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Steel Consumption to Rise Through 2005, Reports IISI

Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Global consumption of finished steel products is projected to increase by 6.2 percent in 2004 and by another 4.5 percent in 2005, with U.S. steel consumption expected to rise 4.6 percent through 2005, according to an outlook published by the International Iron and Steel Institute. High Asian demand should continue, according to the report, with China expected to increase consumption by 13.1 percent in 2004 and 10.4 percent in 2005. Since 1995, according to IISI, China has increased its share of global steel consumption from 13.5 percent to an estimated 30.3 percent in 2005, and should account for 61 percent of the global increase in consumption through next year.

Dimensional Services Earns Second GM Quality Award

Wednesday, May 19, 2004
3-Dimensional Services, Rochester Hills, MI, has received the Superior Quality Award for 2003 from the Powertrain division of General Motors. This is the second time that the designer and builder of prototype parts has been so honored. The award recognizes companies demonstrating outstanding performance in meeting and conforming to GM standards such as satisfying delivery and quality requirements over the past 12 months without a nonconformance. In 2003, more than 400 suppliers vied for the award, but only 10 winners were named and 3-Dimensional Services was one of only three repeat winners. For more, visit

BTM Corp. Gains ISO Certification

Tuesday, May 18, 2004
BTM Corp., Marysville, MI, supplier of Tog-L-Loc clinch-joining technology, air-toggle presses and other automation and manufacturing devices including clamps, grippers and locators, has gained certification to ISO 9001:2000. It’s been certified to QS9000-TE for 3 years. Website:


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