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Lightweighting: Ford to Develop Carbon Fiber for High-Volume Auto Manufacturing

Press Release - Ford Motor Co.


Ford and DowAksa have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to formally advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.The agreement, between Ford Motor Co., Ford Global Technologies and DowAksa —a 50/50 joint venture between The Dow Chemical Company and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.Ş—will combine DowAksa’s feedstock capacity, carbon fiber conversion and downstream intermediates production capabilities with Ford's expertise in design, engineering and high-volume manufacturing. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Outsourced Automotive Jobs Head Back Home

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Dynamic Manufacturing (Melrose Park, IL) is a Tier One vendor of transmission parts for GM and other major automotive OEMs, Chrysler, Allison, and most recently Ford. Dynamic has created an operational model that positions itself to bid projects resulting from plant closures in other countries and bring outsourced parts back on-shore. Full Article

Toyota Says It’s Improving Fuel Efficiency, Factories

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Toyota Motor Corp. says it’s increasing the fuel efficiency of its vehicles and improving its factory operations.“Toyota has increased the overall fuel efficiency of its powertrains” by about 25% and “overall power output” by more than 15% the company said in a March 26 update about its Global Vision plan..With factories, Toyota said its plants are running at more than 90%, up from 70% in 2009, when a major recession cut demand for new cars and trucks. Toyota said it’s moving to “simple and slim” production lines, including smaller paint booth “and switch to compact equipment.” Full Article

SABIC Uses 3D Printing for Prototype Truck Roof Fairing

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Saudi Basic Industries Corp. used 3D printing to produce a prototype truck roof fairing designed to reduce fuel consumption and improve vehicle aerodynamics. SABIC said the roof fairing can reduce a heavy-duty truck’s annual fuel consumption by 3% annually. The company is displaying the 3D printed thermoplastic prototype at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, today through March 28.               Full Article

Grede Investing to Support Commercial Vehicle Growth

Press Release - Grede Holdings LLC

Louisville, Kentucky – March 25, 2015 – Grede Holdings LLC plans to invest more than $20 million over the next three years in its Biscoe, NC, facility to support the growth of its commercial vehicle business. The investment will be used for three new molding machines and handling systems, heat treating, an environmentally friendly immersion coating system, machining and the addition of 26,000 ft2 of manufacturing floor space. Full Article

Ford to Formally Begin Aluminum F-150 Output at Second Plant

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Ford Motor Co. formally will begin production of its aluminum F-150 pickup at a second plant on Friday, the company said on a conference call today.“Job one” of the revamped pickup is scheduled at the automaker’s Missouri plant near Kansas City.  Production of 2014 aluminum F-150 began last year at a factory near Ford’s Dearborn, MI, headquarters. Full Article

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