Robert Brooks

Editor-in-Chief, American Machinist

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.)

GE Supplying, Servicing Massive Chinese Wind Farm
GE will supply Huaneng with 55 wind turbines for a project in China’s Yunnan province.
Global Steel Tonnage Rose Just 1.2% in 2014
Global steel production totaled 1.64 billion metric tons in 2014, up 1.2% for the year.
Pratt & Whitney Inks Jet Engine Partnership with Kawasaki
Pratt & Whitney established a “risk and revenue-sharing” agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries for jet engine hardware modules.
Customized Wire EDM Controls for Moldmaking Accuracy, Efficiency 
GF Machining Solutions recently introduced a series of wire EDMs it said will meet the specific needs of moldmakers.
Service Centers’ Shipments Mixed, but Inventories Rising
December service center shipments rose slightly in the U.S. but fell significantly in Canada.
Boeing, Embraer Cooperating to Research Aviation Biofuel
Boeing and Embraer established a new research center in Brazil to develop biofuel products for the aviation industry.
November Cutting Tool Consumption Fell to New Low
U.S. manufacturers ordered $156.9 million worth of cutting tool products during November 2014, -18.9% from the previous month.
Boeing, Rolls-Royce Claim Billions for Latest Dreamliner Orders
Air Europa placed an order with Boeing Commercial Airplanes for 14 787-9 Dreamliners, a contract valued of $3.6 billion.
Fokker Re-Contracted for F-35 Wing Components
Fokker Technologies agreed with Lockheed Martin to supply critical wing components for the F-35 fighter program.
Embraer Closes Strong with Q4 Orders, Deliveries
Brazil’s Embraer S.A. delivered 30 commercial aircraft and 52 business jets during the fourth quarter of 2014.
November Machine Tool Orders Fell for Second Month
Manufacturers ordered $378.06 million worth of machine tools and related technology during November 2014, a -15.5% decline from October.
Polaris Building New, "Lean and Flexible" Plant in Alabama
Polaris Industries is building a new plant for off-road vehicles in Huntsville, Ala.
Rebound in 2014 Has Italian Machine Tool Builders Confident
Italy’s machine tool manufacturers finished 2014 with production volumes increasing and domestic consumption recovering.
New End Mills Set New Productivity Standard 
IMCO Carbide Tool introduced a high-performance end mill for machining high-temp alloys.
Flowserve Completes Takeover of "Natural Fit" SIHI
Flowserve, a manufacturer engineered and industrial pumps, seals, and valves completed its acquisition of SIHI Group B.V.
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