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Auto Industry Gets Serious About Lighter Materials

June 11, 2014

DEARBORN, MI—Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam.What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car. While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials.


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Bomb Threat Leads to Evacuation of Assembly Plant

June 11, 2014

GREENSBURG, IN—A bomb threat scrawled on a bathroom wall at an auto parts assembly plant here drew the attention of police and fire crews Friday afternoon.


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Automotive Supplier to Spend $8 Million to Expand Michigan HQ

June 10, 2014

TROY, MI—Automotive supplier Toyoda Gosei North America Corp. will invest $7.9 million to expand its headquarters here. The expansion will create 51 jobs.


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Automotive Supplier Exec Indicted for Price Fixing

June 6, 2014

DETROIT—A federal grand jury has indicted a former top-tier global sales executive at Takata Corp. on a charge of participating in a conspiracy to fix the prices for seat belts, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.


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Systems Integrator Producing Assembly System for Steering Components

June 5, 2014

EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation is building the fifth and sixth of seven custom assembly and test systems for a Tier 1 automotive supplier. The systems will produce steering assemblies.


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U.S. Auto Sales Hit Nine-Year High in May

June 4, 2014

DETROIT—Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks—and five sunny weekends—pushed U.S. auto sales to a nine-year high in May.


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To Improve Your Designs, Listen to the Voice of the Customer

June 3, 2014

The late novelist John Le Carré once said, “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” As it turns out, what was good advice for spies is equally good for manufacturing and design engineers.


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Nissan to Add 500 Jobs

June 3, 2014

CANTON, MS—Nissan will add 500 new jobs at its assembly plant here to produce the 2015 Nissan Murano crossover later this fall.


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Autoliv to Pay $65 Million to Settle Price-Fixing Suit

June 3, 2014

DETROIT—Autoliv Inc. has agreed to pay $65 million to various groups of plaintiffs in a massive civil lawsuit over global automotive supplier price-fixing, making it the fourth company to do so in the past year.


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UAW to Raise Dues

June 2, 2014

DETROIT—The United Auto Workers union wants to boost dues by 25 percent to rebuild its strike fund before entering into contractor negotiations next year.


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