Monthly Archives: August 2021

BYD Brings Together All Its Green Technologies for Its China Headquarters

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BYD’s China headquarters has officially launched its “Zero Carbon Industrial Campus” in Pingshan, which will become the first zero-carbon headquarters of Chinese automobile brands.

Founded in September 2006, BYD Pingshan Industrial Campus covers an approximate area of 7.6 million square feet, employing approximately 50,000 people.

The Pingshan Industrial Campus brings all of BYD’s green solutions such as photovoltaics, energy storage, new energy vehicles, the SkyRail monorail, and SkyShuttle to all aspects of production and life in the campus.

For example, BYD has built an intelligent green multi-level rail transit system, new energy vehicles, energy storage systems, and new energy vehicle charging stations on the campus. BYD has now expanded its emission reduction efforts to the daily production and operation of the company. BYD strives to create a green ecological environment for the entire campus through its internal green recycling system.

One of BYD’s representatives stated that “Pingshan’s first ‘Zero Carbon Industrial Campus’ project will become an important case study with rich experience accumulated, paving the way for BYD’s company-wide carbon emission reduction and carbon neutrality.”

In the construction of the “Zero Carbon Industrial Campus,” BYD has strengthened its carbon emission reduction actions concerning the energy structure, industrial structure, transportation, procurement, production, and operation of the campus. Concurrently, based on environmental technologies, BYD can achieve energy conservation and emission reduction products and solutions.

Promoting carbon emission reduction and achieve carbon neutrality requires an accurate understanding of where carbon emission comes from, knowing how to compile emission data, applying green energy more efficiently, and devising efficient industry strategies. To this end, BYD has invited SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection, and certification company, to provide consulting, certification, and technical support for the project.

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $230 million has grown in value over thirty-fold.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lessons From Warren Buffett: What We Learn From History Is

Despite all the boom and bust cycles of the past, Warren Buffett notes that when it comes to people learning from the past, there is one very important lesson that can benefit investors.

“What we learn from history is that people don’t learn from history,” Warren Buffett said at the 2004 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting. “And you certainly see that in financial markets all the time.”

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lubrizol to Build Additive R&D Center in Shanghai

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Berkshire Hathaway’s The Lubrizol Corporation has signed an investment intention agreement with Songjiang District People’s government, which outlined Lubrizol’s commitment to increasing investment, including setting up an R&D center and further enhancing its capabilities to drive continuous growth in China market.

On July 28, the Shanghai municipal government held a group signing ceremony for foreign investment projects in Shanghai. Lubrizol was invited to participate and signed the investment intention agreement.

As part of its commitment, Lubrizol will invest in the construction of a new “Lubrizol lubricant additive R&D center” in Songjiang, Shanghai. As an important part of Lubrizol’s global R&D network, the Shanghai R&D center will be responsible for research, design and testing of additive solutions for the Chinese transportation market, including fuel vehicles, hybrid vehicles and new energy vehicles, providing customers with reliable solutions that help the world Move Cleaner by extending product life, reducing emissions and reducing environmental impact.

Dong Jian-Wei, vice president of Lubrizol Additives in Asia Pacific, who attended the signing ceremony, said, “China continues to be an important growth region for the transportation industry, and we look forward to advancing this growth through a local R&D and innovation center to support local needs.”

He added: “Under the guidance of China’s ‘2030.2060’ dual carbon goal, many industries, including the automotive industry, are facing increasing demands for more sustainable solutions. We believe that this R&D center close to the local market will strategically improve our core technical capabilities locally, accelerate the implementation of the overall R&D strategy and objectives of the business, and support our customers.”

Since entering the Chinese market, Lubrizol has established production bases, R&D and technical service centers in Zhuhai, Guangdong and Songjiang, Shanghai to provide customers with valuable technical solutions and promote the rapid development of the company’s business in China.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty insurance Names Constanza Gállegos as Country Manager, Spain

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has added Constanza Gállegos to its leadership team in Europe as Country Manager, Spain.

Constanza has nearly 24 years of experience in the European insurance industry. Most recently, she was Head of Distribution, Europe, at QBE Insurance, where she spent 14 years in increasingly senior positions. She holds Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Economics & Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

“BHSI has been expanding rapidly, bringing consistency and stability to customers across Europe,” said Chris Colahan, Head of Europe, BHSI. “With her extensive industry experience and relationships, Constanza will play a pivotal role in accelerating our growth in Spain, and we are excited to welcome her to our team.”

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

BYD UK and ADL Deliver EV Buses to New Zealand

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Berkshire Hathaway-backed BYD UK through its partnership with Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) jointly announced the delivery of the first three-axle BYD ADL Enviro200EV XLB in New Zealand.

