Hot Off the Press
Ten Congressmen Co-Sponsoring
Knollenberg Resolution Concerning Steel-Import Duties
Thursday, March 03, 2005
When Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) introduced his resolution in mid-February urging the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) to consider the impact of anti-dumping/countervailing (AD/CVD) orders on U.S. steel consumers, he called the issue one of “fundamental fairness.” Since that time, ten members of Congress have joined him as co-sponsors: Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Rep. David Dreier (R-CA), Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), Rep. Mark Kennedy (R-MN), Rep. Don Kind (D-WI), Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-IL), Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). Nearly 190 AD/CVD orders are in place on various types of steel—some are more than 20 years old—and are unnecessarily plaguing metalformers with price hikes, shortages, late shipments and other disruptions in the steel marketplace. Yesterday (March 2), the ITC conducted a sunset review hearing to review duties placed on hot-rolled steel products from Japan, Brazil and Russia. PMA representatives testified on behalf of steel consuemrs, and will do so again on April 26 at a sunset review hearing on stainless steels from eight countries.
Coil-Feeding Lines Headed
to New Magna Stamping Plant in Mexico
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Magna-based Sonora Forming Technologies, Hermosillo, Mexico, has recently installed a variety of integrated coil-feeding lines from Coe Press Equipment, Sterling Heights, MI, onto Aida Dayton Technologies stamping presses. The plant employs three 42-in.-wide progressive feed lines on Aida NST 400 presses. Feed lines include a servo roll feed, 12-ft. dual-sided threading table, heavy-duty power straightener and 40,000-lb.-capacity traveling coil reel. Speed tops out at 80 ft./min.
The plant also installed a 72-in.-wide high-speed blanking line with an Aida PMX 600-ton press for line speeds to 240 ft./min. Learn more at www.cpec.com
Magna Steyr Will Soon Assemble in North America
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
European contract assembler Magna Steyr is prowling the United States and Canada in the hopes of soon assembling vehicles here, once it can land a contract with an automaker, according to www.TheCarConnection.com
. Its preliminary plans will require customer orders of around 150,000 units. Its Austrian plant assembles for DaimlerChrysler, BMW and GM—volume in 2004 more than doubled, to nearly 226,000 units. The firm’s engineering center in Rochester Hills, MI, handles work for the Big Three and some European and Asian carmakers.