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Ilona: World’s Biggest Billboard in Nigeria Will Boost Industry Growth

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The Chief Executive Officer of Lona Media, Mr. Idoko Ilona, speaks to Raheem Akingbolu on how the outdoor practitioners in Nigeria are faring in the global outdoor rating and how the soon-to-be activated biggest billboard in the world in Lagos, will boost brand management. Excerpts:   

What is your view about the growth in the Nigeria’s out-of-home sub sector of the advertising industry, compared to current global trend?

In the area of innovation and appreciation of the place of technology in today’s practice, I will say Nigerian practitioners are moving appreciatively well in the right direction. When it comes to regulation, I think Lagos and Abuja are showing the way to go; they are leading the way. Why do I say they are leading the way?  Let’s look at it this way. Before now, practitioners pay money to different people but it has now been harmonised. If you practice outdoor in Lagos, you deal with only Lagos Signage and Advertising Agency (LASAA). Also, if you are practicing in Abuja you will have to deal with    The Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS). Those are the only two bodies people deal with and other states too are currently following suit. The reason is simple, regulators know that if the industry is not properly regulated, it will affect the business. 

What impact do you think the outdoor industry will make in the build up to the 2023 election?  

As we can all see with the recent election, vote buying is gradually becoming a thing of the past in Nigeria. If this continues, it will be difficult to rig in a politician who fail to properly project himself or herself.  The truth is that the only way a party can sell its product is to convince people about what they do by selling their product very well. As it stands today, the best way to sell your product is through advertising. Of course, advertising might not be necessary for parties and politicians when the issue of vote buying was rampart because election would be cash and carry. Today, if people don’t know your product, you are in for it. In the past, you see less political ad handled by professionals. Ahead 2023, the entire outdoor landscape would be soaked as politicians will be competing for attention. 

How is the industry faring in the midst of economic quagmire in the country? 

The issue of harsh economy is more of a global issue, which was caused majorly by recession and later COVID-19. Since the outdoor advertising can’t operate in isolation, the effect of the various crisis was felt but it has only toughened the practitioners and given birth to more innovation and creativity.  

Can you speak about OneInfinity, a new offering from your stable?

OneInfinity billboard is the creation of Lona Media. It is set to be the largest advertising billboard in the world. It is 277.4ms by 38m. It will be activated in October 2022. As of today, the largest board in the world is in Dubai. It is about 6230sqms. Oneinfinity is about 10541.2sqms with a display area of 8322.2sqms. The structure is a 12-story building.

Why did you choose Lagos or the Third Mainland Bridge to mount this billboard?

It was supposed to be commissioned in Abuja, but plans changed. We ran into some hitches in Abuja, so, there was a redirect. It is believed that Lagos State is the fourth largest economy in Africa and the most populous city in Africa.

The Third Mainland Bridge has the largest vehicular traffic in Africa, with 245,000 cars traversing the road. It is the bridge between mainland and island Lagos, so, for us, it is the most strategic advertising location anywhere in Nigeria.

The board, for now, is a static board, because of its share size. We can host between five and seven brands on the board, so, it is an advantage. We intend to upgrade it to a Light Emitting Diode (LED) as time goes on. We have spent billions to achieve this and to put up an LED with the current exchange rate would cost us a lot of money and Lona as a company doesn’t have that kind of money for now. So, we have started with the static board, which we intend to upgrade to an LED in the next six months.

How long does it take from conception to commissioning?

The plan was mooted in 2015, got a company Nivafer Engineering and Construction, one of the leading steel fabricating companies in Nigeria and we signed a contract with Nivafer in 2016. From 2016, till the next two weeks, when the project will be 100 per cent completed.

A lot has gone in and it is a multi-billion-naira project divided into two phases. Phase one, for now, is the billboard, which we have accomplished. Phase two will follow after the completion of phase one, which is the entire landmass of about 9.6 hectares. We intend to beautify and bring in some additional recreational activities within the Third Mainland Bridge vicinity.

We are trying to give Nigerians — individuals, big companies, especially indigenous Nigerian companies — the opportunity to be on the largest advert board in the world. Any company that advertises on this board for now, anytime in the next five to 10 years, when the story of the biggest billboard in the world is being told, your brand will be there.

In October when we will be unveiling the board, the world will see what we are bringing is dynamic, entirely different and amazing.

What are the advantages for advertisers to be on the board?

To be on the board means to be on the biggest outdoor platform in the world. Though activation is for one month to six weeks, but thereafter, long after the six weeks activation period, for the next five to nine years, anybody that advertises on the board whenever the story of the biggest board in the world is told, his or her brand would be prominent. And we are going to do extensive marketing for OneInfinity, so any company that activates on the board would be linked up, whereby the company’s website can be linked to OneInfinity’s website. It is a forever partnership. Whenever the story of OneInfinity is told, any company that is part of the activation will also be featured

Can you tell us more about Lona Media?

Lona Media was incorporated in 2006. And we introduced the LED boards that are seen all over the country. We installed the first LED in Nigeria in 2006. We also built the first LED in Lagos at the Muritala Muhammad International Airport. We built the biggest board in Africa in 2015 and we are about to conquer the world.

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Amended agreement means improvements for Deerfield High auditorium

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Despite inflationary construction bids that prohibited an initial goal for reconstruction of Deerfield High School’s Performing Arts Center, the Township High School District 113 board of education stood by its pledge to improve the facility.

Coming a week after the district’s Facilities Committee discussed the project, on Aug. 23 the board approved an amended agreement with FGM Architects for 2023 auditorium improvements.

“Really, really important to our board and our Facilities Committee that the arts be alive and flourishing at Deerfield High School, even in this interim time,” said board member and former board President Jodi Shapira.

“Obviously, we’re all so sad and disappointed at the position we’re in, but that does not mean that auditorium is staying the way it is.”

That position was learning in June that bids for a more encompassing project — a total rebuild of the auditorium — came in $10 million more than budgeted, to $47 million from $37 million.

On July 12 the board tabled the bids and put the project on hold, but not for long. In a special meeting on June 28, Fine Arts Department staff was asked to find ways to increase the theater’s “functionality.”

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

That they did, and worked with Brian Ahmer, District 113 director of Facilities Maintenance, to outline improvements for the architect.

“If we don’t get it (approved) at this meeting,” Shapira said at the Aug. 23 meeting, “it will be another year for our students at Deerfield High School to be without a Deerfield High School Fine Arts Center that we’d like it to be.”

The total project cost, including soft costs not included in the initial budget, will be $8,445,420. Examples of soft costs include architect’s fees, any surveys that must be done, consulting fees and furniture.

The scope of the work includes the removal and replacement of about 680 theater seats, new stage flooring, new stage rigging and curtains and a new theater ceiling and theater catwalks.

The project also calls for extending the fire suppression system, improving accessibility throughout the auditorium and stage, improving the lighting systems and the speaker, audiovisual and low-voltage systems.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

The amendment stated that work should start on June 6, 2023, with substantial completion by Dec. 15. FGM intends to start working on schematics this month, according to the amendment. The construction manager remains Pepper Construction of Barrington.

Shapira urged a “rush on approving it because we want to get this work next summer.”

Board members responded with a 7-0 vote of approval.

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Bank of New York Mellon Corp Sells 11,163 Shares of EMCOR Group, Inc. (NYSE:EME)

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Bank of New York Mellon Corp lowered its stake in EMCOR Group, Inc. (NYSE:EMEGet Rating) by 1.4% during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 814,035 shares of the construction company’s stock after selling 11,163 shares during the period. Bank of New York Mellon Corp’s holdings in EMCOR Group were worth $91,686,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of EME. Leeward Investments LLC MA bought a new position in EMCOR Group in the first quarter valued at about $14,953,000. Boston Partners grew its position in EMCOR Group by 68.2% in the first quarter. Boston Partners now owns 279,575 shares of the construction company’s stock valued at $31,554,000 after acquiring an additional 113,333 shares during the last quarter. Millennium Management LLC grew its position in EMCOR Group by 52.8% in the fourth quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 313,758 shares of the construction company’s stock valued at $39,970,000 after acquiring an additional 108,462 shares during the last quarter. Walleye Capital LLC grew its position in EMCOR Group by 710.7% in the fourth quarter. Walleye Capital LLC now owns 116,251 shares of the construction company’s stock valued at $14,809,000 after acquiring an additional 101,911 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Assenagon Asset Management S.A. grew its position in EMCOR Group by 57.9% in the first quarter. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. now owns 240,516 shares of the construction company’s stock valued at $27,089,000 after acquiring an additional 88,180 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 94.08% of the company’s stock.

Insider Activity

In related news, CEO Anthony Guzzi sold 7,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.11, for a total transaction of $900,825.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 283,927 shares in the company, valued at $34,102,471.97. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. In other EMCOR Group news, Director Carol P. Lowe sold 1,975 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $102.55, for a total value of $202,536.25. Following the transaction, the director now owns 16,722 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,714,841.10. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CEO Anthony Guzzi sold 7,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.11, for a total value of $900,825.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 283,927 shares in the company, valued at approximately $34,102,471.97. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.70% of the company’s stock.

EMCOR Group Trading Down 1.7 %

Shares of EME stock opened at $118.59 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $5.85 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.66 and a beta of 1.15. The stock has a 50 day simple moving average of $110.83 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $110.63. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.13, a quick ratio of 1.26 and a current ratio of 1.30. EMCOR Group, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $95.64 and a fifty-two week high of $135.98.

EMCOR Group (NYSE:EMEGet Rating) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 28th. The construction company reported $1.99 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.68 by $0.31. The firm had revenue of $2.71 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.60 billion. EMCOR Group had a return on equity of 17.70% and a net margin of 3.59%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 11.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.78 earnings per share. Research analysts forecast that EMCOR Group, Inc. will post 7.72 earnings per share for the current year.

EMCOR Group Increases Dividend

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 31st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 18th will be issued a dividend of $0.15 per share. This is an increase from EMCOR Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, October 17th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.51%. EMCOR Group’s payout ratio is currently 7.30%.

Wall Street Analyst Weigh In

EME has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. KeyCorp lifted their price target on EMCOR Group from $125.00 to $135.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, August 1st. Sidoti raised EMCOR Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $137.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, May 16th. Finally, StockNews.com raised EMCOR Group from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, July 31st. Four analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $138.75.

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EMCOR Group, Inc provides electrical and mechanical construction, and facilities services primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. It offers design, integration, installation, starts-up, operation, and maintenance services related to electrical power transmission, distribution, and generation systems; energy solutions; premises electrical and lighting systems; process instrumentation in the refining, chemical processing, and food processing industries; low-voltage systems, such as fire alarm, security, and process control systems; voice and data communications systems; roadway and transit lighting, signaling, and fiber optic lines; heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and geothermal solutions; clean-room process ventilation systems; fire protection and suppression systems; plumbing, process, and high-purity piping systems; controls and filtration systems; water and wastewater treatment systems; central plant heating and cooling systems; crane and rigging services; millwright services; and steel fabrication, erection, and welding services.

