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September 07, 2012

2012 Great Lakes ACG Capital Connection September 19-20, 2012 - Detroit, MI Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center   Join Jamie Bender at the Fireside Chat  Panel on Thursday September 20th at 11:00am as Jamie and others discuss market research and due diligence as it relates to the investment evaluation process. Please find more information about the Great Lakes ACG Capital Connection event at www.acg-glcc.org/. 

August 23, 2012

August 27th-28th 2012 Detroit Michigan Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center   With the CAFE Standards fast approaching, lightweight materials are going to be the key to achieving higher gas mileage in vehicles. This will require innovation within lightweight materials and technologies. This event will showcase the latest R&D within lightweighting as well as share what other OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers are doing to meet these standards. Dick Schultz, Managing Director of Ducker...

July 27, 2012

USA Today By Chris Woodyard, and James R. Healey  Ford Motor, which has seen hidebound pickup buyers embrace gas-saving technology, appears to be headed a step further: an F-150 that makes extensive use of aluminum panels instead of steel. Ford Motor will embrace aluminum when the next-generation F-150 appears in July 2014 as a way of saving gas, although it'll raise costs, says Richard Schultz, managing director of consultant Ducker Worldwide, who was briefed on the change by a Ford executive...

July 27, 2012

Wall Street Journal By Michael Ramsey  ALLEN PARK, Mich.—In this suburb just west of Detroit, Ford Motor Co. F -0.11%is working on one of the biggest gambles in its 108-year history: a pickup truck with a largely aluminum body. The radical redesign will help meet tougher federal fuel-economy targets now starting to have wide-ranging effects on Detroit’s auto makers. But Ford will have to overcome a host of manufacturing obstacles, plus convince die-hard pickup buyers that aluminum is as tough...

June 12, 2012

David Sedgwick Automotive News   OK, so automakers are designing sedans that can get 35, 40 or even 50 mpg. But what about full-sized pickups? You can't shrink a pickup too much or it can't haul 4-by-8 plywood sheets, and an engine that's too small can't tow big loads. Federal regulators "are pretty confident" that cars will meet CAFE requirements, "but trucks are going to be more of a challenge," says Dick Schultz, an analyst for Ducker Worldwide, a consulting firm based in suburban Detroit...

May 23, 2012

Nonresidential construction industry assessment reveals an increase in sentiment toward both anticipated and realized growth. Many sources concur that the nonresidential construction industry is rebounding. Growth is attributed to an increase in private spending as well as the need to upgrade and renovate existing structures according to industry participants. Healthcare and institutional government buildings are among the identified building categories that present the strongest opportunity...

May 07, 2012

By Dustin Walsh Crain's Detroit Business   Andra Rush has a history of capitalizing on opportunities -- from growing a meager trucking company funded by personal credit cards into a $115 million operation to creating an interiors joint venture with Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. But a new venture with French auto supplier Faurecia SA could be her biggest accomplishment -- and challenge -- yet. Ford Motor Co. sold its $1.1 billion book of business at its Saline interiors plant last...

April 26, 2012

Growth Attracts Investment With the U.S. economy stuck in a slow recovery, the oil and gas industry continues to attract attention.  Crude prices are expected to remain above $100/bbl for the foreseeable future.  Adoption of unconventional natural gas has rapidly transformed the U.S. from an importer to an exporter.  Offshore drilling continues to find success pushing the limits of ultra-deep water, while rig costs soar past $500,000 per day.  And in a recent survey of industry executives1,...

March 29, 2012

About Society of Automotive Analysts Networking Breakfast: Doing Business in Russia and India Is your company looking to expand overseas – specifically in Russia or India?  Here’s your opportunity to learn first-hand what the challenges and opportunities are when doing business in these two major world markets.  The Society of Automotive Analysts will examine “Doing Business in Russia and India” at its next Networking Breakfast on March 29, 2012. Our panels – experts with many years of first-...

March 24, 2012

By Dustin WalshCrains Detroit Business The White House announced this week $14.2 million in grants to aid automakers in advancements in lightweight materials. The U.S. Department of Energy funding will support advancements in light weight carbon fiber composites and advanced steels and alloys used in auto manufacturing. Ron Krupitzer, vice president of automotive applications for steel advocacy group Steel Market Development Institute in Southfield, said the announcement is encouraging for...

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