MFGWATCH.COM REPORTS DIP IN NORTH AMERICAN SUPPLY CHAIN RISKS ATLANTA—MFG.com has announced the results of its latest two-part MFGWatch survey. For the fifth consecutive quarter, more than one-third of North American manufacturers responding to the quarterly survey said that they have experienced a significant supply chain disruption in the past three months. Other findings include: • North American Buyers in Q3 2010 have shown some improved employment activity. Twenty-six percent of large manufacturers state that they have increased employment, an improvement over the 18% from the previous quarter. Conversely, while the 21% that had indicated they had reduced staffs is down slightly from the previous quarter, it is still much higher than those that anticipated any retraction (8%). • For the first time since Q3 2009, there are fewer large manufacturers in North America that have experienced a significant supply chain disruption than from the previous quarter. The 40% that stated they’d experienced those disruptions represents a 51% drop from the previous quarter. • The number of large North American manufacturers that have repatriated production from low-cost countries (19%) is only slightly less than those from the previous quarter (21%). However, while this percentage still represents a significant increase from Q1 2010 (12%), recent trade and other economic policies put in place may impact these figures in the first two quarters of 2011 and beyond. • North American suppliers for small and medium manufacturers reported a higher contraction rate of business conditions, with 19% stating they’d experienced less business in Q3 2010. That number is up from 14% in Q2, and represents a significant contraction in the North American manufacturing sector. Also, while those reporting growth in their businesses remained flat from Q2 (40%), that number exceeds those that anticipated growth from the previous quarter (27%). • In alignment with contracting business conditions, small and mediumsized manufacturers state that they are not hiring. Employment in this sector remained virtually the same in Q3 2010, with 26% adding jobs (compared with 29% in the previous quarter) and 18% reducing headcount in both Q2 and Q3. However, realities trumped expectations, as only 5% predicted staff reductions prior to this most recent MFGWatch survey. • North American suppliers in Q3 2010 reported less activity from larger sourcing manufacturers under duress from supply chain disruptions than in the previous quarter (37% and 42%, respectively). These responses are in line with large North American manufacturers’ lower reported incidents of actual disruptions. However, the most recent 37% virtually matches the levels reported in the same quarter of 2009. • Fewer North American original equipment manufacturers and large manufacturers say that they expect to research bringing production closer to North America in the coming months (33%, compared to 38% in Q2 2010). VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN AND COMMERCE SECRETARY LOCKE PRESENT BALDRIGE AWARD FOR INNOVATION GAITHERSBURG, MA—Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Gary Locke presented five U.S. organizations with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence. The ceremony—the 22th in the history of the award—honored the 2009 recipients: Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (Kansas City, MO) for manufacturing; MidwayUSA (Columbia, MO) in the small business category; AtlantiCare (Egg Harbor Township, NJ) in the healthcare segment; Heartland Health (St. Joseph, MO), also in healthcare; and Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center (Albuquerque, NM) for the nonprofit sector. The 2009 Baldrige Award recipients were selected from a field of 70 applicants. All of the applicants were evaluated rigorously by an independent board of examiners in seven areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. The evaluation process for each of the recipients included about 1,000 hours of review and an on-site visit by a team of examiners to clarify questions and verify information in the applications. KBB.COM: TOYOTA REGAINS TOP SPOT FOR MOST-CONSIDERED BRAND IRVINE, CA—According to the latest Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence Brand Watch study, Toyota has regained the top spot as the most considered auto brand among new-car shoppers. Toyota consistently captured the most-considered auto brand title from Q1 2007 through Q3 2009, but then fell to the number-two spot for Q4 2009 through Q2 2010, during which time the company experienced its high-profile recall crisis and domestic auto manufacturer Ford surged ahead to capture the top spot. In addition to being the mostconsidered auto brand overall regardless of segment for Q3 2010, Toyota is the most-considered brand in the non-luxury sedan/coupe/hatchback and non-luxury SUV/CUV segments, and consideration of Toyota trucks also considerably rebounded this quarter. For Q3 2010, Ford and