The New York Times (12/21, B1, Bunkley, Austen, Subscription Publication) reports, “Chinese-made cars have quietly arrived in North America for the first time, but without the bamboo dashboards and quirky names that have adorned them at recent auto shows.” The “Japanese automaker Honda is crossing the threshold by importing subcompact cars into Canada from one of its plants in China. This month, Honda Canada began receiving its smallest model, the Fit, from China instead of Japan, as part of a strategy to produce more vehicles outside its home country.” The Times notes, “Few car shoppers are likely to notice the change, and there is no expectation that Chinese-made cars are destined for the United States anytime soon.”

Top Award for Cycle Castings

A three-part cast aluminium bicycle frame for a specialist downhill racing bike has won the Component of the Year 2011 Award in the UK Cast Metals Industry Awards.

Replacing 12 parts using processes including stamping, forming, annealing and bending, and 15 welds the three castings are produced by WH Rowe Ltd of Southampton for Empire Cycles.

“These are highly stressed components due to the high dynamic loading of the frame,” said Constantine Theoharis of WH Rowe. “We knew that, using the sand casting process, we could produce components that would not only withstand the stresses but would also save our customer considerable time and money particularly in the tooling process where the start up costs are particularly high.”

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