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When in doubt, blame the Canadians first, research later

I found this very interesting post, in my drafts folder, from 2005. It seems even more appropriate now, so I thought I’d finally publish it. When I was a kid, I remember a sign in a hardware store “We have … Continue reading

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2 Ontario firms allege Chinese steel sinks violate trade rules, probes launched – Yahoo! Canada Finance

2 Ontario firms allege Chinese steel sinks violate trade rules, probes launched – Yahoo! Canada Finance The Canadian International Trade Tribunal will begin a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are harming Canadian producers and hand down a decision … Continue reading

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China coal mine accident kills 13, 66 missing

Via Yahoo! Canada News A coal mine accident early on Tuesday killed 13 people and 66 others were missing in central China’s Henan Province, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the state work safety watchdog. China’s mines are the deadliest … Continue reading

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MEPS FORECASTS GRADUAL UPTURN IN WORLD STEEL PRICES OVER NEXT TWELVE MONTHS

From MEPS, a steel consultancy in the UK. The MEPS – World Composite All Products carbon steel price peaked in July 2008 at $US1160 per tonne. In the subsequent ten months the value fell by more than 50 percent to … Continue reading

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Some manufacturers find California cheaper than China

From the San Francisco Business Times: Four Northern California companies in the past five months have reshored products from China to Wright Engineered Plastics, said President and CEO Barbara Roberts. Their reasons range from costs to vicinity to market and … Continue reading

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Auto suppliers brace for uncertain summer

More coverage of suppliers, now from Detroit, where a lot of parts suppliers are, and where the press has clearly been thinking about this. From the Detroit Free Press A fragile automotive supply base will be tested even more as … Continue reading

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All Dressed Up, and No Place to Blog

This was originally posted Tuesday, April 14, 2009 and is being reposted today with the proper blogger tools. All’s well, I suppose, that ends well. Well, I don’t know if this blog is going to go out. It’s certainly not … Continue reading

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A taste of things to come

It could hardly have been a worse 6 months to miss. So much to summarize. Here’s what I plan to talk about over the next while. Direct influences on the Metalstamping industry Raw material pricing Raw material availability Lowered demand … Continue reading

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Sometimes it takes a while to get back in the saddle

In December I wrote that I’d be restarting the blog soon. I guess I spoke too soon. It’s now April, and the fallout from the death in the family has taken longer to resolve than I expected. I plan to … Continue reading

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Unexpected absence

Hi all. I’ve been away from the blogging world for the last 2 months, due to a death in the family. I hope to be back to it in a week or two, at which time I’ll try to summarize … Continue reading

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