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Pinebridge Investments L.P. Acquires 3,979 Shares of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI)

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Pinebridge Investments L.P. increased its holdings in shares of Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYIGet Rating) by 1,979.6% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 4,180 shares of the electronics maker’s stock after acquiring an additional 3,979 shares during the period. Pinebridge Investments L.P.’s holdings in Acuity Brands were worth $791,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other hedge funds have also bought and sold shares of the company. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. raised its holdings in Acuity Brands by 189.8% in the fourth quarter. Advisor Group Holdings Inc. now owns 6,859 shares of the electronics maker’s stock worth $1,452,000 after buying an additional 4,492 shares during the last quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. raised its holdings in Acuity Brands by 14.8% in the fourth quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. now owns 18,581 shares of the electronics maker’s stock worth $3,934,000 after buying an additional 2,402 shares during the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its holdings in Acuity Brands by 14.9% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 10,128 shares of the electronics maker’s stock worth $2,144,000 after buying an additional 1,316 shares during the last quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Acuity Brands by 26.9% in the fourth quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC now owns 3,332 shares of the electronics maker’s stock worth $705,000 after buying an additional 706 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Raymond James & Associates raised its holdings in Acuity Brands by 19.0% in the fourth quarter. Raymond James & Associates now owns 19,488 shares of the electronics maker’s stock worth $4,126,000 after buying an additional 3,107 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 94.70% of the company’s stock.

Acuity Brands Stock Performance

Shares of NYSE AYI opened at $166.35 on Wednesday. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $170.15 and a 200 day moving average of $174.58. The company has a current ratio of 1.86, a quick ratio of 1.19 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26. The firm has a market capitalization of $5.44 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.03, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.49 and a beta of 1.58. Acuity Brands, Inc. has a 12-month low of $142.71 and a 12-month high of $224.59.

Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYIGet Rating) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, June 30th. The electronics maker reported $3.30 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.80 by $0.50. The company had revenue of $1.06 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $988.15 million. Acuity Brands had a net margin of 9.43% and a return on equity of 19.77%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 17.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $2.62 earnings per share. On average, research analysts anticipate that Acuity Brands, Inc. will post 11.52 earnings per share for the current year.

Acuity Brands Announces Dividend

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, August 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 15th were given a $0.13 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, July 14th. This represents a $0.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.31%. Acuity Brands’s payout ratio is currently 5.01%.

Insiders Place Their Bets

In other news, Director Laura O’shaughnessy purchased 575 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 28th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $174.54 per share, for a total transaction of $100,360.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 1,479 shares in the company, valued at approximately $258,144.66. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. In other Acuity Brands news, CFO Karen J. Holcom sold 5,438 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, July 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $154.20, for a total value of $838,539.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 17,138 shares in the company, valued at $2,642,679.60. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Laura O’shaughnessy bought 575 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 28th. The shares were bought at an average price of $174.54 per share, with a total value of $100,360.50. Following the transaction, the director now owns 1,479 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $258,144.66. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.

Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades

Several brokerages have issued reports on AYI. William Blair cut shares of Acuity Brands from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, June 23rd. Wells Fargo & Company decreased their price objective on shares of Acuity Brands from $200.00 to $181.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, June 29th. Robert W. Baird boosted their price objective on shares of Acuity Brands from $188.00 to $190.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, July 1st. Cowen decreased their price objective on shares of Acuity Brands to $225.00 in a report on Monday, July 4th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group decreased their price objective on shares of Acuity Brands from $241.00 to $211.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Monday, June 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the stock currently has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus target price of $210.57.

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Acuity Brands, Inc provides lighting and building management solutions in North America and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Acuity Brands Lighting and Lighting Controls (ABL); and the Intelligent Spaces Group (ISG). The ABL segment provides commercial, architectural, and specialty lighting solutions, as well as lighting controls and components for various indoor and outdoor applications under the Lithonia Lighting, Holophane, Peerless, Gotham, Mark Architectural Lighting, Winona Lighting, Juno, Indy, Aculux, Healthcare Lighting, Hydrel, American Electric Lighting, Sunoptics, eldoLED, nLight, Sensor Switch, IOTA, A-Light, Cyclone, Eureka, Lumniaire LED, Luminis, Dark to Light, and RELOC Wiring Solutions brands.

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American Century Companies Inc. Trims Holdings in EMCOR Group, Inc. (NYSE:EME)

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American Century Companies Inc. trimmed its position in EMCOR Group, Inc. (NYSE:EMEGet Rating) by 30.3% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 191,982 shares of the construction company’s stock after selling 83,362 shares during the quarter. American Century Companies Inc.’s holdings in EMCOR Group were worth $21,623,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Several other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of the company. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. grew its holdings in EMCOR Group by 48.7% during the first quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 397 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $45,000 after acquiring an additional 130 shares during the period. Covestor Ltd acquired a new stake in EMCOR Group during the fourth quarter worth about $61,000. Point72 Hong Kong Ltd acquired a new stake in EMCOR Group during the fourth quarter worth about $84,000. Okabena Investment Services Inc. acquired a new stake in EMCOR Group during the fourth quarter worth about $88,000. Finally, MUFG Americas Holdings Corp grew its holdings in EMCOR Group by 87.6% during the fourth quarter. MUFG Americas Holdings Corp now owns 709 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $90,000 after acquiring an additional 331 shares during the period. 94.08% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Insider Buying and Selling

In related news, CEO Anthony Guzzi sold 7,500 shares of EMCOR Group stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.11, for a total transaction of $900,825.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 283,927 shares in the company, valued at $34,102,471.97. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. In related news, Director Carol P. Lowe sold 1,975 shares of EMCOR Group stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $102.55, for a total transaction of $202,536.25. Following the transaction, the director now owns 16,722 shares in the company, valued at $1,714,841.10. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Anthony Guzzi sold 7,500 shares of EMCOR Group stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $120.11, for a total value of $900,825.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 283,927 shares in the company, valued at approximately $34,102,471.97. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth

Several analysts have commented on the company. StockNews.com raised EMCOR Group from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Sunday, July 31st. Sidoti raised EMCOR Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $137.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, May 16th. Finally, KeyCorp raised their price objective on EMCOR Group from $125.00 to $135.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, August 1st. Four analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $138.75.

EMCOR Group Stock Performance

NYSE EME opened at $118.59 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $5.85 billion, a PE ratio of 16.66 and a beta of 1.15. The stock’s 50 day simple moving average is $110.83 and its 200-day simple moving average is $110.63. EMCOR Group, Inc. has a 1-year low of $95.64 and a 1-year high of $135.98. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.13, a current ratio of 1.30 and a quick ratio of 1.26.

EMCOR Group (NYSE:EMEGet Rating) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The construction company reported $1.99 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.68 by $0.31. The business had revenue of $2.71 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.60 billion. EMCOR Group had a return on equity of 17.70% and a net margin of 3.59%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 11.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.78 earnings per share. As a group, equities research analysts anticipate that EMCOR Group, Inc. will post 7.72 EPS for the current fiscal year.

EMCOR Group Increases Dividend

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 31st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 18th will be given a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.51%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, October 17th. This is an increase from EMCOR Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. EMCOR Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 7.30%.

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EMCOR Group, Inc provides electrical and mechanical construction, and facilities services primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. It offers design, integration, installation, starts-up, operation, and maintenance services related to electrical power transmission, distribution, and generation systems; energy solutions; premises electrical and lighting systems; process instrumentation in the refining, chemical processing, and food processing industries; low-voltage systems, such as fire alarm, security, and process control systems; voice and data communications systems; roadway and transit lighting, signaling, and fiber optic lines; heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and geothermal solutions; clean-room process ventilation systems; fire protection and suppression systems; plumbing, process, and high-purity piping systems; controls and filtration systems; water and wastewater treatment systems; central plant heating and cooling systems; crane and rigging services; millwright services; and steel fabrication, erection, and welding services.

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The Orlando Magic And Adventhealth Unveil State-Of-The-Art Adventhealth Training Center

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ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As part of the Orlando Magic and AdventHealth’s continuing commitment to health and wellness, the DeVos family, Magic and AdventHealth unveiled today the state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center. The new downtown facility will serve as the training site for the Orlando Magic and a destination sports medicine hub to Central Florida.

Together, AdventHealth and the Orlando Magic continue to build an innovative health and wellness model that brings whole-person medicine, science and research together to optimize sports performance, bringing those learnings to the broader community. 

The center, one block from Amway Center, boasts 130,000 square feet located on a nearly four-acre site at South Division Avenue and West Central Boulevard. The $70 million facility marks the latest investment in the Parramore community.

The Magic’s portion of the center is designed to optimize performance and provide world-class recovery space. A large team ‘family room’ acts as the facility’s hub, complete with enhanced nutrition offerings and a full kitchen. The facility also includes two full-size courts overlooked by an elevated viewing balcony. Leading training and recovery technologies, including an altitude chamber and hydrotherapy offerings as well as an expansive locker room with high-end finishes, will elevate the player experience. 

Partners featured in and around the building include Altitude International (altitude chamber), Jani-King (cleaning services), Massey Services (pest prevention), Verizon (cellular coverage), Violet Defense (ultraviolet disinfection technology inside the building), and Volta (EV charging stations in parking lots). Each partner provides a unique aspect, enhancing the state-of-the-art experience and commitment to health and wellness.

Additional design elements include covered exterior patios and decks, a creatively landscaped outdoor team space and indoor/outdoor training space to capitalize on Orlando’s warm climate. The facility will also include front office and hospitality spaces that celebrate the Orlando Magic’s brand and history. 

AdventHealth’s 33,300-square-foot medical hub – designed for elite athletes, as well as youth athletes and weekend warriors – provides world-class, multi-discipline medicine with a focus on whole-person health and sports science. Services will include orthopedics, primary care, sports medicine, imaging, rehabilitation and sports performance. Patients will also have access to AdventHealth’s network of sports-trained gastroenterologists, cardiologists, and sleep, psychology and nutrition experts. 

The project incorporates sustainable design strategies, including daylighting and strategic sun shading, stormwater management, and advanced mechanical and lighting systems and controls.

The Orlando Magic and AdventHealth also furthered its commitment to Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) with the awarding of $17 million of design and construction contracts for the project to 33 local MWBEs. That amount represented approximately 32% of awarded opportunities, which is over the city’s recommended 24% MWBE participation.

The facility was designed by HOK, with Balfour Beatty serving as the construction manager. 

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26-Year-Old Man Killed; Phone And Motorbike Taken By Attackers

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Resident of Guntingli in Yendi have expressed fear over recent killings in the area.

They called on the municipal authorities to quickly enhance security measures in the area and the entire Yendi township as their lives are in danger.

