Altimetrik Appoints Two Top Execs To COO, CTO

DETROIT – Altimetrik has appointed Henk Vliestra to the role of Chief Operating Officer, and Bheem Adavikolanu as Chief Transformation Officer – United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, and Europe. Vliestra takes the role previously held by Raj Sundaresan, who became Chief Executive Officer in July 2020. As Chief Operating Officer, Vliestra is responsible for leading standardization

By |2021-10-24T16:31:52-04:00October 24th, 2021|ESD|

GVSU Researcher: West Michigan Economic Recovery Continues To Flatten

GRAND RAPIDS — Pent-up supply demand has been satisfied causing the West Michigan economic recovery to continue to flatten, a Grand Valley State University researcher contends. “Our index of business improvement came in at +8,” said Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at GVSU. “The pent-up demand

By |2021-10-10T16:18:37-04:00October 10th, 2021|ESD|

J.D. Power: Many New Car Owners Don’t Intend To Ever Use New Vehicle Tech

TROY—Car buyers say that new vehicle technologies are a major factor in car buying decisions. But on the other hand, they also confoundingly say that many new car owners don’t bother to use much of that great new technology. That’s according to the recently released J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Tech Experience Index Study. Power analysts

By |2021-10-09T07:06:13-04:00October 9th, 2021|ESD, Featured|

J.D. Power: Larger Businesses See Improved Wireless Service, Performance

TROY—Satisfaction among large enterprise and medium business wireless customers has reached all-time highs, according to the recently released J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study. Conversely, though, small business customers are having a different experience when it comes to the service and performance they’re receiving from wireless carriers, as the comparative gap between small

By |2021-10-09T07:06:13-04:00October 9th, 2021|5th Generation Mobile Network 5G, ESD, Mobile MI, Mobility|

Lawrence Tech IGVC Team Receives RoboNation 2021 Self-Drive Champions Banner, $3,000 Award

SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University’s Autonomous Campus Transport team, four-time defending champion in the Self-Drive category of the annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, received a 2021 RoboNation championship banner in a campus ceremony. LTU also received a $3,000 check for winning the IGVC Self-Drive competition. RoboNation, the robotics education and workforce partner of the Association for Unmanned

By |2021-10-04T18:44:06-04:00October 4th, 2021|ESD|

LIFT To Develop Digital Twin Smart Factory Showcase For Industry 4.0 In Detroit

DETROIT – LIFT announced that it has begun developing a Digital Twin Smart Factory Showcase at its Corktown facility in conjunction with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Siemens Digital Industries to provide a demonstration sandbox for manufacturing companies and economic developers to explore smarter manufacturing technologies. The Digital Twin Smart Factory Showcase – a

By |2021-10-04T12:50:09-04:00October 4th, 2021|ESD, Industry 4.0|

Configura Completes Acquisition Of ProjectMatrix 

GRAND RAPIDS —Configura announced it has completed its acquisition of ProjectMatrix to become part of the Configura Group. ProjectMatrix is a software creator for pricing and specification solutions in North America’s commercial interiors industry. “Configura and ProjectMatrix have worked together as partners for 14 years, helping designers do what they do best – design beautiful

By |2021-10-03T16:31:14-04:00October 3rd, 2021|ESD, Software|

Automotive ‘Country Club’ Coming To Livingston County

HOWELL—An “automotive country club” is being developed on 270 acres in Howell, in an area bounded by I-96, Lucy Road, Grand River Avenue, and Michigan Avenue. Developers Motorsports Gateway LLC say the complex will offer private garage condominiums and other amenities, along with an exclusive driving circuit where motorsports enthusiasts can push their cars to

By |2021-09-27T12:17:10-04:00September 27th, 2021|ESD|

Comerica Bank Michigan Economic Index Increased In July, 8th Consecutive Monthly Gain

DETROIT - Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index increased in July to 107.6, its eighth consecutive monthly gain. The index is within striking distance of its pre-COVID level of 109.2 from February 2020. Comerica's Economist said the bank expects to get there before the end of the year pending increased output by automakers. The auto production

By |2021-09-26T16:41:19-04:00September 26th, 2021|ESD|

LTU Wins National Engineering Education Award

SOUTHFIELD—A capstone thesis project team from Lawrence Technological University was one of only eight national winners of the Engineering Education Award from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. LTU was the only Michigan university to win one of the awards. The project, developed by students in LTU’s five-year combined bachelor’s and master’s

By |2021-09-25T10:44:18-04:00September 25th, 2021|ESD, Featured|