Tecno's first clamshell foldable Phantom V Flip is now official

September 29, 2023

Tecno just introduced its Phantom V Flip – the company's first clamshell foldable smartphone. It has a circular external OLED screen with two cameras and an LED flash in the ring around it, while on the inside is a 6.9” foldable LTPO AMOLED display. 

The Tecno Phantom V Flip features a custom personal assistant called EllaGPT, which brings “intelligent features”, which is Tecno's answer to Google, Siri, Bixby, or Celia.

Tecno is offering the phone in two colors – Black and Purple.

Hapag-Lloyd to Install Satellite Internet on Containerships

September 28, 2023

Hapag-Lloyd AG, the biggest container shipping line based in Germany, said Sept. 21 it will install SpaceX’s Starlink service aboard the ships it owns and manages after a pilot program involving four vessels proved successful. Charters won’t receive the service under the current plan. According to Alphaliner data, 122 of the 259 ships that Hapag-Lloyd operates are company-owned.

Next steps in the rollout include ordering more equipment and installing antennas by year-end and activation of the service starting in early 2024.

THE ALL-NEW RENAULT SCENIC E-TECH: the first more sustainably designed all-electric family vehicle

September 27, 2023

Megane opened the way and now it’s Scenic’s turn to reinvent itself and take over as the spearhead for Renault’s new generation of electric vehicles. The All-new Scenic E-Tech electric is designed around families and their need to travel freely and safely. And it blends seamlessly into the Renaulution strategic plan: it is electric, up-to-the-minute, brimming with useful and intuitive technology, and designed more sustainably. It is the first production car to encapsulate Renault Group’s aim to become a next-generation automobile manufacturer championing fair transition. 

After opening the R&D center in Sibiu, NXP Romania has reached 1000 employees

September 26, 2023

NXP Romania has recently opened its second R&D center in Sibiu, in addition to the one in Bucharest. The company has had substantial growth over the last few years, with currently 1050 team members at NXP Romania. In May 2023, the company opened its second research and development (R&D) center in Sibiu and it continues to recruit, having open positions in all key areas of development.

Regarding employees and jobs, the national manager of NXP Semiconductors says flexibility is key.

Valea Jiului Energy Complex, financed with 50 million lei

September 25, 2023

The Ministry of Energy initiates two Government Decisions by which 50 million lei are allocated from the Budgetary Reserve Fund at the disposal of the Prime Minister for the financing of the new company Complexul Energetic Valea Jiului and by which a Service of General Economic Interest is established for activities of safety in mines and coal mining in Valea Jiului. Valea Jiului SA Energy Complex will in the next period take over the functional assets of Hunedoara Energy Complex SA and the 2,000 miners and staff from Hunedoara Energy Complex will be employed in the new complex.

ABB to invest $280 million in its European Robotics hub

September 22, 2023

ABB announced an investment of $280 million to expand its manufacturing footprint in Europe and build a new state-of-the-art ABB Robotics European Campus in Västerås, Sweden. The Campus will serve as the hub for ABB Robotics’ offering in Europe, providing customers with AI-enabled collaborative and industrial robots, as well as digital solutions to support flexible automation as part of the company’s “local for local” production strategy. Replacing the existing robotics facilities at the site, the new Campus is planned to open in late 2026.

Toyota revealed hydrogen fuel cell electric Hilux prototype

September 21, 2023

Toyota has reached another milestone in its progress towards a zero carbon future with the unveiling of a prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric Hilux. Its debut is a further demonstration of the broad scope of Toyota’s multi-path strategy for achieving carbon-free mobility, applying different powertrain solutions – hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, battery electric and fuel cell electric – to suit different user needs and operating environments worldwide.