Built in New Zealand by ADL’s partner Kiwi Bus Builders on a BYD chassis, the delivery fully supports New Zealand’s transition to a decarbonized bus fleet by 2035. Joining the Auckland Transport fleet, the zero-emission bus will be evaluated in New Zealand’s largest city on trials sponsored by Mercury Energy.

To meet the requirements of local transport authorities and operators, the Enviro200EV XLB is a new step in the evolution of the successful combination of BYD’s battery technology and ADL’s expertise in tailoring buses. This 41-foot-long electric bus has three axles and provides a total passenger capacity of 78 ensuring operational flexibility. Additionally, 36 passengers can be seated, and two wheelchair spaces are provided which are accessed via a manual ramp at the front door.

ADL’s General Manager in New Zealand, Tony Moore, said: “The launch of our extra-large electric bus marks an exciting new chapter in our partnership with Auckland Transport. After bringing the first electric buses to the city in 2018, we now have a zero-emission bus that is fully designed to New Zealand requirements – and is made locally, boosting the economy and supporting skilled jobs.”

Auckland Transport Metro Decarbonization Manager, Darek Koper said: “This trial fleet provides a range of options for New Zealand bus operators and it will build operator confidence in new technology. It will also allow them to understand operational requirements and costs to inform future procurement decisions, while supporting the accelerated transition to zero-emission buses in Auckland.”

The launch vehicle has been wrapped in an advertisement for energy supplier Mercury Energy, which will support the trial of the electric bus.

“We have delivered a lot of BYD/ADL electric buses to several cities in New Zealand together with ADL,” said Wing You, BYD’s General Manager for Australia and New Zealand. “This is a great privilege for BYD to work together with local manufacturers to help the local government speed up the transition to zero-emission electric buses by 2035, and so far we have completed over 600,000 miles in operation, helping to cut more than 1,000 tons of CO2 emissions.”

At present, BYD is successfully serving markets in many other countries across the Asia-Pacific, including Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, India, etc. Globally, the brand’s pure electric vehicles cover over 300 cities, operating in more than 50 countries and regions.

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares for $232 million. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $232 million had grown in value to $5.897 billion as of December 31, 2020.

© 2021 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Breaking News: Chris Brown Replaces Eric Schur as Lubrizol’s CEO

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There is a major leadership change at Berkshire Hathaway’s Lubrizol. Chris Brown has replaced Eric Schnur as CEO, and now has the title of President and Chief Executive Officer.

Schnur had served as chairman, president and chief executive since 2017.

As of this writing, Lubrizol has not issued a statement about the change in leadership, but has removed Schnur’s bio and his “Message from Lubrizol’s CEO” page from its website.

Lubrizol has been snakebit with fires recently, with a major fire destroying a Lubrizol plant in Rouen, France in September 2019, and its Chemtool plant in Rockton, Illinois, was gutted in a blaze on Jun 14, 2021.

The Chemtool fire has been determined to have been caused by a leak of mineral oil from piping in the area of work being performed by an employee of an outside contractor working on an insulation replacement project.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lessons From Warren Buffett: You Can Overpay Even if It’s an Outstanding Company

Are some companies so outstanding that it is worth paying any price for them? It is a question that is worth asking when stock prices reach truly stratospheric heights.

Back in 1997, in his Chairman’s Letter to Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders, Warren Buffett singled out Coca-Cola and Gillette as companies that he labeled as “The Inevitables.” Buffett was referring to companies that “will dominate their fields worldwide for an investment lifetime.” However, at that year’s annual meeting, in response to a shareholder’s question, he did clarify that even a company that is an “Inevitable” can be priced too high to be a good investment.

“But you can pay too much, at least in the short run, for businesses like that,” Warren Buffett said at the 1997 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting. “So, I thought it was only appropriate to point out that no matter how wonderful a business it is, that there always is a risk that you will pay a price where it will take a few years for the business to catch up with the stock. That the stock can get ahead of the business.”

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Mouser Electronics is Global High Service Distributor of the Year by TE Connectivity

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Berkshire Hathaway’s Mouser Electronics, Inc. has received the Global High Service Distributor of the Year Award for the seventh time from TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectivity and sensors. The prestigious distribution award recognizes Mouser’s 2020 performance based on sales growth, market share growth, customer growth and business plan performance.

“This is a tremendous honor, and all of us at Mouser wish to thank TE for recognizing the excellent work of our teams across the globe,” said Jeff Newell, Senior Vice President of Products at Mouser Electronics. “TE is an industry leader and valued manufacturer partner, and we are excited to reach our mutual business goals and build on this success together.”

