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AP&T Wins 2017 Enlighten Award for Vehicle Lightweighting

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Stamping-press provider AP&T, Monroe, NC, received the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award in Enabling Technology for its production method for hot-forming high-strength aluminum. Presented in July at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI, the Altair award honors achievements in vehicle-weight savings. AP&T’s hot-forming method allows for flexibility in the forming of high-strength car-body components, reportedly enabling weight savings of between 30 and 50 percent.

For more on AP&T’s hot-forming methods and technology, visit

Cincinnati Inc. Names VP of Sales

Monday, August 28, 2017
Cincinnati Inc., Harrison, OH, a provider of laser-cutting and metal-fabrication equipment and services, announced the appointment of Rakesh Kumar to vice president of sales, marketing and service. Kumar will oversee the sales and service teams as the company looks to increase its presence in established markets and expand into new ones. 

For more on Cincinnati Inc.’s offerings, visit

A & O Suppliers Launches to Produce Pullout-Holdout Devices

Thursday, August 24, 2017
A new company, A & O Suppliers, LLC, Woodbury, CT, has been launched to produce pullout-holdout devices for the metal-stamping industry. Mounted on stamping presses or press brakes and connected to the machines’ slides, the safety devices modify the slide motion across connections to operators’ wrists. The connection is designed to ensure that an operator’s hands are not in the path of descending tools. The devices are available immediately from A & O, which notes that they are manufactured in accordance with OEM specifications.

For more information, contact A & O Suppliers at 203/263-0508 or e-mail


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