GLOBAL AUTOMAKERS TO INCREASE SPENDING ON NEW TECHNOLOGIES DETROIT—In response to consumer demand, senior automotive executives are expected to increase their investment in new technologies to produce more environmentally-friendly, fuelefficient vehicles, according to the 11th annual global automotive survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm. Of the 200 senior executives surveyed, nine out of 10 expect manufacturers and suppliers to focus on new technologies, while 88% predict manufacturers will increase investment on new models/products and 78% say suppliers will do the same. In line with consumer expectations, when asked to rate the importance of alternative fuel technologies to the industry during the next five years, hybrid fuel systems came out on top at almost 85%, followed by battery electric power, 68%; fuel cell electric power, 63%; and biodiesel, 42%. “There’s no doubt that automaker focus on technology will result in great leaps in alternative and hybrid fuel vehicles, with consumers and the environment reaping the benefits in the long run,” said Gary Silberg, national automotive industry leader for KPMG LLP. “The consumer mindset on fuel efficiency is forcing automakers to build more fuel efficient cars and to create new product that satisfies demand.” When asked what would influence consumer purchase decisions during the next five years, fuel efficiency was most frequently cited at 94% and fairly flat from last year’s high of 96%, strongly ahead of other factors, followed by environmental friendliness, just more than 80%; safety innovation, 71%; and vehicle styling, 61%. IMTS HOSTS INDUSTRY INSPIRATION DAY MCLEAN, VA—IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show management will host the first-ever Industry Inspiration Day as part of the September 13 kickoff for the all-new IMTS Industry and Technology Conference. Highlighting the opening day’s events will be a keynote luncheon program featuring speakers from key industrial markets including aerospace, automotive, energy and medical manufacturing. A round-table panel discussion will conclude the luncheon program. “IMTS attendees repeatedly tell us that they come to the show to learn, to network and to find new resources and innovative manufacturing technology resources,” said John Krisko, IMTS director, exhibitions. “We are committing significant energy and resources to make the conference the premier educational offering available to the manufacturing industry.” The IMTS Industry and Technology Conference will bring the industry together, under one roof and at one time, to discuss new opportunities, network with industry peers and explore innovative ways to overcome day-to-day and long-range challenges. The conference program, September 14-17, will focus on six topic tracks featuring a wide range of industry specific sessions including: • Materials Engineering • Machining Technology and Trends • Alternative Manufacturing Processes • Metrology • Plant Operations • Rapid Prototyping For more information on IMTS or to register, visit www.imts.com. CHRYSLER INVESTS IN MICHIGAN ENGINE PLANT AUBURN HILLS, MI—Fiat SpA will build a new, more fuel-efficient engine for Fiat and Chrysler vehicles at a plant near Detroit, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has said. Marchionne said production of the 1. 4-liter, four-cylinder engine will begin in the fourth quarter of this year. It will power the Fiat 500 minicar, which will be made in Mexico and will go on sale in the United States in 2011. It will eventually replace engines in other Chrysler vehicles. Marchionne said the engine’s variable valve timing system, which was developed by Fiat over the past five years, “gives the engine the lungs of an athlete.” It improves fuel-efficiency by 10% and reduces emissions by 20%, he said. Turbocharged and direct-injection versions also are in the works, which will allow the engine to replace some of Chrysler’s V-6 and V-8 engines, Marchionne said. The engine will be built at a plant in Dundee that had been the home of an engine alliance between Chrysler, Mitsubishi Motors and Hyundai. That alliance dissolved after Fiat took control of Chrysler this summer. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority Board in November 2009 approved a $4.6 million, 10-year tax credit for Chrysler in exchange for investing $179 million in the Dundee plant. Marchionne said the investment will create 155 jobs. COGNEX CORPORATION PROMOTES PRESIDENT NATICK, MA—Cognex Corp., has announced the promotion of Robert Willett to president and chief operating officer. Willett will assume these responsibilities in addition to his current role as president of the Modular Vision Systems Division (MVSD), which is the largest operating division of Cognex. In addition to overseeing the MVSD, Willet also will oversee the Surface Inspection Systems Division. PEOPLE NEWS Alfred .. Au has been named the new U.S. operations manager at the National Standards Authority of Ireland (Nashua, NH). Au joins NSAI from the Standards Council of Canada where he was senior program offi cer on conformity assessment, managing such accreditation programs such as Medical Device (CMDCAS, ISO 13485), Quality Management System (ISO 9001 and TL 9000), Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) and Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSAS 18001, Z1000 and Z10). .. Cummins Inc. (Columbus, IN) announced that Rich Freeland has been named president of the company’s engine business. Freeland most recently served as president, components business. Anant Talaulicar will succeed Freeland as president of the components business while continuing to serve in his current capacity as managing director of Cummins India. Both Freeland and Talaulicar will assume their new roles in March 2010. .. Craig Nelson, quality platform manager at Northwire Inc. (Osceola, WI), has been named a certifi ed manager of quality/organizational excellence by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). This certifi cation refl ects Northwire’s global initiative for every professional to be certifi ed to two international and/or national standards. .. Michael A. Noelke has been named executive vice president, sales, marketing and engineering at Tecumseh Products Company (Ann Arbor, MI). .. Seth Aguillard has been appointed regional account manager for Ashtead Technology at its Gulf Coast Region Offi ce in Houston. Aguillard has a background in NDT and operations management and is a qualifi ed Level 2 technician in ultrasonic thickness testing, magnetic particle testing and liquid penetrant testing. .. Tony Mullins has been appointed director of global process control software sales at Rudolph Technologies Inc. (Flanders, NJ). Mullins joins Rudolph following two years of assisting small technology software companies to develop global markets for their products BUSINESS NEWS Extensible CAD Technologies (Raleigh, NC) announced Adaptive Corp. (Cleveland) has joined the InspectionXpert Reseller Program, which will enable Adaptive Corp. to offer fi rst article inspection software to their customers in the aerospace and defense, automotive, oil and gas, and medical device industries. Both products enable users to quickly and accurately balloon their CAD drawings and generate quality inspection report forms for fi rst-article and in-process inspections. .. CyberMetrics Corp.’s Quality Management Division (Phoenix) has announced the release of a Spanish version of the GAGEtrak User’s Manual. Future translation projects on CyberMetrics’ agenda include the GAGEtrak product itself as well as a Spanish version of the Web site. CyberMetrics has provided technical support in Spanish for many years. .. The Industrial Services division of SGS in the Arabian Peninsula (UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar) was awarded with ISO 9001: 2008 certifi cation as recognition for implementing practices that are in accordance with the quality management systems standard. .. Sunburst Electronics (Erie, PA), a contract manufacturer of electronic controls, has announced that it has achieved a new quality milestone – ISO AS 9100. Sunburst’s AS 9100 certifi cation complements the company’s recent alliance with Composifl ex. The two organizations partnered in late 2009 to provide singlesource, advanced technologies for the aerospace market. .. Mar-Med Co. (Grand Rapids, MI), a medical device manufacturing company, has received ISO 13485: 2003 certifi cation. The certifi cation is for Mar-Med Co’s Tourni-Cot product, which allows for occlusion of blood vessels during digit surgery. .. Diagnosys Systems (Kissimmee, FL) has announced plans for expanding its Westford, MA, operation to support a number of new contracts requiring electronic functional test solutions for circuit cards and electronic modules. Due to a continued increase in sales and demand for diagnostic test solutions, Diagnosys also will be increasing its Florida facility.
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