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Prospects of an Apple Car Create Manufacturing Buzz

Edited by Senior Editor Bill Koenig

2/20/2015

Apple Inc. usually does things in a big way. The buzz surrounding the maker of computers and smartphones is it may try automobiles—iCar, anyone?—next. It began Feb. 13 when The Wall Street Journal reported Apple had assigned "several hundred employees" to a project code-named "Titan" to come up with an Apple-branded electric vehicle that resembles a minivan. Full Article

Manufacturing in North America--A First Hand Lesson



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

2/10/2015

Since the end of the Great Recession manufacturing in the U S seems to be holding its own. Amid the welcome news, two elements seem to stand out for success - delivering high value products and customers that reside close by. I saw great evidence of this in a casting company making its way in a world replete with worldwide competitive threats and changing technology. Full Article

Ford Adds 1,550 Jobs Due to Demand for All-New F-150



Press Release - Ford Motor Company

2/5/2015

As Ford ramps up production of the all-new F-150, the company today announced it will add 1,550 new jobs across its Kansas City Assembly, Dearborn Stamping, Dearborn Diversified and Sterling Axle facilities in the first quarter of 2015. The new jobs will support production and growing customer demand for the recently launched 2015 Ford F-150. Full Article

Ford Americas Chief: Manufacturing Hubs Will Lead to Discoveries



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/14/2015

The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, aimed to speeding development of advanced manufacturing, is a “positive,” the head of Ford Motor Co.’s Americas unit said today. “I think discoveries will happen,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said at a press conference at the Automotive News World Congress. Full Article

Detroit Auto Show Keeps the Pedal to the Metal



Editors James D. Sawyer and Bill Koenig

1/14/2015

Much like the first day of previews at the Detroit Auto Show (aka NAIAS2015) the vehicles that were shown to the media on the final day of previews were also heavily weighted (but only figuratively) toward performance cars and pickups. But along with the large doses of high-protein performance there was a healthy helping of greens.Infiniti kicked things off by introducing a fresh iteration of its Q60 coupe, which will go on sale in 2016. Full Article

Ford to Join With Dow Chemical, DOE in Lightweighting Project



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

1/12/2015

Ford Motor Co. said today it’s joining with Dow Chemical Co. and the US Department of Energy in a program to develop lower-cost automotive carbon fiber.The announcement was part of Ford’s press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Few details about the program were provided. Full Article

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