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Chrysler Redesigns Assembly Line to Boost Productivity

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WARREN, MI—Chrysler engineers revamped more than 350 workstations at a 76-year-old assembly plant here to boost production of the popular Ram pickup truck.


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Honda Plant’s Wind Turbines Exceed Expectations

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RUSSELLS POINT, OH—Just six months after installing two wind turbines at its assembly plant here, Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America Inc. has reported that the machines are producing more electrical power than was anticipated. The turbines have exceeded the projected power output figures by 6.3 percent.


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Mercedes to Boost Capacity, Employment at Alabama Assembly Plant

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TUSCALOOSA, AL—Mercedes-Benz will invest $2.4 billion to boost capacity at its assembly plant here from 185,000 per year to 300,000. The facility will also hire additional workers.


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Tenneco Building Indiana Assembly Plant

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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN—Auto parts supplier Tenneco Inc. has begun constructing a new assembly plant here. The company anticipates having about 250 workers by 2017.


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Source: Nevada Wins Tesla Assembly Plant

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RENO, NV—Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out batteries for a new generation of less expensive electric cars. Four other states—California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico—were vying for the project and the estimated 6,500 jobs it will bring.


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Magna Building Tennessee Assembly Plant

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SPRING HILL, TN—Magna International Inc. has started construction on a new, state-of-the-art assembly plant here to make seat assemblies for GM. The new facility is expected to employ approximately 75 people when it begins production next year.


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New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

Lightweighting trend drives engineers on quest to join dissimilar materials.
By Austin Weber
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If it rolls, floats or flies, light weight is always good. Just ask anyone who’s ever been in a Pinewood Derby competition.


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GE Opens Fuel Cell Factory

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MALTA, NY—General Electric has opened a new fuel cell manufacturing facility here.


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Harness-design software speeds racecar construction

By Jim Camillo
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Every summer since 1998, teams of college students from around the world have come to the United Kingdom to participate in the international Formula Student (FS) racing competition.


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GM to Invest $185 million to Make Small Engines in Tennessee

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SPRING HILL, TN—GM is planning to invest $185 million to produce small gas engines at its assembly plant here. The new engine will be used in 27 models across five of brands by 2017.


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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.

EVENTS

CAMX - The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo

10/13/14
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
United States
Contact: Mary Beck

ACMA and SAMPE, the two leading composites and advanced materials industry organizations, have joined forced to create CAMX – The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo.

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Lightweight Vehicles Conference

10/29/14
http://www.lightweightvehiclesconference.com/
Cologne
Germany

For the automotive industry, engineered plastics are fast becoming the future. While new laws are being created to reduce emissions and fuel prices are rising, predictions suggest that by 2020 plastics will comprise 18 percent of the average vehicle's weight.

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Automotive Plastics Conference & Exhibit "Plastics-in-Motion"

6/1/15
Adoba Hotel
600 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI
United States

Industry leaders will convene at “Plastics-in-Motion” to explore new opportunities in the use of plastics in the automotive industry.

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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.

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Anyone even thinking about advanced power tools needs to pick the brain of Eric Dees. He’s the Global Lean Business Process Leader for Ingersoll Rand Power Tools and Category Manager for their Assembly Tools Business.

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