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World Steel Association Reports
February Production Stats

Monday, March 21, 2011
World crude-steel production in February for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) ticked higher by 8.8 percent, year over year. Some countries’ producers enjoyed huge gains, particularly the smaller producing nations. For example, year-over-year production climbed by 35.5 percent in Turkey, 25.7 percent in South Korea, and 11.4 percent in Brazil. Output climbed by 9.7 from Chinese producers, 5.7 percent from Japanese producers, and 5.6 percent from U.S. producers. Overall capacity-utilization rate sits at 82 percent, up 2.7 percentage points from February 2010. More at

Turkish Fab-Equipment Maker
Opens North American HQ

Monday, March 21, 2011
Laser- and plasma-cutting systems, CNC punch presses, hydraulic press brakes, guillotine shears and ironworkers—Turkish machine builder Ermaksan makes them all, and now the company has a new North American headquarters from which to showcase its machines. The company’s new 11,000-sq.-ft. facility in Elk Grove Village, IL, includes a dedicated sales/aftersales team, a technology showroom and spare-parts depot. Learn more about the company’s offerings at, where visitors can watch a slew of brief and informative videos at the website’s video gallery.

Wisconsin Service Center
Installs New Stretch Leveler

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Dalco Metals, Inc., Walworth, WI, has installed a new stretch-leveler cut-to-length line capable of handling panel flat and memory-free 80,000-psi yield-strength sheet products. The line, from Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, IL, is targeted at customers that laser-cut parts and components. It features a computer-controlled hydraulic roller-leveler equipped with exchangeable thin-gauge and heavy-gauge leveling cassettes, to eliminate strip cross-bow prior to the stretch-leveling process. Learn more at; Dalco Metals, which provides numerous steel grades in slit coil, blanks and cut-to-length sheets, is online at


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