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Wednesday, September 8, 2004
The staff of MetalForming has gathered up its fishin' poles and headed out for the IMTS show in Chicago for a few days, looking to reel in new technology and equipment fit for metalforming operations. Look for Hot off the Press to return on Monday, Sept. 13, including any industry-related news and information we gather from the IMTS show floor.

Powder-Coating Workshop Slated for Indianapolis

Tuesday, September 7, 2004
The Powder Coating Institute (PCI), Alexandria, VA, will host a two-day hands-on powder-coating workshop on November 9-10 in Indianapolis, IN. In the classroom, participants learn about coating materials, maintenance and troubleshooting of application equipment, booth recovery systems, design and use of pretreatment systems and more. Hands-on lab training focuses on powder application and troubleshooting. For more information, call PCI at 703/684-1770;

Industrial-Laser Shipments Skyrocketing

Friday, September 3, 2004
Second-quarter 2004 shipments of industrial-laser equipment and systems for North America and U.S. exports climbed 75 percent compared to second-quarter 2003 figures, according to the Laser Systems Product Group of AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Shipments within North America for the 41 reporting companies totaled $119.8 million for the quarter, with exports accounting for another $53.8 million. Cutting applications accounted for 55 percent of the quarter’s shipments. Through the first six months of the year, laser orders are up 60 percent over last year.


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