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Weekly Update May 27, 2008

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GM Powertrain Returning to Full Production Expansion Planned for Casting Technologies Volvo Powertrain Orders Heat-Treating Furnace
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GM Powertrain Returning to Full Production
Laid-off workers at GM's Saginaw (MI) Metal Casting operation began returning to work last week, as the automaker prepares to resume full production of engines. Read more

Expansion Planned for Casting Technologies
Casting Technologies Co. plans to expand manufacturing and renovate its headquarters in Franklin, IN, according to local reports. Casting Technologies is a squeeze-casting and VRC/PRC operation that produces lightweight, near-net shape automotive components. Read more

Volvo Powertrain Orders Heat-Treating Furnace
Volvo Powertrain recently placed a contract with LOI Thermprocess for a new rotary-hearth furnace for gas carburizing of transmission parts, to increase process capacity at its Kping plant in Sweden. Read more

Growth Continues for CGI
Long-term commitments from OEMs mean continuing expansion in the production volume of compacted graphite iron castings, according to the industry’s top process-control supplier dedicated to this novel material. Read more

Coal hard truth
It was inevitable that coal would be the next commodity to present a crisis, and for U.S. ferrous foundries the coal crisis is underway. Domestic foundry coke manufacturers claim to be pinched by global coal-supply shortages, but that's not persuasive to the steel casters who've been hit with upward price adjustments. Read more

NFFS Workplace Emergency Planning Seminar
Lancaster, PA; June 3-4, 2008 Read more

ASME Annual Meeting
Lake Buena Vista, FL; June 7-11, 2008 Read more

World Congress on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials
Washington, DC; June 8-12, 2008 Read more

AUTOMATICA 2008 Trade Fair for Automation, Assembly, Robotics, Vision
Munich, Germany; June 10-13, 2008 Read more

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