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German Heavy-Vehicle Manufacturer
Taps AutoForm for Sheetmetal Forming Optimization

Tuesday, December 20, 2005
MAN Commercial Vehicles Group, a German manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles, has opted for sheetmetal forming optimization software from AutoForm (U.S. offices in Troy, MI) in its Gustavsburg plant. “We use the forming simulation software for the entire product range that we produce; stamped parts with sheet gauge thickness from 8-12 mm,” says Bernd Güntzel, head of production at MAN. “AutoForm software is used especially during the planning phase when the process layout is defined, and to support the design of die faces.” For more, visit

Metal Mates Under New Ownership

Monday, December 19, 2005
ITW (Illinois Tool Works) has acquired Metal Mates Inc., Waterford, MI, and will add its line of water-based stamping and forming lubricants as an independent product line of ITW Rocol North America, Glenview, IL. ITW Rocol North America manufactures its fluids for stamping, forming, tapping and cleaning at a chemical-blending plant in DeWitt, IA. Learn more at

GSW Teaming with Sutherland Presses

Friday, December 16, 2005
GSW Press Automation, Inc., St. Marys, OH, has agreed to collaborate with Sutherland Presses, Los Angeles, CA, and is moving westward. GSW’s new location, as of January 1, 2006: 353 Coral Circle, El Segundo, CA, 90245. At the same time, to support customers using its pneumatic transporters, GSW is building up a service center with its partner, Control Imagineering Inc. in North Vernon, IN. Learn more at


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