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The Auto Industry’s Loss leaders

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


In collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (Ann Arbor, MI), Altair (Troy, MI) created the Enlighten Award in 2013 to recognize achievements in weight reduction in the auto industry. This year’s winner is Ford Motor Co. for the 2015 F-150. Through an unprecedented use of aluminum in a mass-produced vehicle a weight saving of 700 lb or more per vehicle has been achieved. Full Article

Mining and Ag Equipment Feel the Pinch

Agiimaa Kruchkin and Kevin Young, Business Research Analysts, IBISWorld


The success of the mining and crop farming sectors relies heavily on the use of the most technologically advanced machinery and equipment, and innovation comes with a significant price tag. However, recent events in these sectors have improved purchasing conditions for buyers. Muted demand from developing nations such as China and India has slashed prices of mined commodities, in turn reducing demand for mining equipment and tempering price growth. Full Article

Tool Presetting Wins Diesel Engine Power

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Italian engine manufacturer VM Motori relies on Zoller presetting machines to measure and set its precision cutting tools for machining its signature diesel engines. Motori’s high-performance diesel engines are renowned for their power, flexibility, and low maintenance. Full Article

Auto Industry at Next, ‘More Challenging,’ Stage: Analyst

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


The auto industry is “at that next stage, it’s going to be a little more challenging from here on out,” an auto analyst said today. Full Article

CEO: Auto Supplier Linamar Wants to Grow on Its Own

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Linamar Corp., the Canadian automotive supplier, plans to grow without joint venture partners as it seeks to expand sales by at least 10% annually, its top executive said today. Full Article

Flexible Manufacturing for a Future with Mixed Materials

Sarah A. Webster, Editor in Chief


As automotive manufacturers around the world begin to invest in products and components made with a variety of advanced lightweight materials, the ComauFlex body shop solution—developed and refined over the past decade—has  been demonstrating how it can accommodate dissimilar materials while incorporating a wide range of processes. By optimizing the layout of working areas using modular, integrable and inherently flexible systems, this manufacturing approach has proven itself to be a cost-effective solution for the times. Full Article

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