Honda are tailing Toyota, with only one percentage point separating these top three brands in overall consideration in the latest Brand Watch study. Rounding out the top five most-considered among the 37 new-vehicle brands tracked in the Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence study are Chevrolet and Nissan. Consideration for Korean automaker Hyundai, which ousted Nissan for the No. 5 spot last quarter, slipped to sixth place for Q3 2010 as Nissan’s consideration gained three percentage points since Q2 2010. “The latest Brand Watch data from Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence indicates that Toyota is slowly recovering from its public-perception crisis and regaining a position of prominence in the minds of new-car shoppers,” says James Bell, executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com. “However, whether Toyota will ascend as high as it was before the recall crisis remains yet to be seen. Hot competition from the likes of Ford, Honda, Chevrolet, Nissan and Hyundai could make it very hard for Toyota to keep a strong lead moving forward.” New-car shoppers rank durability/ reliability, fuel efficiency, driving comfort, driving performance and safety (respectively) as the top five importance factors while shopping for their next new vehicle. Specific to the non-luxury sedan/ coupe/hatchback segment, Hyundai consideration maintains a slight advantage at fourth place over fifth-place Nissan, following Toyota, Honda and Ford. Additionally, for the first time, Mitsubishi was rated as having the best image in this category. In consideration of the non-luxury SUV/CUV segment, both Nissan and Jeep saw significant increases in consideration over the prior quarter. In addition, Subaru made its first appearance as the top-ranked brand among the importance factors of safety and versatility/flexibility in this category. Specific to the luxury sedan/coupe/ hatchback segment, BMW has regained the top spot for consideration in Q3 2010, followed by Lexus, Audi, Acura and Mercedes-Benz, respectively. While Mercedes-Benz places fifth for consideration in this segment, it continues to garner the top rank for most of the factors of importance—driving comfort, safety, interior design/layout, luxuriousness/sophistication, prestige/ brand status, family friendliness. In consideration of the luxury SUV/ CUV segment, Lexus remains the most-considered brand for Q3 2010, even though the brand’s consideration has been eroding for the last few quarters. Following Lexus for top consideration of luxury SUV/CUVs are Acura, Cadillac, Lincoln and BMW. Ford continues to remain the mostconsidered truck brand, experiencing a dramatic increase in consideration since Q2 2010. In addition, its safety ratings have edged out driving performance to round out the top factors of importance for trucks. Honda continues to remain the most-considered minivan brand, yet of all minivan brands, only domestic automakers Chrysler and Dodge experienced a slight increase in minivan consideration for Q3 2010 throughout the previous quarter. The Q3 2010 Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence Brand Watch Study was fielded to more than 2,700 in-market new-car shoppers on Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com from July 8 to Sept. 23, 2010. PMA REPORT: ECONOMIC IMPROVEMENT EXPECTED CLEVELAND, OH—According to the December 2010 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate a significant spike in business conditions during the next three months. Conducted monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 136 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada. The December report shows that 40% of participants forecast an improvement in economic activity during the next three months (up from only 20% in November), 46% predict that activity will remain unchanged (compared to 57% last month) and 14% report that activity will decline (down from 23% in November). Metalforming companies also expect improvement in incoming orders for the next three months. Forty-four percent of participants predict an increase in orders (up from 25% in November), 40% anticipate no change (compared to 50% last month) and 16% predict a decrease in orders (down from 25% in November). However, average daily shipping levels dipped in December. Thirty-five percent of participants report that shipping levels are below levels of three months ago (up from 28% in November), 38% report that shipping levels are the same as three months ago (compared to 45% in November), and 27% report an increase in shipping levels (the same percentage reported in November). The percentage of metalforming companies with a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff increased to 16% in December from 15% in November. The number is much lower than one year ago, when 56% of companies reported workers on short time or layoff. “Metalforming company executives clearly are looking forward to an uptick in business levels after the holiday season,” says William E. Gaskin, PMA president. “This follows a fairly strong performance in 2010, where our average member company experienced 38% higher shipments and 44% higher orders during the first 10 months of the year, compared to 2009. The endof- year fall-off appears to be a seasonal dip and not a harbinger of a doubledip recession. PMA looks forward to working with pro-manufacturing legislators in the next Congress to improve the outlook for manufacturing in the years ahead.” 