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MI Tool Company Allies with Chinese Trio

Friday, May 26, 2006
 
Synergis Technologies Group, Grand Rapids, MI, has formed a strategic alliance with three of China’s leading tool and die manufacturers in order to deliver high-quality low-cost tooling to its North American automotive customers. The four companies have formed a management company called Synergis China Automotive Die Group, Ltd., each with a 25-percent stake and with Synergis serving as the entry/exit point for customers. Die design, engineering changes, quality integration and final die buyoff will occur in the United States, and Synergis will assume production/product risk and travel requirements. For more information, visit www.synergis.us.
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New Robotics Tech Center Slated for Omaha

Friday, May 26, 2006
 
Kuka Robotics Corp., Clinton Township, MI, announced plans to open a new technical facility in Omaha, NE, at the site of the Scott Technology Transfer & Incubator Center. Scheduled to open this fall, the Kuka facility will serve as a new showroom testing and validation center for robotic concepts. The Scott Technology Center encompasses 220,000 sq. ft. of engineering and technology facilities—learn more about it at www.scott-technology.com. Kuka Robotics is online at www.kukarobotics.com.
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Arcelor and Severstal to Merge,
Creating The World's Biggest Steelmaker

Friday, May 26, 2006
 
European steelmaker Arcelor is set to merge with Russian company Severstal in a deal worth a net 12 billion euros, creating the world's biggest steel company and thwarting a hostile raid by Mittal Steel. The merger, to be finalised at the end of July, will create a 46-billion-euro (59-billion-dollar) company.
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