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Tooling Suppliers Need Help, Study Says

Wednesday, August 7, 2002
Economic hardship facing tool and die makers results from a dramatic industry restructuring, and will not lessen despite a predicted upturn in the nation’s economy. That is the finding of an industry study conducted by The Right Place Program, a non-profit economic development agency serving Greater Grand Rapids, MI, area. In the study, the agency, working for the past three years to support the tool, die and mold making industries, noted that despite their economic impact, the industries remain in the shadow of the Big Three and Tier One suppliers. These industries, according to the study, are suffering financially due to changing customer relations driven by increased foreign spending, pricing pressures, design and value-added expectations, delayed payments and shortened lead times. Tooling firms cannot overcome these factors alone, according to John Cleveland, the study’s author. “Buyers also are part of the equation,” he says, “and need to make tooling suppliers long-term strategic partners. If they do that, they’ll find that domestic tooling firms can add value in terms of product design and efficiency to the manufacturing process.” This fall, The Right Place Program will host a forum of industry leaders to review and discuss the study, and convene a West Michigan Tooling Council. For more on these events, visit

Faro Receives U.S. Government Contract

Wednesday, August 7, 2002
Faro Technologies Inc., Lake Mary, FL, has been awarded a General Services Administration contract by the U.S. government, applying to the company’s entire product line of CAM2 part-measurement systems and services. The five-year contract commenced this past July with the possibility of three five-year extensions. For more on Faro products and services, visit

MetalMecanica USA 2002
Features 1-Day Stamping Seminar

Tuesday, August 6, 2002
Mexican manufacturers’ representative Promotores Tecnicos will provide a daylong seminar comprising seven lectures on a variety of metalforming topics at this year’s MetalMecanica USA, November 6-8, Mexico City. Topics to be covered: vibration and noise isolation, lubrication systems, quick die change, scrap-collecting conveyors, mechanical press technology, safety systems for presses, and sheetmetal feeding systems. Complete show information is available online at


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