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FTI Establishes Ties in Thailand

Monday, May 3, 2010
New System Service Co. Ltd. (NSS), a provider of 3D and product-lifecycle management software in Thailand, has been named a preferred partner of Forming Technologies Inc. (FTI), Burlington, Ontario, Canada. FTI’s sales office in China will support NSS’s efforts to distribute its CAE software throughout Thailand—the software is used for design and simulation of sheetmetal components; NSS is online at

Is Your Company Achieving Excellence?
Then Tell the World About It !

Friday, April 30, 2010
The Precision Metalforming Association invites industry-leading companies to submit entries for its 2010 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming. Awards recognize outstanding achievement in several categories, including creative product design, training and education, quality-system development, safety, innovative use of process controls and excellence in product development. Winners receive all sorts of industry recognition, and a $1500 cash prize. Entries are due by May 31—access an online entry form at

Steel Imports Rise Notably in March

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Latest data from the Census Bureau, as reported by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), show a 25-percent increase of U.S. steel imports in March compared to February, and a 28-percent increase in imports of finished steel. March imports (1.97 million net tons) reached their highest monthly total since January 2009. By category (March compared to February): plate in coils, up 67 percent; hot-dipped galvanized sheet and strip, up 53 percent; cut-to-length plate, up 51 percent; hot-rolled sheet, up 16.4 percent; cold-rolled sheet, up 1.6 percent. An annualized comparison of finished imports shows 2010 at 15 percent ahead of 2009 totals. Japan and South Korea lead the in importing steel into the United States, followed (not so closely) by Germany and China. More information at


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