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.)

$600-Million Project to Revamp Rolls’ Indianapolis Center
Rolls-Royce outlined plans to invest nearly $600 million to modernize its Indianapolis jet-engine manufacturing plant.
Regional Jet Orders Total $455 Million for Bombardier
Bombardier will supply 10 new CRJ aircraft valued at up to $455 million following two new orders.
Pratt & Whitney Engine Credited for Cutting CO2, Noise
Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan engine was cited as an “aviation climate solution” by the Air Transport Action Group, an aviation industry coalition.
GM and Navistar Link to Design, Build Trucks Together
General Motors and Navistar have a long-term agreement to develop and assemble medium-duty trucks, starting in 2018.
Navistar Wins Tax Credits for Plant Expansion
Ohio approved tax credits for Navistar as it plans to add a second production line at the Springfield Assembly Plant, which may mean up to 300 new jobs there.
GE to Build in Canada, Transfer Gas Engine Production
GE Power & Water is moving gas engine production from Waukesha, Wis., to a $265-million plant it will build in Canada, in order to access export credits.
Wings Now in Production for Wide-Body A350 XWB
Airbus A350-1000 wings are in assembly, the largest single structure in carbon-fiber composite in use in civil aerospace.
Caterpillar Outlines Extensive Cost-Saving, Restructuring Plans
Caterpillar outlined a restructuring that will cut jobs and close plants, and reduce operation costs by about $1.5 billion.
Algorithm Defines New Approach to 5-Axis CNC Simulation 
MachineWorks Version 7.4 is based on a new algorithm for five-axis swept volume generation.
Lockheed Awards $1-Million STEM Grant to Texas District
Lockheed Martin named the Fort Worth Independent School District to receive a $1-million, multi-year grant to expand “science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)” program.
Steel Output Declined Worldwide for Third Straight Month
Steel production declined worldwide in August for the third month, as a recent consumption forecast is borne out in apparent demand.
Fives Forms Venture to Develop, Produce Metal 3DP Systems
Fives formed a venture with The Michelin Group to develop industrial machinery for metal 3DP.
Metal Service Center Activity Weakening Through August
Service centers’ steel and aluminum shipments declined during August, while inventory positions declined only slightly.
Embraer Sees $300-Billion in Chinese Demand
Embraer released a 20-year forecast for China’s aircraft market, identifying demand for 1,020 new regional jets.
GE to Relocate Turboprop Engine Development to Europe
General Electric’s GE Aviation business unit will establish a new center of operations for turboprop engines in Europe to have access to export-credit financing for future projects.
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