A former railcar plant has been transformed into a modern wind turbine tower and blade manufacturing facility that will create hundreds of jobs for Nova Scotians. Premier Darrell Dexter and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Ltd. (DSME) president and CEO Sang-Tae Nam celebrated the grand opening of DSME Trenton Ltd. (DSTN) today, June 14. “Congratulations to everyone who has played a part in creating a world class manufacturing facility in DSTN,” said Premier Dexter. “This investment is already creating the good jobs the province needs while showcasing Nova Scotia as a leader in renewable energy.” Premier Dexter and Mr. Nam completed the transformation by officially starting the company’s production line at the Trenton, Pictou Co. facility. The plant has more than 100 workers, and will continue to expand as new orders are received. With orders for 30 towers, the grand opening marks DSME’s entry into the renewable energy industry. “We are very pleased with the results of our expansion into the North American market, and our strong partnership with the province and the Pictou area,” said DSTN CEO Nam-Ki Lee. “The progress we see here today underlines that we are well on our way to creating a renewable energy cluster in Nova Scotia.” The province secured a 49 per cent stake in the operation through investments made in 2010 to establish DSTN as a joint venture between the province and DSME at the former TrentonWorks site. An additional $10 million was invested by the government of Canada. “Today, thanks to the hard of work of countless people in our community, we welcome a new employer to Pictou County, and a new green technology partner to Nova Scotia,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of ACOA Minister Bernard Valcourt. “The federal government is proud to have been a driving force behind bringing industry and jobs back to Pictou County. In the wake of the global economic recession, we are creating jobs and supporting the kind of growth that contributes to a sustainable future for our region and for Canada.” DSME is a diversified company and one of the world’s largest ship builders. The South Korean-based company was established in 1973 and today is a first-class builder of commercial and naval ships and offshore projects. In 2009, DSME acquired DeWind Inc., an American wind turbine engineering company, and announced plans to expand into the wind-power sector and build a production plant in North America. South Korea-based Daewoo is publicly listed on the Korean Stock Exchange.
20 September 2011While lauding the progress made over the past year in the global effort to save women’s and children’s lives, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today noted that millions of them are still dying needless deaths and called for advancing the goal of saving 16 million lives by 2015. “When we deliver for every woman and every child, we will advance a better life for all people around the world,” Mr. Ban said at an event held at UN Headquarters on the margins of the 66th session of the General Assembly. “One year ago, we launched the Every Woman Every Child initiative out of our conviction that in our time, it is wrong to allow women and children to die when we have the tools to save them,” said the Secretary-General.“On that day, we said we would carry out commitments to improve women’s and children’s health. We said we would develop a framework to ensure accountability. We said we would work together to bring in new partners.“I am happy to say today, one year later, we are delivering on all three fronts,” said Mr. Ban.“As of today, over 60 countries have committed to step up efforts to improve women and children’s health,” he reported to the meeting attended by heads of State, business leaders and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).“They are training more health workers… investing in essential – but often neglected – medical supplies… providing access to family planning… and putting more money into health and development budgets.“But millions of women and children are still dying needless deaths,” he added. “Political roadblocks litter the path ahead. Decisions to invest where resources are most needed can be slow. A woman’s right to access the services she needs is sometimes denied.”Nevertheless, Mr. Ban said he is optimistic. A one-year progress update launched today, Saving the Lives of 16 Million, shows that in the first year of the effort, commitments have been implemented and enhanced, new partners have come on board, funding has been increased, policies improved and services strengthened on the ground.More than 100 new partners, including governments, civil society and multilateral organizations, joined the initiative, bringing the total to more than 200 since the effort was first launched. Private sector partners include Merck, which will launch a 10-year effort to prevent, treat, and diagnose the top three causes of death in pregnant women; and Sesame Workshop, which will produce multimedia early child initiatives aimed at promoting general health, HIV/AIDS education and early prevention of malaria.Although much progress has been made, every year 7.6 million young children die from preventable causes, and over 350,000 women lose their lives unnecessarily from complications with pregnancy and childbirth. Particularly in Central Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the rate of decline is still not enough to save 16 million lives by 2015. The Secretary-General urged participants to follow through on their pledges and said that momentum for Every Woman Every Child must be translated into lasting gains in women’s and children’s health.
India is one focus of the March issue of International Mining and Martin Engineering has announced plans to open a business unit in Pune, India in 2011. The company has been active in the India market since 2004, establishing a solid presence through its licensee, Thejo, to distribute and support select bulk material handling technologies across the continent. Already incorporated in India, Martin Engineering completed a detailed market study and entry strategy in 2010, finding huge potential in further developing its business there. Martin Engineering is the world leader in making bulk materials handling cleaner, safer and more productive. “Before making the decision to expand our business in India, we focused on providing high-quality conveyor products to a number of different industries,” commented Martin Engineering CFO Ron Vick. “Now that a business unit with full manufacturing capabilities will be opened, we’ll be positioned to offer our complete line of bulk material handling solutions, beyond the limited products currently available. This full line will include air cannons, railcar unloading products, engineered vibration and dust management.” Vick said that Martin Engineering is looking forward to its role as a full-service supplier to the cement, steel, power and mining industries in India. “With growth rates expected to rival those in China, the India market represents an unprecedented opportunity for us,” he added. A strategic business plan is currently under development, and Martin Engineering is in the process of hiring a managing director to run the new operation. During the beginning months of 2011, the company expects to finalise its lease on a new facility. The company expects to have full operating capabilities by the second quarter of 2011. In addition to the new Pune facility, Martin Engineering will have sales and service offices and staff in three other areas of India: Calcutta, Delhi and Chennai. The firm is also aggressively investigating acquisition opportunities, as well.Early in 2010, Martin Engineering exhibited at the Bulk Solids India trade show and was very well received, adding to the excitement of developing a full-service business unit in India. The company plans to use its expanded FOUNDATIONSTM Training Program, focused on the design and development of more productive belt conveyors, to help introduce Martin Engineering technologies and educate the industry. The program features three levels of training: Introduction to Conveyors and Conveyor Safety; Operation and Maintenance of Belt Conveyors; and Advanced Topics and Conveyor Engineering. The FOUNDATIONS series has been teaching bulk materials handling personnel how to operate and maintain clean, safe belt conveyors for nearly 20 years.