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Magna’s Cosma Group Increases
its Metal-Stamping Presence in Eastern Europe

Thursday, November 30, 2006
Cosma Intl., Aurora, Ontario, Canada, an operating unit of Magna Intl. Inc., acquired Vyroba Automotivnych Biotnikov (VAB), of Tychy in southern Poland. The acquisition expands Cosma’s class-A and body-structure stamping capacity and its presence in the Eastern European market. The VAB facility, adjacent to a Cosma assembly plant, boasts 150,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space.

Mitsubishi Laser Partners with
Automation-Software Provider

Thursday, November 30, 2006
To optimize the productivity and versatility of its flexible manufacturing systems, Mitsubishi Laser, Wood Dale, IL, has partnered with Ncell Automation (, Minnetonka, MN, a supplier of software solutions designed specifically for laser automation. Ncell software, which will enable lights-out unattended operations of Mitsubishi’s equipment, includes a management interface to remotely manage all laser cells from a desktop computer, automatically updating schedules and eliminating manual entry. The software also alerts shop personnel when an error occurs at a laser cell. Learn more at

Material-Handling Companies Unite

Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Bushman Equipment, Milwaukee, WI, a manufacturer of custom-engineered heavy-duty material-handling equipment, has acquired Avon Engineering, Waterdown, Ontario, Canada. Avon ( designs and builds material-handling equipment and pressroom-automation and coil-packaging equipment. Bushman’s West Bend Equipment Division ( manufactures lift tables, die-handling equipment, upenders and inverters. David Lowery, founder of Avon Engineering, continues with the company as vice president. Sales, engineering and manufacturing operations will continue in both the U.S. and Canadian markets.


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