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Plex Webinars Address SaaS ERP Solutions
for Aerospace and Automotive Apps

Thursday, October 7, 2010
On Tuesday, October 12, Plex Systems, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI, will host a 1-hr. live demonstration of its Plex Online software-as-a-service ERP solution geared toward aerospace manufacturers, beginning at 2:00 ET. A similar online demonstration geared for motor-vehicle suppliers and manufacturers is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26, beginning at 2:00 ET. Attend either or both webinars to learn how to use the software to optimize lean production, inventory control and traceability, corrective-action programs and tooling management. Register for the aerospace-specific webinar here; register to attend the motor-vehicle webinar here.

Tube-Bending Website Gets a Makeover

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Curtis Products Inc., South Bend, IN, specialists in tube bending and end forming, as well rapid prototyping and assembly, has launched a redesigned website that includes an extensive photo gallery and detailed description of the manufacturing processes it offers, including welding, finishing and machining. The firm supplies customers in several markets, including automotive, agricultural, defense, marine and construction;

Global Steel Demand Surpassing Expectations

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The World Steel Association forecasts that global steel consumption will increase by 13.1 percent in 2010, after decreasing by 6.6 percent in 2009. This year’s rise surpasses the association’s original prediction of an 8.4 percent uptick, thanks to a better than expected forecast for the developed economies in the European Union and NAFTA countries, according to the association’s recently released October 2010 Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2010 and 2011. Among other SRO findings: China’s steel use is up 6.7 percent in 2010, following a strong increase of 24.8 percent in 2009, the loss of momentum due to the Chinese government’s efforts to cool down its real-estate sector. The SRO predicts only a 3.5 percent increase in steel use in China, although China will account for about 45 percent of the world’s steel consumption next year. View the full press release, which also provides detailed steel-consumption data for Europe, North and South America, Japan, India and Turkey, here.


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