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.)

In a Changing Market, Grede Keeps on Truckin’ 
Grede Holdings is reaffirming its dedication to commercial vehicle manufacturing and the automotive supply chain
In What Do We Trust?
To be human is to doubt, to reserve a share of uncertainty. This is a problem for modern times, one that cannot be solved by engineering or technology or global market economics.
GE Aviation Picks Winners in Pitch for Casting Alternatives
GE Aviation selected proposals by Burloak Technologies and as winners of its “open innovation challenge” for aviation structural castings.
The New Dimensions of 3DP 
The additive manufacturing revolution has become an evolution for process technology, material science, and design and control.
Economical Fine-Dust Extraction Technique Detailed 
A Chinese steelmaker will be the first to test a new dust extraction and filtration system, developed by the SMS Group.
New Use for Spent Sands: Lining the Landfill 
Environmental engineers propose spent foundry sands as a low water-permeability barrier in landfills.
GM Tech Center in Line for $1B Update
General Motors Corp. is preparing a $1-billion capital-improvement program at the GM Technical Center in Warren, MI.
IBC Winning Orders for High-Tech, Lightweight Parts
IBC Engineered Materials will supply investment castings to UTC Aerospace Systems as parts of “critical imaging systems” for military aircraft.
Developers Planning Huge Automotive Foundry in Gulf Region
Abu Dhabi Ports signed Advanced Manufacturing Solutions (AMS) to develop a foundry producing up to 300,000 metric tons/year of automotive parts.
UK Metalcasting R&D Effort Secures $115M Funding
The U.K. government awarded a $22.5-million grant to finance the Advanced Metal Casting Centre –a basic research center for industrial and commercial scale testing.
BorgWarner Expands in Mexico to Produce EGR Valves
BorgWarner expanded operations at Ramos-Arizpe, Mexico, to produce exhaust gas recirculation modules, ignition coils, and coolant control valves for gas and diesel engines.
Pump/Valve Producer Set to Open New Foundry
GIW Industries will open a new iron foundry in Grovetown, GA, in April, part of a five-year expansion program.
Watching and Learning
Today’s entertainment is diversion bordering on voyeurism. Let’s hope the audience sees no extension of itself there.
Alcoa’s New Titanium Assets Will Boost Investment Casting
Alcoa has an agreement to acquire RTI International Metals for $1.5 billion in stock, continuing Alcoa’s aerospace market expansion.
Niagara Investment Castings Emerges from Asset Sale
Asahi Holdings bought Johnson Matthey’s North American operations, leading to a new identity for an Ontario foundry, now Niagara Investment Castings.
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