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Steel Imports Decline Again

Monday, February 28, 2005
The Department of Commerce (DOC) reports that steel imports for January 2005 dropped to 2.2 million metric tons, an 18 percent decline compared to December 2004, the fourth straight month of declining imports. Precision Metalforming Association president William E. Gaskin, commenting on the DOC report, also notes that imports of hot-rolled sheets, the products most used by PMA members, also declined for the fourth straight month, to 0.2 metric tons, a 6-percent decline compared to December. Gaskin used the news on steel imports to renew PMA’s call for the lifting of duties on hot-rolled steel, and will testify, along with representatives from PMA member companies, in Washington D.C. on March 2 at the sunset review hearing of the International Trade Commission. The hearing will address whether to terminate or continue antidumping/countervailing duties on hot-rolled steel from Japan, Brazil and Russia beyond the five years they have already been in place.

Three Companies Become One for Parts Cleaning

Friday, February 25, 2005
Magnus Equipment, Willoughby, OH, has acquired Pro-Fab Manufacturing and Power Sonics, and renamed the new company MPP, under the ownership of Reid Assets Management, Cleveland, OH. MPP provides engineered equipment, systems and components to companies that require parts cleaning, chemical treatment, plating and processing. Magnus specializes in immersion cleaning. Power Sonics manufactures magnetostrictive ultrasonic equipment for aqueous cleaning. Pro-Fab makes custom corrosion-resistant plastic tanks, scrubbers and ductwork.

Robotic-Welding Seminar

Thursday, February 24, 2005
Genesis Systems, Davenport, IA, will host its third technical robotic-welding seminar at its global headquarters on April 12-13, 2005. Industry experts from robot-manufacturing companies and from end-user companies will cover weld processes and programming, material removal, tooling requirements, and methods to improve productivity. Attendees will also participate in hands-on workshops and view demonstrations of robots and welding equipment. Learn more at


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