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Steel Tariffs Just a Memory

Friday, December 5, 2003
The President’s announcement yesterday that the steel tariffs, begun in 2002, will end has been heralded by PMA President William Gaskin as “the right decision for the 13 million workers in steel-consuming industries, the right decision for the manufacturing sector just beginning to recover and the right decision for the overall U.S. economy." Keeping the tariffs in place would have resulted in deteriorating relationships with U.S. trading partners to the tune of more than $2.2 billion in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports. “The President understands that 16 more months of the tariffs would have only further harmed the steel industry’s customers,” adds Gaskin. PMA chairman of the board Nels Leutwiler, CEO of metalformer Parkview Metal Products, Chicago, IL, welcomes the price stability that the striking down of the tariffs will bring, and expects steel availability to soon improve. “The termination of the tariffs will help prevent a disastrous repetition of the supply crunch we faced in 2002 when the tariffs began,” he says. Wes Smith, president of E&E Manufacturing Co., Plymouth, MI, and chairman of the PMA government relations committee, says: “I’m happy that the President realized that you can’t protect one sector of American manufacturing at the expense of another.”

Robotics Industry Flourishing Through September

Friday, December 5, 2003
New orders for industrial robots jumped 28 percent through September 2003, according to figures released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI. Material handling continues as the largest application area for robots, followed by spot welding, arc welding, coating and dispensing, assembly and material removal. Learn more at

Salvagnini and LVD to Jointly Develop
Robotic Press-Brake Cell

Thursday, December 4, 2003
Salvagnini b.v. and LVD Company n.v. have agreed to share engineering resources and technology to jointly develop an advanced robotic bending cell automatically programmed from a 3D CAD model. Slated for installation at a customer’s facility in January 2004, it will provide automated material handling. The cell will be based on Salvagnini’s RoboFormER robotic press-brake cell, and will incorporate an LVD PPEB servo-controlled hydraulic press brake. LVD’s recent advances in adaptive forming will provide real-time angle control. A proprietary control will operate the cell.


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