Category Archives: auto

High school co-op student dies at work placement

At a time when we’re having a hard time finding people interested and willing to go into trades, despite a shortage, it’s inexcusable that co-op students are exempt from health and safety laws. High school co-op student dies at work … Continue reading

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American Axle to avoid Chapter 11

From the Detroit Free Press American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. said Thursday it reached a new deal with its lenders and its largest customer, General Motors Co., that will allow the supplier to avert a bankruptcy filing. The new deal … Continue reading

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Metaklett, A Steely Hook And Loop Fastener

From Science Daily:Hook and loop fasteners have become commonplace features of both industry and households. However, they have one snag: they are too weak for many applications. Hook and loop fasteners made of spring steel have now been developed at … Continue reading

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US to loan $5.9 bln to Ford to aid fuel efficiency

Well, this is interesting, especially when combined with a few other developments I’ll speak about after the quote. The US government will loan 5.9 billion dollars to Ford Motor Co. and 1.6 billion dollars to Japanese automaker Nissan to invest … Continue reading

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Auto parts makers to shed 37,000 jobs this year, Conference Board forecasts

More bad news for Canadian stampers. One can expect roughly the same results south of the border, at least in proportion. From Yahoo! Canada Finance The Conference Board of Canada says auto parts makers will cut 37,000 jobs, or about … Continue reading

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Chrysler dealers left without vehicles

Here’s another amusing (well, probably not to the dealers) side of the Chrysler saga. From the (Toronto) Globe and Mail: Chrysler Group LLC will start cranking out vehicles at seven of its North American assembly plants on June 29, but … Continue reading

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Chrysler plants will open in weeks: Fiat

From Canadian Manufacturing News, a Rogers publication. Some tentatively good news for stampers: Fiat [which now controls Chrysler] announced plans to resume production at its Brampton and Windsor plants and five other North American factories at the end of June. … Continue reading

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GM aftershocks

From the Globe and Mail, today. Someone is starting to think about parts suppliers now. The impact of GM’s Chapter 11 filing has already started rippling through the supply network. Several companies, including Lear Corp., Johnson Controls Inc., TRW Automotive … Continue reading

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GM Declares Bankruptcy

Well, given the events of the last few weeks, this is hardly a surprise. None-the-less, now it is really happening. From Yahoo Finance, originally from AP General Motors Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday as part of the … Continue reading

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Tax Funded Head-Start for Low Cost Country Tool & Die Makers

Joe Brown, in his blog, wrote an excellent, fictionalized (I presume) account of what it’s like to be laid off, followed by an excellent analysis of why we’re losing tooling money offshore and how the car companies are encouraging this. … Continue reading

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