OEM News 03/20/2008


March 20, 2008
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Articles
CEO Says Ford Motor Co. Ready For Expected Decline In Auto Sales
Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of the Ford Motor Co., said his company is prepared if auto sales drop to a 15 million unit level in 2008. Mulally spoke at the Morgan Stanley Global Automotive Conference. A webcast with his remarks is available. Read Full Story
Boeing Protesting Air Force Contract Award
Boeing Company has filed a protest to ask the U.S. Government Accountability Office to review the decision by the U.S. Air Force to award a contract to a team of Northrop Grumman and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) to replace aerial refueling tankers. Read Full Story
Harley Davidson To Announce Earnings
Harley Davidson will announce its first quarter earnings in an Internet-based teleconference at 8 a.m., Central Time, on April 17. The teleconference is open to the public. Read Full Story
General Electric Co. Investing In Wind Farms
General Electric Co., through its GE Energy Financial Services unit, is investing in wind farms in Illinois and Texas with wind power developer Invenergy Wind LLC. The wind farms are designed to produce nearly 250 megawatts of emissions-free electricity. Read Full Story
Cummins Inc. Announces Support For EPA Marine Engine Rule
Diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. announced it and the Engine Manufacturers Association support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Final Marine Engine Rule.
The Final Marine Engine Rule is intended to reduce emissions from diesel-fuelled engines installed in marine vessels and locomotives, and completes a series of national emissions standards that apply to diesel engines used for a range of major applications. Read Full Story
Coca-Cola Buys Hybrid Electric Trucks
Coca-Cola Enterprises said it will purchase 120 new trucks in 2008 that are powered by Eaton Corp.'s hybrid electric drivetrain system.
The Coca-Cola order represents the largest North American commercial order to date for Eaton's hybrid systems and follows the beverage company's purchase of 20 trucks with Eaton hybrid power systems in 2007. The Eaton hybrid-electric drivetrain decrease emissions by about 32 percent and fuel consumption by 37 percent compared to conventionally-powered trucks in Coca-Cola's fleet. Coca-Cola also reported lower maintenance costs on the hybrid-powered trucks. Read Full Story
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AM THIRD ANNUAL BENCHMARK SURVEY
American Machinist is conducting its third annual Benchmarking Survey, providing the industry with the largest body of performance benchmark data available on machine shop operations. Key findings from the study will be reported in the magazine and American Machinist.com throughout the year, and the results will enable managers, like you, to compare your facilities to industry norms and gain a competitive edge in today's challenging business environment.
www.AMBsurvey.com
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