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INDUSTRY NEWS Newscast Metalcasting conglomerate Met-


alTek International, Waukesha, Wis., has completed its previously-announced acquisition of Sandusky International Inc., Sandusky, Ohio. The companies first announced their planned deal to


combine expertise in papermaking machinery and engineered centrifugally cast products in September 2010. The Analytical Laboratories of Ameri-


can Cast Iron Pipe Co., Birmingham, Ala., which develops metalcasting


industry iron and steel standards, is celebrating its 100th


anniversary. Advanced Heat Treat Corp., Water-


loo, Iowa, received a $149,887 grant from the National Science Founda- tion to fund a project that aims to use nitrocarburizing plasmas to generate a nanostructured layer on top of a nitride case on cast iron surfaces of cast iron dies used in the stamping of high-strength-steel sheets. Private equity investor 3i has signed


an agreement to acquire materials test- ing services company Stork Materials Technology, Amsterdam, The Nether- lands, for $150 million. Süd-Chemie AG, Munich, Germany,


and Ashland Inc., Covington, Ky., recently completed a previously-an- nounced combination of their world- wide metalcasting chemicals activities. Core-Tech, Mentor, Ohio, installed


a new digital radiography unit in its main manufacturing facility to x-ray and inspect its ceramic cores. Norcast, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,


recently commissioned a refractory installation and vibration system by Gradmatic Equipment Inc., Bala, On- tario, Canada, for the 9-ton furnaces at its facility in Mont-Joli, Quebec, Canada. Magotteaux, Pulaski, Tenn., recently received a Gradmatic vibra- tion system for 5.5-ton furnaces, and Aluminerie Alouette Inc., Sept-Ils, Quebec, Canada, expects to receive a full Gradmatic system for 2-ton furnaces in January. Palmer Manufacturing & Supply Inc.,


Springfield, Ohio, a nobake equipment manufacturer, is expanding into South America with the opening of a sales office in Costa Rica. Supreme Cores of the Carolinas Inc., Lancaster, S.C., recently celebrated two years without a U.S. Occupational Safe- ty and Health Administration recordable workplace injury. The manufacturer of sand cores for the metalcasting industry achieved the goal on Sept. 16. Voxeljet Technology GmbH, Fried-


berg, Germany, is opening a new ser- vice center for on-demand production of metalcasting molds and models. MC


16 MODERN CASTING / January 2011


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