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Auto Imports into China Skyrocketing

Friday, October 13, 2006
China’s auto imports totaled 147,000 units through the first eight months of the year, worth a total of $4.84 billion U.S. dollars and representing a 72-percent increase year-on-year. Statistics from China’s General Administration of Customs show that the major sources of vehicle imports are the European Union, South Korea and the Untied States.

Redesigned Website a Paradise for Tool Shoppers

Thursday, October 12, 2006
Wilson Tool Intl., White Bear Lake, MN, has launched its redesigned website,, which brings together information for its four divisions—punch press, press brake, Impax Tooling Solutions (for stampers), and Xtra parts and accessories. The site includes a complete catalog and brochure library, newsletter articles, and links to the firm’s e-Business Center that offers online tool ordering, quotes, invoices, tool drawings and shipment tracking.

Rockford Toolcraft to Automate 27 ft. of Bolster Space

Wednesday, October 11, 2006
HMS Products Co., Troy, MI, will outfit automation equipment onto a pair of two-slide high-tonnage presses installed in the new stamping-plant addition of Rockford Toolcraft, Rockford, IL. Coming to the stamping plant in Spring 2007: a pair of HMS Series 900HD transfer systems and a between-press parts shuttle, as well as a coil-handling system from Feed Lease Corp., Rochester Hills, MI. The tandem transfer-press line will be able to feed ½-in.-thick material from 60-in.-side coils. The transfer automation will feed in both directions, in tandem or single-press configurations, and can operate in two-axis, three-axis or crossbar-transfer modes.


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