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Weekly Updae April 14, 2009

April 14, 2009
GM supplier files bankruptcy U.S. Aluminum gets Boeing quality endorsement To focus improvement efforts, find the leverage point
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Foundry M&T Home Page | Issue Archives | Buyer's Guide | Forums | REB Blog | Contact Us Weekly UpdateApril 14, 2009
This Week's Metalcasting News Review
GM Supplier Trimag Seeks Bankruptcy
The decision follows the loss of its major customer General Motors Corp., to which Trimag had supplied nearly all of its high-pressure diecastings. GM cancelled its business with Trimag due to low automotive demand. Read more
Cat, Navistar Launching New Truck Lines
The JV will produce heavy-duty vocational trucks for sale in North America, and will form a 50/50 joint venture to “pursue global commercial truck opportunities” elsewhere in the world. Read more
U.S. Aluminum Castings Gets Boeing Quality Endorsement
Boeing’s SQS Suppliers are not required to request a source inspection for the release of completed castings. Read more
Featured This Week
To Focus Improvement Efforts, Find the “Leverage Point”
The "Ultimate Improvement Cycle" is based upon principles associated with Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints, but it is unique in that it capitalizes on a time-released formula for use of the key tools, techniques, principles, and actions of all three initiatives focused on the right area. Read more
Forums And Blogs
REB Blog: Ripple effects
" … we need economic policies, business strategies, and personal habits that encourage growth." Read more
Announcements
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FM&T Hall of Honor
The FOUNDRY Management & Technology Hall of Honor recognizes men and women whose technical and process innovations; organizational leadership; professional and industrial standards; and personal contributions and achievements have improved and enhanced metalcasting as a science, as an industry, and as a community. Help us identify the next metalcaster to join the FM&T Hall of Honor. Read more
Upcoming Events
Aluminum Assn. Spring Meeting
San Antonio, TX — April 20-22, 2009 Read more
2009 SAE World Congress
Detroit — April 20-23, 2009 Read more
NADCA's Die Cooling Systems Engineering Course
Wheeling, IL — April 21-22, 2009 Read more
ISRI Annual Convention & Expo
Las Vegas — April 26-30, 2009 Read more
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