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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 Kuka Robotics is online at

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

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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