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METALFORM Mexico Shatters Records

Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Fabtech/METALFORM Mexico exhibition, held last month in Mexico City along with AWS Weldmex, broke records for exhibition space and attendance for the fourth year in a row. Compared to the 2011 event, exhibit space jumped 32 percent to 67,900 sq. ft., and attendance rose by 33 percent to 10,452. The event is now the largest manufacturing show in Latin America. Among the attendees who witnessed displays from the event’s 315 exhibitors was the entire buying team from Caterpillar Mexico. Says Caterpillar Mexico director of operations Arturo Porteny: “We requisitioned eight machines, from laser to welding to automation. It was the best show we have ever attended in Mexico.” Next-year’s event occurs May 7-9, 2013, in Mexico City. Learn more here.

Fisher-Barton Acquires Irish Ag Supplier

Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Fisher-Barton Group, Waukesha, WI, an OEM supplier of lawn-mower blades and agricultural knives, acquired Lund Precision Products Ltd., Ireland, from U.S.-based Lund Precision Group. The firm’s plant in Athlone, Ireland, manufactures agricultural tillage tools, harvesting equipment and crop-movement equipment; Learn more about Fisher-Barton Group, which in addition to Lund Precision Products Ltd., Ireland operates seven business units throughout the United States and Vietnam, at



Ermaksan Fiber Laser Lands at Premier Tooling & Mfg.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Premier Tooling & Mfg. Inc., Peosta, IA, has acquired a 3000-W 5- by 10-ft. fiber-laser cutting machine from Ermaksan, a Turkish company with U.S. headquarters in Elk Grove Village, IL. Premier, a woman-owned full-service stamping and tool and die company, operates 43 presses and employs 170 people; Learn more about the Ermaksan Fibermak fiber-laser cutting machine here.


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