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Abstracts Wanted for AISI Great Designs in Steel 2005

Thursday, May 20, 2004
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) is inviting automotive designers and engineers, Tier One and Two automotive suppliers and academia to submit presentation abstracts for Great Designs in Steel 2005. The annual event assists automotive engineers and suppliers in using advanced high-strength steel technologies to design and build safe, affordable, efficient and environmentally responsible passenger vehicles. Abstracts should be e-mailed to AISI’s Deanna Lorincz,, for committee review and approval. The 2004 all-day seminar, held last February in Livonia, MI, attracted 1210 attendees. The 2005 event again will offer track sessions with presentations given by North American steel-industry representatives and case histories provided by automotive designers and engineers. For more, visit

Praxair, Cloos Team to Commercialize
Tandem Automated-Welding Process

Thursday, May 20, 2004
Praxair Distribution, Inc. has renewed an agreement with Cloos Robotic Welding Inc. for the commercialization of the high-capacity gas-metal-arc Tandem welding process for all automated welding applications, including robotic welding. The agreement involves the sale of Cloos equipment and consumables supporting applications where high speed and increased deposition rates are required. Compared to a conventional welding machine, the Tandem process uses two inline wires in a V-shape configuration. One behind the other, the wires feed simultaneously and melt in a double arc. This results in good seam quality with little spatter, and as much as three times the deposition rates and travel speeds of conventional systems, according to Praxair officials. Praxair Distribution along with its subsidiaries and distributors deliver an array of industrial and specialty gases, equipment and supplies, technical expertise and services to customers in North America. Cloos provides robotic-welding turnkey systems.

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.


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