Melt/Pour en Accuride Acquiring Rival Truck Wheel-End Producer <div class="node-body article-body">Accuride agreed to acquire KIC LLC for an undisclosed price, and will combine its commercial vehicle wheel, brake drum, rotor, and hub and drum assemblies with its similar Gunite division offerings. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finishing/MRO Melt/Pour News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:52:00 +0000 45991 at <p>KIC LLC&rsquo;s main product lines (top row) include aftermarket brake drums and brake rotors, OEM hub and drum assemblies and hub and rotor assemblies, and steel and aluminum wheels. Accuride&rsquo;s Gunite division (top row) casts, finishes, and assembles brake drums, disc wheel hubs, spoke wheels, rotors, and slack adjusters for the heavy-duty and medium-duty truck, off-highway and bus OEMs and aftermarkets.</p> Titanium Foundry Takes Off <div class="node-body article-body">Great Britain’s AMRC Castings Group is ready to produce titanium castings sized according to the emerging design objectives for the global aerospace industry. The new melt shop is in operation at AMRC Castings, a program operating within the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing at the University of Sheffield. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Melt/Pour Gold Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:46:00 +0000 45761 at <p>The AMRC Castings Group&rsquo;s titanium casting furnace, at the new foundry in Sheffield, England.</p> Ahead of the Trends in Automaking <div class="node-body article-body">The automotive industry is working to prolong its recent growth and redirect its future, a multi-directional strategy that requires vehicle manufacturers to continue revamping and retooling for current needs, simultaneously pushing capital and resources toward visionary ideas for future models, technologies, and production processes. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Melt/Pour Molds/Cores Simulation/IT Gold Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:34:00 +0000 45741 at <p>Grainger &amp; Worrall takes a forward-leaning approach to automotive casting design and casting technology, focusing particularly on light-weighting and size reduction.</p> Kobe Steel Buys Quintus Technologies for $115M <div class="node-body article-body">Kobe Steel Ltd. acquired isostatic press designer and manufacturer Quintus Technologies AB for a reported $115 million. The seller was Milestone Partners, a private-equity firm.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finishing/MRO Melt/Pour News Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:37:00 +0000 45221 at French Foundry Aims to Restart After Investigation <div class="node-body article-body">Areva — a multinational organization active in nuclear energy system design, development, and operation — committed to restart its Le Creusot Forge foundry in France, which has been idled due to an investigation into the production of defective parts for nuclear reactor systems. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Melt/Pour News Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:31:00 +0000 45161 at <p>Le Creusot Forge, which casts steel parts and forges and finishes reactor components, such as parts for steam generator, pressure vessels, pressurizer heads, primary pumps, and primary piping.</p> American Axle Completes $3.3B Takeover of MPG <div class="node-body article-body">American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. completed its takeover of Metaldyne Performance Group Inc., a $3.3-billion cash and debt transaction in November 2016. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finishing/MRO Materials Melt/Pour News Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:12:00 +0000 44631 at <p>While the AAM organization consists mainly of forging and machining operations, the MPG portfolio includes the Grede Foundry iron foundries and finish machining plants, in the U.S. and Mexico.</p> U.S. Manufacturers’ Confidence at 20-Year High, NAM Finds <div class="node-body article-body">The National Assn. of Manufacturers reported that its quarterly Manufacturers’ Outlook survey shows optimism increased to 93.3% during Q1 2017, a record high in the survey’s 20-year history.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Melt/Pour Molds/Cores News Tue, 04 Apr 2017 02:38:00 +0000 43931 at U.S. Leads Automotive Aftermarket, Study Finds <div class="node-body article-body">In 2016, for example, U.S. buyers accounted for 86% or $10.3 billion of overall sales in the North American automotive aftermarket. Through 2021, U.S. aftermarket demand for engine, transmission, and drivetrain components will increase 1.6% annually, less than the rate of increase in the Canadian and Mexican markets.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Melt/Pour Molds/Cores News Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:50:00 +0000 43231 at <p>The Freedonia Group&rsquo;s research report, <em>Automotive Aftermarket in Powertrain Components in North America</em>, is available for purchase.</p> Superior’s Purchase Sets Up a Global Aluminum Wheel Producer <div class="node-body article-body">Superior Industries International Inc. has made a $715-million bid to acquire Uniwheels AG, a deal that it expects will establish itself a global supplier of cast aluminum wheels to numerous automakers. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Melt/Pour News Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:57:00 +0000 42991 at <p>Superior Industries supplies aluminum wheels to BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Uniwheels AG supplies Audi, Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes/AMG, PSA Group, Porsche, Skoda, Volkswagen, and Volvo.</p> Chassix to Build $50M Metalcasting, Machining Plant in Europe <div class="node-body article-body">Chassix, the Michigan-based automotive foundry group, announced plans for a $50-million greenfield plant in the Czech Republic, to produce aluminum chassis and powertrain parts for passenger vehicles. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Melt/Pour News Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:28:00 +0000 42581 at <p>Chassix operates five metalcasting plants in the U.S., including on in Bristol, IN, casting aluminum brackets, control arms, cross members, and steering knuckles for automotive programs.</p>