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Apply for 2015 Swedish Steel Prize

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The 17th annual Swedish Steel Prize, presented by steel company SSAB, will be awarded in November to recognize and reward the most creative, innovative products or solutions that utilize high-strength steel. Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 prize, with a deadline of August 15. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.
The theme for this year’s competition is “Improve to attract the future,” designed to focus on smart and sustainable solutions.
“With this theme, we want to emphasize the importance of the continuous product development needed to build a more sustainable world,” says Gregoire Parenty, chairman of the Swedish Steel Prize jury and head of market development at SSAB.
Since the competition began in 1999, SSAB has received more than 800 nominations. International competition increases each year with more and more countries being represented from North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
The 2014 Swedish Steel Prize was awarded to truck manufacturer Belaz from Belarus for its innovative new construction for axle suspension and slewing bearings used to build the world’s largest dump truck.
For complete rules and to apply, visit

Kemper Launches Safe-Welding Portal

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
With the intent of raising awareness of robust work safety for metal processors, Kemper GmbH, headquartered in Vreden, Germany, and manufacturer of extraction and filter systems for the metal-processing industry, has launched
Tightening of general requirements are forcing manufacturers to focus more strongly on work safety, and companies still have catching up to do when it comes to effective employee protection, according to Kemper officials. That is why the company is seeking to generate awareness about robust work safety among welders and employers. The portal includes subjects focusing on hazards that exist in welding and how they can be minimized. It also offers information on effective extraction and filter technology.

The Watermill Group Acquires Quality Metalcraft

Friday, July 24, 2015
The Watermill Group, a private-investment firm, has announced the acquisition of Quality Metal Craft, Inc. (QMC). Based in Livonia, MI, QMC is a niche provider of engineered, metalformed assemblies, serving a range of transportation industries including automotive, aerospace and defense, heavy trucking, and construction. The company specializes in advanced prototyping, inhouse tooling, low- to medium-volume production and factory-assist services.
As part of The Watermill Group, according to company officials, QMC will expand its products and services, enhance offerings to aftermarket customers and drive operational improvements throughout the organization. Watermill advisor David Robinson will serve as chairman of QMC.
“We have been impressed with QMC’s ability to deliver its products quickly and with exceptional service levels, without compromising quality or precision,” says Steven E. Karol, Watermill managing partner and founder. “Our vision is to help QMC strategically expand these capabilities to enable its customers to bring better-designed, higher-quality and safer vehicles to market. “We are looking forward to bringing Watermill’s strategy-driven approach to QMC to help it realize its full potential.”
For more on QMC, visit


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