Tooling and die making typically isn’t considered the auto industry’s hotbed of excitement. But don’t tell that to General Motors’ Mark Stevens. As head of Flexible Manufacturing Engineering and Technology, Stevens is among executives leading a revolution at the No.1 auto maker’s Metal Fabrication Div., where dies used to form steel into body panels for new cars and trucks are created. In the past, limitations in those die-making and metal stamping processes have been blamed for GM’s ...

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