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Automotive Parts Suppliers Gathering--Join In

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Join your fellow automotive suppliers for the 19th annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Council (APSC) meeting, April 25-26 in Novi, MI. Speakers include Michael Robinet, managing director of IHS Automotive Consulting; and Kevin Galvin, lead consultant, Advanced Purchasing Dynamics, Inc., who will explore how the restructured industry has transformed buy/sell relationships and the sales strategies needed for success. Galvin will present the results of a best-practice procurement study. This is an ideal forum for CEOs, presidents, CFOs and other senior executives of companies serving the automotive industry. Benefits of attending include timely automotive-industry trend analysis, production forecasts that can be used to develop marketing plans, the ability to network with fellow automotive suppliers, benchmarking, and discussions on strategic trends and changing conditions in the automotive market. Register online--deadline is April 23. 

Webinars Feature Award-Winning Pioneer Metalformers

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Plan now to attend a pair of webinars providing presentations from the first six metalforming companies earning recognition from PMA and the Hitachi Foundations as Metalforming Pioneers. Each award-winning company has been recognized for achieving successful business results through well-defined values, culture, policies, practices and investments, with exemplary workforce development practices resulting in skill/career advancement, efficiencies for the company and recognition in the community.

During each 1-hr. webinar, three Metalforming Pioneer award-winning companies will describe key features of their programs. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue with these companies, so that they may apply some of these proven, successful concepts within their own facilities.

Webinar 1--Thursday, May 10, 2012, 11:00 am EST 
Presenting companies: McGregor Metalworking Companies, Oberg Industries, Roll Forming Corporation

Webinar 2--Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 11:00 am EST
Presenting companies: E.J. Ajax & Sons, GR Spring & Stamping, Pridgeon and Clay

Cost per site: $35 for PMA members, $50 for nonmembers.
Learn more and register to attend at


Fabricator Adds Press Brake with Adjustable Bottom Die

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
A new CNC press brake has landed on the production floor of metal fabricator D&S Manufacturing, Black River Falls, WI, expecting to significantly reduce downtime between job changeovers. The brake, a Model 548514 Accell Series from Accurpress, Rapid City, SD, features an adjustable bottom V-die that opens from 1.5 to 8 in.—no need to change out the lower die from part to part using a forklift. The brake is rated to 485 tons across its 14-ft. bed, and includes a six-axis backgauge. More at; learn all about Accurpress Accell press brakes at




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