Automotive News for October 2009

Automotive News Archive

GM Invests $230 Million in Four Plants GM Invests $230 Million in Four Plants

General Motors Company, GM, is investing more than $230 million in four GM plants in the greater Flint, Mich., area to support the production of the fuel-efficient 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and Volt. The investment represents more than 500 jobs.

U.S. Industrial Production Inches Upward in September

Industrial production rose 0.7% in September after an upwardly revised gain of 1.2% in August, according to a newly released report from the Federal Reserve.

Metalformers See Business Leveling Off in the Fourth Quarter

Metalforming companies expect business conditions and incoming orders to plateau during the final quarter of 2009. That’s according to the October 2009 Precision Metalforming Association, or PMA, Business Conditions Report.

Honda Recognizes DuPont Automotive OEM Coatings

Honda recently named DuPont Automotive OEM Coatings a Supplier of the Year for outstanding performance in providing products and services. Out of a base of 2,400 suppliers, only 12 companies were recognized.

AESF Electroplating Course Set for October 26–29 in Warwick, R.I.

The AESF Foundation announces the last call for its Electroplating and Surface Finishing Course, scheduled to take place Oct. 26–29 at the Holiday Inn Express at 901 Jefferson Blvd. in Warwick, R.I. The deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 19.

Elsyca Launches Lecture Series on Electrochemical Processes

Representatives from Elsyca, a Leuven, Belguim-based company specializing in numerical modelling technology to predict and optimize electrochemical processes such as electroplating, plans to hold a Lecture Series on “Transport Phenomena in Electrochemical Processes” at the world renown von Karman Institute in Belgium from Nov. 30–Dec. 4, 2009.

U.S. Auto Sales Tumble in September U.S. Auto Sales Tumble in September

Auto sales in the U.S. fell by 23% in September, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department. Hardest-hit were General Motors and Chrysler, whose sales fell by 45% and 42%, respectively, year over year.

DYMAX Taps Industry Veteran to Head up Regulatory Affairs, Quality Control

DYMAX, Corporation, a manufacturer of advanced light-curable adhesives, coatings, and curing equipment, has announced the appointment of Peter Zazzaro as global director of quality and regulatory affairs. In his new position, Zazzaro will report directly to Greg Bachmann, president.

GM Adds a Third Shift at Three U.S. Assembly Plants GM Adds a Third Shift at Three U.S. Assembly Plants

General Motors Company, GM, will add a third shift at three facilities—Fairfax, Kan.; Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and Lansing Delta Township, Mich. The additional shifts will result in the restoration of 2,400 jobs and enable GM to increase its domestic manufacturing plant utilization.

Columbia Chemical Joins “Ask the Experts” Roster on Metalfinishing.com

Jeff Grodecki, technical support manager for Columbia Chemical, becomes the latest addition to the “Ask the Experts” roster on metalfinishing.com. Grodecki will field questions related to the categories of zinc and zinc alloy plating.

ITW Gema and Alliance Surface Finishing Team up To Market New Powder Coating Process

ITW Gema and Alliance Surface Finishing, Inc., recently reached an agreement on a strategic global partnership to promote a new Alliance Surface Finishing-patented technology known as the Dual Coat System, or DCS. This new technology enables manufacturers to apply two different powder coat films within the same powder booth and then co-cure.