Samples of stamped parts from Hamilton Stamping Ltd in Hamilton, ONClick image to enlargeA new report that states US demand for metal stampings will reach $47.5 billion in 2021 because of continued growth in US production for durable goods, may have a positive impact on Canadian manufacturers and create new opportunities for business.

US demand for metal stampings at the manufacturers' level is forecast to reach $47.5 billion in 2021, according to Metal Stampings: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports.

Demand for motor vehicle stampings, the largest demand segment, is expected to grow at a slower pace over the forecast period than historically due to slower increases in motor vehicle output. Relatively faster growth in the output of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles will provide opportunities for metal stamping suppliers.

Competition from alternative fabrication processes and materials will restrain growth. Plastics and composite materials offer superior corrosion resistance, especially compared to ferrous metals used in durable goods. Reinforced plastics offer greater strength and stiffness than conventional plastics, and consequently they have taken some market share away from steel and other metals in applications such as motor vehicle parts.

These and other key insights are featured in Metal Stampings: United States. This report forecasts US metal stampings demand in nominal and real (inflation-adjusted) US dollars at the manufacturers' level to 2021. Total demand is segmented by product in terms of:

  • motor vehicle stampings
  • job stampings
  • end products
  • spinning products.

To illustrate historical trends, total demand, the various segments, and trade are provided in annual series from 2006 to 2016.

More information is available online.

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FABTECH 2013

North America's premier event for metal fabricating, forming and welding takes place in Chicago, IL November 18-21

North America's largest event for the metal fabricating and forming industry takes place November 18 to 21 at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.

The annual event attracts fabricators from across North America. This year, event organizers are expecting more than 35,000 attendees to visit the 1,500 exhibitors already registered for the event.

This year's events includes an expanded education program with more than 100 sessions, including 64 new courses that have not been offered at previous FABTECH events. New sessions include presentations on trends and advances in laser technology and new workshops about lean manufacturing, workforce development and press brake operation skills.

Special events include a welding competition, new product presentations, a reception for women in manufacturing and a "cocktails and comedy" event on Wednesday, November 20.

For event details and for registration, visit FABTECH online at www.fabtechexpo.com.

SHOW HOURS

Monday, November 18, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Tuesday, November 19, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Wednesday, November 20, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Thursday, November 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  •  State of the Industry: Executive Outlook

Open to all attendees, the event takes place Tuesday, November 19, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm at the FABTECH Theatre, Grand Concourse.

  • ·      Solutions for a Qualified Workforce Pipline

Open to all attendees, panel discussion takes place Wednesday, November 20 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm at the FABTECH Theatre, Grand Concourse.

  • ·      Robotic Arc Welding Contents

Robotic welding technicians compete on Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20 in the North Hall, Booth N2099.

  • ·      Cocktails and Comedy

Doors open at 5:00 pm at the FABTECH Theatre, Grand Concourse, on Wednesday, November 20.

EDUCATIONAL EVENTS: EDITOR'S PICKS

·      Precision Punch & Cutting Technology 8:00 am - 10:00 am Monday, November 18

·      Automation Solutions for Press Brakes with Tech Tour 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Monday, November 18

·      Welding Disimilar Metals conference 8:15 am - 2:30 pm, Monday, November 18

·      Introduction to Laser Cutting Best Practices 8:00 am - 10:00 am, Tuesday, November 19

·      New Developments in Waterjet Cutting 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Tuesday, November 19

·      Inspecting and Troubleshooting Welded Tube 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Tuesday, November 19

·      Innovations in Plasma Cutting 8:00 am - 10:00 am Wednesday, November 20

·      Game Changing Technology to Increase Productivity 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Wednesday, November 20

·      High Energy Density Welding Processes 8:00 am - 11:00 am Wednesday, November 20

Check event details online at www.fabtechexpo.com/learn#.

 

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