Articles: Industry News

AFS Corporate Member General Motors (Warren, Michigan) announced on September 28 it will invest $71 million into two Ohio manufacturing facilities including $32 million at its Defiance casting plant to prepare the facility for future engine casting components work. 

Ryobi Die Casting (USA), Inc. (Shelbyville, Indiana), a supplier of large complex aluminum die castings, was recognized for a third consecutive year late this summer with an Excellence in Quality & Delivery Award from Honda. As one of only 26 out of 735 OEM parts suppliers serving Honda with parts for mass production to be awarded, Ryobi ranks in the top 3.5% of Honda North America’s excellent supply base for quality and delivery. 

LPM Group (Bovolenta, Italy) a supplier of machines, equipment and tooling for aluminum and magnesium low pressure and gravity die casting, has acquired 100% of the share capital of FATA Aluminum LLC in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Vibratory equipment maker General Kinematics (GK), an AFS Corporate Member based in Crystal Lake, Illinois, marked its 60th anniversary in September. GK thanks its employees, customers and community for their continued support. 

In a company released statement, GK says, “It is the culmination of talent from every GK employee that has led General Kinematics to where it is today.” 

Signicast, a Form Technologies company, has signed a partnership with DDM to offer the convenience and speed of ceramic 3D printing with the precision of investment casting.

“DDM is extremely proud to join hands with Signicast to modernize investment casting while offering speed, complexity and value to customers. This partnership greatly accelerates the introduction of DDM’s ceramic 3D printing based Digital Foundry offering to the market,” said Dr. Suman Das, founder and CEO of DDM.

IBC Advanced Alloys Corp., (Franklin, Indiana) has been awarded $1.9 million in new orders for investment-cast, beryllium-aluminum (“BeAl”) components from a major U.S. defense contractor. The purchase order is for additional BeAl components currently manufactured by IBC, as well as for new BeAl components, both of which the company expects to produce by the end of 2020.

The Environmental Protection Agency has selected AFS Corporate Member Clow Valve Co., a metal casting facility in Oskaloosa, Iowa, for a Region 7 2020 Pollution Prevention (P2) Award, which will be formally presented during ceremonies at the Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference in December.

The EPA Region 7 P2 Awards celebrate organizations across the Heartland that have successfully implemented pollution prevention projects. P2 is defined as any practice that reduces, eliminates or prevents pollution at its source.

AFS Corporate Member The H.S. Group, (Green Bay, Wisconsin), a talent management services firm, has acquired Career Momentum Inc. of Madison and Milwaukee. 

To further support to its customers with a local presence, Del Sol (Canyon Lake, Texas), which provides system design and full-service design/build for foundries, has added to its local sales representative network.

Sumitomo Corp. (Tokyo) has entered an agreement to invest in AFS Corporate Member Kimura Foundry America (KFA) and will hold a 35% interest in the Schaumburg, IL-based manufacturer of prototype casting using 3D printing technology.