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HVAC Market Heating Up

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Demand in the United States for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment is projected to increase 5.1 percent annually through 2015, according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, Cleveland, OH. Stimulating market growth is rising interest in energy-efficient HVAC systems and regulatory changes, as well as public and private incentives that encourage investments in upgrades to more energy-efficient models. Learn more at

BMW Presents First-Ever Supplier Awards

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Nine companies have earned Supplier Innovation Awards from BMW. Among them: Schuler AG, which received the Productivity prize for its crossbar servo-press. Other suppliers earning recognition include Durr AG for its dry separation process for paint shops, and Novelis AG for its layered-aluminum sheetmetal production process. Learn more here.


One Helluva Year for Robotics Companies

Monday, November 28, 2011
The Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, MI, reports that North American robotics companies are enjoying one of their best years ever, with orders up 41 percent year-over-year (YOY) through September. Automotive OEMs and their component suppliers have accounted for 53 percent of new orders in 2011, and sales to this segment are up 56 percent YOY. Particularly noteworthy: Orders of robots and robotic systems by automotive Tier suppliers are up 84 percent. More at


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