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October 20, 2021

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An ongoing computer chip shortage may be the beginning of challenges for automotive suppliers, consulting firm Deloitte said in a report. The industry’s shift toward electric vehicles means supply chains for other materials and goods may tighten, according to the report. Among the items vital for EV production are commodities such as lithium, cobalt and nickel.


Boeing Co. disclosed that some titanium 787 Dreamliner parts weren't made properly over the past three years, Reuters reported. The issue does not affect the immediate safety of flights. Boeing has notified the FAA and is trying to determine how many aircraft have the defective parts. The parts were provided by Leonardo Spa, which purchased them from Italy-based Manufacturing Processes Specification.

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Supply chain disruptions are especially troublesome to the aerospace industry and its Tier suppliers, writes Contributing Editor Kip Hanson. “Perhaps the biggest obstacle we’ve seen in the global supply chain over the past year and a half has been lead-time unpredictability,” said Jeremy Tancredi, a partner in operations excellence/supply chain at West Monroe, a Chicago-based business and technology consulting firm.

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The steel industry is feeling the impact of the shift to more electric vehicle investment, an official of a trade group said. “What’s different now is what do these structures look like around the battery?” said John Catterall, vice president of the automotive program for the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). “The battery needs protecting. We’re working with our customers.”

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) said that online registration is available for its 2022 AMUG Conference, which will be held in Chicago, April 3-7, 2022. The AMUG Conference is a users’ event that is open to owners and operators of industrial additive manufacturing (AM) technologies used for professional purposes.


ZEISS said it has completed its acquisition of Capture 3D. With the deal done, Capture 3D has become part of the ZEISS Industrial Quality & Research segment. Customers will have continued support, with the advantage of quality measurement solutions and expanded experience from one source, ZEISS said.

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