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AutoForm, Tool Coater Team Up
for Enhanced Die Development

Monday, December 13, 2004
AutoForm Engineering, a producer of die-face design and simulation software for the automotive and sheetmetal-forming industries, has announced a joint venture with German tool-coating company VST Keller. “By combining sheetmetal forming simulation with expertise on material coatings for tools, this (joint venture) will provide our customers with new insights and knowhow on how to improve their tool designs early in the product-development process,” explains Dr. Waldemar Kubli, AutoForm Engineering CEO. With the collaboration, the joint-venture partners believe customers will be able to identify tool-wear problems and solve them early, significantly reducing the amount and cost of tool modifications during die tryout and production startup phases. For more, visit

Roll-Kraft Acquires Canadian Tooling Company

Friday, December 10, 2004
Roll-Kraft, Mentor, OH, a supplier and rebuilder of rollforming and tube-and-pipe equipment and tooling, has acquired Empire Precision Tooling, Inc., Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Empire, a manufacturer and designer of tube-and-pipe-mill rolls and related tooling, will now be called Roll-Kraft Ltd. and serve the Canadian market in support of the main Roll-Kraft operation. For more, visit

Beehler Upgrades ISO Certification

Friday, December 10, 2004
Beehler Corp., Mountain Grove, MO, has successfully upgraded to ISO 9001:2000. The company, founded in 1886, produces industrial hinges for the appliance, enclosure, automotive and marine industries. For more, visit


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