2011 NORTH AMERICAN CAR, TRUCK OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED DETROIT—The Chevrolet Volt was named the 2011 North American Car of the Year and the Ford Explorer was named the 2011 North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show. The winners were chosen by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. While hybrid vehicles have won four times in the 18 years that the awards have been given, this was the first win for a vehicle that can move a meaningful distance on electric power alone. The awards are unique in the United States because instead of being given by a single media outlet they are awarded by a coalition of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. It is the fourth time General Motors has won the North American Car of the Year. Most recently, the Chevrolet Malibu was the 2008 North American Car of the Year. It was the second year in a row that a Ford was named the North American Truck of the Year. Last year the winner was the Transit Connect. It is also the seventh time a Ford has been the “North American Truck of the Year,” a category it has dominated. To be eligible a vehicle must be all new or “substantially changed.” RENISHAW OPENS INDIAN TRAINING CENTER PUNE, INDIA— Renishaw (Gloucester, UK) recently opened its first dedicated demonstration and training center for the Indian market at its main office in Pune, India. The 2,000-square-foot facility houses computerized numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools and coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) from local Indian manufacturers, which together with supporting seminar rooms, will allow Renishaw to meet the increasing need for training and support being generated by its rapidly expanding customer base within India. Renishaw has traded in India for more than 25 years, and in 2000 it created Renishaw Metrology Private Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary based in Bangalore. The new demonstration and training center will offer technical support to both Renishaw’s OEM customers and end-users. Within India, Renishaw also has set up a procurement operation to directly source components from Indian vendors, while a development team specializing in metrology software. The sales and marketing operation for India is focused in Bangalore, with regional offices in Delhi (Gurgaon) and Pune, supported by resident sales engineers in other industrial centers. Total employee numbers within India now exceed 100. The Renishaw Group currently has operations in 30 countries, with employees totaling more than 2,100. UTC NAMES QUALITY CONTROLLED MANUFACTURING SUPPLIER GOLD WINNER SAN DIEGO—Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. (QCMI, San Diego) was awarded the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Supplier Gold award. QCMI is the only complex machining company in the continental United States to achieve UTC Supplier Gold for two consecutive years. The program acknowledges a supplier for its performance over the course of at least 12 consecutive months. The UTC Supplier Gold process is a method for aligning and linking the entire value stream around customerfocused metrics. One of its benefits is the facilitation and acceleration of performance improvements. The criteria address the applicant’s quality, delivery, lean practices and customer satisfaction. Participation is voluntary and nominations for the Supplier Gold assessment process must come from UTC divisions or the corporate office. The Hamilton Sundstrand supply chain management team re-nominated the manufacturer for the Supplier Gold recertification process. Upon UTC’s acceptance of the nomination, QCMI documented performance levels over a 12-month time period. Performance excellence was determined through supplier excellence criteria such as quality and delivery, market feedback analysis, lean assessment and an on-site validation visit by the supplier gold team. The standalone initiative required QCMI to actively utilize quality and lean tools. The following assessments were included: certified quality clinic system; relentless root cause analysis and corrective action; process certification; standardized work processes; set-up reduction; value stream mapping; continuous improvement; sort, set-in-order, shine, standardize, sustain methodologies; and total production maintenance. ASSOCIATION NEWS The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS, Benbrook, TX), the membership association for measurement professionals, has announced