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Automotive Gears and Their Opportunities and Challenges

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


It’s a good time to be supplying the automotive powertrain sector,” said David Goodfellow, CEO of Star SU (Hoffman Estates, IL), reflecting the impact of record setting vehicle sales in 2015. Gears are Star SU’s business. The company provides cutting tools, machine tools, and servicing for practically any industry needing gears. “About 50% of our business today is supMachines such as those available from Mazak that cut gears as part of multitasking machine are ideal for low to medium volume applications, according to the company.plying the automotive powertrain sector,” he said, not including off-highway customers. Full Article

Ford Invests $1.6 Billion in US Plants, Creates 650 Jobs

Press Release - Ford Motor Company


Ford Motor Company is investing $1.6 billion to upgrade two of its manufacturing facilities in Michigan and Ohio, and creating or retaining 650 hourly jobs in the United States. The $1.4 billion investment in Livonia Transmission Plant and $200 million investment in Ohio Assembly Plant are part of the $9 billion commitment the company made in the 2015 UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement to continue investing in its U.S. plants. Full Article

P3 Automotive Unveils Mobility Innovation Center in Metro Detroit

PRESS RELEASE-- P3 Automotive


SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 20, 2016 – Representing the continuation of its significant North American growth over the past 11 years, P3 Automotive unveiled its Mobility Innovation Center (MIC) in Southfield, Michigan, announced plans to hire 100 employees by year end and committed to investing in research and development of new and advanced technology solutions to address the dynamic changes in the industry.
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NanoSteel Delivers Advanced Automotive Steel to GM



PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 21, 2016—NanoSteel®, a leader in nanostructured steel materials, today announced the delivery of its first advanced high strength steel (AHSS) to General Motors for initial testing. Designed to provide automakers with a new standard in material performance, the sheet steel is poised to accelerate vehicle lightweighting initiatives focused on affordably meeting rising global fuel-economy regulations. Full Article

Change at the Speed of Electrons

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


A number of discussions from this year’s SAE World Congress highlights trends that could geatly affect how vehicles are conceived and manufactured. If these projections hold true, the coming change could be as profound as the bankruptcies and disruptions of the Great Recession.   Full Article

Ford Transforming Dearborn Campus to Further Drive Innovation

Press Release - Ford Motor Company


Ford Motor Company today announces plans to transform its Dearborn facilities into a modern, green and high-tech campus to foster innovation and help drive the company’s transition to an auto and a mobility company. The 10-year transformation of the company’s more than 60-year-old Dearborn facilities will colocate 30,000 employees from 70 buildings today into primarily two locations – a product campus and a world headquarters campus. Full Article

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