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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

Esab Receives Record Order, from Wind-Energy Customer

Monday, November 17, 2008
Esab Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, SC, has received its largest ever single-customer order for welding and cutting equipment and consumables. The multi-million-dollar order, received from Danish wind-tower manufacturer Vestas Towers A/S, includes automated cutting and welding equipment, positioning and handling apparatus and, once the equipment is installed early in 2009, the welding consumables needed for production. Learn about Vestas at; Esab is online at


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