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New Materials, Flexibility Challenge Automakers

SOUTHFIELD, MI—The automotive assembly line of the future will be more flexible, more capable of handling new materials, and make greater of the mobile technology, says Martin Kinsella, director of advanced materials and process technologies for systems integrator Comau Inc.

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New Material Boosts Efficiency of Solar Cells

STANFORD, CA—Researchers at Stanford University have increased the efficiency of a low-grade silicon solar cell by applying relatively cheap crystalline material, perovskite, on top of it.

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Growth in Aerospace Industry Challenges Suppliers

DETROIT—Rapid growth in the aerospace industry could pose challenges for Michigan-based suppliers that are already plagued by capacity constraints.

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More Jobs Posted for Airbus Assembly Plant in Mobile

MOBILE, AL—Airbus is seeking a final assembly line planner and a delivery planner for its assembly plant under construction here.

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Boeing, University of Washington Open Aerospace Assembly Research Center

SEATTLE—Boeing and the University of Washington are taking their collaboration to greater heights with a new campus research center where doctoral engineering students, UW professors and Boeing engineers will work side by side on projects focused on automating aircraft assembly processes.

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GM Begins Hiring 750 for Missouri Assembly Plant

WENTZVILLE, MO—The hiring process is underway for 750 new workers at the General Motors assembly plant here.

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U.S. Economy to Grow by 3 Percent This Year

WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy is expected to expand 3.1 percent in 2015, according to the National Association for Business Economics. It would be the first year of 3 percent growth since 2005.

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Four Assembly Plants Among IW’s “Best Plants”

CLEVELAND—Four North American assembly plants are among the six factories named as Industry Week magazine’s “Best Plants.” The six factories are Boston Scientific (Maple Grove, MN); Cessna Mexico (Chihuahua, Mexico); L.B. Foster Rail Technologies Corp. (Vancouver, BC); General Cable Corp. (Marion, IN); The Raymond Corp. (Greene, NY); and T&S Brass and Bronze Works (Travelers Rest, SC).

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Aerospace Supplier to Build Assembly Plant in Washington State

SUMNER, WA—GKN Aerospace will build a new assembly plant here, after winning a contract to build winglets for Boeing’s forthcoming 737 MAX. The facility will open in late 2015 and employ approximately 75 people at full production.

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Auto Parts Manufacturer to Invest $506 Million in Ontario R&D Lab

TORONTO—Auto parts manufacturer Linamar will invest $506.8 to build an R&D lab in Ontario, creating 1,200 jobs over the next 10 years.

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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.


 Live from The ASSEMBLY Show, Bob Wood, president of ECI Spinnomatic, talks about his company’s newest product: a fully automated riveting cell equipped with a rotary indexing table, a six-axis robot, an orbital forming unit, and laser sensors. 

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