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Stainless-Steel Makers Face Weak Demand

Tuesday, August 5, 2003
According to Stainless Steel Review, a publication of MEPS Intl., Sheffield, UK, a sagging North American market for flat-rolled stainless steel coupled with added production capacity coming on stream has led to weak prices and poor profits among stainless-steel-producing companies. North American consumption of stainless steel is off 4-5 percent through the first half of the year, while European Union mills have increased output. MEPS Intl. monitors and reports on steel consumption and production trends. For more information, log on to

Axis Corp. Receives ISO Certification

Tuesday, August 5, 2003
Axis Corp., Bellefontaine, OH, has received its ISO 9001:2000 certification. The firm manufactures metal stampings and robotic-welded assemblies, with press capacity to 400 tons and three arc-welding robots. It also designs and builds custom hooks, hangers and racks for automated paint and coating systems. It’s online at

TAK Enterprises Gains ISO 9001:2000 Registration

Monday, August 4, 2003
Precision miniature-parts maker TAK Enterprises Inc., Bristol, CT, was awarded ISO 9001:2000 status. The firm produces contacts for the electronics industry, surgical staples for the medical industry, and delicate wire forms for the instrumentation industry. It also designs, manufactures and markets precision wire straighteners, custom feed and cutoff systems and other time-saving machine accessories. Website:


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