Automotive News for January 2010

Automotive News Archive

PCI, Nordson to Hold Advanced Powder Coating Workshop

The Powder Coating Institute, or PCI, will hold an advanced two-day hands-on powder coating workshop Feb. 22–23. The event will take place at the headquarters of Nordson Corporation in Amherst, Ohio.

PMA Reports Shows Metalformers Optimistic About Short-Term Prospects PMA Reports Shows Metalformers Optimistic About Short-Term Prospects

The January 2010 Business Conditions Report from the Precision Metalforming Association, or PMA, shows metalforming companies are increasingly optimistic as the new year kicks off.

Countdown to SUR/FIN: Automotive Issues High on the Conference Agenda

With Grand Rapids, Mich., serving as the backdrop for SUR/FIN 2010, it’s only fitting that the conference programming reflect the major issues facing the domestic automotive industry. To that end, the National Association for Surface Finishing, NASF, has tapped the Center for Automotive Research, or CAR, to present a timely panel discussion focused on this key bellwether sector.

U.S. Industrial Production Inches Upward in December U.S. Industrial Production Inches Upward in December

A long spell of unseasonably cold weather pushed industrial production up 0.6% in December. This is slightly off from November, when industrial production showed a 0.9% uptick.

Process Cleaning Expo Slated for May

The Process Cleaning Expo (PCx) 2010—the only event in North America dedicated to cleaning in the industrial manufacturing process—will be held in Louisville, Ky., at the Kentucky International Convention Center May 4–6, 2010.

Many Automotive Manufacturers Report December Sales Increases Many Automotive Manufacturers Report December Sales Increases

Ford Motor Co., Honda, Toyota, Volkswagon, BMW, Hyundai, and Kia were among the major automotive manufacturers reporting December sales growth. Increases ranged from the high single digits all the way up to 44%

2010 Manufacturing Outlook: Slow & Steady

As manufacturing goes, so goes metal finishing—that’s a given. What remains somewhat of a mystery, though, is forecasting the precise point in 2010 when we can expect manufacturing employment and output to return to more respectable levels.

Dörken Showcases New North American Tech Center

Dörken Corporation USA, an operating unit of Dörken MKS-Systeme, Herdecke, Germany and a global leader in the manufacture of corrosion protection coating systems, trademarked under the name DELTA-MKS®, for a variety of parts including fasteners, springs, brackets clips and stamped parts, recently hosted an open house to unveil its new North American Technical Center in Grass Lake, Mich.

Columbia Chemical Introduces the COLTEC Line of Testing Solutions for Salt Spray Corrosion Cabinets

Columbia Chemical is now offering COLTEC testing solutions for salt spray cabinets. New equipment including a state-of-the-art water deionization plant has been installed at the company’s world headquarters to manufacture COLTEC DI (deionized water) and COLTEC S-5 (5% sodium chloride solution).

American Finishing Resources, LLC Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Registration

American Finishing Resources, LLC, or AFR, recently announced its Chilton Coatings Removal and Tooling Fabrication operations have become registered to the ISO 9001:2008 international standard.