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As automakers embrace lightweighting as a key strategy to meet more stringent efficiency standards, that’s led to a shift toward new materials and new production processes designed to take unneeded mass out of vehicles.

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A growing market in the southern United States has prompted one local manufacturer to expand its operations to the Lone Star State.

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U.S. automotive sales are about 1 million units below where they should be given the long-term historical patterns in the industry.

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Since the dawn of the automotive industry more than a century ago, suppliers have come to expect production to have its ups and downs, but generally rise over the long term — much like the stock market. But that period of unbridled growth could come to an end within a generation.

Published in Manufacturing

The state’s senior automotive adviser has one simple request for industry and supply chain executives: “Bring a buddy back.”

Published in Manufacturing

A new report issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has some good news for Michigan’s auto industry.

Published in Manufacturing

A new study outlines a path for southern states to play more of a key role in the evolving automotive industry. The prescription: Get what Michigan’s already got — the brains of the auto industry. With the South nipping at the state’s heels, the report suggests Michigan must continue to bolster its supply chain clusters, technological innovation and skilled workforce.

Published in Manufacturing

Contrary to widespread belief, Asia does not have a lock on electronics manufacturing.

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As most of the automotive industry suffers through capacity constraints as it ramps up production volumes, one market segment that’s had the exact opposite problem is battery electric vehicles.

Published in Focus

The notion that people gave up their pickup trucks as a result of the recession, the housing downturn and high gas prices is “an optical illusion.” So says Itay Michaeli, director of the U.S. auto and auto parts division at Citi Investment Research & Analysis.

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