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.)

EU Machine Tool Builders Report Improving Demand
Europe’s machine tool manufacturers are reporting mostly positive conditions and optimistic prospects through the first half of 2015.
First Engine Delivered for China’s New Passenger Jet Program
CFM International delivered the first LEAP-1C jet engine to China’s Comac, in advance of installation in the new C919 aircraft
HMC Purpose-Built for Diecasting Operations 
Makino’s new a40 horizontal machining center is custom designed for machining nonferrous diecastings.
Boeing Defense Building New Modernization/Support HQ
Boeing Defense, Space & Security broke ground for 290,000-sq.ft. operation in Oklahoma City.
Rolls-Royce Starting $94-Million Engine Center Update
Rolls-Royce plans to invest $94 million to manufacture airfoils and mainline engine shafts, at Inchinnan, Scotland.
At Midyear, Steel Output Declining Worldwide
Raw steel output totaled 136 million metric tons worldwide during June 2015, down 2.4% from June 2014.
Japanese Consortium to Supply 21% of Boeing 777X Structures
Boeing completed a deal with several Japanese manufacturers to supply structural components for the 777X aircraft.
A Better Link for Cutting Harder Materials
Kennametal’s KM4XTM spindle connection is critical for Fives Cincinnati profiler to achieve high-volume titanium removal rates.
Navistar Scores Order for Up to 9,000 New Class 8 Trucks
Navistar’s International to supply up to 9,000 new Class 8 trucks over three years.
Federal-Mogul Now Producing Piston Rings in China
Federal-Mogul Powertrain has started a new plant in Changsha, China, producing piston rings for large-bore industrial engines.
Lockheed Buying Sikorsky in $9-Billion Deal
Lockheed Martin agreed to pay $9 billion in cash to United Technologies Corporation for the Sikorsky Aircraft business.
Magna Buying Transmission Producer Getrag for $2 Billion
Magna International struck a deal to buy the Getrag Group for an estimated $2 billion, adding transmission systems to its automotive manufacturing portfolio.
Turning to Vertical Option for Versatility, Value 
Fives’ Giddings & Lewis V Series offers new options for shops seeking reliability and flexibility for high metal-removal rates across multiple set-ups.
Rolls-Royce Set to Test New Turbine Technology
Rolls-Royce is tied to Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP) for tests of intermediate pressure (IP) turbine technology.
CAM Functionality, Flexibility Speeds Shop’s Success
Gresset adopted ESPRIT CAM for its program flexibility and functionality.
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