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.)

Boeing Raises 20-Year Outlook for New Jet Demand
Boeing is projecting the 20-year global demand for new commercial airplanes will reach 41,030 jets, which it values now at $6.1 trillion dollars.
US Machine Tool Orders Fell in April, But Up YTD
U.S. manufacturers’ new orders for machine tools in April totaled $324.46 million, a drop of 21.0% from the March result and yet a 12.3% improvement over the April 2016 total. The latest results brought the year-to-date total for manufacturing technology orders to $1.29 billion, or 2.1% higher than the comparable figure for January-April 2016.
Rolls-Royce Ships First Trent 7000 Engines for A330neo
Rolls-Royce plc shipped two Trent 7000 engines that will power the first flight of the Airbus A330neo — the wide-body aircraft being positioned as a competitor to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The commercial debut of the A330neo has been delayed, reportedly owing to delays in the engines’ availability, but earlier this month Airbus Commercial Aircraft program head Didier Evrard reported the OEM has two prototype aircraft assembled, and expects the Trent 7000 engines to be available this month.
Metals Centers Say Modernize NAFTA to Achieve Fair Trade
The Metals Service Center Institute supports the domestic steel industry’s petition for tighter import restrictions, but says steel consumers would benefit from “upgraded” NAFTA trade rules.
US Cutting Tool Consumption Dropped 16% in April
Machine shops and other domestic manufacturers consumed $168.03 million worth of cutting tools during April, 16% less than the comparable total for March and 3.6% less than the April 2016 figure.
GE Aviation Buys Robotics Developer
GE Aviation acquired OC Robotics for an undisclosed price, explaining the British automation systems designer would enhance its ground-based engine repair and service programs. OC Robotics is 20-year-old developer noted for manufacturing commercial snake-arm robots and software for confined and hazardous environments.
Rival Jet Builders Claim Success in New WTO Ruling
The World Trade Organization mostly cleared the U.S. of providing unfair support to Boeing, ruling the OEM continues to benefit unfairly from Washington State business tax-rate reduction for the 777X program.
Philippines’ Cebu Pacific Raises Order with Airbus
Cebu Pacific, a Philippines-based low-cost airline, placed an order with Airbus for seven A321ceo aircraft. The OEM described this order as driven by the growing demand of Cebu Pacific’s domestic and regional network.
CECIMO Voices Support for Expanding EU R&D
CECIMO, the European Assn. of the Machine Tool Industries, joined 22 other EU trade associations in declaring support for increased commitment to industrial research and “innovation,” as outlined in the EU’s Research & Innovation Framework Programme (FP9.)
Airbus Commits to Expand Commercial Activity in China
Airbus and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) reached a "memorandum of understanding" to expand their cooperative efforts in commercial aerospace.
Steel Consumers Warn Trump of 'Unilateral' Action on Imports
The National Tooling and Machining Assn. and the Precision Metalforming Assn., both trade groups representing steel-consuming segments of U.S. manufacturing, are urging the Trump administration to "take a deliberative approach" in the Section 232 investigation of unfair trade for steel products.
Boeing Contracts CFRP Parts for Chinooks to Cotesa
Boeing Defense, Space & Security awarded a five-year contract to a German company, Cotesa GmbH, to manufacture carbon fiber-reinforced composite (CFRP) exterior components for the H-47 Chinook helicopter, a heavy-lift military transport aircraft
First Flight Successful for New Russian Commercial Jet
The MC-21, a new twin-engine, narrow-body aircraft, will enter commercial production in 2019, according to Irkut Corp., the Russian OEM that developed the new jets to compete with the Boeing 737, Airbus A320, and Commercial Aircraft Co. of China’s C919 series.
Swiss is First to Operate Both CS Jet Variants
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft delivered the first CS300 aircraft to Swiss International Air Lines at its assembly complex in Mirabel, Quebec, making Swiss the first airline to operate both variants of the CS Series.
GE Saudi Joint Venture to Start Producing IGTs This Year
A joint venture for General Electric and a Saudi Arabian investment portfolio will be manufacturing industrial gas turbines by the end of this year, according to the CEO of the venture partner.
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