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Abstracts Sought for Great Designs in Steel 2017

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Steel Market Development Institute is seeking technical-presentation abstracts for the 16th Annual Great Designs in Steel seminar, to take place Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Laurel Manor Conference Center, Livonia, MI.

The event, bringing together the automotive and steel industries, is comprised of more than 35 technical presentations and 25 displays. It serves as a forum for engineers on the subject of automotive steels, highlighting engineering, design, technology, policy and academic leaders that provide insight on the latest trends and applications in new cars and trucks. The all-day, multi-track program features industry topics on advanced high-strength steels, automotive safety and manufacturing technologies while discussing the lightweighting, durability and sustainability benefits of steel.

Abstracts should be 200 to 300 words, present facts that are new and significant, and include results
achieved. Abstracts, including paper title, author name(s), mailing address, telephone number and email address must be submitted by Thursday, December 1, 2016.

For submission details on abstracts as well as information on presentations and exhibitor opportunities, visit

BLM Group USA Plans New HQ

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
BLM Group USA, a manufacturer of tube and sheetmetal processing equipment, has announced that it plans to move into new headquarters in Wixom, MI. The company is expected to occupy the 75,000-sq.-ft. facility in spring of 2017. The new location will more than double the space of BLM Group’s current facility and provides greater access for customers to explore the company’s products and services via a display showroom. The facility also will have an expanded training area and a separate demo area for hands-on display of its technologies.
“Our new headquarters and tech center is a testament to the growth that we have realized over the past several years,” says Dr. Jeffrey Ahrstrom, president and COO. “The showroom alone is as large as our current building. We’re excited to be able to let our customers see in person a more comprehensive representation of our product line.”
For more from BLM Group USA, visit

CCAT Named Rhode Island Innovation Center

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), East Hartford, CT, has been named an Innovation Center under the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA) Manufacturing Technology Innovation program, designed to help the development and growth of Rhode Island’s small manufacturing companies.

The RIMA program provides matching grant funding to companies seeking access to expertise for becoming more efficient, productive and profitable. 3D printing with metals and plastics, precision-machining optimization, reverse-engineering projects, business assessments, prototyping and other product-development assistance will be conducted in collaboration with CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center and its team of technology professionals.

“With our expertise in the aerospace and defense, biomedical, and alternative-energy manufacturing sectors and our experience supporting smaller manufacturing companies in the region, we look forward to partnering with RIMA to bolster manufacturing innovation and growth through this exciting new program,” says Elliot Ginsberg, CCAT president and CEO. 

To learn more about CCAT and the new program, visit


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