They blamed the recent killings in the area on the lack of enough street lighting systems in the area and lack of security patrols.

They made these revelations on the early hours of Tuesday August 30 2022 when they woke up to a scene of a dead young man of about twenty-six years of age in the neighborhood.

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imageimageResidents could not immediately tell what might have resulted to the death of the young man but many speculate it might have been a robbery attack on him the previous night as it was alleged that the motor bike and phone belonging to the young man were taken away by his suspected attackers.

This brings the number of such killings in the Dagbon capital to two in less than two months. The situation that has sparked a lot of fear and worry in many residents in the municipality.

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Solar Street Lighting Market Growth Analysis With Industry Trends 2022: Business Insights Of Leading Players, Forecast To 2027

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Solar Street Lighting Market (US, Europe, Asia-Pacific) 2022 Global Industry Market research report gives key assessment on the market status of the Solar Street Lighting producers with Market Size, improvement, share, floats similarly as industry cost structure. Solar Street Lighting Market Report will incorporate the examination of the impact of COVID-19 on this industry.

A new report of Market Research Update titled“Solar Street Lighting Market Analysis 2022-2027” is a detailed sketch of the business sphere in terms of current and future trends driving the profit matrix. The Solar Street Lighting Market report also indicates a point-wise outline of market share, market size, industry partakers, and regional landscape along with statistics, diagrams, & charts elucidating various noteworthy parameters of the industry landscape.

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The research report on the Solar Street Lighting market explores the key growth markers across the various geographies as well as their influence on the competitive landscape. It contains exclusive insights on the challenges prevalent in the industry and helps businesses idea countermeasures to enhance their growth. An elaborate discussion of the opportunities that could potentially propel the industry growth to new heights is also provided.

Top Key Players of the Market:
Omega Solar, Yingli Solar, Philips, BYD, Solar Electric Power Company, Tata Power Solar Systems, Urja Global, Jiawei, Su-Kam Power Systems, Shenzhen Spark Optoelectronics S&T, King-sun, Bisol, Leadsun

The leading players are focusing mainly on technological advancements in order to improve efficiency. The long-term development patterns for this market can be captured by continuing the ongoing process improvements and financial stability to invest in the best strategies.

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The power of photonics: from vertical farming to quantum computing

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James McKenzie marvels at the wonders of photonics, which is so much more crucial to everyday life than it first appears 

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Which industry employs twice as many people in the UK as pharmaceuticals and more than either the space or “fintech” sectors? The answer is photonics, according to the Photonics Leadership Group (PLG) – a trade association representing more than 120 members in the field. For the last few years, it has been tracking and collating all the myriad applications of optical technologies or photonics. That’s no easy task given that most emerge from hundreds of small- and medium-sized enterprises. 

According to the PLG’s UK Photonics 2035 report, some 76 000 people are employed in the photonics industry in 1200 firms across all UK regions, generating £14.5bn of turnover each year. With a gross value added to the economy of £85 000 per employee, photonics is the fifth most productive UK manufacturing sector, the report says. British universities, it claims, are global leaders in the field, with some 20% of global publications in photonics originating in the UK.

What’s more, the PLG reckons photonics could become a £50bn industry for the UK and generate an additional 100 000 direct jobs by 2035. “There is a lot more to come if the UK government invests in key transformative technologies in photonics in key vertical markets like energy, health-care and clean transport alongside private-sector investors,” says PLG chief executive John Lincoln. Indeed, the group estimates that about 60% of the UK economy will directly depend on photonics in the future.

The PLG has been doing a great job raising awareness of photonics and representing its members – many of whom aren’t big enough on their own to influence governments and investors in the way that big pharmaceutical and defence firms can. But photonics is hugely important, harnessing the light for everything from disease diagnosis and laser surgery to telecommunications and advanced manufacturing. Photonics is critical to making products and services deliver value to consumers and industry.

According to the EU’s Photonics21 network, the global market for photonics was worth €650bn in 2020, but it’s the things that photonics enables when combined into products that’s amazing. Think about the CCDs and lenses in smartphones or the way that optical sensors, camera technology and LIDAR enable autonomous vehicles. A report from the SPIE in 2020 estimates the kind of markets that photonics enables is a truly staggering $2 trillion globally.

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So, what kind of value does photonics deliver and what sorts of things do photonics firms do? The most obvious application is optical-fibre communications, which has shrunk the world over the last 50 years, with no sign of progress slowing. Petabit data rates were achieved a few years ago, while by 2017 Corning had shipped more than a billion kilometres of fibre. By 2035 intra-satellite lasers will routinely allow low-Earth-orbit satellite constellations to deliver high-speed internet across the globe to even the remotest locations.

In manufacturing, photonics allows the digital cutting, joining, marking, texturing and 3D printing of materials, especially metals. Thanks to machine vision, meanwhile, photonics contributes to automated and robotic systems such as laser cutting and welding. Indeed, the industrial processing of materials accounts for about a third of the roughly £11bn global market for lasers.

Then there’s “vertical farming”, in which crops are grown in stacked layers under controlled conditions. Spectrally optimized light-emitting diodes can both optimize plant growth and  reduce evaporation from the plants, meaning they require much less water than if grown outdoors. Verical farming eliminates pesticides too.

Photonics is hugely important, harnessing the light for everything from disease diagnosis and laser surgery to telecommunications and advanced manufacturing

Basic science, of course, depends on photonics, whether it’s particle accelerators, telescopes or gravitational-wave detectors. Indeed, over half of all Nobel prizes in physics awarded in the last 25 years have been either related to discoveries in photonics or used photonics as a tool.

And don’t forget the whole world of quantum computing, communications and cryptography, which is either directly based on photonics or requires photonics to function. It’s an industry that’s really starting to take off. The London-based firm Orca, which won a business start-up award from the Institute of Physics in 2020, has just sold its first quantum computer to the UK Ministry of Defence.

Real-world benefits

Photonics is also helping the world reach net-zero thanks to highly efficient photovoltaic solar cells, while advanced LIDAR – combined with computer simulation – can boost the output of wind farms. Estimates by PLG suggest that photonics will increase the efficiency of new and existing wind turbines by 1.5–2%. With little additional cost, this will provide an additional 15 GW generating capacity globally by 2035 – saving more than £100bn (roughly equivalent to five Hinkley Point C nuclear-power stations).

Light is vital in medicine too. There’s laser corrective-eye surgery, while even high-street opticians these days use a vast array of photonics tools. During a recent eye test at my local branch of Specsavers, I got chatting to my optician, who didn’t seem to know much about the physics behind the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) system he was using, but was blown away by the images he could see. By imaging the back of the eye at different depths, opticians can use OCTs to safely spot a range of health and vision problems, often before they have become serious.

Optical fibre, optical amplifiers and atomic-clock traceable time stamps are all UK inventions. Secure quantum communications are being pioneered in the UK. In fact, I’d say Britain is uniquely positioned to be at the core of the next secure trusted telecoms revolution in 5G and 6G networks – and beyond. According to the PLG, by 2035 the UK will once again be a global provider of critical communications infrastructure.

All I can say is that if you didn’t know about photonics already, I hope you do now.

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Hanceville adding 5 new names to Bulldog Wall of Fame Friday

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HANCEVILLE, Ala. – The Bulldogs will be back home at Ray Talley Stadium to host Oneonta Friday night but before they kick things off, fans will be able to enjoy a special ceremony. Hanceville will be adding five more names to its Bulldog Wall of Fame Friday night and this year’s class is full of Hanceville greats.

Roy White

Became Hanceville’s first All-State player in 1931 and played on Alabama’s 1934 National Championship Team. Played in the 1935 Rose Bowl.

Ray Dyer

Earned All-Area and All-State honors in 1974. Played in the AHSAA All-Star Game in 1975. Signed a football scholarship to the University of North Alabama.

Coach Danny Day

Earned All-County and All-State honors in 1964. He received a scholarship to St. Bernard College; where he played baseball, basketball and soccer. He was a teacher and coach at several high schools in Alabama for over 45 years and in 2000 Coach Day’s team at Aliceville High School won the state football championship. In 2010 Coach Day was inducted to the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame.

John Purifoy

Earned All-Area and All-State honors in 1987. Signed a football scholarship to Carson Newman University.

Harold Brigham

Longtime Civic leader, Hanceville High School electric clock operator for decades, played vital role in construction of Hanceville’s football stadium in 1965, specifically securing funding and construction of the stadium’s lighting system.

If you can get to the stadium a little early Friday night, you’ll be able to join fellow Bulldog fans in honoring these Hanceville greats.

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Attempted Kidnappings, Burglary & Fights on LSU Campus

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The 2022 Fall Semester at LSU in Baton Rouge is not getting off to a glowing start. Amid the excitement of this being “Game Week,”  LSU & Baton Rouge police have been busy with at least 4 incidents that have happened just within this first week of classes.

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A video has gone viral showing a brutal beatdown involving several females who were fighting in a dormitory hallway.

LSU & Baton Rouge police are investigating the incident, but no charges have been filed as of this writing.

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Baton Rouge TV WBRZ reported police are still searching for an attempted kidnapping suspect.  An LSU student ordered food that was delivered by an alledged Door Dash delivery driver, who then attempted to take the student. Door Dash released the following statement:

“What has been reported is terrifying and deeply disturbing, and we are reaching out to the victim to offer our support. We have banned the alleged perpetrator from our platform and are assisting law enforcement with their investigation. No one should ever have to go through something like this and we hope justice is served.”

This is the second kidnapping attempt reported this semester on the LSU campus, that victim has been found and reported safe.

Another student was shot outside Laville Hall as they attempted to disarm a mugger.

WBRZ also reported police are searching for a burglary suspect who broke into the Baptist Collegiate Ministry along Highland Road near E Chimes Street on August 11th. Police released a photograph of the suspect on bicycle in the area.

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LSU spokesperson Ernie Ballard said LSU is increasing measures to help with security on campus.

“We’ll have new lighting systems across campus, we are looking at upgrading our camera system, they’ll start seeing officers out there more often overnight.”  Ballard reminds students to “always be aware of their surroundings, walk with somebody… we just want to make sure everybody is doing everything they can to keep themselves safe, and everybody else safe.”

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Southwire's Stinson named as of one of Atlanta's “Most Admired CEOs”

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Rich Stinson, Southwire’s president and CEO, has been named as one of this year’s “Most Admired CEOs by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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Jena publishes new textbook on quantum physics of semiconductors

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A new textbook authored by a Cornell professor molds scientific subjects such as quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, crystallography and electromagnetism, all under the umbrella of the semiconductor materials and devices that have become ubiquitous in daily life.


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Quantum Physics of Semiconductor Materials and Devices” is authored by Debdeep Jena, the David E. Burr Professor of Engineering in Cornell’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The textbook, published by Oxford University Press, debuted this month on Amazon as a top seller in the categories of solid state physics and electromagnetism.

