PM News: Antidumping Decision

The International Trade Commission has decided to impose an antidumping order against stainless bar products from France.

Antidumping Decision. The International Trade Commission has decided to impose an antidumping order against stainless bar products from France. Ugine Stainless & Alloys is disappointed in the commission's vote and decision to cumulate Ugine's products with other imports. Ugine says that the dumping duties will have no material impact on its U.S. distribution company or its customer base. The company maintains that it has distributed its products fairly in the United States and has not caused injury to the petitioning producers.

Increased Assets. DeVlieg Bullard II, Inc. (Rockford, Illinois) owned by KPS Special Situations Fund, L.P., has completed the purchase of the intellectual property, machine inventory and aftermarket parts inventory of Motch Corporation (Cleveland, Ohio) and Cone-Blanchard (Windsor, Vermont) from their parent, Park Corporation. DeVlieg Bullard II has acquired the product lines associated with the Conomatic screw machine, Blanchard grinder, Springfield grinder and Motch turning machine. Motch and Cone's machine manufacturing and rebuilding businesses will be transferred to DBII's Twinsburg, Ohio, facility, and the after-market parts inventory will be transferred to DBII's Rockford, Illinois, facility. DBII will maintain a field service presence in Windsor, Vermont.

Welcoming Visitors. AMT Machine Systems will co-sponsor an open house in the Los Angeles, California, area on March 22 in cooperation with A.C. Behringer, Inc. The open house will feature the new AutoTripper system.The company says it is designed to reduce the cycle time and setup time on #2 and #3 Brown & Sharpe Ultramatic machines. There will be a #2 Ultramatic with the ServoCam system and AutoTrippers running at the open house, along with software demonstrations. For details, call (800) 227-1819 or (614) 451-3366, ext. 33.

Two For Twinsburg. The National Acme Company (Cleveland, Ohio), a division of DeVlieg Bullard II, Inc. is consolidating its operations with the Rebuild Division in Twinsburg, Ohio. National Acme is a supplier of new and rebuilt Acme-Gridley multiple spindle automatic bar machines and provides OEM parts, engineering and technical support, field service and customer service. The new address is The National Acme Company, 1900 Case Parkway S., Twinsburg, OH 44087. Phone numbers remain the same: (216) 268-4200 or (800) 553-2263.

Waste Not, Want Not. A new book will serve as a sort of handbook on how to reduce overproduction. Kanban for the Shopfloor is the first of four additions in the Shopfloor Series from Productivity Press. The primary benefit of kanban is to reduce overproduction, and the book is designed to teach the benefits of a kanban system to the shopfloor employees who make it work. It is written at a basic knowledge level for a wide audience. The book is available for $25 at www.productivityinc.com or (800) 394-6868.

Correction. In the January/February Issue of Production Machining, "Thread Whirling—One Of The Oldest New Products In Town," on pages 26-27, contained incorrect contact information. The article focused on thread whirling attachments from Marubeni Citizen-Cincom (Allendale, New Jersey). The company can be reached by telephone at (201) 818-0100 or by fax (201) 818-1877. Production Machining regrets the error and any inconvenience it caused.