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Delphi Acquires Antaya, Expands Automotive Business

September 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Delphi Automotive PLC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Antaya Technologies Corp., a leading provider of proprietary on-glass connectors, enhancing the company's portfolio in the rapidly growing automotive electrical connectors business. Antaya is the largest manufacturer of on-glass connectors for the...

Aleris To Add Capabilities To KY Aluminum Rolling Mill

September 24, 2014 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aleris announced today that it will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminum rolling mill in Lewisport, Kentucky.  The investment positions Aleris to meet anticipated significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminum use for the production of...

Siemens Provides $32M To Train Workers For Manufacturing Industry

September 24, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today, from its Charlotte Energy Hub, Siemens announced it will be making a $32 million in-kind software grant to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division, which serves thousands of students and commercial companies annually. CPCC will use the...

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GM To Move Cadillac Brand HQ To NYC

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Cadillac luxury brand will move its headquarters to New York next year to get closer to those living lives of luxury. The high-end brand, which has lost sales this year as German rivals gain, also will become a separate business unit, giving it more freedom to chase global growth. "There is...

Polaris Announces Grand Opening Of Manufacturing Facility

September 23, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Polaris Industries Inc. today announced the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Opole, Poland. The 345,000-square-foot facility will be the first Polaris plant dedicated to manufacturing Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) outside...

GM Expert: 21 Deaths Eligible For Compensation

September 22, 2014 4:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors small cars with faulty ignition switches is at least 21. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by the company to compensate victims, said Monday in an Internet posting that he received 143 death claims as of Friday, and 21 of those have...

Siemens To Acquire Dresser-Rand For $7.6B

September 22, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German electronics and engineering company Siemens AG has reached a deal to acquire oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand for $7.6 billion. Under the deal announced early Monday in Germany, Siemens will pay $83 per common share of Dresser-Rand Group Inc., $3.09 more than the...

TTM Technologies To Acquire Viasystems Group

September 22, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TTM Technologies, Inc. and Viasystems Group, Inc. today announced the execution of a definitive agreement under which TTM will acquire all outstanding shares of Viasystems for a combined consideration of $11.33 in cash and 0.706 shares of TTM common stock, which...

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'Chrysler Should Recall Them All,' Says Safety Advocate

September 22, 2014 1:47 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall. But a safety advocate says the recall doesn't cover enough models, contending the same problem can happen in millions of other...

Indiana UAW Approves Lear Corp Contract

September 22, 2014 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats approved an agreement Sunday that will end a two-tiered pay system that left some workers earning much less than others.The United Auto Workers said in a statement that...

CSA Group Announces Energy Efficiency Verification Program For Small Electric Motors

September 22, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CSA Group, a leading global provider of testing and certification services and a standards development organization, today officially announced an expansion to its scope of accreditation as a nationally recognized testing laboratory for small electric motors to the...

San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars From Siemens

September 19, 2014 4:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of US$648 million. With an option for an additional 85 cars, this is the biggest Siemens order ever for light rail cars...

Thor Industries Plans Expansions For 2 Indiana Factories

September 19, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thor Industries is planning expansion projects at two recreational vehicle factories in northern Indiana. Thor Industries says the projects will boost production at its Heartland RV plant in Elkhart and for its Keystone subsidiary in Goshen. Thor officials say it is spending $8 million on...

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Workers Accused Of Stealing Parts From Texas Plant

September 19, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say eight workers at a Caterpillar plant in Texas are accused of stealing more at least $160,000 in parts from the company. The Seguin Police Department says nine people — including the eight workers — were taken into custody on Friday after the owner...

Auto Part Suppliers Unsure Of Medium & Heavy Commerical Vehicles Segment

September 19, 2014 1:48 pm | by Ashutosh Shyam, The Economic Times | News | Comments

The medium & heavy commercial vehicles (MHCV) segment has seen improving sales in the past three months. The expansion, after a prolonged period of falling sales, gives credence to expectations of an economic turnaround and much-needed relief to vehicle manufactures, but...

Production Of New GM Cadillac To Be At Detroit Plant

September 19, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The auto maker said Friday that the rear-wheel drive car will make its debut in the first half of 2015, and that it will reveal...

Japanese Automakers Compete With Google For Autonomous Car

September 18, 2014 2:01 pm | by Japan Economic Newswire | News | Comments

Competition is heating up among Japanese and U.S. manufacturers to invent and refine autonomous car technologies that reduce the human driver's role in controlling the vehicle with the steering wheel and the brake. With a solid track record of building...

Toyota Unveils New Hydrogen-Powered Car

September 18, 2014 1:51 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Toyota quietly rolled into town with the newest addition to its eco-conscious fleet, the 2015 FCV hydrogen car. The car hits dealers in the middle of next year...             

VIDEO: The World's First 3D Printed Car

September 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by WGN/CNN | Videos | Comments

   Check out the World's First 3D Printed Car. "Strati", the Italian word for "layers", is the name of the first 3D printed electric car, made in Chicago...                    

What Would Henry Ford Think?

September 17, 2014 11:25 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

I still vividly remember the grueling hours, or at least it felt that way at the time, in driver’s education classes.  The tests and the hours logged behind the wheel with instructors may have been an irritating barrier between myself and the glorious freedom of a license but I wouldn’t go back...

Central Glass Announces Plans To Expand Carlex Operations

September 16, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

Central Glass Co., Ltd., a parent company of Carlex Glass Company, announced that it has resolved to conclude a share transfer agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of two subsidiaries of Guardian Industries Corp.: Guardian Automotive Products, Inc. (GAPI), headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and...

GM To Add 750 Jobs To Missouri Factory

September 16, 2014 1:43 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is adding 750 workers to a Missouri factory in anticipation of high demand for two new small pickup trucks.GM wants to add a third shift to its plant in Wentzville near St. Louis by the end of March. The factory now... 

Audi Receives First Autonomous Driving Permit In CA

September 16, 2014 11:29 am | by Audi USA News | News | Comments

Audi will be the first company to receive a newly established autonomous driving permit issued by California. A range of new regulations that govern the testing of automated driving on the state’s roads take effect today. Audi has conducted research over...

Tesla Q&A On Nevada 'Gigafactory'

September 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Now that Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a package of incentives for Tesla Motors worth up to $1.3 billion, the electric-car maker is moving ahead with plans to build a $5 billion lithium battery factory expected to open in 2017 and employ 6,500 workers to make cheaper batteries so it can afford to...

TorqTek Design And Manufacturing Plans $12M Expansion

September 15, 2014 5:23 pm | by State News Service | News | Comments

TorqTek Design and Manufacturing, LLC, a supplier of timing gears to automotive manufacturers, is expanding its North Charleston facility. The $12 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs.Founded in 1995 as...   

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