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The Impact of SUV and Light Truck Manufacturing in the US

Dmitry Diment, Senior Analyst, IBISWorld


Less than a decade has passed since the US auto industry teetered on the brink of collapse, driven in part by the Big Three’s overreliance on gas-thirsty pickups and sport-utility vehicles (SUVs). Automakers moved aggressively in the wake of the auto bailout, responding to consumers’ environmental concerns by downsizing their fleets and introducing more fuel-efficient vehicles to the market. However, less than a year since the government sold its last stake in the automotive industry, light trucks and SUVs are once again outselling cars in the US. Full Article

Aluminum Use to Expand in Vehicles, Trade Group Chief Says

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Aluminum use in cars and trucks will expand, the head of a trade group said today. Full Article

BMW Executive: Lean Manufacturing Needs Executive Commitment

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Lean manufacturing requires executive commitment to be effective, including being on the factory floor regularly, a BMW AG executive said today. Senior executives need to observe production work regularly, Richard Morris, vice president of assembly and logistics at BMW’s Greer, SC, manufacturing operation, said at the keynote presentation of the Assembly Show in Rosemont, IL. Full Article

A Celebration of Gears, the Technology that Moves Us

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


In 1916 a handful of gear manufacturers got together to decide on standards for railroad gears. Out of this meeting came the American Gear Manufacturing Association (AGMA). This week the organization, which has grown from its original nine members to a global roster of more than 475 companies, is meeting in the Motor City to hold its annual Gear Expo. Gear Expo 2015 is the largest show in the series in more than a decade. Full Article

Ford Quarterly Profit Surges on North American Results

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Ford Motor Co.’s third quarter profit more than doubled on best ever results from its home market in North America. The Dearborn, MI-based automaker posted a quarterly profit of $1.9 billion, an increase of $1.1 billion from the same period last year. On a per-share basis, the third-quarter profit was 48 cents. Revenue for the quarter was $38.1 billion, an improvement of $3.2 billion from a year earlier. Full Article

Caterpillar Quarterly Profit Slides, 2015 Forecast Cut

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Caterpillar Inc., poster child for a slowing manufacturing economy, said today that third quarter profit and revenue plunged. The maker of earth movers and other heavy equipment also cut its full year forecast. Full Article

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