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PMA Annual Technical Conference
a Stimulus Package for the Industry

Friday, April 3, 2009
To help metalformers meet their ongoing training needs during these tough economic times, the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) has reduced registration feeds for its upcoming Technical Conference, April 26-28 in Cleveland, OH. PMA member companies can send one person to attend the conference for just $245 ($295 for nonmembers), and additional attendees for just $85 each ($115 for nonmembers. You must register by April 9 to qualify for these reduced rates, and to enter a drawing to win a $100 American Express gift card.
Just added to the keynote panel: Dr. Ken Mayland, a nationally renowned economic forecaster and president of ClearView Economics, LLC. Mayland will join keynote panelists David Darling, director of operations at MB Tech, and moderator Michael Collins, president of MPC management, in a panel discussion to help small to mid-market manufacturers survive the current economic plight.
The PMA Technical Conference has been developed to meet the needs of management and technical personnel at every level, addressing best practices and new technology and its applications. For more information, visit, or call 216/901-8800.

LVD Forms Chinese JV Company

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Belgian sheetmetal-fabricating-equipment manufacturer LVD Co. n.v. and Hubei Tri-Ring Metalforming Equipment Co., Ltd. (HD) have formed a joint venture company in Huangshi City in China’s Hubei Province. The company will produce LVD’s line of turret punch presses, laser-cutting machines and CNC press brakes, as well as HD’s machinery, for the Chinese and export markets. HD is a long-time licensee of LVD, has manufactured and sold LVD press brakes and shears since 1981, and has sold LVD’s Strippit CNC turret punch presses since 2000. It is owned by Tri-Ring Group Co., a large state-owned enterprise and one of the 520 key enterprises in China; LVD is online at

Questions about Vanadium Steels?
New Website has the Answers

Thursday, April 2, 2009
To promote increased awareness, visibility and understanding of high-strength low-alloy steels microalloyed with vanadium (HSLA-V), the Vanadium Technology Partnership, a consortium of vanadium producers and researchers, has launched The website is aimed at users of traditional steels as well as vanadium steels, referencing case studies and including a search tool that helps visitors select a steel supplier and the appropriate product and grade.


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