GREENFIELD, IN—BeijingWest Industries Co. Ltd., which manufactures automotive brake and suspension systems, will locate its first U.S. assembly plant here, creating up to 441 new jobs by 2021. The company will invest more than $80 million to build and equip the facility.
FREMONT, CA--To meet its self-imposed Septembes deadline for the production of its Model 3 sedan, Tesla is planning to bypass prototyping and bring the vehicle directly to final production. Industry experts caution, however, that the approach poses assembly line risks and will cost millions in production equipment if it fails.
LITTLE FALLS, MN---Indiana-based Wabash National, which makes high-test, lightweight truck trailers, recently acquired the just-shuttered Larson Boat plant here and plans to invest $11 million to renovate and equip the facility. The company hopes to employ 70 people by 2019 and 100 or more within five years.
ANDERSON, IN—Automotive supplier NTK Precision Axle Corp. plans to expand its operations in Indiana by establishing a new axle assembly plant here. The company plans to create nearly 200 jobs over the next five years.
The door hinge is among the world’s most widely used devices. This common piece of hardware may seem simple, at first glance, but in fact, hinges offer a sophisticated range of functionality that design engineers can use to improve the operation of their assemblies.
Lightweighting is the No. 1 challenge facing automotive engineers today. Manufacturers are scrambling to build vehicles that contain a variety of weight-saving materials, such as aluminum, carbon-fiber composites, high-strength steel, magnesium and plastic.