Talking not Typing: Continental and Google Cloud Equip Cars with Generative Artificial Intelligence

September 20, 2023

Continental announced a partnership with Google Cloud for equipping cars with generative Artificial Intelligence (AI). With this, drivers can interact with their car in a natural dialogue. No matter if drivers for example need help finding the right tire pressure when the car is fully loaded or want to know more about local places of interest on their destination or along their route when they are on vacation, the generative AI can compile the required information and answer the drivers’ questions. The two companies each bring their respective expertise to the partnership, namely in automotive, software, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.

Repsol unveils certified circular EVA copolymers

September 19, 2023

Repsol has revealed its range of ISCC PLUS certified circular EVA copolymers – reportedly the first of their kind on the market – and aims to help establish a circular economy for polyolefins, alongside lowering its own virgin raw material consumption.

Marketed under the Repsol Reciclex brand, the range claims to feature the first EVA copolymers to incorporate 100% circular AV from chemical recycling. It is certified under the ISCC Plus mass balance approach and is set to complement Repsol’s conventional EVA range, Repsol Primeva.

DIEHL CONTROLS is expanding with a new location in Romania

September 18, 2023

Diehl Controls is expanding in Europe: In November 2022, the company signed the contracts for a new plant in Braşov, Romania. The construction works have started and the plant will be inaugurated in 2024. With an additional production facility in central Romania, Diehl Controls is continuing to expand its position in the European market. After many months of research and intensive analysis of potential locations in Eastern Europe, Braşov got the nod. This city, with 250,000 inhabitants, is already home to several international companies, including a number of Diehl Controls’ customers. 

New commercial vehicle registrations in the first half of 2023: vans +11.2%, trucks +20%, buses +15%

September 15, 2023

In the first half of 2023, new EU van sales increased by 11.2% to 730,969 units as supply chain issues eased.

Spain and Germany substantially contributed to this increase as van sales rose by 26.6% and 15.5%, respectively. Sales in France also modestly increased by 3.6%, totalling 189,948 units.


Apple debuts iPhone 15 lineup, announcing USB-C charger and titanium case for Pro models

September 14, 2023

Every year, Apple introduces a new iPhone line and its introduction is the most important event in the Apple calendar. iPhone sales are at the heart of the company’s portfolio and serve as the driver for accessories like Apple Watch and AirPods.

At its ‘Wonderlust’ launch event on Tuesday, Apple announced the launch of four new iPhone handsets: the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Eldrive Romania installs charging stations for electric cars in Supernova retail centers

September 13, 2023

Eldrive Romania has started installing charging stations for electric cars in the parking lots of shopping centers owned by the Austrian real estate group Supernova. The partnership started with charging stations located in Pitesti, Bucharest (Pantelimon, Alexandriei, Lujerului), Bacau, Constanta and Drobeta-Turnu Severin. By 8th of September 2023, 8 charging stations were already put into use in Supernova Pitesti shopping complex, which can simultaneously serve up to 10 electric cars, respectively 6 stations in Bucharest (Cora Pantelimon parking lot), which can simultaneously charge 8 electric vehicles.

NEW PEUGEOT E-3008 has just been revealed

September 12, 2023

PEUGEOT reveals next-level all-electric e-3008 fastback SUV: with the new E-3008, PEUGEOT has taken the creativity of its design, the driving pleasure and electric performance on offer to a new level.

The new E-3008 will replace the best-selling PEUGEOT 3008, a car that has impressed more than 1,320,000 customers in 130 countries for seven years. By 2025, PEUGEOT will offer a complete battery electric line-up, and by 2030, 100% of the brand’s sales in Europe will be electric.

CEVA Logistics offers now a complete Ground & Rail regionally powered portfolio

September 12, 2023

CEVA Logistics is a world leader in third-party logistics providing and operating transportation and supply-chain solutions for large or medium size national and multinational companies and part of CMA CGM Group. On completing the acquisition of GEFCO, world expert in supply chain solutions and European leader in automotive logistics, in July 2022, CEVA Logistics became leading global provider of automotive logistics and the largest France-based logistics company aiming to be top 5 global logistics player. CEVA Logistics’ offers a complete ground & rail regionally powered portfolio.