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Weekly UpdateMarch 20, 2012

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This Week's Metalcasting News Review

JTEKT's $50-Million Expansion Includes Diecasting
JTEKT Automotive Tennessee-Morristown Inc. in Morristown, TN, will expand its aluminum diecasting operation as part of a $50-million capital investment announced recently. The project’s goal is to add production capacity for a new automotive pump technology. Read more

Nizi Intl. Buys Miller and Co.
Miller and Company, a supplier of primary iron products and ferroalloys to ferrous foundries and steelmakers, has been acquired by Nizi International. Nizi, headquartered in Luxembourg, supplies pig iron, ferroalloys, silicon carbide, recarburizers, briquettes, foundry coke, and nodularizers to foundries in Europe. Read more

Featured This Week

Achieving Furnace Lining Efficiency
An efficient furnace lining is essential for reducing overall maintenance costs and ensuring that facilities run smoothly, without unwarranted revenue loss due to downtime. These five tips will help to keep furnaces running efficiently. Read more

Forums And Blogs

REB Blog: Not your uncle
As one foundry is discovering, the federal government will exercise its authority to make sure global companies don't stray too far from its oversight. Read more


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If your company is not listed in the Foundry M&T Buyers Guide or you need to make a change, please contact Kathy Savage at or (205) 669-7161.

New Products

Replacement Blades, Parts for Blast Cleaning
Astech Inc. is offering a new series of EZ Fit Solutions replacement component parts for blasting-cleaning machines. Astech manufactures high-performance parts for blast-cleaning operations in metalcasting and other industries, including parts for machines produced by Wheelabrator, Pangborn, BCP, Goff, and others. Read more

Biostable Coolant for Machining
Houghton Intl.'s Hocut 400K is a heavy-duty, chlorine-free machining and grinding metalworking fluid that can be used with many different machine styles and will maximize production efficiency for operations working in diverse applications, and on a wide variety of metals. Read more

Upcoming Events

AFS Northwest Regional Conference
Seattle — March 22-24 Read more

AFS Southeast Regional Conference
Birmingham — March 28 Read more

AFS 116th Metalcasting Congress
Columbus — April 17-20 Read more

13th World Conference on Investment Casting
Kyoto, Japan — April 13-15 Read more

Metef-Foundeq 2012
Verona, Italy — April 18-21 Read more

70th World Foundry Conference
Monterrey, Mexico — April 25-27 Read more

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