“Semiconductor materials and devices today power the information age,” said Jena, who added semiconductors are at the forefront of clean energy technologies and vital to international economics and security. “Several nations, including the U.S., are boosting budgets allocated for semiconductor production, research and education of the new workforce. Books on this subject have traditionally not aimed to inspire and recruit a diverse student base cutting across disciplines, which is what the semiconductor industry demands now more than ever.”

Jena wrote the book mainly for upper-level undergraduate students and beginning graduate students in a number of academic fields spanning, but not limited to, physics, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, chemical engineering, and materials science.

Contents of the book will also be of interest to practitioners in the semiconductor industry and to scientific policy makers. Aside from the quantum physics of semiconductors, the book includes information on the history of semiconductor development, societal needs and the future potential of semiconductors, and the wide range of modern applications for semiconductors, such as transistors in microprocessors of computers and cellphones, LED and laser lighting, and solar cells.

“I made an effort in this book to make each topic as tangible as possible,” Jena wrote in the book’s preface. “The concepts are developed from their experimental roots, with historical trails, personalities, and stories where possible, to reflect the subject as a human adventure.”

Jena added that mathematical structure is developed in the book to explain experimental observations and then predict new phenomena and devices.

“I believe this is a unique approach towards a book on this subject, one that distinguishes it from others in the field,” Jena wrote.

The textbook’s four main parts encompass more material than can be learned in a single semester, so each part is designed to be taught as a stand-alone module. The parts include: Fundamentals; Bands, Doping, and Heterostructures; Quantum Electronics with Semiconductors; and Quantum Photonics with Semiconductors.

Playful chapter titles such as “Red or Blue Pill: Befriending the Matrix” and “Game of Modes: Quantized R, L, and C” demonstrate Jena’s goal of creating engaging text that modernizes the subject matter and resonates with students.

“The quantum physics of semiconductors is not abstract,” Jena wrote. “The glow of semiconductor quantum well light emitting diodes in our rooms and cellphone screens puts the power and utility of understanding the quantum physics of semiconductors and nanostructures on display right in front of our very eyes.”

The textbook also features end-of-chapter exercises that Jena said have been tried and tested as homework assignments. He noted that the problems are designed to encourage deep thinking, thoughtful discussion, and independent learning.

“If the book gives ideas, or makes connections for readers that enable them to make new discoveries or inventions that outdate the topics discussed here, it will have exceeded its intended pedagogical purpose,” Jena wrote.

In one review, Chris G. Van de Walle, a distinguished professor of materials science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, described the book as “engaging, attractively presented, and very clear.” He added, “This book truly fills a gap.”

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Copper wire theft puts out about 500 Louisville interstate lights, reward offered for help

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Do you know who’s stealing copper wire on interstate light poles around Louisville? The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has $2,500 for you if you can help.

Copper wire thefts along highway lighting systems have become an issue, according to the department, with around 500 light poles going dark along interstate roads in the city. Transportation Cabinet officials, as a result, are pushing for help from the public.

The cabinet estimates between 45,000 to 66,000 feet of copper wire has been stolen along Interstates 64, 65 and 264 on various exits.

“Stealing copper is not a victimless crime,” Jim Gray, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet secretary, said. “Taxpayers are left holding the bag to pay to replace the stolen wires and repair broken lighting systems. If you see suspicious activity or know of anyone involved in stealing state property, please report it.”

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Culprits break into lighting systems and strip the wires to sell them to scrap metal or recycling facilities both in and out of state, the release said.

The cabinet considers the thefts a public safety issue – “It endangers the public and puts motorists at risk,” a release from the department said. “The high voltage current in these lines may also electrocute would-be thieves.”

So, what’s causing the recent string of copper wire thefts?

“Like catalytic converter thefts, stealing copper becomes more common during difficult economic times,” said Maryellen Mynear, KYTC office of inspector general director.

Officials aren’t sure exactly what it will cost to replace the missing parts, but the cabinet estimates costs for the wire along will land between $30,600 and $44,880, plus incidentals like contractor installation fees.

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“Even if thieves only steal a portion of the wire, we have to replace the entire length of the wire within the conduit run because the wire can’t be reconnected,” said Matt Bullock, district 5 chief engineer.

“Thieves are netting only a fraction of what it costs our taxpayers to fix broken infrastructure and to replace wire,” Mynear said. “We’re working with recyclers, local law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security to crack down on the illegal sale of stolen wire, and we appreciate the public’s help in preventing these crimes.” 

This isn’t the first time the cabinet has experienced copper wire theft, either. There were 48 copper wire thefts in 2014 on Central Kentucky interstates and parkways, according to the release. Arrests were made after a “confidential informant provided information which helped authorities identify and arrest the thieves,” a release from the cabinet said.

Bullock said the funds saved by catching those behind the thefts is better spent elsewhere.

“With the public’s help, we can focus transportation funds on needed community projects, prevent future theft and even save a life as the risk of electrocution while stealing is high,” he said.

How to report suspicious activity

  • Report any information about wire thefts at Kentucky interchanges to the KYTC Office of Inspector General (OIG) Office at 502-330-7506. If your information leads to an arrest and conviction, you may be eligible for the reward.
  • Report active crimes or suspicious activity to local law enforcement.
  • Report dark intersections to the KYTC Traffic Operations Center at 888-FOR-KYTC. 

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Orlando Magic and AdventHealth Unveil State-of-the-Art AdventHealth Training Center

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ORLANDO – As part of the Orlando Magic and AdventHealth’s continuing commitment to health and wellness, the DeVos family, Magic and AdventHealth unveiled today the state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center. The new downtown facility will serve as the training site for the Orlando Magic and a destination sports medicine hub to Central Florida.

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Together, AdventHealth and the Orlando Magic continue to build an innovative health and wellness model that brings whole-person medicine, science and research together to optimize sports performance, bringing those learnings to the broader community.

“We share in the excitement of this facility and our desire that it becomes a true ‘win-win’ for Central Florida and the Magic,” said Orlando Magic Chairman Dan DeVos. “We believe when this community succeeds, we all succeed. With health and wellness being a priority to a successful life, we look forward to seeing this center contribute to achieving that for both our community and our team.”

The center, one block from Amway Center, boasts 130,000-square-feet located on a nearly four-acre site at South Division Avenue and West Central Boulevard. The $70 million facility marks the latest investment in the Parramore community.

The Magic’s portion of the center is designed to optimize performance and provide world-class recovery space. A large team “family room” acts as the facility’s hub, complete with enhanced nutrition offerings and a full kitchen. The facility also includes two full-size courts overlooked by an elevated viewing balcony. Leading training and recovery technologies, including an altitude chamber and hydrotherapy offerings as well as an expansive locker room with high-end finishes, will elevate the player experience.

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Partners featured in and around the building include Altitude International (altitude chamber), Jani-King (cleaning services), Massey Services (pest prevention), Verizon (cellular coverage), Violet Defense (ultraviolet disinfection technology inside building), Volta (EV charging stations in parking lots). Each partner provides a unique aspect, enhancing the state-of-the-art experience and commitment to health and wellness.

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Additional design elements include covered exterior patios and decks, a creatively landscaped outdoor team space and indoor/outdoor training space to capitalize on Orlando’s warm climate. The facility will also include front office and hospitality spaces that celebrate the Orlando Magic’s brand and history.

“The Orlando Magic are thrilled to join our great, longstanding partner, AdventHealth, in making our goals and vision a reality today,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “Through this collaborative partnership and much hard work and determination we have a world-class training center for our Magic players, coaches and support staff stacked with the resources and technology to make it one of the best in the NBA. Our players, coaches and staff can’t wait to get in and get started.”

“First and foremost, without the commitment by the DeVos family and AdventHealth, we would not be here today,” said Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman. “This center is a game changer and the investment speaks to how much we care for the well-being of our players and for those that work hard every day to provide them a platform to reach their full potential.”

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AdventHealth’s 33,300-square-foot medical hub – designed for elite athletes, as well as youth athletes and weekend warriors – provides world-class, multi-discipline medicine with a focus on whole-person health and sports science. Services will include orthopedics, primary care, sports medicine, imaging, rehabilitation and sports performance. Patients will also have access to AdventHealth’s network of sports-trained gastroenterologists, cardiologists, sleep, psychology and nutrition experts.

“AdventHealth and the Orlando Magic have a shared a longtime commitment to inspiring and helping our neighbors be the healthiest they can be. Through our partnership, we’ve cared for Central Florida in a variety of ways, and I’m excited for this new opportunity to expand our philosophy of whole-person care to whole-athlete care,” said President and CEO of AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division Randy Haffner. “Whether you’re working to get back to playing in the yard with your grandkids, completing your first 5k or dreaming of going pro, our sports medicine experts are ready to support your personal health and athletic goals. The AdventHealth Training Center is a resource for all, and I’m excited for this next chapter in our partnership.”

The project incorporates sustainable design strategies including daylighting and strategic sun shading, stormwater management, and advanced mechanical and lighting systems and controls.

The Orlando Magic and AdventHealth also furthered its commitment to Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) with the awarding of $17 million of design and construction contracts for the project to 33 local MWBEs. That amount represented approximately 32 percent of awarded opportunities, which is over the city’s recommended 24 percent MWBE participation.

The facility was designed by HOK, with Balfour Beatty serving as the construction manager. 

About the AdventHealth Training Center

The AdventHealth Training Center, opened in summer 2022, is the downtown state-of-the-art practice and training home to the Orlando Magic and AdventHealth’s destination sports medicine hub to Central Florida. The 130,000-square-foot facility is located on a nearly four-acre site at S. Division Ave. and W. Central Blvd. one block from Amway Center. Together, AdventHealth and the Orlando Magic are building an innovative health and wellness model that brings whole-person medicine, science and research together to optimize sports performance, while bringing those learnings to the broader community.

In January of 2021, the DeVos family, Orlando Magic and AdventHealth announced an enhanced, multiyear partnership that is highlighted by a new downtown state-of-the-art training center for the Orlando Magic, and also a destination sports medicine hub to Central Florida.

The AdventHealth Training Center, a 130,000-square-foot facility located on a nearly four-acre site at South Division Avenue and West Central Boulevard, is the practice and training home to the Orlando Magic. The site is one block from the Amway Center. 

Together, AdventHealth and the Orlando Magic are building an innovative health and wellness model that brings whole-person medicine, science and research together to optimize sports performance, while bringing those learnings to the broader community.

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AdventHealth, a partner with the Magic for more than 30 years, is also a “Champion of the Community” partner with the team. As a Magic “Champion of the Community” partner, the two remain committed to improving the lives of all Central Floridians.

“Our hope is that this facility is even more than a world-class training center and becomes a true ‘win-win’ for the community and the team,” said Dan DeVos, chairman of the Orlando Magic. “We’re dedicated to two things – building a championship organization for the long-term and being an accountable and invested community partner with local residents. Health and wellness are so important to all of us and we’re eager to see this center contribute to meaningful outcomes on and off the court.”  

