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January 28, 2015

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January 28, 2015
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In-Depth Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
of the U.S. Automotive Industry’s Economic Impact, State by State

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR), Ann Arbor, MI, has prepared a detailed study on the economic impact of U.S. automotive manufacturers suppliers and dealers, which collectively “support more than seven million private-sector jobs and $500 billion in compensation,” the report notes. Highlighted in the study are state-by-state looks at employment, local tax revenues and foreign direct investment.

CAR researchers find that every automotive-OEM employee provides an employment multiplier of 7.6. And, the report provides a U.S. automotive employment forecast through 2018, accounting for the “vibrant and complex” nature of the industry that now includes numerous international OEMs.

Here’s the full report.

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> Non-College-Educated Workers Do Well in Manufacturing Jobs
…about 11 percent better than similar workers in the rest of the economy. So finds a new report from the Economic Policy Institute titled, “The Manufacturing Footprint and the Importance of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs.” The report ranks states by manufacturing’s share of total state employment, finding that the top five are Indiana (16.8 percent of its jobs are in manufacturing), Wisconsin (16.3 percent), Iowa (14.0 percent), Michigan (13.5 percent) and Alabama (13.1 percent).

Included in the report is a state-by-state breakdown of the manufacturing wage premium—the amount that the average wage in manufacturing exceeds nonmanufacturing-industry wages. The state with the highest manufacturing wage premium: Montana (24.4 percent premium), followed by Michigan (21.9 percent) and New Mexico (20.8 percent).

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> Mixed-Material Manufacturing Pioneered on the New Caddy
Learn here of the unique and innovative material-joining technologies being used to assemble the new Cadillac CT6 sedan, which hits the street later this year. GM’s retooled body shop at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant has welcomed 205 new robots to help assemble the vehicle, using patented aluminum laser- and resistance-spot-welding technology, self-piercing rivets, flow-drilling screws, arc welding and structural adhesives.

“Never before has an automaker brought this combination of joining techniques together for a single vehicle,” says Travis Hester, CT6 executive chief engineer.

Check out this 1-min. video for an up-close look.

January 2015 MF

In This Issue:

> The Ongoing Evolution
in Transfer-Die Tooling

Here's a brief history lesson tracing the move from mechanical to pneumatic to electric actuators to manipulate parts within transfer tooling, and the added flexibility the technology affords to creative metalformers.

> Precision Programming Enriches the 3D Laser-Cutting Process
No company feels the pain of shrinking lead times more than prototype shops. Case in point: Accu-Rite Industries, where the adoption of high-speed 3D laser-cutting technology paired with CAD/CAM programming software represent clear success triggers.
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