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January 10, 2022


The continuing computer chip shortage and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will slow down the auto industry’s recovery, forecasting company IHS Markit said in a presentation. The industry “can sell what we make,” Colin Couchman, executive director, global light vehicle forecasting for IHS Markit, said in a webinar. “We can only make what we have the parts for.”


Machine tool orders in October soared compared with a year earlier, AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology said. October 2021 orders were up 50 percent from the same period a year earlier. Also, AMT said orders for the August through October period were the highest in 23 years.




In 2020, Zeiss Industrial Quality Solutions opened the company’s Quality Excellence Center in Wixom, Mich. Zeiss reports that the facility is helping to boost business. The facility consolidated four Zeiss operations in southeastern Michigan.

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Power management company Eaton announced a $4.9 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to reduce the cost and complexity of deploying direct-current (DC) fast electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Under the three-year program, Eaton will develop and demonstrate a novel, compact and turnkey solution for DC fast-charging infrastructure.



The emergence of third-generation advanced high-strength steel, known as 3rd Gen AHSS, may have an impact on automotive manufacturing, a trade group said. The new generation of steel permits “more elongation,” John Catterall, vice president, automotive market for the American Iron and Steel Institute, said in an interview. “You can now stamp more complex parts. That maybe allows you to be more cost-effective.”


Boeing Co. has an ambitious plan “to unify sprawling design, production and airline services operations under a single digital ecosystem” in as little as two years, Reuters reported. The news service said that “the overarching goals of improving quality and safety have taken on greater urgency and significance as the company tackles multiple threats.”



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