STERLING HEIGHTS, MI—Due to low demand for compact cars in the U.S., Fiat Chrysler will keep its assembly plant here idle for another three weeks. FCA initially planned to stop production at the plant, which makes the Chrysler 200, from Feb. 1 to March 15, but the carmaker will now extend the break until April 4.
Rapid change has become the norm in today’s marketplace. With it comes even greater pressure for new technologies to accommodate manufacturing needs to fulfill the consumer demand now and in the future.
DETROIT—A new study has found that factory robots have not hindered manufacturing job growth, but added to it. Between the end of 2009 and the end of 2014, 62 corporations with collectively the largest installed base of robots added 1.25 million new jobs to their payroll, an overall increase of more than 20 percent.
WOOSTER, OH—Gardeners may look at dandelions as weeds, but the auto industry may soon see them as a gold mine. Tire makers and auto parts suppliers are investigating whether dandelions and other plants can be used as alternatives to rubber trees for producing natural latex.