American Shiloh Industries has expanded its light weight casting offering with the acquisition of Contech Castings, a provider of high-pressure aluminum die cast parts for the automotive industry.

The deal adds P2000 squeeze casting, ThinTech vacuum casting and high-pressure conventional die casting capabilities, complementing Shiloh’s existing high-pressure and high-vacuum casting capabilities.

Besides the expansion in casting technologies, this acquisition will enable Shiloh to expand its reach to Contech’s locations in Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee.

Shiloh Industries president and chief executive officer Ramzi Hermiz said the acquisition will strengthen company’s technology and add capacity with the addition of Contech to further enhance Shiloh’s position.

“One of the necessary advancements for removing weight from vehicles is going to come through increased optimization of aluminum components, which is driving demand for high-pressure, high-vacuum casting and structural squeeze cast components,” Hermiz said.

“This acquisition creates a unique, deep and talented team of experts that offer new solutions for lightweighting challenges.”

NADCA Unveils New Die Casting Design App 

The NADCA Die Casting Design App is your resource for designing an optimized die cast product. Die castings are among the highest volume, mass produced items manufactured by the metalcasting industry, and they can be found in thousands of consumer, commercial and industrial products. Die cast parts are important components of products ranging from aircraft to toys. Die cast parts can be as basic as a door handle or as complex as a transmission housing. Features of this app include:

  • Video Modules on Basic Die Casting Design
  • Product Specification Standards for Die Castings
  • Searchable Die Caster Database 
  • Examples of Die Castings 
  • Documents Detailing Commercial Practices

This app is currently available for download through the iTunes Store for iPad, iPhone or iPod devices. To download this FREE app just click here. You can also search for the app through your iTunes store. If downloading to an iPhone or iPod search using keyword “die casting”. If downloading to an iPad also use keyword “die casting”& but be sure to select the “iPhone” apps tab. Please contact us with any questions or feedback at

INTERZINC 2012-2013 Student Design Competition

INTERZINC has completed judging of the “Zinc Challenge” student design competition. The competition, which is based on knowledge of zinc and practical casting design, is open to all full time undergraduate students enrolled at a design or engineering college or university in Mexico, USA, or Canada.

To view the rest of this article, click here. (PDF)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *