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Updated Site Showcases Part-Handling Equipment

Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Distech Systems, Rochester, NY, has unveiled its redesigned website,, promising system designers and integrators all they need to incorporate Distech part-handling equipment. The site now offers simpler navigation with more technical and application information and photos; and allows visitors to download a request-for-quote form. Also, visitors can view video clips of each system and download CAD drawings to help them integrate Distech equipment into their automated systems.

Looking for New Robotics Markets

Tuesday, January 17, 2006
The Robotics Industry Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI, has debuted the Robot Market Incubator Program, a comprehensive effort to develop new markets for robotic technology. The initial element of the program, the Robot Market Assessment Program, has just gotten under. Under it, interested parties may receive RIA funding and support for formalized analysis of potential new markets for industrial robots. For more information on the Incubator program, visit

ARC Automotive Sending Production
from Arkansas to China, Mexico

Monday, January 16, 2006
The ARC Automotive unit of Sequa Corp., a manufacturer of energetic components for airbag inflators at its plant in Camden, AR, announced that, as of the new year, it was to transfer that production to plants in Reynosa, Mexico, and Xi’an, China. Over the next several months, as a result of the shift, about 300 plant employees will be released and be offered severance packages including continued wages and health-insurance coverage. “(The production move) was a difficult choice, but was necessary in light of the economic realities of the global marketplace,” says John Skladan, ARC Automotive president and general manager. “We believe that this move will enhance our ability to remain competitive and will strengthen our position in world markets.”


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