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Sharp Rise in First-Quarter Robot Orders

Wednesday, May 21, 2003
North American robotics suppliers reported 2003 first-quarter gains of 48 percent in robot orders, the industry’s best yearly start since 1999, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). RIA reports that North American manufacturing companies ordered 3500 robots, valued at $219.5 million, during the first quarter, with another 132 robots, valued at $11.4 million, ordered by manufacturers outside North America. These order numbers, according to RIA, reflect strong gains in applications such as spot welding, assembly, coating/dispensing, material handling and material removal. For more, visit RIA at

ONA America Opens Technical Center in Dayton

Wednesday, May 21, 2003
ONA America has opened a 3500-sq.-ft. technical center in Dayton, OH, as a resource for electrical-discharge-machine (EDM) customers. The facility includes a display showroom as well as sales, service and training centers. Equipment includes ONA large-scale EDM machines used for product demonstrations and to produce samples for customers. ONA America is a joint venture of ONA Electro-Erosion, S.A., Durango, Spain, and GOSIGERinc., Dayton. For more, visit

FKM-USA Taps Industry Scope
for N.A. Automotive Sales and Marketing

Tuesday, May 20, 2003
FKM-USA, a producer of industrial roll products, has selected Industry Scope, Grand Blanc, MI, as its sales and marketing arm for the North American automotive industry. FKM’s product line includes nonwoven roll covers, lightweight carbon-fiber roll-core technologies and rotary-cast polyurethane rolls. For more, visit


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