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Superior Tube appoints aerospace market manager

August 12, 2014

Collegeville, Pa.-based Superior Tube Co., a manufacturer of small-diameter precision tubing for safety-critical applications, has appointed Wade Burchell as aerospace market manager. Burchell previously held director-level sales and marketing positions with a number of aerospace businesses. His...

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Alamo Tube to build OCTG pipe mill/finishing facility in Texas

July 25, 2014

Alamo Tube Co. has announced plans to build what it says is the country’s first tubing-specific OCTG pipe mill and finishing facility in Elmendorf, Texas, targeted to service growing demand for U.S. oilfield tubing. The plant will produce downhole tubing from 1.5 to 3.5 in. in all weights and...

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Rafter ships pipe mill upgrade

July 23, 2014

Strongsville, Ohio-based Rafter Equipment Corp. has shipped an RT-5500 weld squeeze box for a North American OCTG pipe producer. The box is part of an upgrade to the customer's existing HFI pipe mill. It is sized for up to 7.00-in.-OD by 0.375-in.-wall HSLA steel pipe. The design includes...

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Burr Oak Tool partners with KSM

July 14, 2014

Sturgis, Mich.-based Burr Oak Tool Inc. has entered a partnership with KSM LLC of Smolensk, Russia, making KSM responsible for sales of coil manufacturing machines, tube processing machines, and replacement parts to CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and Baltic countries. Burr Oak Tool...

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Registration opens for Pipe & Tube Houston 2014

July 10, 2014

The Tube & Pipe Association International® (TPA), Rockford, Ill., and the International Tube Association (ITA), Germany, are joining forces to host their fourth world-class conference devoted to updating seamless and welded tubular product technology and processes, scheduled for Sept. 16-18, 2014,...

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GF Piping Systems expands West Coast presence

July 2, 2014

Georg Fischer LLC, part of Switzerland-based Georg Fischer Ltd.'s North American Piping Systems business unit, has expanded from its Tustin, Calif., location to a new facility in Irvine, Calif., nearly double in size. The company, known as GF Piping Systems, supplies piping systems and...

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Tube producer opens doors to new markets, controls costs with laser welding

June 30, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

A niche tube producer that formerly used GTAW exclusively, Esta Rohr began changing over to laser welding in 2005. The change is now complete, with substantial changes. The company has reduced its number tube production lines from five to three, but its output has increased tremendously. Meanwhile, laser welding has allowed it to cut some costs, helping its products compete against others.

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Centric Pipe to expand in Louisiana

June 20, 2014

Centric Pipe LLC, an affiliate of SB Intl. Inc., Dallas, has announced plans to invest $32.5 million to renovate and expand the former Northwest Pipe facility in Bossier City, La. Centric Pipe purchased the facility in March 2014 and acquired the assets of Northwest Pipe’s OCTG business. The...

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Registration open for Pipe & Tube Houston 2014

June 19, 2014

The Tube & Pipe Association International® (TPA), Rockford, Ill., and the International Tube Association (ITA), Germany, will co-host their fourth conference devoted to updating seamless and welded tubular product technology and processes. Pipe & Tube Houston 2014 – Developing Technology for...

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Shaw Stainless & Alloy posts Fox Business Network podcast

June 13, 2014

Shaw Stainless & Alloy has been recognized on Fox Business Network for its feature on Manufacturing Marvels®. Visitors can see the podcast and another corporate video on the company’s website at The company offers stainless steel seamless and welded pipe and tube,...

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Delta Steel delivers OCTG pipe mill slitter to Borusan Mannesmann

June 6, 2014

Delta Steel Technologies, Irving, Texas, has delivered an OCTG pipe mill slitter to Borusan Mannesmann. The line includes a double cone uncoiler, five-roll flattener, dual 14-in. slitter arbors, a traversing tension stand, and 24-ft. recoiler with an outboard...

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Rattunde adds to staff

June 4, 2014

Caledonia, Mich.-based Rattunde, a manufacturer of tube and bar processing machinery, has announced the addition of several new staff members. Chad Luptowski has been named as control system technician. In this position, he trains new and current customers and commissions new machines in the...

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Market research report analyzes worldwide aluminum pipe and tube markets

June 3, 2014 has announced the availability of the new market research report, “Aluminium Pipe and Tube Markets in the World to 2018—Market Size, Trends, and Forecasts.” The expansion of the global aluminum pipe and tube industry is forecast to reach 5.3 percent p.a. in the coming...

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SMS Meer supplies gap closing press to ITZ

May 28, 2014

SMS Meer, Mönchengladbach, Germany, has supplied a 25-MN GCP® gap closing press to Izhorsky Trubny Zavod (ITZ), based in Kolpino near St. Petersburg, Russia. The machine has been integrated into an existing 18-m JCOE® large-diameter pipe mill that SMS Meer supplied in 2006. The new gap...

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Overton Industries appoints electrical and controls engineer

May 28, 2014

Overton Industries – Tube Forming Systems, Franklin, Ind., has hired Don Fulk as electrical and controls engineer. He has more than 35 years of experience in PLC programming and automation, as well as experience in robotics, electrical engineering, and control system design and implementation....

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