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Research Confirms Chinese Energy Subsidies
an Unfair Boon to Steel Industry

Tuesday, January 8, 2008
According to a report released today commissioned by the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), Washington, D.C., the Chinese government has, for the last several years, massively increased energy subsidies to its steelmakers. From 2000 to mid-year 2007, these subsidies totaled $27.11 billion, says the AAM report, authored by Dr. Usha C. V. Haley, Ph.D. These energy subsidies include supports for thermal and coking coal, electricity and natural gas. Also noted in the report: In 2005, China transitioned from a net steel importer to a steel exporter, and in 2006 it became the largest steel exporter in the world. To read the entire report, log on to

Powder-Coating Workshop Headed to Indianapolis

Friday, January 4, 2008
The Powder Coating Institute (PCI), Alexandria, VA, will sponsor a two-day hands-on workshop on powder coating February 19-20 at the facility of ITW Gema. Classroom sessions will cover material properties, handling and storage; application-equipment use, troubleshooting and maintenance; powder-booth and recovery systems; pretreatment system design, use, troubleshooting and maintenance; and curing ovens and cycles. In the lab, attendees will gain hands-on training in coating application and troubleshooting. To learn more, contact PCI--317/248-2481;

Lapham-Hickey Acquires Alabama Facility

Friday, January 4, 2008
Steel service center Lapham-Hickey Corp., Chicago, IL, acquired the Hubbell Steel Div. of Gibraltar Industries, located in Birmingham, AL. The firm also named Jon Manilla, former director of sales for Hubbell Steel, general manager of the plant. Hubbell Steel ( specializes in coated and painted products. Lapham-Hickey also operates facilities in Chicago and Madison, IL, Columbus, OH, Pawcatuck, CT, Little Canada, MN, and Oshkosh, WI;


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