Robert Brooks

Foundry Management & Technology

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.
Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)

Alcoa Splitting ‘Downstream’ Metal from ‘Upstream’ Value-Added Products
Alcoa will separate into two companies, one comprising primary aluminum production and one incorporating value-added lines of business.
Mercury Casting Contracts BuhlerPrince to Expand HPDC
BuhlerPrince, Inc. partners with Mercury Marine to deliver the largest high pressure die casting machine built in North America
Metaldyne Launches Five-Year Expansion in Indiana
Metaldyne LLC is adding 37,000 square feet to its Bluffton, IN, plant to accommodate future expansion of automotive transmission production.
Semiconductor Biz Shows Promise for Beralcast
IBC Engineered Materials will supply finished beryllium-aluminum castings to an unnamed Asian semiconductor manufacturer.
The Dawn of a New Era
When the old economy and the "New Economy" converge in a new dimension of information and commerce will we measure success by facts, rather than promises?
Simulating Real Casting Production, Real Fast
Thanks to effective studies using ESI Group’s QuikCast simulation software, Epcor Foundries won new aluminum casting business.
Accelerating Production Design, and Getting It Right 
Epcor Foundries won new business thanks to ESI’s QuikCast simulation software help designing a better mold.
Lightening Strikes Again, Now for Aluminum Diecasting 
LIFT’s new research initiative aims to develop vacuum-aided diecasting methods for aerospace, defense, and automotive manufacturing.
New Venture Formed to Develop, Produce Metal 3DP Systems
Fives formed a venture with The Michelin Group to develop industrial machinery for metal 3DP.
IBC Awarded Another Tooling Contract by Lockheed
IBC has a Lockheed contract for hard tooling to qualify Beralcast castings for the Sniper ATP system.
New Order for F-35 Investment Castings to IBC
IBC Engineered Materials gained a new purchase order from Lockheed Martin, its second for the high-profile F-35 Lightning II program.
Alcoa Investing in R&D to Maximize 3DP
Alcoa outlined a $60-million expansion for R&D, and other strategies to maximize its additive manufacturing capabilities.
GE Confirms Lufkin Foundry Shutdown
GE Oil & Gas will close its iron foundry in Lufkin, TX, the plant it proposed to modernize last year.
Materion Delivers F-35 Investment Castings, Wins New Orders
Materion delivered its first aluminum-beryllium investment castings to Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Electro-Optical Targeting System.
Researching Scaled Up Vacuum-Aided Aluminum Diecasting
LIFT’s new research initiative aims to develop vacuum-aided diecasting methods for aerospace, defense, and automotive manufacturing.
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