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Under New Ownership, Automotive-Fastener
Supplier to Broaden Customer Base

Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Fabristeel, Taylor, MI, manufacturer of metal fasteners for the automotive industry, has been acquired by Whitesell International Corp., Muscle Shoals, AL. Whitesell operates 27 affiliate companies globally, providing procurement and logistic integration for class C components, including specialty fasteners and wireform products. It serves primarily non-automotive markets, particularly appliance and agricultural manufacturers. Fabristeel welcomes the opportunity to provide its fastening products to non-automotive firms. Learn more at and

ESI Integrates Material-Simulation Model
into its Formability Software

Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Metals producer Corus has partnered with simulation-software producer ESI Group to integrate the Corus-Vegter material-simulation model into ESI’s Pam-St amp 2G software package. The partnership aims to provide automotive designers and engineers with improved accuracy in formability-analysis predictions and press stamping evaluations. Learn more at

Pepperl+Fuchs Acquires PC-Component Maker

Monday, March 14, 2005
To add to its product offerings in hazardous-area safety technology, Pepperl+Fuchs, Twinsburg, OH, acquired Extec Oesterle GmbH, Esslingen, Germany. Extec manufactures industrial PC components and visualization equipment used in hazardous locations. It specializes in equipment used for the human interface to automation systems. Learn more at


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