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Steel-Tube Shipments Below 2000 Levels

Monday, December 17, 2001
Despite increases in monthly shipments, the trend continues to point downward for the North American steel tubular industry, according to statistics supplied by the Steel Tube Institute of North America. Shipments of mechanical tube rose 10-12 percent in October as compared to September numbers, but trailed October 2000 shipments by 8-10 percent. Shipments thus far in 2001 trails 2000 same-period levels by 17-19 percent. Hollow structural tube shipments rose 10-12 percent in October, but trail October 2000 shipments by 3-5 percent. Year-to-date volume is 9-11 percent behind 2000 levels. Shipments of stainless tubular products increased 4-6 percent in October, but decreased 3-5 percent as compared to last October. Through 10 months, such shipments are 12-14 percent lower than last year. Standard-pipe shipments (4 in. and under) gained 1-3 percent over September and trailed October 2000 shipments by 4-6 percent. Year-to-date, shipments are down 8-10 percent.

Online Source for Info on Shock and Vibration Isolation

Monday, December 17, 2001
Fabreeka International, Inc., Stoughton, MA, announces a newly redesigned website,, filled with application case histories, product specs and helpful information for anyone wanting to learn more about products related to vibration and shock technology. Plenty of photos and technical papers stored as PDFs.

Fagor Arrasate Opens Press-Manufacturing Plant

Friday, December 14, 2001
Fagor Arrasate, based in Spain with U.S. offices in Bensenville, IL, has opened a new plant in Markina, Spain. The 22,000-sq.-ft. plant will produce mechanical presses in capacities to 10,000 kN. To aid manufacture, the plant will employ two 220,000-lb.-capacity overhead cranes and a press-assembly pit measuring 72 ft. long, 23 ft. wide and 13 ft. deep.


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