“It is my pleasure to honor the Mouser team with this Distributor of the Year Award for the seventh time,” said Tammy Stine, Global Account Manager at TE Connectivity. “Mouser’s consistent track record of high achievement with TE demonstrates the amazing strength of our business partnership, especially for 2020 in the face of such challenges. We couldn’t be more proud of the sales and customer growth that Mouser achieved for us.”

Mouser previously won the TE Global High Service Distributor of the Year Award for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Additionally, for 2018, Mouser received TE’s Customer Expansion Awards for APAC, Japan and EMEA, along with Americas Distributor of the Year Awards for the Application Tooling Business Unit and Data and TE’s Devices Business Unit.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Ten BYD Motors Heavy-Duty EV Yard Tractors on the Job at Red Hook Container Terminals

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Ten of Berkshire Hathaway-backed BYD Motors’ heavy-duty zero-emission battery electric yard tractors are now in service at Red Hook Container Terminals container terminal in Port Newark, New Jersey.

The Red Hook fleet represents the single largest deployment of zero-emission battery electric trucks in the eastern United States and the first at a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey marine terminal.

The heavy-duty zero emission battery electric yard tractors are being used to move cargo containers at the Red Hook Marine Terminal in Port Newark and are also being used for making runs to the other terminals at Port Newark and Port Elizabeth and runs to the Millennium Marine Rail yard.

Red Hook operates the cross-harbor barging operation that eliminates tens of thousands of truck trips per year off the roads of New Jersey and New York and so the deployment represents the most recent example of Red Hook’s continuing leading role in the fields of port-related environmental stewardship and global sustainability.

The Red Hook zero-emission battery electric truck fleet project was developed and managed by Climate Change Mitigation Technologies LLC, the leading New Jersey-based developer and manager of zero-emission truck and bus projects for public and private fleets.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection funded a portion of the project using Volkswagen Mitigation Trust funds and Red Hook funded the balance of vehicle and project costs.

CCMT is partnered with Hudson County Motors, Inc. in Secaucus, New Jersey, one of the largest truck dealers in northern New Jersey, and the first BYD Motors truck dealer in the nation.

The BYD model 8Y yard tractors being deployed by Red Hook Container Terminals LLC are third-generation equipment that come with 217 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery packs that have 241 horsepower and are capable of pulling loads of up to 102,000 lbs GVWR. They can operate continuously for up to 12 hours or more before recharging or can operate 24/7 with opportunity charging during shifts. AC and DC charging is available. DC fast charging takes approximately 2 hours from a 20% state of charge. Early operational results indicate that the yard tractor can operate two whole shifts before needing re-charging.

In Long Beach, California, BYD’s yard tractors are just finishing up a one-year demonstration test at International Transportation Service terminal at the Port’s Pier G to test the readiness of the equipment to handle the workload at a busy seaport.

BYD Motors is the leading electric truck and bus manufacturer in the world, with over 14,000 battery electric trucks and 65,000 electric buses deployed worldwide. BYD has US factory operations in Lancaster, CA, and a regional service and parts center in Lodi, New Jersey.

“These zero-emission electric yard tractors do not represent the finish line as far as meeting the seaport’s goal to reduce emissions. But it’s a major step forward,” said Sam Ruda, director of the Port Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “It affirms both that the technology is developing rapidly and is applicable to container terminals, and it underscores the role the public and private sectors are playing in making it a reality. Electrifying these yard tractors is strong evidence of how the Port Authority and its partners are moving forward to reduce emissions impacts from cargo operations.”

BYD and Berkshire Hathaway

In 2008, Berkshire Hathaway bet on BYD’s potential, purchasing 225 million shares for $232 million. It’s an investment that has paid off handsomely. Berkshire’s original investment of $232 million had grown in value to $5.897 billion as of December 31, 2020.

© 2021 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lessons From Warren Buffett: Intelligent Investor Chapters 8 & 20 Are All You Need to Get Rich

If you are looking for a book that can show you how to get rich, Warren Buffett points to Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor as the only book you need.

“Chapters 8 and Chapters 20 are really all you need to do to get rich in this world,” Warren Buffett said at the 2012 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting. “And Chapter 8 says that in the market you’re going to have a partner named ‘Mr. Market,’ and the beauty of him as your partner is that he’s kind of a psychotic drunk and he will do very weird things over time and your job is to remember that he’s there to serve you and not to advise you. And if you can keep that mental state, then all those thousands of prices that Mr. Market is offering you every day on every major business in the world, practically, that he is making lots of mistakes, and he makes them for all kinds of weird reasons. And all you have to do is occasionally oblige him when he offers to either buy or sell from you at the same price on any given day, any given security.”

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.