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Building and Construction: The Performance of U.S. Single-family Construction Faces Challenges Within the Industry
05.29.14

 Historically, single-family housing has been the backbone of the United States housing market and a key metric of the nation’s GDP.  But since the market crashed, single-family housing has struggled to maintain steady growth. The sector currently faces a number of challenges, including cumbersome new mortgage reform, a job market that is heavily part time in nature, builder land positions that aren’t well aligned and a shift in home buyer demographics. Industry players need to consider the headwinds facing new home construction and be prepared for a new dynamic in housing – resulting in a slower/uneven growth rate.

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Automotive News: Stamping bottleneck squeezes boron-steel supply
05.19.14

Faced with increasingly tough federal collision standards, automakers are turning to boron steel -- which is six times stronger than conventional steel -- to reinforce the body-in-white without adding pounds.  Boron steel is increasingly used for door pillars, door beams, body sills, roof rails and bumpers -- components that must protect the passenger cabin during a collision.  But as demand grows, suppliers are short of presses that can heat the steel to the proper temperature for stamping.  In the 2015 model year, a typical vehicle will have about 24 pounds of boron steel, according to an estimate by Ducker International, a consulting firm based in suburban Detroit. That's up from 15 pounds in 2012.

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Ducker Worldwide to present at upcoming aluminium events located in Hong Kong
05.14.14

CRU's World Aluminium Conference attracts influential delegates involved in smelting, recycling, rolling, extruding, trade, raw materials, purchasing, technology and finance. The event is valued for the quality of the presentations, the excellent networking and the business opportunities that arise from important industry meetings.

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Ducker Worldwide to Participate at the OESA Automotive Metals & Resins Conference
03.31.14

OESA is hosting the Automotive Metals & Resins Conference (AMRC) on May 7, 2014, at the MSU Management Education Center, Troy, Mich. 

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Ducker Worldwide’s Chris Fisher to Keynote at this year’s National Congress & Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing
02.24.14

Christopher Fisher, Managing Principal at Ducker Worldwide will be a keynote speaker for this year's National Congress & Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing.

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White Paper: India - A compelling alternate in advanced manufacturing
01.28.14

After years in the shadow of its behemoth manufacturing neighbor China, India is poised for growth in the high-end manufacturing sector, especially in precision areas such as machine tool manufacturing. This new focus on manufacturing and service, and its movement away from the country’s traditional agro-economy, can be attributed to a collectively increasing sophistication of the country’s workforce and infrastructure and the potential need for global companies to diversify away from Chinese manufacturing base.

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Ducker Worldwide's Markus Pfefferer to speak at Automotive World Megatrends India 2014
01.22.14

The fourth annual Automotive World Megatrends India conference will bring together leading stakeholders to discuss the technologies and trends that look set to shape India's passenger car and commercial vehicle industries over the next decade and beyond.

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Ducker Worldwide in the News - The F-150's Aluminum Diet
01.13.14

When Ford rolls out its redesigned F-150 pickup truck here on Monday morning to kick off two days of press previews for the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the automaker will be making one of the boldest product gambles in its 111-year history.

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