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Volvo Penta Launches US Final Assembly of Industrial Engines

Volvo Penta announced May 7 the commencement of a final assembly line for production of industrial versatile—or variable speed—diesel engines at its established engine factory in Lexington, TN. The move will improve customization of engine orders based on specific requirements and reduce delivery lead times for Volvo Penta’s growing customer base in the North American market.

Auto Industry Growing; Offers New Demands, Opportunities

In 2017, the international automotive industry produced 73.5 million passenger cars, an increase of around 2.4%, compared with the previous year. In 2018, car sales are expected to continue to grow to about 81.6 million units, with China remaining the largest producer of passenger cars, according to a report on statista.com.

Improving 3D Scanning

While 3D scanning has already been adopted by many automotive part manufacturers, the use cases in Quality Control (QC) have been limited.

General Carbide Acquires Automotive Tooling Supplier, Only Tool

General Carbide Corp. (Greensburg, PA) has purchased automotive tooling supplier Only Tool (Ypsilanti, MI). Only Tool has developed its expertise in cold-form tool manufacturing under the leadership of co-owners Ray Fender and Mick Ruffolo, who, under terms of the agreement, will continue to operate the business.

Lightweight Auto Frame Designed for Replica Cars

A modern lightweight vehicle frame has been developed for builders of replica classic cars. The frame is comprised of aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and advanced high strength steel.

For Ford, It’s 2001 All Over Again

In the days of the early 21st century, it was easy to tell if the Dearborn, MI-based automaker had a good month. You could check the US sales of large F-Series pickups and the Explorer sport-utility vehicle.

Promise and Peril in New Era for Automakers, Suppliers

In Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, there’s a structure that symbolizes both the promise and the peril of a new automotive era—the 105-year-old Michigan Central Station. The train station has been empty and decaying for 30 years.

Digitalization Boosts Auto Parts Cell Production By 20%

Increases in size and quantity of its orders led Wisconsin-based auto parts manufacturer Felss Rotaform LLC (New Berlin, WI) to expand operations through a new dual-robot machine-tending cell. The company is a supplier of precision parts using its rotary swaging, axial forming and tube end-forming processes.

Carlos Ghosn, Automotive Superstar, Falls

The word superstar is overused. It wasn’t in the case of Carlos Ghosn. Over two decades Ghosn saved Nissan Motor Co. from bankruptcy and forged an alliance between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. That run ended abruptly today amid Japanese news reports Ghosn, Nissan’s chairman, had been arrested.