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GKN Automotive Driving the Electric Revolution

GKN Automotive reports 13 new electrified models from 10 global brands will enter the market shortly.  The new platforms span four major global automotive manufacturers and range from premium four-wheel drive SUVs to small sedans. The innovative technologies on these models include GKN Automotive’s three in one eDrive systems. The eDrive systems bring together advances in electric motors, transmission, traction inverters, software and controls. The first car using GKN Automotive eDrive technology was put into production over 20 years ago.

Five Penn State Research Teams earn Manufacturing PA Innovation Grants

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, has been awarded five grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Manufacturing PA initiative. The initiative awarded $2 million across 29 grants in total and will bring together government, industry and higher education in holistic collaboration to spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector. Funded projects provide student engagement and faculty research opportunities with Pennsylvania manufacturers.

PM Flashback

Volume 4, No. 7, August 1975


Proposed Handgun Bill Contains Restriction Against P/M Usage 
P/M Valve Seat Inserts Upgrade Diesel Engine 
Dixon Sintaloy Buys Third Olivetti Split-Die Compacting Press 
In-Plant P/M Industry Developments 
Knopp Opens Independent P/M Consulting Service 
Dorst Forms English Unit 
Largest Commercial Hot Isostatic Press in Production 
Hardenability Data on Forged Alloy Steel Powders Released 
Welding FiIler Patent Assigned to Hoeganaes 

Fifth International P/M Conference • Final Call for Papers 
Register Now for Short Course on Quality Control/QuaIity Assurance 
P/M in Ordnance Seminar • October 8 & 9 
MPIF Fall Management Conference at the Greenbriar
P/M Sintering Seminar-October 29 & 30 
P/M Research FaciIity Brochure 
Conference on Rare Earth Cobalt Magnets 
P/M Related Patents 

Executive Changes at Alcan 
Operations Manager Appointed at TRW’s Supermet Products 
Gray Appointed ASM Technical Director 
Calendar of P/M Events 

Latest Alfa Romeo F1 Car Doubles the Amount of AM Components

The C41 has an increase of 113% of AM parts from the previous year’s 143 (Courtesy Sauber Group)

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen F1 race car, the C41, manufactured in partnership with Additive Industries, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, will take to the track with 304 additively manufactured metal parts, more than doubling the number from 2020’s C39 race car. Twenty-two percent of the parts are titanium alloys, 76% are aluminum alloys, and 2% are stainless steel.  The total combined weight of the metal AM parts is about 33 lbs.

Fire at Chip Plant Adds to Shortage

A fire at a factory of one of the world’s leading auto chip makers has added to the troubles of car makers that already have slashed production because of a semiconductor shortage. The fire left a swath of charred equipment in the factory owned by a subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corp. in Hitachinaka, northeast of Tokyo. The company said it would take at least a month to restart the damaged operations.

Renesas said heat from an electrical problem inside a single piece of equipment caused the fire and contaminated clean rooms needed to make semiconductors. It said two-thirds of the chips made at the fire-affected factory were automotive chips. Renesas’s chief executive, Hidetoshi Shibata, said Sunday the impact on global chip supplies would be significant. 

According to Reuters, the company has about 30% of market share for microcontroller unit chips used in cars. Renesas says its customers, mostly auto parts suppliers, will begin to see chip shipments plummet in about a month. Global automakers like Honda, Toyota and Nissan are all assessing the ramifications, and one analyst said they would be “facing a difficult situation.”