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Report Details Formability of High-Strength Steels

Thursday, April 29, 2004
Just released is a 174-page report characterizing the formability of several high-strength steels. The report, resulting from a collaborative effort of the American Iron and Steel Institute and the Department of Energy, is available through Automotive engineers will find the results useful in understanding high-strength-steel behavior under press-forming conditions, according to participants in the research. Steels included in the study included drawing-quality and deep-drawing-quality steels, conventional high-strength steels, advanced high-strengths steels such as dual-phase and TRIP, and ultra-high-strength steels. These types of steels, according to AISI officials, offer opportunities to reduce mass and increase fuel efficiency in automobiles while improving safety and structural performance--without adding to vehicle cost.

Pro-Eco Becomes SMS Demag Ltd.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Pro-Eco Ltd., a seller of coil-processing lines, has changed its name to SMS Demag Ltd. The company had been purchased in September 2000 but continued to operate under its own name while working closely with the Strip Processing Lines division of SMS Demag AG. The change to SMS Demag Ltd., effective as of this past March, became necessary for worldwide consistency and marketing presentation. However, the Pro-Eco logo will be retained and will appear beside the SMS Demag logo on company documents, and Pro-Eco will remain as a brand name for push-pull pickling lines, slitting, cut-to-length, blanking and tension-leveling lines.

Metalforming Technologies Expands in Mexico

Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Metalforming Technologies, Inc., Auburn Hills, MI, is opening a 90,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico, to produce products for the company’s Engineered Systems, Safety Systems and Structural & Tubular Systems business units. An increase in demand from domestic customers as well as OEM and Tier One customers with operations in Mexico led to the decision to open a Mexico facility, according to Joseph Ponteri, Metalforming Technologies, president and CEO. Programs slated for initial production in Monterrey, beginning in September 2004, include brake-booster housings, hinge assemblies and safety-related components.


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