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Thermatool Supplies Welder
to Venezuelan Tube and Pipe Producer

Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Thermatool Corp., East Haven, CT, has commissions a CFI 1200 solid-state induction welder at Industrias Unicon, C.A., La Victoria, Venezuela, a producer of pipe and tube. The new 1200-kW-output welder has replaced a 600-kW Thermatool vacuum welder on a 320.7-mm mill that produces pipe in wall thicknesses to 11 mm. The new welder has improved the height and consistency of weld beads for pipe produced on the line, according to Industrias Unicon officials. For more on Thermatool products, visit

Rolled Metal Products Taps
Braner/Loopco for Stainless-Coil Slitting Line

Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Braner/Loopco, Schiller Park, IL, has received an order for a 40,000-lb by 60-in.wide single-loop coil-slitting and automatic slit-coil packaging line from Rolled Metal Products, Hatboro, PA. The line will process 300- and 400-series stainless-steel coil in thicknesses from 0.008 to 0.125 in. at speeds to 1200 ft./min. It will feature a quick-change turret-head slitter with two slitter heads, nonmarking strip-tensioning equipment, PVC and paper applicators, and a slit-coil packaging system capable of handling slit coils from 1 to 24 in. wide. For more, visit

PMA Members Staying Front and Center
in Congress over Steel

Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Last Thursday, May 19, several members of the Precision Metalforming Association, Independence, OH, met with members of Congress to ask for help in ending unnecessary trade protection for the steel industry. The representatives of steel-consuming companies asked for the end of import duties on nearly 200 steel products that are contributing to severe supply problems and high prices. PMA members offered numerous potential policy solutions, including granting steel consumers “Interested Party” status during antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings. Also, PMA president William E. Gaskin stressed the importance of repealing the Byrd Amendment, which distributes money collected from the duties directly to the companies that petitioned for them. Learn more about PMA’s Washington-related activities at


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