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Robot Sales Jump, Fueled by Automotive

Tuesday, August 14, 2007
New orders received by North American-based robotics companies rose 39 percent in the first half of 2007, according to statistics from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI. Through June, North American manufacturing companies ordered 9208 robots valued at $525.2 million. RIA traces the gains primarily to a 76-percent jump in orders to automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, even as non-automotive orders declined five percent. For more information about RIA and the robotics industry, visit

Metal Spinning Companies Unite

Friday, August 10, 2007
Metal Spinners, Inc., Angola, IN, acquired Caywood Metal Spinning, Inc., Jasper, GA. Metal Spinners, Inc. has more than 250 employees throughout its operating divisions in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas and Georgia.

Houghton to Sell One-Step Rust-Protection Coating

Friday, August 10, 2007
Houghton International Inc., Valley Forge, PA, has contracted with Egyptian Coatings Co., Franklin, TN, to sell and market Thermadep, a one-step water-based coating process for metal parts requiring short-term rust protection or other aesthetic properties. Through this partnership, Houghton, a developer and producer of specialty chemicals, oils and lubricants for metalforming and metalworking applications, will market the patented Thermadep process to its global customer base. For more, visit


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