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New Manufacturing Technology To Create 2016 Honda Acura NSX

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


Honda engineers gave new details about the next generation Acura NSX at SAE 2015 World Congress and Exhibition, held in downtown Detroit this week, and a host of new manufacturing technologies were necessary to make the car a reality.At least one of those technologies, ablation casting, will be used for the first time in the automotive market, when production begins on the car later this year at the new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, OH.  Full Article

Lightweighting: Ford to Develop Carbon Fiber for High-Volume Auto Manufacturing

Press Release - Ford Motor Co.


Ford and DowAksa have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to formally advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.The agreement, between Ford Motor Co., Ford Global Technologies and DowAksa —a 50/50 joint venture between The Dow Chemical Company and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.Ş—will combine DowAksa’s feedstock capacity, carbon fiber conversion and downstream intermediates production capabilities with Ford's expertise in design, engineering and high-volume manufacturing. Full Article

BMW i3 Most Dramatic Car Since Model T, Consultant Says

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


BMW AG’s i3 electric vehicle “is the most dramatically different car since the Model T,” a consultant said, describing the results of a teardown his firm did on the model. “If I were an executive, I would be thinking, ‘How am I going to compete with this?’” Sandy Munro, chief executive officer of Munro & Associates in Auburn Hills, MI, said in an interview on Tuesday. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Outsourced Automotive Jobs Head Back Home

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Dynamic Manufacturing (Melrose Park, IL) is a Tier One vendor of transmission parts for GM and other major automotive OEMs, Chrysler, Allison, and most recently Ford. Dynamic has created an operational model that positions itself to bid projects resulting from plant closures in other countries and bring outsourced parts back on-shore. Full Article

Toyota Says It’s Improving Fuel Efficiency, Factories

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Toyota Motor Corp. says it’s increasing the fuel efficiency of its vehicles and improving its factory operations.“Toyota has increased the overall fuel efficiency of its powertrains” by about 25% and “overall power output” by more than 15% the company said in a March 26 update about its Global Vision plan..With factories, Toyota said its plants are running at more than 90%, up from 70% in 2009, when a major recession cut demand for new cars and trucks. Toyota said it’s moving to “simple and slim” production lines, including smaller paint booth “and switch to compact equipment.” Full Article

SABIC Uses 3D Printing for Prototype Truck Roof Fairing

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Saudi Basic Industries Corp. used 3D printing to produce a prototype truck roof fairing designed to reduce fuel consumption and improve vehicle aerodynamics. SABIC said the roof fairing can reduce a heavy-duty truck’s annual fuel consumption by 3% annually. The company is displaying the 3D printed thermoplastic prototype at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, today through March 28.               Full Article

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