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Schuler to Hold its Annual Symposium
and Workshop for Auto Suppliers

Wednesday, August 6, 2003
Schuler Inc. will present its 8th Annual Symposium & Workshops: Metalforming Technology Trends for Automotive Suppliers, on Tuesday, August 26, at St. John’s Conference Center in Plymouth, MI. Presentations will cover forming and drawing of high-strength steels, aluminum stamping, equipment design, transfer systems and more. William E. Gaskin, president of the Precision Metalforming Association, will offer the keynote address: Economic Trends and Key Performance Factors Impacting Metalforming Companies in North America. The symposium will be followed by workshops that explore: the decision between transfer or progressive-die presses; production of small- and mid-sized parts in presses with capacities to 800 tons; hydraulic-press basics; and forming and drawing of high-strength-steel parts. For more information or to register, e-mail

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


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