AdventHealth physicians and clinical leaders are working with the Orlando Magic to create a unique medical and wellness model for players that brings all elements of health together to optimize performance, reduce injuries and extend career longevity on the court. The organizations are bringing top physicians, sports performance experts and researchers together to deliver patients a wholistic focus that includes areas such as digestive health, nutrition, mental health and sleep, in addition to more traditional areas like orthopedics and primary care.

The goal is to establish new standards of care that can be applied to athletes of all ages and stages – from youth sports players, to weekend warriors, to the pros.

“The Orlando Magic organization is thrilled to broaden its longstanding partnership with AdventHealth. Their commitment to clinical excellence, advancing medicine and improving the health of our players and entire community is unrivaled,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “This best-in-class training center will provide Magic players, coaches and our human performance staff with the resources and technology necessary to excel in an increasingly competitive NBA landscape. This facility, combined with the unique care model we’re developing together, will make an immense difference for our players.”

The $70 million facility marks the latest investment in the Parramore community and opened in the second quarter of 2022.

The Magic’s portion of the facility is designed to optimize performance and provide a world-class recovery space. A large team “family room” acts as the facility’s hub, complete with enhanced nutrition offerings and a full kitchen. Leading training and recovery technologies, including an altitude chamber and hydrotherapy offerings as well as an expansive locker room with high-end finishes elevate the player experience. The facility includes two full-size courts overlooked by an elevated viewing balcony. To take advantage of Orlando’s warm climate, the design includes covered exterior patios and decks, a creatively landscaped outdoor team space and indoor/outdoor training space. The facility also includes front office and hospitality spaces that celebrate the Orlando Magic’s brand and history.

AdventHealth’s 33,300-square-foot medical hub – designed for elite athletes, as well as youth athletes and weekend warriors – provides world-class, multi-discipline medicine with a focus on whole-person health and sports science. Services include orthopedics, primary care, sports medicine, imaging, rehabilitation and sports performance. Patients also have access to AdventHealth’s network of sports-trained gastroenterologists, cardiologists, sleep, psychology and nutrition experts.

The project incorporates sustainable design strategies including daylighting and strategic sun shading, stormwater management, and advanced mechanical and lighting systems and controls.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Orlando Magic and are developing a health model that has the potential to not only revolutionize how we care for our professional athletes, but also apply those learnings to our larger community,” said President and CEO of AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division Randy Haffner. “Health and the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle has never been more important than it is today. We look forward to building this program with the Magic and providing this world-class destination sports medicine hub for our broader community.”

The Orlando Magic and AdventHealth also continue its commitment to Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) with the awarding of $17 million of design and construction contracts for the project to 33 local MWBEs. That amount represents approximately 32 percent of awarded opportunities, which is over the city’s recommended 24 percent MWBE participation.

The facility was designed by HOK, with Balfour Beatty serving as the construction manager. Partners featured in and around the building include Verizon, Altitude International, Violet Defense, Volta, Jani-King and Massey Services. Each partner provides a unique aspect, enhancing the state-of-the-art experience and commitment to health and wellness.

AdventHealth Training Center Will Help Optimize Orlando Magic Player Performance  

By Josh Cohen, OrlandoMagic.com

The AdventHealth Training Center is a game changer for Orlando Magic players. Inside is an array of ultramodern equipment, technology and services for them to optimize their performance, reduce injuries and extend their career longevity.  

The design of the facility combined with the training features helps players both physically and mentally. Included are two practice courts with six baskets, an 8,000+-foot state-of-the-art weight room, a float pod, an altitude chamber, a full body cryotherapy chamber, sauna and steam rooms, recovery and massage rooms, aquatic spaces, an outdoor turf, a large kitchen and dining area, and much more. 

Magic Weight Room

It was back in January of 2021 when the DeVos family, the Magic and AdventHealth announced the more than 130,000-square-foot training center located on a nearly four-acre site at South Division Avenue and West Central Boulevard. 

Together, AdventHealth and the Magic are building an innovative health and wellness model that brings whole-person medicine, science and research together to optimize sports performance, while bringing those learnings to the broader community. 

AdventHealth is a “Champion of the Community” partner of the Orlando Magic, and has been a partner for more than 30 years. Magic “Champion of the Community” partners represent organizations that are committed to improving the lives of all Central Floridians. 

“The Orlando Magic organization is thrilled to broaden its longstanding partnership with AdventHealth. Their commitment to clinical excellence, advancing medicine and improving the health of our players and entire community is unrivaled,” Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “This best-in-class training center will provide Magic players, coaches and our human performance staff with the resources and technology necessary to excel in an increasingly competitive NBA landscape. This facility, combined with the unique care model we’re developing together, will make an immense difference for our players.”

Magic Locker Room

This new practice venue will help attract prospective free agents as well, showing players the organization’s commitment to their skill development as well as physical and mental health. 

“The practice facilities around the NBA have become somewhat of an arms race and we are thrilled with the commitment of the DeVos family and AdventHealth,” said Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman. “This center is a game changer and the investment speaks to how much we care for the well-being of our players and for those that work hard every day to provide them a platform to reach their full potential. In addition, this facility will be a huge factor for those players who may be considering us as a free agent destination.”

Here’s a more in-depth look at some of the equipment, spaces and partnerships at the AdventHealth Training Center that enhances the state-of-the-art experience and a commitment to health and wellness:

Altitude International Altitude Chamber

Targeting aerobic capacity and endurance, the chamber helps players train at different altitude levels. As an athlete trains inside, their body has to work harder to cope with the adaptations. This will increase the number of red blood cells in the body, according to LiveScience.com, which then sends more oxygen to the muscles. The Magic are partnering with Altitude International Holdings for this technology and will be the first NBA team to have a custom-built, simulated altitude chamber in their facility.

A sensory deprivation pod that helps relax the body and mind simultaneously. Full of water and a high dose of Epsom salt, the floating pod is a multifaceted tool to decrease anxiety and relieve muscle pain. It provides the feeling of weightlessness and shuts out all sights and sounds. 

Full Body Cryotherapy Chamber

A quick way to get full body cold exposure for recovery. This treatment typically lasts for under three minutes. There are several health benefits of cryotherapy. One of the main ones, according to Healthline.com, is that it numbs nerve irritation. 

Featuring hot and cold plunges for recovery after workouts. They will also be used for contrast baths. Within this space, there is a small pool that includes an underwater treadmill by HydroWorx. This comes in handy when a player is recovering from a lower body injury as it allows them to run at a reduced body weight. 

Infrared Sauna and Steam Room

Critical for players to increase their body’s core temperature and detox. According to Sunlighten.com, “infrared sauna use produces sweat containing 80% water and 20% toxins while conventional sauna use produces sweat containing 97% water and only 3% toxins.”

A commercial cleaning program tailored to fit the AdventHealth Training Center’s needs of each player, patient, doctor and personnel. Clean floors and regular dusting not only improve the overall health and safety of the facility, but will also have a direct impact on the positive morale of those working in the building every day.

Nutrition is a major part of athletic performance, development and recovery. Well aware of that, the Magic designed over 8,000 square feet to the kitchen and dining areas in the new training center. There is even an outdoor barbecue space where players are able  to eat healthy meals right off the grill. 

Other notable additions are an expansive locker room with high-end finishes designed to elevate the player experience, two full-size courts overlooked by an elevated viewing balcony, covered exterior patios and decks, a creatively landscaped outdoor team space and indoor/outdoor training space. The facility also includes front office and hospitality spaces that celebrate the Magic’s brand and history. 

A huge benefit of sharing space with AdventHealth is that the Magic now have on-site medical care in the same facility. If an MRI or CT Scan is needed, for example, that equipment is right there.    

Outdoor Lap Pool/Outdoor Turf Space

Many players like to swim for cardio conditioning. The turf outside, meanwhile, is used for running sprints and performing other track-related activities. 

Verizon provides the infrastructure for cellular coverage throughout the facility.

Violet Defense is a UV disinfection technology installed throughout the facility utilizing powerful, broad-spectrum light, including germicidal UV-C, UV-B, UV-A, and violet-blue enhancing its germ-killing efficiency.

Five Volta EV charging stalls are installed in the outside surface lot near the stadium entrances for fans and guests and an additional five stalls, with ten collective charging ports, are available for staff and team usage within the underground parking facility. Volta’s public EV chargers, such as those installed at the AdventHealth Training Center, support the rapid transition to electric mobility by making charging accessible and convenient for all.

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K 2022: OCS presents intelligent product solutions for inspection, analysis and classification of gels and contaminations

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OCS is inviting visitors to its K Show booth (Hall 10, Booth A34) to learn more about the further development of the FSP600 Web Inspection System with MCE technology, as well as its innovative Pellet Scanner.

From the PS25C Pellet Scanner (laboratory or online application) for the inspection, measurement evaluation and classification of granulates, recyclates and powders, to the Wide Web Inspection System for film plants, can detect irregularities in real time. This is made possible by special camera and lighting technology and the use of high-performance hardware and software components.

The OCS systems detect and classify defects of any type where quality control is essential. Alternative raw materials are increasingly sought. A sustainable solution, according to OCS, is therefore the use of biopolymers and recycled materials, and it is becoming more and more inportant It to find concrete solutions. OCS has thus developed standard testing procedures to ensure that high and consistent quality continues to be delivered. The OCS test systems can be used for incoming goods inspection or in the laboratory for further analysis.

With the MCE (Multi Channel Evaluation) technology, detection can be combined in reflected or transmitted light mode, as well as in dark and bright field applications, using only one camera. This enables the simultaneous detection of defects on up to six channels. For example, one channel for the reflection of surface defects, three additional channels for transmission (red, green and blue) for better defect detection and classification.

The OCS software can be integrated into systems such as Ruby (Windmöller & Hölscher), for example, and thus creates further added value for the operator.

Described by an OCS press release as an ‘intelligent solution for saving time and reducing costs’, the machine operator is informed about process deviations in good time and can counteract quality variations.

Both in the raw material manufacturing industry and in the plastics processing industry, seamless traceability helps in advancing knowledge. For example, and in the case of film manufacturers, film rolls can be locked by the system without the operator having to interact. This is made possible by OCS analysis software, which uses the material, raw material and process parameters from the PDA system in relation to the respective quality/film grade, thus providing long-term statistical process control. This reduces reject quantities to a significant degree.

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Solid-state And Other Energy-efficient Lighting Market to Reach $ 220 billion by 2027: IndustryARC

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Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED: A foldable marvel

Post Republished By Alfonso Hilsaca Eljadue (.com)

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The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is an extraordinary foldable device, offering the advantages of both a clamshell laptop and giant 17-inch tablet. But with plenty of rough edges, including a lacklustre battery life, it’s difficult to justify spending so much money unless you’re a wealthy tech enthusiast.

