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Presspart Inc. Acquired

Monday, June 10, 2002
The Heitkamp & Thurmann Group, Dusseldorf, Germany, has acquired Presspart Manufacturing Ltd., Blackburn, Lancashire, England, and Presspart Inc., Cary, NC. Presspart manufactures deep-drawn products including aluminum cans, safety-critical automotive parts and metal-pen refill components. Presspart joins the Drawn Components Division of Heitkamp & Thurmann Group, which includes Gemi Aerosol, Marsberg, Germany, and Truelove & Maclean Drawn Components, Waterbury, CT. More information can be found at

Genesis Systems to Develop Turnkey Automation for Fabrication of Rear Seat Frames

Monday, June 10, 2002
Rear seat frames for the Lexus SUV will be fabricated using CNC tube-bending equipment, punch presses, projection-nut welding, robotic spot welding, automated material handling and robotic arc welding. Thanks to Genesis Systems Group, Davenport, IA, the complete line will arrive as a turnkey integrated package to the Lexus supplier handed the project, Trim Masters, Inc., Elmira, Canada. Trim Masters is a joint-venture company of Johnson Controls and Araco Corp. of Japan, along with Toyota Tsusho, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp.

Willett Builds Muffler-Baffle Die with 281 Punches

Friday, June 7, 2002
Tool designer and builder M.S. Willett, Inc., Cockeysville, MD, has designed and built a six-station progressive die to produce six different automotive muffler baffles, of 1.2-mm-thick Type 304 stainless steel. The die has 281 4-mm punches. The die set, already in service for 6 months, is of aluminum alloy and can run at up to 65 strokes/min.


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