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Free Press-Safety Briefings from Penmar Automation

Monday, March 15, 2004
Penmar Automation Inc., Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, has scheduled free Power Press Safety Briefings through mid-2004. The sessions discuss changing power-press safety regulations in Canada, specifically the CSA Z142-02 standard, which becomes mandatory in December 2004. Also included are live demonstrations of a 1960s-vintage 80-ton mechanical press outfitted with the CommandStamp press control unit. The unit is manufactured by Reflex Integration, a joint venture of Penmar and Soft Design Automation, and the demonstrations are designed to show that new press controls can help old presses meet the new safety standards on a cost-effective basis, according to company officials. The briefings, beginning at 10:30 a.m., will be held at Penmar’s headquarters on March 25, April 28, May 27, and June 24, 2004. For more, contact Jeff Ashcroft at 905/836-8103 or

Tower Invests in South Korean Auto Supplier

Friday, March 12, 2004
Tower Automotive, Inc., Novi, MI, has acquired the remaining shares of Seojin Industrial Co. Ltd. of South Korea. Tower now owns 100 percent of the company, a supplier of frames, modules and structural components to the Korean automotive industry, including Hyundai and Kia. Seojin, based in Kunpo City, operates eight manufacturing facilities and employs 1300.

3M Ups its Ante Into the Welding Industry

Friday, March 12, 2004
3M, St. Paul, MN, has acquired Hornell Intl., a Sweden-based supplier or personal-protective equipment for welding. Hornell’s product line of eye, face and respiratory-protection devices includes Speedglas-brand auto-darkening welding helmets.


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