News for April 2010

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GM To Invest $890 Million in Manufacturing

GM to allocate funds toward the production of cleaner, more fuel-efficient engines.

IPC Releases March Electronics Report

Both rigid printed circuit board shipments and bookings up by double digits, IPC survey shows.

Washington Forum 2010: U.S. Manufacturing Leads Topics of Discussion

The state of U.S. manufacturing took center stage at the recent 2010 Washington Forum.

Atotech Holds Plating Summit at German Headquarters

Visitors from 15 European countries attend special Atotech event.

U.S. Industrial Production Inches Up in March

A newly released Federal Reserve report showed U.S. industrial production edged up 0.1% in March and increased at an annual rate of 7.8% in the first quarter.

Metalformers Expect Steady Conditions for the Short Term

The April member survey from the Precision Metalforming Association, or PMA, showed metalforming companies expect no dramatic ups and downs over the next three months

Technic, Inc., Partners With U-Albany NanoCollege

Collaboration between Technic and U-Albany targets the development of low-cost metallization to drive improved efficiency

Plasmatreat To Open U.S. Sales and Technical Center

Steinhagen, Germany-based Plasmatreat GmbH will mark the opening of its U.S. sales and technical Center in Elgin, Ill., with a plasma technology symposium and open house in June.

Boeing Corp. Begins Work on Charleston Final Assembly Facility

Boeing Corp. took another visible step toward full 787 Dreamliner production earlier this month by placing the first steel column for its Charleston 787 final assembly and delivery facility in Charleston, S.C.

GM to Expand U.S. Automotive Battery Lab

GM is doubling the size of the largest and most technologically advanced automotive battery lab in the U.S. to expedite the development of electrically driven vehicles for consumers.

PPG Industries Opens Color Design Studio PPG Industries Opens Color Design Studio

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings recently opened the Shmaze Color Design Studio to help manufacturers and industrial designers accelerate color design and prototype development.

IPC APEX EXPO Announces Top ‘Papers’

The Association Connecting Electronic Industries, or IPC, has announced the winners of this year’s Best U.S. and International Papers at IPC APEX EXPO, held April 6–8, 2010 in Las Vegas.

March Auto Sales Hit High Double-Digits March Auto Sales Hit High Double-Digits

Most automotive suppliers saw sales increases for the month of March—some as high as 48%

U.S. Economy Adds Jobs in March

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported nonfarm payroll employment increased by 162,000 in March, holding the national unemployment rate held steady at 9.7%.

North American Galvanizing & Coatings, Inc. Agrees to Merge with AZZ, Inc.

The merger agreement provides for a wholly owned subsidiary of AZZ to acquire North American Galvanizing & Coatings in a two-step transaction.

NASF Welcomes New Supplier Members

The National Association for Surface Finishing Adds T&J Industries and Polyfab Plastics & Supply to the fold.

Miles Chemical Now 'RDP' Verified

Coveted status is a condition of membership into the National Association of Chemical Distributors.