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December 21, 2016

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December 21, 2016
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NADA Chief Economist:
Growth in Light-Truck Sales to Offset Soft Car Sales
The Huffington Post offers up this look ahead at the automotive industry in 2017, courtesy of the annual forecast issued a few weeks ago by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). Among the highlights: NADA chief economist Steven Szakaly predicts 2017 sales of 17.1 million vehicles, down from the expected 17.4 million by the end of 2016, confident that the U.S. auto industry will remain steady, yet experience the end of its 6-yr. growth spurt.


"On the other hand, though, Mr. Szakaly expects growth in the sales of light trucks," the article notes, "which will offset declines in soft car sales and raise the average vehicle transaction price. The key is to keep prices from rising too high so as to not disincentivize purchasing."

Here's the article.

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> Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Summit on the Horizon
On February 22-23, 2017, Detroit, MI, will host the 4th edition of the annual Global Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Summit. On the agenda: a full conference program covering advanced joining, forming and surface-treatment technologies, as well as an exhibition area where visitors can spy the latest in lighweighting technology.

As a lead-up to the event, a series of five interviews with executives at General Motors, Ford Motor CO., and Deere & Co. has been posted to the conference website. In one interview, GM's John Catterall, GSSLT (global sub-system leadership team) leader, underbody structure, discusses his expectations for increased use of lasers in manufacturing, in particular for additive manufacturing. And in another interview, Ford's Raj Sohmshetty, group leader --advanced steel technology, Manufacturing Research Department, R&A Engineering, discusses recent projects undertaken by his research team, including a look at ways to improve material utilization in stamped assemblies, and projects looking at third-generation advanced high-strength and press-hardenable steels.

Read the interviews—all quick one-page reads—here.

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> Press Brakes Loaded with Bottleneck-Buster Technology
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