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Illinois Stamper Relocates Mexican Plant

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Parkview Metal Products, Lake Zurich, IL, has relocated its Mexican stamping, fabrication and assembly plant to a new 80,000-sq.-ft. facility in Juarez. The plant features servo-fed presses from a 100-ton high-speed model to a 440-ton 10-ft.-bed press. For short-run fabrication, the facility offers CNC laser cutting, turret-press punching and press-brake bending. Value-added fastening and assembly rounds out its offerings; a powder-coating line will be installed later this year. Learn more at www.parkviewmetal/juarez.html.

Etna Products Forms European Joint Venture

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
To support manufacturing customers in Europe, Russia, India, China, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, metalworking-fluid supplier Etna Products, Inc., Chagrin Falls, OH, has formed a joint-venture company based in Hagen, Germany. The new company, called Etna-Becham Europe GmbH, follows Etna’s recent acquisition of the Kubitrac brand of nonferrous-tube drawing lubricants from Carl Becham GmbH. Etna is consolidating all of its sales activity for its Masterdraw products in those markets into its joint-venture company. Learn more at and

Hydraulic Tryout Press Headed to VW Die Shop

Monday, February 11, 2008
The Volkswagen plant in Braunschweig, Germany, will soon have a new hydraulic tryout press in its die-making shop. The new press, a 16,000-kN model from Dieffenbacher, will have a moving bolster and a bed size of 5000 by 2500 mm. It will be equipped with a four-point drawing cushion, ram cushion, impact damping, ram parallel-motion control and a PC control system. The press should hit the floor in September 2008. Learn more at


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