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Braner/Loopco Line Headed
to Pittsburgh Coil Processor

Monday, April 5, 2004
TRC Industries, Inc., Wilmerding (Pittsburgh), PA, has purchased a 72-in. coil-slitting line from Braner USA, Inc., Schiller Park, IL. The line includes a quick-change turret head, strobe-lamp surface-inspection setup, a six-high shape-correction roller leveler, non-marking strip-tensioning equipment, PVC film laminator and paper interleaver and a complete slit-coil packaging system for packaging slit coils 1- to 24-in. wide and weighing to 10,000 lb. Braner is online at

The Price for Japanese Steel to Rise

Friday, April 2, 2004
According to a story last week from the Agence France Presse, Japanese steelmakers expect to raise prices of sheet steel by five to 10 percent in April, due to rising prices—as much as 20 to 30 percent--for iron and coal. The country’s largest steelmaker, Nippon Steel, and other suppliers are negotiating with major customers including carmakers and shipbuilders.

Textron Fastening Systems
Implements New Quoting Software

Friday, April 2, 2004
QStrat, Detroit, MI, has completed implementation of its VisiQuote Workstation cost-estimating software to all North American locations of Textron Fastening Systems. It is at work implementing the software at Textron sites in Europe, Asia and South America, and expects to have the software in use at all Textron locations globally by the end of 2004. Learn more about the software at


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