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European Appliance Manufacturer
Installs Five New Transfer-Press Lines

Thursday, November 13, 2008
Five 800-ton transfer presses, complete with coil lines and three-axis transfer systems, have been installed by the Schuler Group at four separate European manufacturing plants owned by BSH Bosch and Siemens Hausgerate GmbH. The manufacturer of household appliances installed the press lines at facilities in Traunreut and Bretten, Germany, Montanana, Spain, and Cerkezkoy, Turkey. Key features of the transfer systems, say Schuler, which minimize die-change times, include use of fast-action couplings on the tooling that automatically disengage and reengage during die changes; sensors that monitor clutch status; and automatically coupled power and data cables. The coil lines can process coils in widths from 500 to 1400 mm, weighing as much as 15 metric tons. Learn more at

VW Plans for Tennessee Include Supplier Park

Thursday, November 13, 2008
Volkswagen wants more than 80 percent of the vehicles produced from its planned factory in Chattanooga, TN, to come from North America, and is planning a supplier park for the site, according to a recent report in Automotive News Europe. Plans include local production of engines and transmissions, but not right a, says a VW spokesman. For example, when the plant opens in 2011, it will receive some engines from the VW engine facility in Mexico. The report reveals that a drawing of the VW supplier park shows six buildings located just 1000 ft. from the assembly plant. Possible components to be supplied just-in-time from suppliers in the park include cockpits, instrument panels, seats, front-end assemblies and headliners.

Bohler Uddeholm Acquires Wash. Distributor

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Bohler Uddeholm AG, a supplier of specialty steels and materials, has acquired Summerville Steel Co., Kent, WA, a privately held distributor of specialty steel products. Investment banking firm McGladrey Capital Markets LLC initiated the transaction, led negotiations and acted as exclusive financial advisor to Summerville Steel. Summerville Steel operates three locations on the West Coast—Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles--and specializes in inventory management of niche steel products including tool steels and carbon and alloy bar steels; Learn more about Bohler Uddeholm at


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