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Metal Stamper Taps Chinese Market

Monday, July 21, 2003
Turning the tables on low-cost Chinese imports of ferrules, shells, eyelets and metal stampings, Peterson Manufacturing, Sarasota, FL, has found a to sell its stampings into the Chinese markets. Peterson has partnered with MMC International, Glendale, CO, a manufacturer’s representative firm with an office in Singapore and contacts throughout Asia. The alliance enables Peterson to establish accounts in China for its deep-drawn parts. Peterson can compete by eliminating secondary operations as it can incorporate drawing, flanging, piercing, notching, dimpling, threading, necking, slotting, lancing, curling and lettering into the press process. It eyes Chinese markets for its transfer-press technology in the areas of home and small appliances, gauges, sensors and controls, valves, plumbing accessories, hose assemblies, locks, water sprinklers and hand tools. The firm is online at

New Beckwood Press Application
Integrates Multi-Stage Tooling

Friday, July 18, 2003
Beckwood Press Co., Fenton, MO, has recently integrated a multiple-stage tooling application for a deep-draw stamper that resulted in a 38-percent cost reduction from a traditional system. The Beckwood solution reduced a three-to-four-stage tooling design into two stages. It constructed a 200-ton hydraulic press for a manufacturer of skylights. Learn more at (type 186 on the site’s search engine).

Sharon Custom Metal Forming (SCMF)
Acquires Wheatland Roll Forming Division

Thursday, July 17, 2003
SCMF Inc., Hermitage, PA, has purchased the assets of Wheatland Tube’s Roll Forming Division, Warren, OH. The division’s production equipment and tooling will be relocated, including 15 roll-forming lines, several secondary presses and other ancillary equipment, and a large bank of tooling. The Wheatland division had specialized in heavy-gauge roll-formed parts and complex light-gauge lock-seamed sections. With the acquisition, SCFM now offers production of material thicknesses to 0.375 in. and widths to 40 in. In separate news, SCFM has begun expansion into a new 85,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Farrell, PA, and plans to add 20 new employees in 2003.


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