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Stampings Inc. Acquired
as Part of ‘Super Tier Two’ Quest

Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Catalina Capital Advisors, LLC and Spring Engineering and Manufacturing Corp., Canton, MI, have completed the acquisition of Stampings Inc. of Fraser, MI. The purchase will result in consolidation of Stampings Inc. operations into the Spring Engineering Canton facility, and the owners of Stampings Inc. will join the Spring Engineering management team. The new entity will operate as a division of Catalina Precision Products, LLC. The partnership of Spring Engineering and Manufacturing and Catalina Capital Advisors is seeking to create a full-service global “Super Tier Two” metalforming company to serve the automotive-OEM Tier One market. For more, visit or

New Press for Thixoforming Research
at Belgian University

Tuesday, November 8, 2005
AP&T, with U.S. offices in Monroe, NC, has supplied a new industrial press for research use at the University of Liège in Belgium. The press will be used to study thixoforming, which involves heating a workpiece to very high temperatures prior to forming it. The hope is that the technology will make possible production of stronger parts. The automotive industry has shown the greatest interest in thixoforming so far. For more company and product news from AP&T, visit

New Makes Finding Answers Easier

Monday, November 7, 2005
The Automotive Applications Committee of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has completed the third revision of its website,, which contains information on new advanced high-strength steels in automotive applications. The site is part of the committee’s strategic objective to build technically oriented partnerships with automotive manufacturers. Ultimately the work resulting from these partnerships is reported at the website. “Traffic (on the site) has grown 400 percent in the past two years,” says Ron Krupitzer, senior director of automotive applications for AISI. “The new website is based on a content-management system that not only gives us much better management of web content, but it makes it easier for visitors to find answers to their steel questions. Part of making it easier is to help visitors avoid having to wade through data they have already seen. Visitors can now register and personalize their experience at the site.” Upon logging in, visitors will see the most recent information posted since their last visits.


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