Robert Brooks

Forging Magazine

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.
Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)

GKN Buying Manufacturer of PM Hydraulic Pump Parts
GKN plc, the engineering and manufacturing group for aerospace and automotive powertrain parts, agreed to by Tozmetal Ticaret Ve Sanayi AS (Tozmetal), a Turkish manufacturer of powder-metal parts for hydraulic pumps. The cost of the purchase was not made public.
Kobe Steel Buys Quintus Technologies for $115M
Kobe Steel Ltd. acquired isostatic press designer and manufacturer Quintus Technologies AB for a reported $115 million. The seller was Milestone Partners, a private-equity firm.
Norsk Supplying FAA-Approved 3DP Ti Parts to Boeing
Norsk Titanium has a purchase order from Boeing Commercial Airplanes to supply 3D-printed, structural titanium components for the 787 Dreamliner, produced by Norsk’s proprietary Rapid Plasma Deposition™ process.
American Axle Completes $3.3B Takeover of MPG
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. completed its takeover of Metaldyne Performance Group Inc., a $3.3-billion cash and debt transaction in November 2016.
Dana Building New Gear Plant in Europe, to Start Next Year
Dana Incorporated started construction for its new gear manufacturing plant in Eastern Europe, aiming to have it producing parts for regional demand by early next year, reaching full capacity by 2020.
Venture Launched to Forge Wind-Power Parts
Gerdau Summit, the joint venture of Gerdau S.A., Japan Steel Works, Ltd., Sumitomo Corporation, and Gerdau S.A. has been launched and expects to be producing forged parts for wind-power projects early in 2018.
U.S. Manufacturers’ Confidence at 20-Year High, NAM Finds
The National Assn. of Manufacturers reported that its quarterly Manufacturers’ Outlook survey shows optimism increased to 93.3% during Q1 2017, a record high in the survey’s 20-year history.
Pratt & Whitney Building Isothermal Forging Plant
Pratt & Whitney plans to invest approximately $386 million in a series of projects at its manufacturing complex in Columbus, GA, including a new isothermal forging press to produce turbine disks and compressor rotors.
SMS Completes Forging/Ring-Rolling Line for Ti Alloys
A combination forging/ring-rolling line designed and installed by SMS Group for VSMPO-Avisma to produce titanium-alloy rings for jet engines gained a “final acceptance certificate,” the contractor announced recently.
Titan Remains Cautious on Off-Road Wheel Import Duties
The U.S. Dept. of Commerce issued countervailing duty orders on imports of off-the-road tires from India and Sri Lanka, and an anti-dumping duty order on such tires from India — an outcome that generally pleased wheel manufacturer Titan International Inc. and the United Steelworkers of America, who had filed the trade violations petition.
Near-Net-Shape Steel Forging for Large Crankshafts 
Kobe Steel developed a die forging method that produces near-net-shape crankshaft parts that exhibit considerable improvement in fatigue strength compared to crankshafts produced by the roll forging method.
Changing the Science and Processes of Forming 
Material science is an increasingly wider field of R&D, design, and production methods, and additive manufacturing is expanding the possibilities of metal forming and forging in multiple dimensions, creating new alloys, introducing new methods for shaping them, and applying more flexible design principles to established manufacturing systems.
Recognizing the Chaos Around Us
Trends may be social phenomena or technical inevitabilities, but they are distinct from individual will. They only affect that much of us that we surrender: to preserve your individuality and maintain equanimity, accept (or reject) them, carefully.
Dana Adds Driveline Options for Trucks’ Fuel Efficiency
Dana Incorporated is introducing a new axle ratio for its Spicer® AdvanTEK® 40 tandem axle, a change that will allow heavy-duty trucks to conserve fuel by adopting “engine downspeeding.”
Ellwood Texas to Forge Titanium Parts for GE Aviation
Ellwood Texas Forge Houston, a closed-die forging operation, has drawn a new three-year contract that expands its supply of parts for GE Aviation’s production of the CFM International LEAP series jet engines. The LEAP commercial aircraft engines were developed by CFM (a joint venture of GE Aviation and Snecma, a Safran subsidiary) to power jets produced by Airbus, Boeing, and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd. (Comac.)