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Dieffenbacher Increases North American Capacity

Friday, April 7, 2006
Dieffenbacher North America, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, has completed a 12,000-sq.-ft. addition to its heavy production and welding area to boost production capacity of frame sections for large presses and new/reconditioned heating platens. The company manufactures hydraulic presses and machines for forming metal and plastic.

Balzers Acquiring Gold Star Coatings

Friday, April 7, 2006
Balzers, Inc. is acquiring the PVD coating operations of Gold Star Coatings, a subsidiary of Star Cutter Co. With the transaction to be completed by the end of April, Balzers will become a coating partner for the tool resharpening service centers operated by Star Cutter, and will open an inhouse coating center in the gear-tool manufacturing operation of Star Cutter in East Tawas, MI. In addition, the existing Gold Star coating center in Richmond, IN, will be expanded to become a Balzers regional site. Also, business at Gold Star’s West Branch, MI, facility will be integrated into three existing Balzers coating centers in Michigan. For more, visit

Schuler Partners to Launch New Forming Process

Thursday, April 6, 2006
Schuler Hydroforming GmbH & Co., Wilnsdorf, Germany, has entered into a strategic agreement to market the heatforming (Hot Expansion Air Technology) process developed by HeatForm GmbH, Wiesbaden, Germany. The technology uses inner pressure to form pre-warmed hollow shapes, reportedly offering increased metal deformation at reduced cost when compared to conventional hydroforming. Schuler Hydroforming will offer the heatforming lines exclusively worldwide, and support customers with die construction, prototype development and contract manufacturing. Learn more at


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