Pros

  • Foldable screen offers great versatility
  • OLED screen looks fantastic
  • Bundled Bluetooth keyboard
  • Brilliant speakers and webcam

Cons

  • Absurdly high price
  • Poor battery life
  • Screen is prone to scratches

Availability

  • UKRRP: £3299.99
  • USARRP: $3999
  • EuropeRRP: €3999

Key Features


  • Foldable design:The main appeal of the ZenBook 17 Fold is that it can be used as either a laptop or tablet thanks to its foldable form.

  • OLED screen:The OLED technology provides fantastic contrast and colour accuracy for video

  • Bundled Bluetooth keyboard:Asus provides a Bluetooth keyboard with the laptop, which magnetically clips to the screen.

Introduction

Foldable phones are the new hot topic of the tech world, allowing you to bend the screen to make your phone more pocketable. Not wanting to miss out on this new foldable fad, Asus has launched a new foldable laptop. 

When folded flat, it resembles a huge 17-inch tablet. But bend the screen up at 90-degree angle, and it will resemble a more conventional clamshell laptop. Asus even bundles a Bluetooth keyboard that sits atop the bottom screen, so a passer-by would easily assume this is just an ordinary laptop. 

With such versatility, this is one of my favourite takes on the 2-in-1 laptop design yet, proving more functional than a 360-degree hinge, and at a greater scale than tablets with a detachable keyboard like the Surface Pro

As impressive as the foldable technology is, this laptop isn’t without its faults. Asus warns that the plastic screen is susceptible to scratches, while the cost to make such a laptop is astronomically high – so much so that it’s difficult to recommend to anyone who isn’t a technology enthusiast flush with cash. 

But even those who can’t afford the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED should take interest in this foldable laptop, as if the price comes down in the future, I can see this form factor eventually becoming a popular option. 

Design

  • Foldable design allows for oddles of versatility
  • Screen has crease marks and is prone to scratches
  • Bundled Bluetooth keyboard is fine for typing

When folded flat, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED looks like a massive 17-inch tablet. In fact, it’s so large and heavy (at 1.5kg) that you likely won’t be able to use it like a traditional tablet for the vast majority of time. 

I can still hold in two hands and watch Netflix without causing my hands or arms to ache, but it’s not an ideal experience compared to the likes of the iPad

Fortunately, the Zenbook 17 Fold isn’t just a tablet, as its standout feature is the ability to bend into a 90-degree angle, taking the form of a clamshell laptop. This is only the second mainstream laptop (behind the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold) to achieve such a feat, so it has the wow factor that can steal the gaze of an entire office. 

The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED in folded mode
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Like with any foldable, the Zenbook 17 Fold suffers from creasing. View the device at an angle, and you’ll see ugly crease marks right down the middle. Fortunately, they’re not visible when viewing the screen straight on, but could become an issue if multiple people are attempting to watch a movie. 

Placing the bundled Bluetooth keyboard onto the bottom half of the screen will make the Fold look like a generic laptop – and admittedly, not a great looking one due to the chunky black bezel.

But what the Fold lacks in looks, it makes up for with functionality. The device will instantly recognise that you’ve activated laptop mode, and so will switch Windows 11 accordingly so your app or browser window is displayed in the top half of the screen. Remove the keyboard, and it will flick over to tablet mode just as quickly. 

The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED in laptop mode
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The downside of laptop mode is that you’re left with a 12.5-inch screen, which is fairly small. You generally only get budget-friendly laptops this tiny, such as Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go 2.

I personally preferred to fold out the laptop flat, and then prop it up with its rear kickstand. This way, I was able to benefit from a huge 17-inch screen and still keep on typing with the Bluetooth keyboard. But that’s the point of the Fold, as it provides many different ways to work, and you can flip between them seamlessly. 

But there are minor issues with having a Bluetooth keyboard instead of an integrated one. Firstly, the keystrokes aren’t quite as deep, lacking those firm, clicky presses that are so satisfying when typing up an essay. You also have to be mindful of the battery life, as you need to charge up both devices separately which can be a faff. 

The kickstand on the rear
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The keyboard would occasionally disconnect from the device too, especially when waking the Fold. Rebooting the keyboard would almost always solve the issue, but it’s still annoying. That said, I still found the keyboard to be perfectly usable for typing up this review. The trackpad is smooth and responsive too, so I have no complaints in that department. 

There aren’t a great number of ports on the Fold 17. You get 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4) connections, as well as a headphone jack – that’s it. Asus at least provides a USB-C to USB-A dongle in the box, but that’s not a convenient option for those who want to use this device on the go. Compared to other laptops, especially at this price, the port selection is poor. 

Used as a tablet with a keyboard
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There’s better news on the webcam front, as Asus has included a 5MP sensor. I was pleasantly surprised by the capture quality, with bright punchy colours and sharp detail. It’s one of the best webcams on a laptop I’ve seen in ages. It’s integrated into the top bezel when the device is in clamshell laptop mode. But if you’re using it in tablet mode the sensor will instead be found on the left edge, which is a tiny bit awkward.

You’ll also find speakers on the device’s edge, which are capable of loud and detailed audio. I was perfectly happy to use the Fold’s speakers when watching movies, or even chilling out to Spotify playlists. 

And once you’re finished using the device, you can fold it up like a book, even with the keyboard still in place. This makes it easier to carry around than a standard tablet, and can easily slip into a small bag.

Screen

  • OLED display looks fantastic
  • Hits the sweet spot for resolution
  • Asus does not advise use with stylus

As its name implies, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED features a 17-inch OLED screen, and it’s a beauty. Thanks to the OLED technology, colours look vibrant and there’s perfect contrast here to ensure bright objects stand out well from dark backgrounds. 

I really enjoyed propping up this device into the 17-inch tablet mode, and putting on an episode of Better Call Saul or Bob’s Burgers. It feels like I’m carrying around a mini OLED TV rather than a laptop. The 4:3 aspect ratio is a little awkward for watching movies though, as it often results in chunky black bars sandwiching the picture. 

The resolution comes in at 2560 x 1920, which will be sharp enough for most people. You can of course get far better pixel density from 4K displays and the like, but I personally wouldn’t want to pay even more for this device, or impact the battery life further. 

Showing Stranger Things on the OLED screen
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I also used a colorimter to gather data on the quality of the screen. I recorded a max brightness of 339 nits, which is perfectly fine albeit a little dimmer than some of the similarly priced competition. Asus has added in a clever feature that automatically dims the screen brightness when you’re looking away from the screen. It’s a smart way to maximise battery life, but I couldn’t find a way to deactivate it which is a little annoying.

Contrast is incredible thanks to the OLED panel, while the 99.8% sRGB and 97% DCI-P3 coverage mean it can present colours accurately enough for creative professionals. 

The Fold is a touchscreen too, allowing you to use it like a tablet. It technically supports a stylus, although Asus isn’t promoting that as it’s worried the pointy nib could potentially cause scratches since the screen is so delicate. 

Worried about the screen snapping in half after too many folds? Asus claims the hinge can comfortably withstand 30,000 cycles, although I haven’t had the time to test that.

Performance

  • Basic CPU performance
  • Not capable of graphically intense workloads
  • Windows isn’t perfect for touch navigation

Despite the extravagant design and price, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED has a basic processor running the show: the Intel Core i7-1250U. 

This U-Series Intel chip isn’t quite as powerful as its P-Series cousins, which means laptops such as the Dell XPS 13 Plus, LG Gram 16 (2022) and Acer Swift X all boast a speedier performance, despite being available for half the price. If speed is a priority, then the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is not for you. 

Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED Dell XPS 13 Plus LG Gram 16 (2022)
CPU Intel Core i7-1250U Intel Core i7-1260P Intel Core i7-1260P
Geekbench 5 Single / Multi 1748 / 6524 1467 / 7155 1622 / 8234
PCMark 10 4559 5211 5222

It’s perfectly fine for day-to-day use though. When browsing the web, watching Netflix and running multiple apps such as Spotify, I never noticed any slowdown. You’ll only notice performance issues when dealing with heavier workloads such as photo/video editing, especially since the Fold lacks a discrete GPU. 

I have more concerns in terms of software. Windows 11 is a big upgrade on Windows 10 for touchscreen navigation, but it’s still lagging behind Android and iPadOS. Windows menus are too small for prodding and swiping, especially if you want to fiddle with the settings. 

Asus has tried to improve this aspect via the ScreenXpert app, which can be opened by pressing the small icon on the side. ScreenXpert enables you to quickly adjust the landscape mode or even switch between all of the open apps. But it still doesn’t make up for Windows’ shortcomings. 

The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED packs a 1TB SSD, which our benchmark tests show to have read and write speeds of 6,887MB/s and 5,069MB/s respectively. Those are fantastic speeds, which should improve the performance when booting up the device or opening up an installed app. 

Battery life

  • Lasted 6 hrs and 30 mins in laptop form
  • Struggles to hit 6 hours as a tablet

After reviewing countless laptops over the years, I’ve started to notice several red flags that generally result in poor battery life. The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED has three of these red flags: an OLED screen, large display with high resolution and a slender design.

As a result, it wasn’t a great surprise to see the Fold achieve poor battery life results. When looping video on YouTube with 150-nit screen brightness, the foldable laptop was only able to last 6 hours and 30 minutes in clamshell laptop mode. 

The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED folded up like a book
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I also made sure to test the device in tablet mode, since having the full screen active will predictably see the battery life drained even quicker. My assumption turned out to be true, with the device struggling to even hit the six-hour mark. 

That’s a poor result whether you compare the Fold to either rival laptops or tablets. I can understand why that’s the case, as fitting a sizable battery inside a foldable device is always going to be difficult, while the huge OLED screen will inevitably be a massive power drain. 

But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s difficult justifying over $3000/£3000 on a portable PC when it won’t even be able to outlast the working day on a single charge. When using this device, I constantly found myself having to charge up either the keyboard or Fold, which can be restrictive.

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Should you buy it?

If you want the versatility of a foldable laptop: The foldable screen makes the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED one of the most versatile 2-in-1 laptops I’ve ever tested. It can be used as either a traditional clamshell laptop, or even a 17-inch OLED tablet which is handy for watching movies.

If you want value for money: The biggest issue with the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold is that it’s absurdly expensive. You won’t find good value for money here, and it is only really worthwhile if you’re a tech enthusiast who’s flush with cash. 

Final Thoughts

The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a great example of why foldable laptops can be a success. The versatile design allows for oodles of different use cases, providing the perks of both a compact ultra-portable laptop and a large 17-inch OLED tablet. 

However, the astronomical price puts the Fold out of reach for the vast majority of buyers. Laptops generally only cost this much if they offer a professional or gaming-grade performance, but that’s not the case here. 

Asus has been forced to up the price to offset the high production costs of the foldable screen, but the added versatility that the Fold provides fails to justify the price. You’re arguably better off opting for a MacBook Air (£1249) and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (£999) as the combined cost would still undercut the £3299.99 Zenbook Fold.

