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So Cal Fab Shop Adds Amada Laser for Tube and Pipe Cutting

Friday, February 3, 2012
Airtronics Metal Products, San Jose, CA, has installed an Amada 4000-W Gemini FO MII 3015 laser-cutting machine that includes a rotary index feature so that the machine can process tube and pipe, as well as flat sheet. Noted as particularly useful by Airtronics: The integrated rotary-index unit allows the cutting head to be positioned near the chuck, minimizing the dead zone.  Bowed pipe or tubing can be cut without vibration. Cutting-table capacity: 61 by 121 in. More at Here’s a short video showing the Amada FO MII 3015 doing its thing on 2-in.-OD stainless-steel tube with 0.048-in. wall thickness.


A 3000-Ton 44-ft. Press Brake

Thursday, February 2, 2012
…is being built by Hydrapower International Inc., Marco Island, FL, for SMGT, an investment group based in Singapore. The machine will be shipped to the new SMGT joint-venture company in Northern Louisiana, to support its manufacturing work related to providing LNG to undeveloped regions of the world. Hydrapower is online at

Outlook for the Mexican Auto Industry

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

George Magliano, senior principal economist at IHS Global Insight, recently sat down with The Offshore Group to discuss prospects related to automotive manufacturing in Mexico for 2012. According to Magliano, "Mexico is becoming a magnet for supplier investment. This is due to announcements of sizable investment in the country in new production platforms over the last year by large automotive-industry OEM's such as Nissan, Mazda, BMW, Volkswagen and General Motors."

Those interested in hearing the full discussion regarding automotive manufacturing in Mexico and predictions for 2012 can listen to the full podcast here.


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