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Aug. 7, 2008
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Magna Sees North American Auto Production at 13.2 Million For 2008
In its second quarter earnings report, Magna International Inc. said it now sees North American light vehicle production to drop to 13.2 million units for the 2008 calendar year.
Magna is a diversified automotive parts supplier. Read More

Dana Corp. Files To Cease Supplying Parts To Chrysler
Dana Holding Corporation said it has asked the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to allow it to end its existing supply agreement with Chrysler LLC on Dec.31, 2008. Read More

Beck Aluminum To Market Delphi's Patented K-Alloy
Delphi Corp. has agreed to let Beck Aluminum to produce and market Delphi's patented corrosion-resistant K-Alloy.
The agreement is designed to improve the competitiveness of the product through increased availability at attractive prices. Read More

Federal-Mogul to Build Manufacturing Facility in India
Federal-Mogul Corporation said it is planning to build a new facility in Chennai, India, for the manufacture of friction components for Original Equipment and Aftermarket segments. The operation is scheduled to begin production of light vehicle brake and friction components, commercial vehicle and railway friction products by September 2009. Read More

General Dynamics Gets $1.2 Billion Contract For Stryker Production
The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, a contract for production and maintenance of 615 Stryker vehicles. The contract has a total potential value of $1.2 billion; initial funding in the amount of $599 million was provided with the award. Read More

General Dynamics Gets $614 Million Contract For Abrams Tank Upgrades
The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command awarded General Dynamics Land Systems $614 million on August 1 to upgrade 235 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks to the M1A2 Systems Enhancement Package (SEP) Version Two (V2) configuration. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics. Read More

Northrop Grumman Statement On Request for Proposal for Tanker
In the on-going battle for the lucrative contract to replace aging refueling tankers, Northrop Gruman has issued a new statement.
"Northrop Grumman applauds the Defense Department for recognizing the urgency of replacing the Eisenhower-era refueling tankers via a thorough yet speedy revised acquisition process." Read More

Benchmarking at IMTSAmerican Machinist conducted its third annual Benchmark Survey of American Machine Shops between February and April of this year. American Machinist, will review the results of this third annual survey, and talk about what the data means and how shops can use the data to make plans for this year's IMTS. Vernyi also will talk about the program for the Job Shop Day at the IMTS and the speakers that will be featured there. August 20,2008 at 2:00 pm EST
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Tool Shop Optimization:
Concurrent Engineering for Today's Machine Shop
Live Webinar: August 27, 2008 @ 2:00 pm ET Applying concurrent engineering processes to design and manufacturing can help toolmakers increase productivity and shorten product delivery times—improving responsiveness to customers and your company's bottom-line results.How can you make concurrent engineering a success at your machine shop? Attend this free on-line seminar and learn:
  • What is Concurrent Engineering?
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5 Key Strategies For Reduced Cost and Increased Profitability Striving to reduce costs and increase profitability while remaining competitive is no easy task. Epicor Manufacturing talks about ways to plan, schedule, execute and monitor your manufacturing operations – from raw materials to final product – to develop your highest level of flexibility and agility, and to make your operations more competitive. Watch Now!Sponsored by: EPICOR
The only workshop that focuses on the business side of running a machine shop. The 2008 Machine Shop Workshop is an intensive 2-day event featuring peer presentations, best-practices and an emphasis on solving your real-world problems. Your registration includes:
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American Machinist Launches New Internet Forum The American Machinist Forum is a place to share thoughts, ideas and best practices for machine shops. The focus is on making machine shops competitive, efficient and flexible enough to compete in a global environment. You'll find discussion about manpower, use of automation and technology, creative uses of machine tools and a whole lot more. So sign up now and jump in. Click Here
AM Machine Tool Theater
New Machine Tool TheaterAmerican Machinist announces launch of Machine Tool Theater. Watch videos about machining and machining equipment. You'll see faster, more precise machines; cutting tools to process virtually any material; finishing technologies; automation systems; quality instruments and manufacturing software. You'll see how to reduce cycle times and increase productivity. Watch Videos Now
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