Automotive component supplier Valeo (www.valeo.com) is celebrating its 80th anniversary since its 1923 inception as the Societe Anonyme Francaise du Ferodo. Originally formed as the exclusive distributor in France of friction materials produced by the UK company Ferodo Ltd., Valeo (Latin for "I'm doing well") entered the U.S. market in 1980 and has since been a supplier of components, integrated systems, and modules for cars and trucks. In 2003, Valeo reported worldwide sales at 10 billion euros.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
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