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Aida Opens Up in Brazil

Monday, October 17, 2005
Aida has established Aida-Brazil, a service and support center that joins the Aida Global Group. The announcement follows the company’s purchase, a year ago, of the Manzoni and Rovetta divisions. Learn more at

Ford Aims to Source Half its European Parts
from Low-Cost Countries

Monday, October 17, 2005
Mark Fields, Ford’s new head of operations for North America, says that by 2010, half of the company’s parts in Europe will come from low-cost countries. That’s twice what it’s buying today, according to a recent report in The Detroit News.

Thomas & Betts Named to Top 10

Thursday, October 13, 2005
IndustryWeek magazine has named Thomas & Betts Corp., Athens, TN, one of its 10 Best Plants in North America. The firm manufactures electrical-outlet and conduit boxes, metal framing accessories and plastic wiring duct at its 324,000-sq.-ft. plant. Since November 2002 it has completed 37 week-long Kaizen events. Through those and other initiatives it has decreased finished-goods inventory by 32 percent, raw-material and work-in-process inventory by 74 percent and customer complaints by 50 percent. The value of production per person has risen 38 percent. Learn more at


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