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In this issue:
Auto industry in the South: Report says alliance is key to continued growth
Constellium holds potential to alter industrial landscape of the Shoals
Mobile mayor from Munich: Airbus 'keenly interested' in pursuing collaborative research with University of South Alabama
State Sen. Paul Sanford appointed to new Alabama Small Business Commission

 


 

Auto industry in the South: Report says alliance is key to continued growth

By Patrick Rupinski

October 10, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM | Southern states that want to see continued growth in their automotive industries need to form a regional alliance to work together on areas of common interest.

 

That's the conclusion of an independent study whose preliminary findings were released Friday at the 2014 Southern Automotive Conference in Birmingham.

 

The report, which will be released in full later this year by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), noted that the greatest challenge to the growth for jobs and new automotive-related factories in the South's automotive industry is from Mexico, which has become the new hot spot for new automotive plants.


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[Tuscaloosa News]

 

  


Constellium holds potential to alter industrial landscape of the Shoals

By Robert Palmer Staff Writer | 

October 11, 2014

 

Any discussion about the purchase by Dutch company Constellium of aluminum maker Wise Metals in Muscle Shoals ultimately leads to the Ford F-150 pickup.

 

That's because the 2015 F-150 has an aluminum body, reducing its curb weight by 700 pounds. The F-150 is the top-selling pickup in the world.

 

All-aluminum car bodies are not new, but until now, they have been found only on high-end cars.

 

Ford has changed the game, and Constellium is positioning itself to be a player.

 

"With EPA standards changing to a push for fuel efficiency, there is a big push from everything from composite materials to new aluminum applications to drive up fuel efficiency," Greg Canfield, director of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said.

 

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[Times Daily]

 

 

  


Mobile mayor from Munich: Airbus 'keenly interested' in pursuing collaborative research with University of South Alabama

on October 10, 2014 

MUNICH, Germany - The University of South Alabama's collaborative research prospects with Airbus are expected to soar following intensive pitch sessions this week at the aircraft manufacturer's European facilities, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said Friday from Munich, Germany.

 

Stimpson, slated to return to the Port City Saturday, said USA's advances in cybersecurity and carbon-fiber composites took center stage during the week-long tour, and Airbus officials appear "keenly interested" in forging a collaborative relationship with the university.

 

"Airbus does a whole lot of research all over the world, and they usually team with various institutions to assist them in that research. We were here to forge and identify ongoing opportunities for collaboration," Stimpson said.

 

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[al.com]

 

  


State Sen. Paul Sanford appointed to new Alabama Small Business Commission

on October 10, 2014 

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - State Sen. Paul Sanford, R-Huntsville, has been appointed to the Alabama Small Business Commission.

 

Sanford, who owns and operates Little Paul's Barbecue in downtown Huntsville along with wife Danielle, received the appointment from Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh.

 

"I can think of no better person to serve in this capacity than Paul Sanford," Marsh said in the announcement. "Paul is a successful entrepreneur who grew up in his family's barbecue business."

 

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[al.com]

 




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