Mary Barra and Bill Ford on the Importance of Manufacturing During COVID-19

GM and Ford’s response to the pandemic and how they’re preparing for the future are highlighted on 60 Minutes


GM Inks $490 Million Ventilator Contract Under Defense Production Act

Partnership with Ventec to yield 30,000 ventilators by August


Volvo Adds Plug-In Hybrid XC40 Crossover

Volvo Car Corp. says the launch of a plug-in hybrid version of its new XC40 compact crossover vehicle makes the company the world’s first to offer such variants for all models. 


Stopping “Spoofing”; Durability, Affordability in Fuel Cells; Hot (Beamed) Wheels; What Intel Capital Sees in TriEye

Stopping “Spoofing”; Durability, Affordability in Fuel Cells; Hot (Beamed) Wheels; What Intel Capital Sees in TriEye


Racing to Advanced Manufacturing

Brad Keselowski, who drives for Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is taking what he’s learned about the importance of advanced technology on the track to  manufacturing. 

Additive Manufacturing

3D Printing Comes to Titanium Wheel Production

The HRE3D+ wheel produced by HRE Performance Wheels and GE Additive is billed as the first 3D-printed titanium wheel.

Additive Manufacturing

About Additive

If you’re interested in what 3D/additive can/can’t do, then you might want to attend the Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Automotive, that is being held at the first industry day of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), January 16, in Cobo Center. 


Toyota, Geely Eye Partnership on Hybrid Cars

Toyota Motor Corp. is exploring potential partnerships with China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. on electric-hybrid vehicle technology, according to media reports.

Senate Panel Clears King to Head NHTSA

Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has been cleared by a Senate committee for confirmation as the agency’s leader.


China’s Geely Begins Rollout of 30 “New-Energy” Models

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. has introduced the first two of 30 “new-energy” vehicles the company expects to launch in China between now and 2020.

Additive Manufacturing

Ford Invests in 3D-Printing Startup

Desktop Metal Inc., a Burlington, Mass.-based 3D printing company, says it has raised an additional $65 million to bring total investment in the firm to $277 million.

Former GE Exec Named Nissan’s Chief Information Officer

Nissan Motor Co. has hired Anthony Thomas as a corporate vice president and chief information officer, effective Oct. 23.


BMW Invests in 3D Printing Startup

Desktop Metal Inc. says it raised $45 million in its third round of financing to bring total investment in the Burlington, Mass.-based 3D printing startup to $97 million.       

Internet of Things

Introducing “IoT Platforms”: Comparing IoT Platforms

Last month, an article introduced the latest “platform” on the factory floor: the Internet of Things (IoT) platform. Here is what these platforms comprise.

Internet of Things

Introducing “IoT Platforms”: What is IoT?

The latest “platform” for factory floor applications is aimed at the Internet of Things (IoT). Here’s why this platform is important and what it comprises.

Rice Grads Develop Device to Protect Infant Passengers

Every summer we hear the horrible stories about someone who has left an infant in a car.

April is the Windiest Month

Like many auto companies, Honda is working to reduce its environmental impact.

Industrial Control Keeps Getting Better

The changes in PLCs and PACs aren’t so much in operational, but in networking, user interface, and compute horsepower.


CNG Availability and Price Proposition

Although there is a tremendous amount of interest in the electrification of the vehicle—there must be something there, not only because of the tremendous investments being made in the technology (for example, there’s this article in the current issue of the magazine about GM and electrification), but also because of the sturm und drang associated with it (as in the recent Tesla-versus-the-New York Times situation). But some people think that there is a more immediate means by which there can be reduced use of petroleum without wholesale changes to vehicle architectures: compressed natural gas (CNG). As this map from the U.S.

Additive Manufacturing

EuroMold 2012 Introduces Two New 3D Printers

3D Tech & the Re-localization of Manufacturing


Solidscape’s 3ZPRO, Wireless Production

Better 3D materials; powerful powders/thriftier aluminum parts; wireless 3D printer; SLS material minds the gap.


EV Battery Boost from Research Program?

Although the biggest challenge for the proliferation of electric vehicles (EVs) is undoubtedly the battery—they tend to be expensive, heavy, and not all that great when it comes to providing range—arguably, given the number of organizations that are zealously trying to develop batteries this is something that is likely to be overcome.

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