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Robot Sales Tick Upward

Friday, May 17, 2002
The North American robotics industry showed signs of stabilizing in the first quarter of 2002, according to data from the Robotic Industries Association, Ann Arbor, MI. Through March, North American customers ordered 2350 robots, a 1-percent increase over first-quarter 2001 orders. Weakness in overseas sales by North American robotics companies, however, led to an overall 2-percent decline in new orders for the quarter. RIA reports relatively strong robot sales for spot welding, arc welding, dispensing and coating applications. Gain complete details at

Japan to Retaliate Over Steel Tariffs

Friday, May 17, 2002
Japan plans to notify the World Trade Organization today (Friday, May 17) of its plans to retaliate against U.S. steel tariffs. The Japanese trade ministry announced on Thursday plans to impose 100-percent tariffs on nearly $5 million worth of U.S. steel and steel products, beginning on June 18.

Ulbrich Gains Materials-Testing Approval

Thursday, May 16, 2002
Ulbrich Stainless Steels, North Haven, CT, has been approved by the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program for materials testing in accordance with SAE AS7101. The approval, which covers tests for hardness, tensile strength and others, assures customers that the firm’s stainless steels, nickel alloys and titanium strip products pass the high testing requirements of customers in the aerospace and defense industries. See Ulbrich online at


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