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Auto-Supplier Fisher Plans
Metal-Fabrication Plant Near Detroit
Friday, September 12, 2003
Fisher & Co., an auto supplier based in St. Clair Shores, MI, plans to build a $21-million metal-fabrication plant in Sterling Heights, MI. The plant, to be built within five years, will be constructed in phases, eventually reaching 180,000 sq. ft. in size.
The company supplies floor latches, seat recliners, head rests and arm rests to the automotive industry.
2Q Industrial-Laser Shipments Fall
Thursday, September 11, 2003
Shipments of industrial-laser equipment within North America and exports of the same totaled $97.1 million in the second quarter of 2003, down 25 percent from a year earlier, according to a survey of 41 North American laser manufacturers by the Laser Systems Product Group (LSPG) of the Association for Manufacturing Technology. The 2Q report shows that shipments of CO2
laser systems decreased by 20 percent and Nd:YAG laser shipments dropped 40 percent compared with the same period last year. Cutting applications served as the largest source of industrial laser activity in 2Q, accounting for 65 percent of all shipments.
Why the drop?
“The decline in laser shipments reflects the rate of capacity utilization—near 70 percent—amongst our key customers,” explains Dave Plourde, LSPG chairman. “The figure may not seem low, but productivity increases cannot justify demand for machines when this much spare capacity exists.”
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Robotics Seminar Slated for December
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Learn strategies for optimizing robot productivity, minimizing downtime, and gaining control of the robotic arc-welding process at a seminar titled, How to Implement Effective, Global Robot Process Controls. The seminar hits Cleveland, OH, December 9-10. Learn more at www.weldreality.com