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.)

Automotive Parts Supplier Expanding its Mexican Iron Foundry
MAT Foundry Group Ltd., a manufacturer of ductile iron castings for automotive brake systems, plans to expand its foundry in Ecatepec, Mexico, adding 30,000 metric tons/year of capacity.
Magna Building a New U.K. Aluminum Diecasting Plant
Magna International Inc. plans to build a new aluminum diecasting plant in Telford, England, to supply automotive parts to Jaguar Land Rover, the largest automaker based in the U.K.
New Ownership for Scaled Back Dalton Foundry
Investment funds Speyside Equity and Beckner Clevy Partners purchased Dalton Foundry Co. from Neenah Enterprises Inc., including its dedicated machine shop. The value of the purchase was not announced.
Columbus Steel Castings Now Idle, in Bankruptcy, Seeking Sale
Production ceased May 9 at Columbus Steel Castings Co., and the Ohio steel foundry is part of a bankruptcy filing by its parent company, and a potential asset sale.
Brillion Iron Works Wins Long-Term Contract with Detroit Diesel
Brillion Iron Works earned a new long-term contract to supply cast and machined flywheels to Detroit Diesel for its DT12 automated manual transmission, and it was named a strategic source for machined flywheels to Detroit Diesel in North America.
Project Seeks Data to Track, Predict Corrosion in Aircraft Parts
The Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) program initiated a research program dedicated to developing a database and computer models that will predict corrosion in aluminum alloys, in airplanes and other transport applications.
CGI Output Cuts Temper Q1 Results for SinterCast
SinterCast AB reported mixed results in its first-quarter 2016 statement, with mostly stable activity but reduced production levels for some of the casting programs it supplies, resulting in lower quarterly revenues.
Dynacast Sets Up New Plant for Finish Machining
Die caster Dynacast International opened a new plant in Tijuana, Mexico, as an extension of its Lake Forest, Calif., plant, housing some secondary operations, including CNC machining. The move will make more valuable space available at the California location, though the company only vaguely indicated its future plans there involve “complex operations and highly skilled jobs.”
Recognizing and Overcoming the Data Barrier 
Manufacturers use ERP to capture and evaluate data, and now the objective is shifting to optimize who can, or will, do the data analysis. According to one ERP developer, this is exposing generational differences in manufacturing organizations
The Changes That Will Keep Waupaca Foundry on Track 
Following its merger with Hitachi Metals Automotive Component, Waupaca Foundry’s new CEO Mike Nikolai explained the iron casting group’s three-year, four-point plan to shift resources and expand its production profile as it adapts to the changing demands of a growing automotive market.
Compelling Case for Casting Custom Precision Parts 
Casting Technology International Ltd. has advanced its novel Replicast process to produce steel impellers that achieve the inherently challenging narrow passageways that are critical to a pump’s operation.
Are We Coming to the End Now?
Every market adjusts rationally to irrational developments, so what should we suppose will happen now that domestic policies and global macroeconomics are guiding large U.S. businesses to prioritize savings over growth
Brembo’s Global Expansion Continues with Michigan Iron Foundry
Automotive brake manufacturer Brembo SpA reported success with the first pouring of gray iron at its greenfield foundry in Homer, Mich., a $100-million plant designed to produce 80,000 tons/year of brake discs.
Columbus Castings Faces Decision on Sale or Shutdown
Columbus Castings is negotiating to sell itself to an unnamed buyer, but has made its 799 employees aware that failing to secure that new equity stake could result in a shutdown of the Ohio steel foundry.
Waupaca Pursuing Ambitious Expansion, Investment Strategy
Following the completion of its merger with Hitachi Metals Automotive, Waupaca Foundry Inc. set forth a four-part, three-year plan to develop new capacity in Mexico and modernize operations at two of its six current foundries.
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