PM News: Contract For Sales And Service Ends

The IEMCA division of IGM-USA has announced that at the end of 2005, the contract between IEMCA and Hydromat (St. Louis, Missouri) for the sales and service of its products will end.

Contract For Sales And Service Ends

The IEMCA division of IGM-USA has announced that at the end of 2005, the contract between IEMCA and Hydromat (St. Louis, Missouri) for the sales and service of its products will end.

Starting January 1, 2006, IGM-USA will provide sales, service and spare parts for the North American market from its offices in Charlotte, North Carolina. IEMCA is committed to making a smooth transition and will have an unprecedented number of service and sales engineers placed strategically throughout the market. These engineers will be going through an extensive training regimen—to be completed long before the company’s opening—to ensure solid service and support.

Hexagon Metrology North America and parent company Hexagon AB of Sweden announced their recent acceptance of an offer by the state of Connecticut to support the relocation of Hexagon Metrology and Brown & Sharpe’s North American headquarters to North Stonington, Connecticut. The acceptance is conditional upon Hexagon obtaining municipal planning, zoning and tax abatement approvals. The company plans to construct a $13 million 115,000 square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility.

Colin Robinson has joined Vision Engineering (New Milford, Connecticut) as metrology manager with responsibility for the Kestrel and Hawk line of metrology equipment. He is an accomplished metrology engineer with more than 20 years of experience in measurement machines, working with diverse organizations and technologies to create inspection systems to aid in the automation and quality of products.

Marubeni Citizen-Cincom, Inc. (Allendale, New Jersey) has installed its 5,000th Swiss-type lathe in the United States. Carolina Precision Manufacturing (Moorseville, North Carolina), a manufacturer of safety equipment, is the recipient of this milestone machine sale.

Atsuya Abe, president of Marubeni Citizen-Cincom, presented Gary Bruner, president of Carolina Precision, a Citizen clock and a certificate proclaiming the installation of the L-32 model.

Voting members of Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) approved a new set of by-laws that bring PMPA into compliance with Ohio law under which the organization is chartered. Besides different procedural issues, the new by-laws are more inclusive, allowing all companies associated with the manufacturing of precision machined products, as well as the supply chain, to become members of PMPA.

The new member categories are: Active Member (contract manufacturers), Associate Member (captive machining operations), Technical Member (providers of goods and services to the precision machining industry) and Affiliate Member (non-profit educational institutions).

"PMPA's greatest asset is its members," says Dennis Basler, PMPA president. "By broadening our membership categories, we hope to attract even more companies that want to contribute to the vitality of manufacturing in North America."

Themo Electron Corporation has purchased Niton LLC. Marijn E. Dekkers, president and chief executive officer of Thermo, says, "The addition of Niton is a continuation of our efforts to better serve the needs of our customers. Niton helps Thermo bring a traditional laboratory-based analytical technique to settings outside the laboratory."

Daewoo Heavy Industries (Machine Tool Division) Korea and Pathtrace PLC UK have signed a strategic relationship agreement to cooperate on future developments of new production machining techniques for millng, turning and mill/turn machining. As a result of the agreement, Pathtrace and Daewoo will collaborate in the area of R&D to ensure that new development matches the future demands of the industry.