a call for papers in anticipation of its 2011 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC). The 27th annual event will be held in Phoenix, AZ, from July 25-29, 2011. Metrology professionals from leading manufacturers, science laboratories and academia are invited to submit abstracts for presentations and technical papers about best practices, scientifi c R&D and successful applications of 3-D coordinate measurement systems. The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 2011. Those whose papers are accepted will be notifi ed on April 1, 2011. Guidelines for presentations and technical papers can be downloaded at www.Hitechmarketing.com/images/CMSCTechPaperGuidelines2011.pdf SAE International (Warrendale, PA)’s voting membership elected two officers and five directors to its 2011 Board of Directors. Those elected as officers include: • 2011 president - Richard E. Kleine, vice president, Cummins Inc. • Sector vice president, commercial vehicle - Bharat Vedak, Deere & Co. Those elected as directors include: • Susan Collet - Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America Inc. • Klaus Hoehn - Deere & Co. • Dr. Sandra Kay Krug - Baker College of Clinton Township • Dr. Sun Wing Lui - Retired, Hong Kong Polytechnic University • David Vasquez - Honeywell International Inc. The president will serve a one-year term; the sector vice president, commercial vehicle and directors will serve three-year terms. All began their terms in January 2011. PEOPLE NEWS ASE Optics (Rochester, NY) has appointed Jennifer Rouke to its optical engineering team. Rouke holds a Ph.D. in Optics from the University of Rochester and brings theoretical and experimental experience at the U of R Institute of Optics—including work with gradient index (GRIN) materials, fabrication of GRIN glass, interferometric measurement of index profi les and wavefronts, derivation of birefringent GRIN ray tracing equations, and modeling of fringe patterns—to the role. Master3DGage (Anaheim, CA) has appointed Ron Branch to the role of product manager. Branch brings more than 20 years of handson machine shop experience, as well as expertise in 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) design and lean, in-process inspection, to the role. As Master3-DGage product manager, Branch’s duties include providing technical training to resellers, developing training materials and supporting sales with open houses and trade shows. He will be available to write technical articles for industry magazines. His most recent article is currently featured in the November 2010 issue of Quality Magazine. Chemsultants International (Mentor, OH) has promoted Berry Decker to technical project manager and Cheryl Saqqa to testing project leader. Decker began her career at Chemsultants in 2007, working in the area of fuel cell membrane development. Over the past three years, Decker has made signifi cant contributions to completing projects in medical and industrial product applications, from the idea stage to full commercialization. In her new role, Decker will have responsibility for working with and leading other Chemsultants development staff to manage all product development projects. Saqqa joined Chemsultants in 1991 as a laboratory technician. Since 1991 Saqqa has worked on diverse product testing projects, including custom test method development. She also has contributed to product development projects, contract manufacturing quality assurance and the transition of new products from the Chemsultants lab through pilot scale up to manufacturing. In her new role, Saqqa will be responsible for planning, resource allocation and completion of testing projects, as well as testing support for new product development projects. Polymer Technologies Inc. (PTI, Clifton, NJ), a custom plastic and metal injection molding company, has appointed Neal Goldenberg as its new president. Goldenberg previously served as CFO and executive vice president at Polymer Tech. In addition to previous roles at Polymer beginning in 1997 that encompassed marketing and purchasing responsibilities, he held positions in fi nance in Boston. In his new role, Goldenberg will be responsible for identifying new opportunities, both domestic and international, within the aerospace, medical and surgical markets. ASQ (Milwaukee, WI) has appointed John T. Fowler as managing director of ASQ Global. Fowler will expand ASQ’s presence throughout the world, focusing on membership growth, business growth and developing and implementing strategic and operating plans. Fowler brings more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including executive roles in sales and marketing, to the role. Most recently, as chief global services offi cer of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention, he was responsible for opening USP offi ces in India, China, Brazil and Switzerland. The supervisory board of Basler AG (Ahrensburg, Germany) has appointed Arndt Bake to its management board. As chief operations offi cer, Bake