FANUC is expanding its presence and capabilities near its North American headquarters campus.
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Ford Motor Co. said its third-quarter profit declined by more than half as the automaker continues to revamp its operations outside North America.
Historically, auto shows have provided fantasies about speed (as in fast cars) and size (as in huge trucks). That was the case with the first day of the North American International Show. Speed highlights included a 700-horsepower Mustang and the return of Toyota Motor Corp.’s Supra sports car. For size, FCA US unveiled the newest version of its Ram Heavy Duty pickup.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Thursday it wants to go to the merger altar again. This time, it’s with Paris-based PSA Group.
U.S. manufacturing lost 6,000 jobs in March, led by job cuts in the motorized vehicles and parts sector.
Future challenges in the heavy-duty truck industry require continual evolution of materials and methods to give greater versatility in their manufacturing processes. This is due to advances in technology, the impact of regulations, demand fluctuation and competition, and customer expectations.
In a recent study, over 80 percent of survey respondents listed workforce issues as one of their top three challenges to adopting new technology at their plants. New technologies are coming not only to cars, utility vehicles and trucks but also to the manufacturing plants that produce parts, components and vehicles.
Over its 140-year history, automotive manufacturing technology has evolved in parallel with progress in the vehicles themselves. Early automakers custom made individual “horseless carriages.” Later, standardized parts and moving assembly lines delivered mass-produced cars. Development of integrated transfer lines enabled part runs to extend for years.
Orders for durable goods fell in September paced by declines in orders for transportation equipment.
General Motors Co. posted a lower third-quarter profit because of the 40-day United Auto Workers union strike.