Tony Norton

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Tony leads the Americas based Altair ProductDesign teams in the delivery of early concept (industrial design, design exploration, testing & prototyping) and advanced simulation driven design (cutting-edge modeling, optimization, methods development & automation) to our customers. Before joining Altair UK in 1996, he worked at both Ford Motor Company and GEC-Marconi Avionics. He moved to Michigan in 1999 to join Altair US, and holds a Bachelors degree from The University of Hertfordshire in England.

Where are the (Next) Engineers?

I was talking with some colleagues from the supply base recently. Finding the number of high caliber engineers required to develop the new product demanded by OEM programs was an almost universal challenge. The available pool of engineers is not … Read More

Opening the Window to Mechatronic Systems

It almost seems as though there is no such thing as a purely mechanical system anymore. The proliferation of electronic controls into the automotive industry is evident through almost every vehicle system. With this trend comes the complexity of developing … Read More

Innovative Strategies For the Automotive Industry

This week we finished a set of 5 automotive industry webinars that showcased some technologies and methods to assist in the constant fight to reduce cost and timing while exciting consumers with innovative, better performing products.

Gas up, Weight Down

With gas prices now way past the $3.50 a gallon price that saw a change in consumer habits a couple of years or so ago, perhaps smaller cars will become a more permanent fixture on the North American automotive landscape. … Read More

Small Cars, Global Stars

Ford recently announced the Fiesta is the first car in its segment to earn a top safety rating in the World’s largest auto markets across four continents. The Fiesta achieved 5-star safety ratings in China, Europe and Australia/New Zealand, plus … Read More

International Auto Show

As a Brit who has now lived in Michigan for 12 years, I have slowly come to take a very Detroit-centric view of the automotive world. This can be re-enforced by my annual pilgrimage to the North American International Auto … Read More