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Industrial Laser Shipments Stay Level in 2003

Tuesday, March 16, 2004
At $422 million, 2003 shipments of industrial laser equipment and systems for North America and for export stayed level with 2002 shipments, according to the Laser Systems Product Group of the Association for Manufacturing Technology. Shipments to North America by 43 companies reporting to the group totaled $316.1 million, with exports amounting to $105.9 million. Cutting applications were the largest source of industrial laser activity in 2003, accounting for nearly 55 percent of all shipments. For more, visit

AK Steel Raising Prices for Stainless Alloys

Tuesday, March 16, 2004
The AP reported last Friday (March 12) that AK Steel Corp., Middletown, OH, will raise prices, for shipments beginning on April 4, by three percent on all 200-, 300- and 400-series stainless-steel sheet, strip and plate products. In making its fourth round of price increases this year, AK cites rising costs of raw materials and energy needed for production. A note: its stock price rose 15 cents, to close at $4.94 per share, on Friday.

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


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