Automotive News for September 2009

Automotive News Archive

Metalformers Less Optimistic About Business Conditions Over the Short Term Metalformers Less Optimistic About Business Conditions Over the Short Term

Metalforming companies are somewhat less optimistic about the trend in general activity and in their expectations for new orders over the next three-month period than they were one month ago. That’s according to the newly released September 2009 Precision Metalforming Association, PMA, Business Conditions Report.

Michigan Governor Seeks to Expand Automotive Investment

Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has concluded her ninth overseas investment mission and fourth visit to Japan, meeting with company leaders from Denso to encourage the company to expand in Michigan.

AkzoNobel Adjusts Performance Coatings and Specialty Chemicals Portfolios

AkzoNobel adjusts Performance Coatings and Specialty Chemicals portfolios as part of a realignment that will see the launch of two new business units and the merger of two others.

Henkel Adds HIT Solutions to Stable of Distributors

Henkel Automotive Surface Technology Group has entered into an agreement with HIT Solutions, whereby HIT Solutions will serve as a sales and distribution partner for much of the Midwest United States.

Integran Technologies Signs Agreement with Magnetic Shield Corporation

Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Integran Technologies Inc., a leader in the development and commercialization of advanced metallurgical nano-technologies, has entered into a market development agreement with Bensenville, Ill.-based Magnetic Shield Corporation, which specializes in solving problems of magnetic interference, also known as low frequency EMI.

MetoKote Corporation Names PPG Industries ‘Supplier of the Year’

MetoKote Corporation, an industry leader in protective coating applications—including electrocoat, powder coating and liquid paint—has awarded PPG Industries its inaugural Supplier of the Year 2009 Award.

Ford Motor Co. to Install Novel Paint Emissions Conversion System

Ford Motor Co. plans to install a patented Fumes-to-Fuel system at its Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant—an innovative system designed to convert emissions from its paint shop into electricity.

U.S. Auto Sales Hit $3B Mark in August U.S. Auto Sales Hit $3B Mark in August

A newly released government report showed U.S. auto sales reached $3 billion in August, largely on the strength of government incentives such as the Cash for Clunkers program. Several automotive manufacturers experienced double-digit sales increases as trade-in incentives pushed overall industry sales to the first year-over-year increase in almost two years—all welcomed news to industry analysts.

Metal Finishing Launches Online Finishers’ Directory

Metal Finishing magazine, the plating and coating industries’ technology magazine, is making it easier for finishers to connect with potential customers. Metal Finishing recently took the wraps off the new Finishers’ Directory, part of the newly revamped metalfinishing.com website.