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Robot and Assembly Shows
to Run Side-by-Side in 2005

Wednesday, March 3, 2004
The International Robots and Vision Show (produced by the Robotic Industries Association and the Automated Imaging Association) and the Assembly Technology Expo (produced by Reed Exhibitions) will be co-located in 2005, slated for September 27-29 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The two shows put, under one roof, more than 850 suppliers of automation technology, including robotics, machine vision and assembly equipment.

Allegheny Technologies to Acquire J&L

Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Allegheny Technologies Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, will acquire the assets of J&L Specialty Steel, Coraopolis, PA, with plants in Midland, PA, and Louisville, OH. J&L, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Arcelor, provides flat-rolled stainless-steel products. Allegheny is making the acquisition, targeted to close May 3, 2004, through its wholly owned ATI subsidiary, which makes sheet, plate and strip specialty materials, including stainless steel, nickel-based alloys and titanium-based alloys.

S&P Predicts Tough Times
for North American Auto Suppliers

Tuesday, March 2, 2004
The Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has published a report, North American Automotive Suppliers on the Long Road to Prosperity. It says that the overall credit quality of the North American automotive-supplier sector has weakened in the past year. Reasons for the credit-quality slide include vehicle-production cutbacks, weak aftermarket demand and increasing labor and benefits costs. Learn more at


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