- SPECIAL REPORTS
RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY—Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Inc. has officially opened its new, $29 million assembly plant here, which will make parts for Ford, BMW, Mercedes, Audi and other OEMs.
LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP, PA—Mack Trucks assembly plant here was evacuated Tuesday after a newly assembled truck caught fire at a test and inspection station.
CANTON, MS—Nissan Motor Co. has settled an unfair labor practice charge with a pro-union worker at its assembly plant here. The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard “Chip” Wells, a UAW supporter, could hand out union literature at the facility.
The recent slew of recalls in the auto industry is disturbing. What happened to all those Sig Sigma and lean manufacturing initiatives that are supposed to error-proof assembly?
DETROIT—The UAW’s total membership grew by 8,902 in 2013, as the automotive industry rebounded and the union logged some organizing victories that helped it reach a total of 391,415 members. While the increase is a modest 2 percent gain, it is the fourth consecutive year of membership gains for the UAW at a time when labor union membership continues to decline nationally.
LOWER MACUNGIE, PA—Mack Trucks will hire 100 workers for its assembly plant here.
DETROIT—GM has suspended two engineers with pay for their part in the company’s long failure to recall Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars equipped with a defective ignition switch linked to 13 deaths.
BROOKHAVEN, MS—Delphi Automotive is investing $15 million to upgrade its assembly plant here. The project will include new equipment and other improvements.
BIRMINGHAM, AL—A worker’s complaint about not being able to pass out pro-union literature and union authorization cards near the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant here was considered this week during a three-day hearing conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
MAIDEN, NC—GKN Driveline will spend at least $113.8 million to expand its assembly plant here, adding 228 jobs within four years.
The past two years have seen rapid developments in automotive lightweighting efforts with the eagerly anticipated release of the BMW I Series, Mercedes S-Class, Lamborghini Aventator, McLaren P1 and the 420kg weight reduction of the Range Rover to name a few. With Aluminium and Carbon Fibre emerging as what seem to be the front runners in achieving lightweight results in luxury brands, it is still unclear which material combination will dominate the mass market.Read More
Technical conference on resistance welding topics presented by AWS and the Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance (RWMA)Read More
The conference, held May 6-8 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, promises attendees the opportunity to connect with peers, participate in valuable learning experiences and bring home proven process-excellence solutions.Read More
The 17th Aluminum Welding Conference will feature a distinguished panel of aluminum-industry experts who will survey the state of the art in aluminum welding technology and practice. This conference also provides several opportunities for you to network informally with speakers and other participants, as well as to visit an exhibition showcasing products and services available to the aluminum welding industry.Read More
The Global Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Congress 2014, taking place in Detroit on May 28-29, is the first congress to specifically focus on how OEMs are deciding on joining methods and how welding, bonding and riveting technologies are being cost effectively implemented to economically, rapidly and consistently join high strength steel, aluminium and carbon fiber composites in high volume vehicle manufacturing.Read More