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March 31, 2014

Ducker Worldwide to participate at the OESA Automotive Metals & Resins Conference OESA is hosting the Automotive Metals & Resins Conference (AMRC) on May 7, 2014, at the MSU Management Education Center, Troy, Mich. The AMRC is structured to provide suppliers with a broad materials market outlook, an OEM customer perspective and material cost management strategies. The conference features four breakout sessions focusing on specific material markets as well as keynote and panel...

February 24, 2014

2014 National Congress & Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing April 29 - May, 2014 Caesar's Palace - Las Vegas, NV Christopher Fisher, Managing Principal at Ducker Worldwide will be a keynote speaker for this year's National Congress & Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing.  Join Mr. Fisher has he covers: Aligning your business to the new paradigm of growth and recovery for the manufacturing housing industry The economy is recovering, population is shifting, financial...

January 28, 2014

India: A compelling alternate in advanced manufacturing After years in the shadow of its behemoth manufacturing neighbor China, India is poised for growth in the high-end manufacturing sector, especially in precision areas such as machine tool manufacturing. This new focus on manufacturing and service, and its movement away from the country’s traditional agro-economy, can be attributed to a collectively increasing sophistication of the country’s workforce and infrastructure and the potential...

January 22, 2014

Ducker Worldwide's Markus Pfefferer to speak at Automotive World Megatrends India 2014 The fourth annual Automotive World Megatrends India conference will bring together leading stakeholders to discuss the technologies and trends that look set to shape India's passenger car and commercial vehicle industries over the next decade and beyond. Cutting-edge topics, expert speakers and fantastic networking opportunities will make this a must-attend conference.  This two day event takes place February...

January 13, 2014

By Lindsay Brooke DETROIT — When Ford rolls out its redesigned F-150 pickup truck here on Monday morning to kick off two days of press previews for the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the automaker will be making one of the boldest product gambles in its 111-year history. The calculated risk Ford is taking — casting aside the traditional and long proven welded steel construction of the truck’s cab and cargo bed and switching to a body that is largely lightweight aluminum — is sure...

January 10, 2014

Mulally’s F-150 Long Shot Seen Within Reach as Ford Cuts Weight Craig Trudell Jan 10, 2014 12:11 pm ET Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co.’s plan for F-Series pickups to lose as much as 750 pounds seemed like a long shot when the company said it was putting its entire lineup on a diet in 2011. The version of its best-selling truck that’s debuting next week should weigh in close to the goal. Under Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally, trained as an aeronautical engineer, Ford designers have...

November 12, 2013

Lightweight AHSS Automotive Design: Pushing the Envelope Ronald P. Krupitzer, Steel Market Development Institute Today’s average North American light-duty vehicles include passenger cars, crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks. All together, this fleet of vehicles averages 60 percent steel by weight, according to recent studies conducted by Ducker Worldwide and Mega Associates. Steel is dominant in the body and chassis. It can be found in most hang-on components, such as suspension parts, bumpers...

November 11, 2013

North American production to rise with aluminum leading the way Franceen ShaughnessyModern Metals Analysts predict North American automobile production will break new records in the coming years. Among the contributors driving growth is low auto loan interest rates coupled with quality product for buyers. The criteria for a loan is still tight, but interest rates are low, says Dick Schultz, managing director of the Automotive Materials Practice, Ducker Worldwide, Troy, Mich. Buyers have a lot...

September 16, 2013

Sep 16, 2013 Over recent years, China has seen an enormous amount of foreign investment. Historically, a significant share of the investments has targeted establishing production facilities that benefited from the low labor costs and were primarily used for export purposes. However, with increasing labor costs as well as a stronger Chinese currency (as compared to USD) (See Chart A), manufacturing in China is not as competitive as it once was. At the same time, ongoing urbanization and rapidly...

August 07, 2013

Ducker Worldwide Advises Innovative Automotive Interiors Driving a New Phase of Customer Loyalty There’s no escaping consumer thirst for technological innovation, and few industries are embracing that demand like the global automotive interiors or electronics industries.  Borrowing from the consumer electronics industry, and in some cases creating entirely new categories of telematics and infotainment, vehicle manufacturers have created interiors that better connect, protect and safely inform...

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