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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

Grede Investing to Support Commercial Vehicle Growth

Press Release - Grede Holdings LLC

Louisville, Kentucky – March 25, 2015 – Grede Holdings LLC plans to invest more than $20 million over the next three years in its Biscoe, NC, facility to support the growth of its commercial vehicle business. The investment will be used for three new molding machines and handling systems, heat treating, an environmentally friendly immersion coating system, machining and the addition of 26,000 ft2 of manufacturing floor space. Full Article

Ford to Formally Begin Aluminum F-150 Output at Second Plant

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Ford Motor Co. formally will begin production of its aluminum F-150 pickup at a second plant on Friday, the company said on a conference call today.“Job one” of the revamped pickup is scheduled at the automaker’s Missouri plant near Kansas City.  Production of 2014 aluminum F-150 began last year at a factory near Ford’s Dearborn, MI, headquarters. Full Article

Volkswagen de Mexico to Produce the New Three-Row Tiguan

Press Release - Volkswagen


Volkswagen de México’s announced today that a three-row version of the Tiguan will be produced at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. The car will be launched to the markets in 2017. The company will invest $1 billion for the expansion and modernization of its production facilities at the Puebla plant, as well as tooling to produce auto parts at suppliers. Full Article

Ex-Apple, Tesla Executive Urges ‘Disruptive’ Thinking

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


A former executive of Apple Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc., in a motivational speech, urged manufacturers to engage in “disruptive” thinking.“What can you give them (customers) that others won’t or can’t?” George Blankenship, the former executive, said at the MFG Meeting in Orlando. “What can you do that would be unexpected?” Full Article

Aluminum Joining Manual Proves a Hit

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


The automotive industry’s current emphasis on lightweighting—and the introduction of the aluminum intensive 2015 Ford F-150—has focused a lot of attention on substituting aluminum for ferrous metals. One of the apparent hurdles facing that substitution is how to join aluminum, both to itself and to dissimilar materials. Full Article

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