent closure of cinemas as the coronavirus continues to escalate in the UK, and it will no longer receive a simultaneous theatrical release as originally planned.Set on the beautiful Cornish coast, Four Kids and It is a fun-filled family adventure based on Jacqueline Wilson’s hugely popular children’s book, Four Children and It, in which four kids embark on the ultimate journey to discover if a magical creature can really make all their wishes come true. New couple Alice (Patton) and David (Goode) take their less than enthusiastic children on a family holiday to a Cornish cottage to meet each other for the first time. The holiday takes an unexpected turn when, on the local beach, the kids discover a magical and very grumpy Psammead (Caine), a creature with the power to grant magical wishes. Unfortunately, they also run into local aristocratic oddball Tristan (Brand), who wants to capture the Psammead for his own gain. The ensuing adventure brings the new siblings together and helps them to accept their parents’ newfound happiness.Four Kids and It is directed by by Andy De Emmony and produced by Julie Baines of Dan Films and Anne Brogan of Kindle Entertainment and co-produced by Jonathan Taylor and Paul Donovan. Jwanwat Ahriyavraromp for T&B Media Global, Tannaz Anisi and Gregory R. Schenz for 13 Films and Geraldine East were Executive Producers. The film is written by Simon Lewis (Tiger House, The Anomaly) with additional writing by Mark Oswin (Danger Mouse, 4 O’clock Club).last_img read more