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UK to Host Cold Forming Congress

Wednesday, March 30, 2005
The 11th International Cold Forming Congress will be held September 12-14, 2005, in Chester, United Kingdom. Held every five years, the theme for this edition is “Optimum metalforming solutions for competitive global manufacture.” The congress will focus on developments within the automotive industry and the use of metalforming technology in body in white, engine/transmission, suspension and steering. The technical program will feature intentions and requirements of vehicle manufacturers and the methods used to achieve them. Each program topic will include Tier One presentations followed by supplier contributions related to equipment, tooling and materials development. For more, visit

Offshore Group Hosts
Manufacturing in Mexico Summit

Tuesday, March 29, 2005
The Offshore Group, Tucson, AZ will hold its 11th Manufacturing in Mexico Summit at the Hotel San Carlos in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, October 20-23, 2005. The event is designed for officials of manufacturing firms considering investment in Mexican operations. They will have the opportunity to meet and share experiences with Offshore Group clients in aerospace, automotive, medical-device, telecommunications, optics and electronics industries. Summit topics to be covered include servicing the North American market from Mexico, Mexican labor law and regulations, customs and environmental issues, costing, operating under a shelter plan, and Mexico as a bridge to the global market. For more information or to register, call 520/889-0022, ext. 164, or visit

Steel Organizations Team to Attract Top Talent

Friday, March 25, 2005
Designed to attract top talent to the North American steel industry, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the Association for Iron and Steel Technology Foundation (AIST Foundation) have teamed to launch the Ferrous Metallurgy Education Today initiative. The initiative includes a scholarship and summer-internship program for college juniors and seniors, a design grant program, a curriculum-development program and a steel industry-university advisory roundtable. “The steel industry needs to cultivate the next generation of skilled metallurgists who will create the innovative products that will strengthen steel’s position as the material of choice for thousands of industrial and consumer applications,” says Ron Ashburn, AIST Foundation executive director. “This initiative brings us one step closer to that goal.” The initiative is expected to be fully operational by fall 2005. For more, surf to or


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