Partstat Partner News December 2021

By Logan Wamsley

Honeywell Opens New Global Headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina

Three years ago, Honeywell announced that it would be moving its global headquarters to Charlotte, North Carolina. On December 1, 2021, that move was completed with the grand opening of its new uptown building.

A 23-story tower, the new headquarters has the capacity for approximately 1,300 employees and includes a rooftop terrace, gym, and a view of Bank of America Stadium — home of the Carolina Panthers.

The move is “probably one of the best decisions we ever made, says Honeywell CEO Darius Adamczyk. “The reality of being here is even better than the (local leaders) portrayed. It’s a great place to live, it’s a great place for talent, and hospitality is second to none.”

“When we recruit companies to come to Charlotte, it is a lot of hard work,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lycles. “But when (Honeywell) chose Charlotte, I knew it was the right fit for both of us.”

A Fortune 100 company, Honeywell has over 110,000 employees worldwide. Currently, nearly 1,000 employees are at the new headquarters, which many more expected soon from the local area.

Infineon Joins Connectivity Standards Alliance Board of Directors

Infineon has announced that it will be the latest addition to the Connectivity Standards Alliance’s (CSA) Board of Directors as a Promoter Member, says a new press release.

With over 400 companies as members, the CSA is an organizational body that strives to simplify and harmonize the Internet of Things (IoT) through technology standards. Distinguished Engineer Skip Ashton, a longtime supporter of increasing IoT standards, will represent the Infineon board of directors.

“By taking a bigger leadership role in the Connectivity Standards Alliance, we will help shape the future of IoT by actively contributing to the development of open standards worldwide, along with major initiatives like Matter that aim to unlock the full potential of the smart home for consumers,” said Thomas Rosteck, president of connected secure systems division at Infineon. “We look forward to the incredible opportunity to collaborate and help lead this growing group of cutting-edge technology companies and thought leaders to advance our shared mission to securely connect the Internet of Things, today and tomorrow.”

Infineon has been a member of the CSA since 2020, and in a short time has made a significant impact on the organization. The press release highlights its particular contributions to Matter, which is the new common language for the smart home and is already backed by over 200 global companies.

Hewlett Packard Accelerates Move to Industry 4.0 Solutions Across All Industry Segments

In a new press release, Hewlett Packard (HP) has announced new ways for print service providers to grow their digital businesses and put Industry 4.0 into practice. To do so, it has unveiled a variety of automated tools that will enhance connectivity, productivity, and customer growth.

“We are seeing strong customer momentum in the past year alongside industry challenges created by the pandemic, with Industry 4.0 being a driving force of growth for Indigo customers who have embraced high-automation practices and adopt ecommerce driven web-to-print business practices,” said Haim Levit, HP Indigo Vice President and General Manager.

PrintOS Site Flow is one such automated tool, which is an end-to-end production management solution for achieving zero-touch automation. “With Site Flow each PSP automatically receives, produces and ships an unlimited number of jobs per day,” says the press release, “Site Flow reduces bottlenecks, touchpoints and labor-dollars, while being device and product independent; many of the core principles on which Industry 4.0 was built on.”

“Automation is the only way to consistently deliver high volumes of short run jobs while meeting customer’s quality and schedule expectations,” said Gershon Alon, head of HP Indigo Solutions. “Customers are struggling to hire and maintain skilled personnel. Cross-vendor automation increases employees’ efficiency and enables the production of much more work with existing staff and resources.”

Coca-Cola Acquires BodyArmor for $5.6 Billion

Long a rival of PepsiCo Inc’s Gatorade, BodyArmor has been a mainstay in the energy drink sector for several years, beginning with a famous endorsement from Kobe Bryant in 2013. In a new development, Coca-Cola will acquire the energy drink company for $5.6 billion. Coca-Cola already owned stake in the company before the acquisition.

“[The deal] gives Coke a strong stable of products in the rapidly growing sports hydration category. It’s a nice premium brand that has opportunity for expansion over time,” said Edward Jones analyst John Boylan. According to him, the deal will “give Coke a solid No. 2 position in an attractive category.

The deal marks a shift in strategy for the world’s largest beverage maker after it spent the last year offloading or discontinuing brands, including its own energy-drink brand, to focus on Coca-Cola sodas. The deal, according to Reuters, represents the largest deal made in Coca-Cola’s history for a single brand, topping the $5.1 billion acquisition of coffee chain Costa three years ago.