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How Well Organized Are You?

How do you rate as a self-manager— poor, satisfactory or outstanding?

Suppliers' Roles in Diversity Development

  The last ten years have seen substantial gains for minority-owned businesses in the automotive industry

Choices

One of the best business books is The Discipline of Market Leaders: Choose Your Customers, Narrow Your Focus, Dominate Your Market by Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema

Bad Things. Small Packages.

When you aren’t the first choice— or even the second—for a vast number of people, building vehicles that mimic the competition is a losing strategy

The Quick-Fix Myth

  “Irrational exuberance” had the entire US economy rocking two years ago, flush with cash and confidence

At Your Fingertips

 What Is It?

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Sound Welds in Aluminum: The Ultrasonic Approach

Ford researchers are working on a project that could allow aluminum body structures to be assembled comparatively economically through the use of ultrasonic energy

Moving from 2D to 3D for about the price of 2D

Buy Autodesk Inventor Series, the solids modeler, and get Autodesk's 2D packages basically for free

Almost Famous: Magnesium

Although there are several applications of magnesium on high-visibility and high-volume vehicles, compared to even aluminum, the application of the material still remains low One reason: Lack of awareness

Wiring The Tires

Siemens VDO Automotive and Goodyear have developed a tire monitoring system that goes beyond government mandates and makes tires an integral part of a vehicle's electronic network Will it be the technology of choice in the future?

Fuel Cells, CO2 & Composite Supercars: The Scene in StuttgArt

German automakers probably debut more cutting edge technology than any of their competitors and the legendary region of Stuttgart, home to both DaimlerChrysler and Porsche, is at the center of much of what is new