will be responsible for product management, production and supply chain management. Bake holds a master’s degree in electronics engineering and an MBA degree. After joining Basler in 2001, Bake took responsibility for the marketing of the company’s digital cameras business segment. From 2004 to mid-2009, he led the company’s components business segment. The Reshoring Initiative’s (Kildeer, IL) founder, Harry Moser, has been named as one of the 2010 inductees into Industry Week’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Individuals are selected for this honor based on their overall contribution to American manufacturing. With a career spanning four decades in American manufacturing, Moser spent 22 years as president of Charmilles Technologies Corp., now GF Agie Charmilles, and is now chairman emeritus. He retired from that position at the end of 2010 and now works full-time on the Reshoring Initiative. Steve Brown has been appointed to managing director of instrumentation company Ashtead Technology (Elk Grove Village, IL). Brown brings 18 years of experience in the machinery and rental industry to the role. BUSINESS NEWS Specialized Technology Resources Inc. (STR, Enfi eld, CT) has acquired the remaining membership interests of STR-Registrar (Belvidere, NJ) making it a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. STR has owned 51% of STR-R, an accredited international provider of management system certifi cation and registration services, since 2001. Bryce E. Carson Sr. Will continue to manage STR-R as its general manager. Array Corp. (Hampton, NH), a digital imaging company for the medical, scientifi c and industrial fi elds, has announced a partnership with Newco Inc. (Florence, SC), a provider of nondestructive test products and services for customers in the automotive, aerospace, airline, nuclear, utility and chemical industries. Pleoria Technologies Inc. (Ontario, Canada), a networked video connectivity solutions company, fi nished its 10th year of operation in November with almost 40% growth. This caps a decade of steady year-over-year growth. Pleora attributes its 2010 growth in part to the surge in adoption of the GigE Vision standard, which the company put in place, as well as having broken into new markets. Creaform (Quebec, Canada) has sold its 1,500th Handyscan 3-D unit, a MAXscan laser scanner for large parts, to car manufacturer Daimler Automotive Co. In China. Daimler Automotive (Stuttgart, Germany) will use the MAXscan to quality control sheet metal and passenger compartments, execute gap and fl ush analysis and check parts. The Chinese automaker also expanded its suite of quality control instruments with a HandyPROBE portable optical CMM, which will be used to inspect jigs and fi xtures. Jergens Industrial Supply (JIS, Cleveland), a division of Jergens Inc., has acquired the assets of the Cutting Tool and Industrial Supply Division of The George Whalley Co. (Cleveland). Together, JIS and The George Whalley Co. Have 100 years of experience and with this acquisition, JIS becomes the largest industrial distributor within 150 miles of Cleveland. Gleason Corp. (Rochester, NY) has opened a new wholly-owned subsidiary in Russia. Located in Korolev near Moscow, Gleason Sales (CIS) will provide sales and service of Gleason’s full line of gear production solutions to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and all of the CIS member countries. Gleason has served the Russian and CIS markets for many years and has a large base of equipment installed in those markets. The creation of a whollyowned subsidiary in Russia represents the next step for markets that are expected to see signifi cant growth in many core manufacturing industries. Special Optics (Wharton, NJ), a Navitar company and vertically integrated supplier of precision optical components and assemblies for high-technology applications, recently completed the design and assembly of a custom 500 millimeter focal length telescope that will be deployed in NASA’s MABEL laser altimeter instrument. MABEL is an aircraft-based simulator for the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) instrument that will fl y on board the second generation Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat-2) to measure global changes in polar ice coverage. Special Optics was contracted by NASA to design and build two 500 millimeter focal length telescopes for the new ICESat-2 mission, scheduled to launch into orbit in 2016. Starna Scientifi c (Essex, England) has recently installed another new Cary 5000 reference spectrophotometer to increase the overall capability of its calibration laboratory. This helps Starna cross-validate all certifi ed measurements across three high performance qualifi ed reference spectrophotometer systems, wherever this is deemed necessary. The Cary 5000 has UV/visible/NIR wavelength range capabilities, which allows for the Starna extended range of certifi ed reference materials.
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