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Chicago Manufacturers Share Woes
Relating to Steel Tariffs
Friday, June 28, 2002
Seventy of the area’s top manufacturing CEOs met June 24 in Chicago to discuss the effects steel tariffs are having on their businesses and the steel-consuming industry. Members of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Chicago District gathered at the Tooling & Manufacturing Association (TMA) headquarters for the roundtable.
“Everywhere in the industry the story is the same: We can’t get steel,” said Nels Leutwiler, CEO of Parkview Metal Products and PMA second vice chair, who presented attendees with an overview of the situation. “Domestic supply cannot support our demand. Prices have spiked across the board and we are at risk of losing our business.”
About 50 companies were represented, including manufacturers, steel service centers, rollformers and spring manufacturers. Also in attendance were Senator Peter Fitzgerald and staff members from the offices of Congressman Mark Kirk and Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky’s, as well as representatives from TMA.
PMA continues to inform the president and legislators of the effects steel tariffs are having on the metalforming industry. More roundtables are planned for other PMA districts throughout the country.
“It is imperative that manufacturers speak out for the industry,” said Chris Howell, PMA director of government and public affairs. “Without action, it cannot survive.”
Salvagnini Showcases New Technology
Friday, June 28, 2002
Salvagnini America, Inc. used a recent open house to unveil new fabrication systems and explain its sales and service efforts in North America. The open house comes amid a company initiative to increase its presence in the U.S. metalforming and fabricating markets.
To that end, the company introduced new technology including the RoboFormer, a robotic bending cell. Key to the system is the software, which integrates cell components. Vicente Undurraga, CEO, in his welcoming remarks, cited Salvagnini’s in-house software capabilities as key to all of the company’s products, enabling them to seamlessly mesh system components and readily connect to other Salvagnini systems.
Undurraga also introduced William E. Bossard as vice president of sales and marketing.
In discussing Salvagnini efforts in North America, Undurraga cited the Hamilton, OH, headquarters and showroom, built in 2000, and the recent addition of a training center on-site. The company, last year, opened Salvagnini America West, a branch in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; is planning to add a Canadian branch; and has just opened a tool-manufacturing center at Hamilton. Previously, the company provided tooling from its headquarters in Italy. For more, visit www.salvagnini.com
Online Source for Laser Technology
Thursday, June 27, 2002
Trumpf Inc., Plymouth Township, MI, has expanded the laser-technology section of its North American website to include application information about lasers, and links from each application section to relevant Trumpf products. Product pages include specs and downloadable brochures on lasers and laser systems, beam-guidance products and 3D laser-machining centers. Also available to surfers is information on laser training and service. Website: www.us.trumpf.com