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Great Designs in Steel Less Than Two Months A

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Wednesday, May 5 is the day that North American steel industry engineers and automotive designers, together with product and process engineers, will gather to discuss successful case histories and the latest trends in steel usage for vehicles. The event: Great Designs in Steel 2010, a three-track program comprising more than 30 technical presentations on advanced high-strength steels, mass-efficient applications of new steels and related manufacturing technologies. Start time: 7 a.m., at the Laurel Manor Conference Center in Livonia, MI. The event’s keynote speaker is Sergei Kuznetsov, president and CEO of Severstal International. Among the presentation topics: Investigation of Tooling Durability for Advanced High-Strength Steels; Hydroformed Front Bumper Technology in the 2010 Ford Raptor Truck; and Tailor Welded Coils: Applications, Results and Body Structure Impact. Learn more.

Manufacturing Technology Consumption
Shows 26-Percent Gain

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
January U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $130.96 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology, a 26.2-percent gain over January 2009. “Fortunately, there are measures moving through Congress that will…incentivize manufacturers to (further) invest in capital equipment in 2010,” says Peter Borden, AMTDA president. By region, January manufacturing technology consumption in the Northeast ticked up 31.4 percent compared with January 2009; in the Southern region technology consumption climbed by 95.8 percent; consumption by manufacturers in the Midwest region climbed by 31.2 percent compared with January a year ago; manufacturing technology consumption in the Central region edged up by 6.0 percent; and Western region technology consumption fell by 21.8 percent when compared with January 2009.

GE Approves Laser Work
from United Performance Metals

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
United Performance Metals, Hamilton, OH, has received special process approval from GE Aviation to laser-machine and laser-cut parts, expanding the scope of its processing capabilities beyond slitting, leveling, shearing, edge conditioning and waterjet cutting. UPM stocks and processes specialty stainless steels and high-temperature alloys;


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