Industry Trends & Happenings News for January 2010

Industry Trends & Happenings News Archive

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.

Nordson Corporation Names New President & CEO

The board of directors of Nordson Corporation recently named Michael F. Hilton president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 16, 2010. Hilton, who will also join Nordson’s board of directors, will succeed retiring president and CEO Edward P. Campbell, who will continue to serve as Nordson’s chairman of the board until the company’s Feb. 16, 2010 annual meeting of shareholders.

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.

Electronics Report Shows Printed Circuit Board Shipments Fell in November

The Association Connecting Electronic Industries, or IPC, recently announced that rigid PCB shipments declined 11.3% and bookings were down 4.1% in November 2009 from November 2008. Year to date, rigid PCB shipments were down 24.8% and bookings fell by 21.3%.