Forgings

In a recently released annual survey of automotive OEM/supplier relations, the US “Big Three,” combined with Japanese transplants Toyota, Nissan and Honda, received similar scores as last year, “which show no meaningful change except [for] Honda, whose supplier relations continue to slowly drop.” However, the 2013 results remain considerably lower (ed. note: representing poorer OEM-supplier […]

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MetalMiner welcomes guest commentator Trevor Stansbury, President of Supply Dynamics. Supply Dynamics is the leading provider of material consolidation solutions known as “Material Demand Aggregation. We invited Trevor to comment on a piece recently written by Stuart Burns, Aerospace Booming, Supply Chain at Risk. As always, Stuart has done a great job characterizing the current […]

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Apple iPod cases made by Catcher Technology. If the latest news about Apple is any indication, metals in the consumer technology sphere aren’t going away anytime soon. Apple recently posted record quarterly profits to the tune of $7 billion as the company continues to experience record success with the iPhone and iPad products. That success […]

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My colleague Taras wrote late last month about the booming order books for new aircraft at Boeing and Airbus. In an FT article out this week, Forecast International are quoted as saying they expect production of commercial and military aircraft to jump more than 50 percent to 4,870 units within just five years. Anyone reading […]

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Earlier this week, MetalMiner interviewed Dr. John Henke, President and CEO of Planning Perspectives, the world’s leading authority on buyer-supplier relations, according to their website. The firm conducts an annual in-depth analysis of North American automotive OEMs and their Tier 1 suppliers. This year’s results, released last Monday, are a must read for any metal supplier […]

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Joe Coleman, commodity manager at Spain-based Acciona Wind Power, spoke with MetalMiner about what he’s seeing in the steel markets, and how to engage American suppliers in a relationship with Acciona’s wind turbine assembly plant in Iowa. (Video: Taras Berezowsky/MetalMiner) At first blush, attending a supply chain conference may not exactly scream “Metals! but this […]

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If any more certain evidence was required that the UK government is finally facing up to the impending disaster that the energy sector has become then last weeks announcement that the UK is taking steps to plug gaps in its nuclear industry supply chain was it.  The country’s foremost forging specialist Sheffield Forgemasters is to […]

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Last week we reported on a story involving a legal case brought against a titanium distributor accused of falsely certifying test certificates for having supplied an alternative product that did not comply with a military specification. Ironically, the story broke last year. The only newsworthy aspect involved a trial delay recently reported by American Metal […]

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It’s interesting that supply chain scandals tend to only make the headlines when they involve consumer goods, such as Thomas the Train engines or Mattel toys. But when they involve titanium products for critical parts such as engine mounts found on active duty F-22s, F-15s and C-17s, Navy F-18s, and NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, they don’t […]

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Pun intended. A friend of mine had posted a link on his Facebook page (yes, I admit a presence on it) to an article from Forging Magazine on how Alcoa and the UAW came to a mutually agreeable labor agreement extending the existing contract for another two years. That in and of itself does not […]

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