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Auto/Steel Partnership Releases Revised Guidelines
for Forming Advanced High-Strength Steels

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) has released a revised version of its toolkit, the Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) Applications Design and Stamping Process Guidelines—A Special Edition of In-Depth Advanced High-Strength Steel Case Studies. The manual is designed to help automotive product designers and materials engineers specify and apply specific grades of AHSS parts, and to help die engineers and metalformers define their processes for making parts of AHSS. Download the toolkit at

Fort ne Tool and Die Shop Adding Equipment

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
GT Automation Group, Fort ne, IN, a designer and manufacturer of metal stamping dies and special machines, and a precision machining house, plans to invest $180,000 in new equipment by the end of the year. The company, founded in 2003, will acquire a new CNC table-type horizontal boring mill, other CNC milling equipment and new cranes. It also plans to hire three additional skilled workers—machinists and toolmakers. Learn more at

Survey Says: Nearly Half of Manufacturing Buyers
Looking for New Suppliers

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
When asked if their sourcing needs had changed in the past year, 69 percent of the purchasing managers and engineers from the manufacturing industry polled by said that they had maintained or grown their sourcing needs, and nearly half of the buyers said that they were looking for new suppliers. The MFGWatch Survey from, a global online marketplace for the manufacturing community, also found that 60 percent of the respondents—from all corners of the industry—have had their volume (both value and quantity of purchases) increase or remain the same, while 40 percent reported a decrease in sourcing volume. And, asked to forecast company sales in 2009, 82 percent expected to maintain or grow their business, while 13 percent expected a decrease. Learn more at


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