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Alcoa Consolidates Automotive Businesses in Detroit

Monday, October 11, 2004
Alcoa has formerly opened its new Automotive Center in Farmington Hills, MI, consolidating its seven automotive businesses into a new 86,000-sq.-ft. office building. The new building houses more than 300 design, engineering, sales and marketing personnel. The firm’s automotive business units include Automotive Castings, Advanced Transportation Systems, Cast Wheels, Forged Specialty Wheels and Engineered and Mill Products. They manufacture electrical-distribution and crash-management systems, body structures, HVAC systems, suspension components, closure panels, aluminum wheels and more.

DRM Technologies to Hold
Reliability and Maintenance Workshop

Friday, October 8, 2004
DRM Technologies will hold a three-day R&M (Reliability and maintenance) Planning Workshop on October 26-28, 2004, at its Sterling Heights, MI, headquarters. The workshop’s objective: assist plant, engineering and supplier personnel in designing world-class availability into equipment with tools and techniques to reduce equipment failures, reduce scheduled and unscheduled downtime events and minimize the overall cost of equipment ownership. For more information or to register, visit

AddisonMckee Joins Consortium
to Validate Welding Technology

Thursday, October 7, 2004
AddisonMckee, Inc., Wilmington, OH, has joined a consortium to validate Delphi Corp.’s Deformation Resistance Welding (DRW) technology. DRW uses traditional equipment to weld dissimilar metal-alloy tubes to solids and sheetmetal to create leak-tight joints with uniform weld strength. The DRW method reportedly reduces costs while increasing design flexibility and enhancing weld quality. AddisonMckee, a producer of tube-bending and forming equipment and tooling, has been working with Delphi to develop a tube-forming application suitable for the DRW process, which allows for the creation of atomically bonded solid-state joints as the mating surfaces are welded together. AddisonMckee will supply the tube-forming technology and tooling to be used during the customer-validation process. For more, visit


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