But while the current price means the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is only worthwhile for wealthy tech enthusiasts, it’s still an exciting indicator of what’s to come for foldable laptops.

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Asus ZenBook 17 Fold OLED: A foldable marvel Review

Post Republished By Alfonso Hilsaca Eljadue (.com)

Turco Hilsaca, del Cristo Hilsaca

The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is an extraordinary foldable device, offering the advantages of both a clamshell laptop and giant 17-inch tablet. But with plenty of rough edges, including a lacklustre battery life, it’s difficult to justify spending so much money unless you’re a wealthy tech enthusiast.

Pros

  • Foldable screen offers great versatility
  • OLED screen looks fantastic
  • Bundled Bluetooth keyboard
  • Brilliant speakers and webcam

Cons

  • Absurdly high price
  • Poor battery life
  • Screen is prone to scratches

Availability

  • UKRRP: £3299.99
  • USARRP: $3999
  • EuropeRRP: €3999

Key Features


  • Foldable design:The main appeal of the ZenBook 17 Fold is that it can be used as either a laptop or tablet thanks to its foldable form.

  • OLED screen:The OLED technology provides fantastic contrast and colour accuracy for video

  • Bundled Bluetooth keyboard:Asus provides a Bluetooth keyboard with the laptop, which magnetically clips to the screen.

Introduction

Foldable phones are the new hot topic of the tech world, allowing you to bend the screen to make your phone more pocketable. Not wanting to miss out on this new foldable fad, Asus has launched a new foldable laptop. 

When folded flat, it resembles a huge 17-inch tablet. But bend the screen up at 90-degree angle, and it will resemble a more conventional clamshell laptop. Asus even bundles a Bluetooth keyboard that sits atop the bottom screen, so a passer-by would easily assume this is just an ordinary laptop. 

With such versatility, this is one of my favourite takes on the 2-in-1 laptop design yet, proving more functional than a 360-degree hinge, and at a greater scale than tablets with a detachable keyboard like the Surface Pro

As impressive as the foldable technology is, this laptop isn’t without its faults. Asus warns that the plastic screen is susceptible to scratches, while the cost to make such a laptop is astronomically high – so much so that it’s difficult to recommend to anyone who isn’t a technology enthusiast flush with cash. 

But even those who can’t afford the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED should take interest in this foldable laptop, as if the price comes down in the future, I can see this form factor eventually becoming a popular option. 

Design

  • Foldable design allows for oddles of versatility
  • Screen has crease marks and is prone to scratches
  • Bundled Bluetooth keyboard is fine for typing

When folded flat, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED looks like a massive 17-inch tablet. In fact, it’s so large and heavy (at 1.5kg) that you likely won’t be able to use it like a traditional tablet for the vast majority of time. 

I can still hold in two hands and watch Netflix without causing my hands or arms to ache, but it’s not an ideal experience compared to the likes of the iPad

Fortunately, the Zenbook 17 Fold isn’t just a tablet, as its standout feature is the ability to bend into a 90-degree angle, taking the form of a clamshell laptop. This is only the second mainstream laptop (behind the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold) to achieve such a feat, so it has the wow factor that can steal the gaze of an entire office. 

The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED in folded mode
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Like with any foldable, the Zenbook 17 Fold suffers from creasing. View the device at an angle, and you’ll see ugly crease marks right down the middle. Fortunately, they’re not visible when viewing the screen straight on, but could become an issue if multiple people are attempting to watch a movie. 

Placing the bundled Bluetooth keyboard onto the bottom half of the screen will make the Fold look like a generic laptop – and admittedly, not a great looking one due to the chunky black bezel.

But what the Fold lacks in looks, it makes up for with functionality. The device will instantly recognise that you’ve activated laptop mode, and so will switch Windows 11 accordingly so your app or browser window is displayed in the top half of the screen. Remove the keyboard, and it will flick over to tablet mode just as quickly. 

The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED in laptop mode
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The downside of laptop mode is that you’re left with a 12.5-inch screen, which is fairly small. You generally only get budget-friendly laptops this tiny, such as Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go 2.

I personally preferred to fold out the laptop flat, and then prop it up with its rear kickstand. This way, I was able to benefit from a huge 17-inch screen and still keep on typing with the Bluetooth keyboard. But that’s the point of the Fold, as it provides many different ways to work, and you can flip between them seamlessly. 

But there are minor issues with having a Bluetooth keyboard instead of an integrated one. Firstly, the keystrokes aren’t quite as deep, lacking those firm, clicky presses that are so satisfying when typing up an essay. You also have to be mindful of the battery life, as you need to charge up both devices separately which can be a faff. 

The kickstand on the rear
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The keyboard would occasionally disconnect from the device too, especially when waking the Fold. Rebooting the keyboard would almost always solve the issue, but it’s still annoying. That said, I still found the keyboard to be perfectly usable for typing up this review. The trackpad is smooth and responsive too, so I have no complaints in that department. 

There aren’t a great number of ports on the Fold 17. You get 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4) connections, as well as a headphone jack – that’s it. Asus at least provides a USB-C to USB-A dongle in the box, but that’s not a convenient option for those who want to use this device on the go. Compared to other laptops, especially at this price, the port selection is poor. 

Used as a tablet with a keyboard
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There’s better news on the webcam front, as Asus has included a 5MP sensor. I was pleasantly surprised by the capture quality, with bright punchy colours and sharp detail. It’s one of the best webcams on a laptop I’ve seen in ages. It’s integrated into the top bezel when the device is in clamshell laptop mode. But if you’re using it in tablet mode the sensor will instead be found on the left edge, which is a tiny bit awkward.

You’ll also find speakers on the device’s edge, which are capable of loud and detailed audio. I was perfectly happy to use the Fold’s speakers when watching movies, or even chilling out to Spotify playlists. 

And once you’re finished using the device, you can fold it up like a book, even with the keyboard still in place. This makes it easier to carry around than a standard tablet, and can easily slip into a small bag.

Screen

  • OLED display looks fantastic
  • Hits the sweet spot for resolution
  • Asus does not advise use with stylus

As its name implies, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED features a 17-inch OLED screen, and it’s a beauty. Thanks to the OLED technology, colours look vibrant and there’s perfect contrast here to ensure bright objects stand out well from dark backgrounds. 

I really enjoyed propping up this device into the 17-inch tablet mode, and putting on an episode of Better Call Saul or Bob’s Burgers. It feels like I’m carrying around a mini OLED TV rather than a laptop. The 4:3 aspect ratio is a little awkward for watching movies though, as it often results in chunky black bars sandwiching the picture. 

The resolution comes in at 2560 x 1920, which will be sharp enough for most people. You can of course get far better pixel density from 4K displays and the like, but I personally wouldn’t want to pay even more for this device, or impact the battery life further. 

Showing Stranger Things on the OLED screen
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I also used a colorimter to gather data on the quality of the screen. I recorded a max brightness of 339 nits, which is perfectly fine albeit a little dimmer than some of the similarly priced competition. Asus has added in a clever feature that automatically dims the screen brightness when you’re looking away from the screen. It’s a smart way to maximise battery life, but I couldn’t find a way to deactivate it which is a little annoying.

Contrast is incredible thanks to the OLED panel, while the 99.8% sRGB and 97% DCI-P3 coverage mean it can present colours accurately enough for creative professionals. 

The Fold is a touchscreen too, allowing you to use it like a tablet. It technically supports a stylus, although Asus isn’t promoting that as it’s worried the pointy nib could potentially cause scratches since the screen is so delicate. 

Worried about the screen snapping in half after too many folds? Asus claims the hinge can comfortably withstand 30,000 cycles, although I haven’t had the time to test that.

Performance

  • Basic CPU performance
  • Not capable of graphically intense workloads
  • Windows isn’t perfect for touch navigation

Despite the extravagant design and price, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED has a basic processor running the show: the Intel Core i7-1250U. 

This U-Series Intel chip isn’t quite as powerful as its P-Series cousins, which means laptops such as the Dell XPS 13 Plus, LG Gram 16 (2022) and Acer Swift X all boast a speedier performance, despite being available for half the price. If speed is a priority, then the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is not for you. 

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Geekbench 5 Single / Multi 1748 / 6524 1467 / 7155 1622 / 8234
PCMark 10 4559 5211 5222

It’s perfectly fine for day-to-day use though. When browsing the web, watching Netflix and running multiple apps such as Spotify, I never noticed any slowdown. You’ll only notice performance issues when dealing with heavier workloads such as photo/video editing, especially since the Fold lacks a discrete GPU. 

I have more concerns in terms of software. Windows 11 is a big upgrade on Windows 10 for touchscreen navigation, but it’s still lagging behind Android and iPadOS. Windows menus are too small for prodding and swiping, especially if you want to fiddle with the settings. 

Asus has tried to improve this aspect via the ScreenXpert app, which can be opened by pressing the small icon on the side. ScreenXpert enables you to quickly adjust the landscape mode or even switch between all of the open apps. But it still doesn’t make up for Windows’ shortcomings. 

The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED packs a 1TB SSD, which our benchmark tests show to have read and write speeds of 6,887MB/s and 5,069MB/s respectively. Those are fantastic speeds, which should improve the performance when booting up the device or opening up an installed app. 

Battery life

  • Lasted 6 hrs and 30 mins in laptop form
  • Struggles to hit 6 hours as a tablet

After reviewing countless laptops over the years, I’ve started to notice several red flags that generally result in poor battery life. The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED has three of these red flags: an OLED screen, large display with high resolution and a slender design.

As a result, it wasn’t a great surprise to see the Fold achieve poor battery life results. When looping video on YouTube with 150-nit screen brightness, the foldable laptop was only able to last 6 hours and 30 minutes in clamshell laptop mode. 

The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED folded up like a book
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I also made sure to test the device in tablet mode, since having the full screen active will predictably see the battery life drained even quicker. My assumption turned out to be true, with the device struggling to even hit the six-hour mark. 

That’s a poor result whether you compare the Fold to either rival laptops or tablets. I can understand why that’s the case, as fitting a sizable battery inside a foldable device is always going to be difficult, while the huge OLED screen will inevitably be a massive power drain. 

But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s difficult justifying over $3000/£3000 on a portable PC when it won’t even be able to outlast the working day on a single charge. When using this device, I constantly found myself having to charge up either the keyboard or Fold, which can be restrictive.

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Should you buy it?

If you want the versatility of a foldable laptop: The foldable screen makes the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED one of the most versatile 2-in-1 laptops I’ve ever tested. It can be used as either a traditional clamshell laptop, or even a 17-inch OLED tablet which is handy for watching movies.

If you want value for money: The biggest issue with the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold is that it’s absurdly expensive. You won’t find good value for money here, and it is only really worthwhile if you’re a tech enthusiast who’s flush with cash. 

