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Hayes Lemmerz to Sell Georgia Facility to BBS Intl.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008
German automotive-wheel manufacturer BBS International GmbH has acquired all of the outstanding shares of Hayes Lemmerz Belgie B.V.B.A., including its factory based in Hoboken, Belgium. In addition, BBS will, early next year, take over operations at the Hayes Lemmerz wheel-manufacturing facility in Gainesville, GA, to support its non-OEM activities in the Untied States. Hayes Lemmerz had previously announced plans to close the Gainesville plant by the end of 2008. The transaction allows Hayes Lemmerz to reduce costs and focus on other high-growth regions, and it allows BBS to locally, economically and efficiently serve its U.S. customers.

BMW Ups the Efficiency-Improvement Ante

Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Automotive News Europe recently reported that BMW management is expecting its plants to show efficiency gains of 7 to 8 percent per year, up significantly from the 5 percent demanded from its factories in the past. The report says that the BMW plant in Spartanburg, SC, in the midst of a $750 million expansion, has a jump-start on meeting the new efficiency-gain goal, as it has recently reduced by 30 percent the amount of time it takes to assemble a door. The time reduction came as a result of the assembly line introducing what plant managers refer to as a supermarket system for door assembly, where workers gather all of the parts they’ll need for a door in one trip, rather than making several trips to gather parts. Efficiency gains such as this are expected to enable the plant to boost its annual capacity to 240,000 units, from the current 160,000 units, by 2012.

Nuevo Leon Sheet and Plate Fabricator
Invests in New ERP System

Monday, June 16, 2008
Tecnologia Metalica en Maquila Industrial (Tecmet), Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, has elected to automate its business processes by investing in manufacturing enterprise-resource planning (ERP) software from Epicor, Irvine, CA. Tecmet, which previously did not employ ERP software, expects the software to help it become more efficient and better meet delivery deadlines. Tecmet ( operates a 160,000-sq.-ft. plant with high-definition plasma-arc cutting machines, plasma-punch combinations, turret punch presses, shears, press brakes, arc-welding equipment and finishing lines. Epicor ( software enables manufacturers to manage the entire order cycle from marketing and sales through production and planning, sourcing and procurement, installation and services.


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