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Robot Orders Off 19 Percent

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Orders from North American manufacturing companies for robots have declined by 19 percent through September 2008 compared to the same period last year, according to the North American-based robot companies reporting statistics to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI. Orders from the automotive industry are off 36 percent in units and 26 percent in dollars through September. At the same time, nonautomotive orders are up 15 percent in units and 10 percent in dollars, with strong growth reported in several markets including semiconductor, electronics and photonics.

Building-System Supplier Receives Venture-Capital
Funding to Fuel Middle-East Expansion

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
FrameMax, San Diego, CA, a supplier of light-gauge steel-framing products for the construction of commercial and residential buildings, has received an $8 million investment from Arcapita Ventures, along with H.I.G. Ventures, Cross Creek Capital and NVestech, LLC. FrameMax, with fabrication facilities in Mexico, Spain, and China, plans to begin offering its lightweight steel, composite concrete structures in the Gulf region within 6 months. Learn more at

Rochester Welcomes Waterjet-Cutting Showroom

Monday, November 17, 2008
Millennium Machinery, Rochester, NY, a machine-tool distributor and supplier of service, training, parts and consumables, has opened a Mitsubishi waterjet-cutting showroom on behalf of its vendor, MC Machinery Systems, Inc., Wood Dale, IL. The 7500-sq.-ft. showroom houses a new Mitsubishi 3000 Suprema waterjet-cutting machine that will allow the firm to perform product demonstrations and training sessions. Learn more about Mitsubishi waterjet-cutting technology at Millennium Machinery is online at


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