Final Thoughts

The Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a great example of why foldable laptops can be a success. The versatile design allows for oodles of different use cases, providing the perks of both a compact ultra-portable laptop and a large 17-inch OLED tablet. 

However, the astronomical price puts the Fold out of reach for the vast majority of buyers. Laptops generally only cost this much if they offer a professional or gaming-grade performance, but that’s not the case here. 

Asus has been forced to up the price to offset the high production costs of the foldable screen, but the added versatility that the Fold provides fails to justify the price. You’re arguably better off opting for a MacBook Air (£1249) and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (£999) as the combined cost would still undercut the £3299.99 Zenbook Fold.

But while the current price means the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is only worthwhile for wealthy tech enthusiasts, it’s still an exciting indicator of what’s to come for foldable laptops.

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North American Lighting accelerates assembly line production with MakerBot 3D printers

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North American Lighting (NAL), a Koito Group Company, has been manufacturing automotive lighting systems for vehicle manufacturers since 1983. With eight facilities across the US, NAL provides advanced lighting technology, engineering design expertise, and state-of-the-art production capabilities.

For a manufacturer like NAL, which works with some of the largest automotive OEMs in America like Ford and GMC, speed and precision are critical. To that end, assembly line tools are essential to ensure that production continues smoothly. If a part breaks, that could mean extended lead times and added costs.

Joey Carpenter, production engineering technician, began using 3D printing to bring tooling production in-house and reduce potential disruptions. Carpenter was new to 3D printing when he was introduced to the MakerBot METHOD X series in early 2022. Since then, Carpenter, who handles robotic builds and cycles in new end of arm tools for production runs on new launches, has become the resident expert. 

[Caption: “Anything I look at now can be 3D printed. That’s the great thing about 3D printing,” said Carpenter.]

Before 3D printing, Carpenter and his team relied on external vendors to design, produce, and send back parts that they would need. Receiving a new part could take several weeks. This was less than ideal since orders were frequently late, forcing them to readjust their timelines.

“Now with a METHOD X in-house, there is minimal wait time,” said Carpenter. “In 12 hours, we have what we need to build an end of arm tool. Not only does this drastically reduce our wait times, but we are also seeing a massive cost reduction. The cost to 3D print a part in nylon carbon fiber is one-third the price of what we were paying for outsourced aluminum parts.”

“In addition, since we started 3D printing, our overhead costs decreased by half because we don’t have to stock up on excess parts,” he continued. “We have reduced part inventory by 50%. Now all of our tool designs are digital so they’re easier and quicker for us to access, iterate, and print as we need. Instead of waiting weeks, we can turn parts around in five days, from design to assembly.”

[Caption: In production for about four months, the end of arm tools have not shown any wear or tear on the 3D-printed components.]

LEVERAGING METHOD X’S VERSATILITY

In the Flora factory, the robots use around 200 end of arm tools a year, which is built in-house. Bringing tooling production in-house allows the team to significantly reduce costs while also saving them tremendous amounts of time.

[Caption: Printed in carbon fiber, there are about 20 pieces on this end of arm. Cost reduction on this tool alone was between 25% and 30%, with each gripper taking 48 minutes to print.]

While Carpenter mainly prints end of arm tool parts, he has also found new applications where he can utilize the versatility of METHOD X. “We’ve also used in-house mockups and prototypes for water fittings and parts like that for future use. We prototyped with carbon fiber in house within a matter of three days, rather than outsourcing it which could take a month to get back,” he said.

[Caption: Printed in nylon carbon fiber, the lever holds together the two water fittings with enough resistance that will prevent strain when handling the hose.]

 

“We’re finding that it’s very easy to replace aluminum with carbon fiber parts. With weight reduction and durability, carbon fiber is comparable to aluminum,” Carpenter noted. “With the LABS extruder, MakerBot and Jabil materials offered on the METHOD X, the tolerances and the consistency of your prints are far better than you can imagine.”

Carpenter’s team isn’t the only ones using METHOD X at the Flora facility. The Assembly and Lighting team at NAL also began using the printer to produce nest blocks for the assembly line. The nest blocks go into the tooling on the assembly line and are used to keep parts in place while the machine is working on them. Before METHOD X, the team would have to bring in one of their tool shop vendors to access their needs. They would have to then wait for the vendor to design the part and build it as well as wait for a quote for the part to be approved, before receiving the final product.

[Caption: Nest blocks printed in carbon fiber and PolyMax™ PC on the MakerBot METHOD X.]

“There would be a four-to-six-week lead time before getting a part back,” said Dee Jay Griffith, manufacturing engineering technician. “And the cost would be pretty high— With METHOD X, we’re able to print a full nest for less than 10% of the cost and we’re able to do that faster.”

“The METHOD X and 3D printing helped my workflow by enabling faster lead times and cost savings that comes with being able to print my own things,” Griffith noted. “We’re now able to accomplish what we need to on these assembly lines faster and without having to rely on vendors’ timelines.”

[Caption: Nest blocks are used on the assembly line to hold parts in place while the machine is working on them. NAL has been able to print them for a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time, compared to outsourcing.]

Primarily printed in carbon fiber and PolyMax PC, the nest blocks are lightweight and durable. Since printing them months ago, Griffith has not yet seen any wear on them. He is also experimenting with different materials, constantly finding things they would like to print. For example, camera mounts, grease tips, leak test seals, and more.

[Caption: Printed in carbon fiber, these covers protect the pins that are connected directly to head lamps to test their functionality.]

While the teams at NAL are experiencing a significant savings in cost and time when using 3D printing, those are not the only factors for their use of METHOD X. Its ease of use and seamless ability to print carbon fiber as well as other industrial-grade materials with the MakerBot LABS Experimental Extruder have made METHOD X a must-have in their facility.

“We’ve already ROI’d this machine and we’ve only had it for a few months. Just in the savings of what we’ve already printed, not to mention the time we’ve saved doing it ourselves as opposed to waiting for a shop to come in to get it done,” said Griffith.

“I work for a multi-billion dollar company and can afford any 3D printer out there but yet we have five MakerBots in house right now and there’s a reason for that,” Carpenter concluded.

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$2,500 reward to catch copper wire thieves on Kentucky highways

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says recent thefts have left more than 500 lighting poles dark; they need help to catch the culprits.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville highways are left in the dark after a string of copper wire thefts from lighting poles, over 500 poles are no longer functioning. Officials say they need help catching the culprits.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is offering a $2,500 reward for information that will help lead to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the theft.

“Stealing copper is not a victimless crime,” Jim Gray,  said KYTC secretary, said. “Taxpayers are left holding the bag to pay to replace the stolen wires and repair broken lighting systems. If you see suspicious activity or know of anyone involved in stealing state property, please report it.”

This year, the Department of Highways District 5 estimates between 45,000 to 66,000 feet of copper wire have been stolen from roadway lighting poles and junction boxes, according to a KYTC press release.

Highways in the Louisville area that have experienced copper wire theft:

  • I-64 between Exit 3 and I-264
  • I-64 exits 1 and 3
  • I-65 exits 127, 130, 132, 133 and 134
  • I-264 Exit 4

Stolen wire stops the flow of electricity, impacting lighting about 500 light poles in Louisville. KYTC estimates the cost to restore power to affected lighting systems to be up to $44,880, not including installation costs.

“Even if thieves only steal a portion of the wire, we have to replace the entire length of the wire within the conduit run because the wire can’t be reconnected,” Matt Bullock, District 5 chief district engineer, said.

KYTC is partnering with the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security to spread the word that this activity endangers the public and puts motorists at risk. 

While copper wire theft can range from cellular towers to vacant homes, nationally, interstate and highway lighting systems are often targets. Although, the high voltage current in these lines may also electrocute would-be thieves.

“With the public’s help, we can focus transportation funds on needed community projects, prevent future theft and even save a life as the risk of electrocution while stealing is high,” Bullock said.

Kentuckians can contact the following contacts with information:

  • Report any information about wire thefts at Kentucky interchanges to the KYTC Office of Inspector General (OIG) Office at 502-330-7506. If your information leads to an arrest and conviction, you may be eligible for the reward.
  • Report active crimes or suspicious activity to local law enforcement.
  • Report dark intersections to the KYTC Traffic Operations Center at 888-FOR-KYTC

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Bentley Motors Plan Luxury Miami Residences

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Bentley Motors is offering a virtual reality tour of the luxury apartment building it envisions for Miami.

For those local to Sunny Isles Beach, Miami, the
sales gallery is open with a full-size 6,000-square-foot model unit, furnished by Bentley Home.

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Second district location used for filming of upcoming Netflix drama

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FILMING for a major new Netflix drama has been spotted at another Bradford district location.

Salts Mill in Saltaire is being used as a site for filming for the forthcoming drama, Bodies.

The eight-part series Bodies will follow four different eras of London as the same murder is investigated.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A sign in Victoria Road which says parking has been suspended for this weekA sign in Victoria Road which says parking has been suspended for this week

The drama is set to star Line of Duty actor Stephen Graham, The Queen’s Gambit Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Unorthodox’s Shira Haas and The Responder’s Amaka Okafor.

Yellow Bradford Council signs are on display in Victoria Road, which explain parking is suspended on this Saltaire street for the filming from Monday, August 29 at 6pm to 11.59pm on Friday, September 2.

Two large production trucks have been spotted parked up on Victoria Road with one of them featuring ‘Warner Bros – Set Lighting and Rigging’ branding.

It is the second of the Bradford district mills to be used for filming for Bodies.

A letter sent to residents of Lister Mills in Manningham, where the drama was filmed earlier this month, says the series will cover four time periods – 1890s, 1940s, 2023 and 2053.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Roads were closed off for filming at Lister Mills in Manningham earlier this month for BodiesRoads were closed off for filming at Lister Mills in Manningham earlier this month for Bodies

David Wilson, director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, said: “We’ve been working with this production since late last year. At that stage there was just one location tagged in Bradford.

“I’m pleased to say that the production has kept coming back and over half the show has now been made in Bradford across five different locations.

“We have secured work placements for graduates from the University of Bradford and they are really enjoying the experience.

“It’s a really busy time for production in Bradford at the moment and the trend looks set to continue into the autumn.”

Filming for Bodies is a further example of productions being made in Shipley and Saltaire.

Salts Mill was used for the filming of BBC One drama Gentleman Jack in 2021.

Filming for upcoming ITV drama, Malpractice, has taken place in Shipley this summer.

The former Shipley tax office was used as a site for filming for the forthcoming medical thriller, Malpractice.

A number of large white production trucks and large lighting systems could be seen on the car park outside the site.

A red ‘Accident and Emergency’ sign was spotted on the front of the tax office building.

It was the latest location used for filming for Malpractice in the Bradford district over the summer. Shipley Town Hall in Kirkgate was used as a location in June for scenes, as was City Hall in Bradford.

 

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