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Minster Named Exclusive N.A. Distributor
for Amada Gap Presses

Friday, April 16, 2004
The Minster Machine Company, Minster, OH, has formed a strategic relationship with Amada America, Inc., Buena Park, CA, to become the exclusive provider of Amada one- and two-point gap-frame presses, from 45 to 500 metric-ton capacity, for the North American market. “This is a nice strategic fit for Minster,” MetalForming was told in an exclusive interview with David Winch, Minster vice president of sales, marketing and customer service, “because Amada does not build straight-side presses, which have been our focus, and at the same time we need to continue to offer a competitive gap-press line to our customer base. We decided that rather than invest in enhancing our existing line of gap presses, the distribution relationship with Amada was a better choice.” Minster will provide installation, startup and service for its customers of the Amada presses, and its service group will handle warranty assistance. All of the necessary training has been completed, and the Minster website already includes a list of available stock machines.. “This strategic marketing relationship represents growth for Minster similar to that from our ongoing relationship with Bihler for its slideforming machines,” Winch tells MetalForming. “It fills another important product niche for us. Further down the road, we hope to explore other opportunities with Amada, perhaps performing some value-added work to enhance the product offering, and exploring opportunities to meet the needs of metalformers in Asia.”

Eight Hydraulic Presses Headed to Audi Plants

Thursday, April 15, 2004
Dieffenbacher GmbH has received an order for eight hydraulic tryout presses from Audi for plants in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, Germany, and in Gyor, Hungary. The presses, with a pressing force of 16,000 kN and 25,000 kN and sliding tables measuring 5000 by 2500 mm, include eight-point die cushions, parallel motion control and PC control. They’re slated for installation from February 2005 to December 2006. Dieffenbacher is online at

Agie Opens Southeast Center of Excellence

Thursday, April 15, 2004
Agie Ltd., Lincolnshire, IL, a supplier of EDM equipment, has opened a 7500-sq.-ft. Center of Excellence in Charlotte, NC. It will serve as a national aftermarket and service center and regional demonstration facility. Agie plans to host EDM seminars, user groups and training at the facility, and offer engineering and application assistance. View its product line online at


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