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3DQuickPress Enters Latin American Market

Wednesday, November 2, 2005
3DQuickPress, a 3D CAD die-design system, will be sold and serviced in Mexico through CAD AVSHEIP S.A. of Monterrey, Mexico. The new alliance between CAD AVSHEIP and 3D QuickTools Ltd., the developer of 3DQuickPress, covers 3DQuickPress for SolidWorks and related products, and marks the introduction of the technology to the Latin American marketplace. The system had been introduced to U.S. and European markets in 2004. For more on 3DQuickPress, visit

Mate Earns Minnesota Quality Award

Monday, October 31, 2005
The Minnesota Council for Quality (MCQ) has presented a 2005 Minnesota Quality Award (MQA) to Mate Precision Tooling, Anoka, MN, a manufacturer of punch-press tooling. Since 1991, 70 organizations have earned the MQA. To earn its award, Mate developed a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award application that addressed the 19 Criteria for Performance Excellence. The MCQ reviewed the application and six trained Baldrige evaluators conducted a three-day site visit to Mate. For more, visit Mate online at

YTD Steel Import Levels Alarmingly Low

Friday, October 28, 2005
According to preliminary data from the Department of Commerce, overall 2005 year-to-date (YTD) steel imports are down 10 percent from 2004 levels through September, and total imports dropped 5 percent from August 2005 to September 2005. YTD imports of hot- and cold-rolled steel are down 20 percent from 2004, “further testament for the need of increased steel imports for U.S. steel consumers to more easily obtain the steel they need at globally competitive prices,” says William E. Gaskin, president of the Precision Metalforming Association.


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