WIRE JOURNAL OCTOBER 2008
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The Chinese wire rod rollercoaster: how it impacts the rest of the world
2008 IWCS preview
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE WIRE ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL
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Volume 41 | Number 10 | October 2008
Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Industry News . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Asian Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Fiber Watch . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
2008 IWCS preview . . . . . . . . . .52
Fastener Update . . . . . . . . . 34
IWCS™ returns to the Rhode Island Convention Center for its 57th annual Technical Symposium and Conference with a wider program scope.
WAI News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Ancillary Equipment . . . . . . . . .56
Chapter Corner . . . . . . . . . . 44 Ferrous View: the China effect . . . . . . . . . . . 48
This feature focuses on the less-heralded suppliers to the industry: those who provide the essentials, from air wipes and replacement bows to clutches/brakes to jacket strippers.
T ECHNICAL P APERS Technical Papers . . . . . . . 80-99 Products/Media . . . . . . . . . 102
Steel patenting technology in the manufacture of steel tire cord Thomas W. Tyl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Fabrication of shaped medical testing wire by drawing Kazunari Yoshida and Miki Matsunaga . . . . . . . . . . . .88
Career Opportunities . . . . . 107
FEM simulation of wire fracture phenomena during multi-pass drawing Andriej Milenin, B.P. Gautham, Sharad Goyal, Jan W. Pilarczyk and Zbigniew Muskalski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Advertisers’ Index . . . . . . . 110
Cover: A display of products that are part of the collective class of ancillary equipment/replacement parts that are essential to keeping the wire and cabe industry producing. See p. 56.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE F ERROUS V IEW . . . . . . . . . .48
CROWD AT NEW ENGLAND
CHAPTER GOLF TOURNEY
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Joe Snee, Amaral Automation Associates, was among the 156 golfers who enjoyed the New England Chapter’s annual golf tourney. For one player, “puttering around” proved to be especially rewarding.
With wire rod production 20 times that of the U.S., you might think wire companies in China have a relatively easy time sourcing rod. Murat Askin of SteelOrbis explains why everything is not as it seems and how the global wire rod market was singlehandedly affected by China in 2008.
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EDITORIAL WIRE JOURNAL
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Government intervention at Interwire 2009 a plus for exhibitors There’s no magic switch that one can flip to draw new attendees to a trade show, but the WAI has found what may be the next best thing: the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). The DOC is going to deploy its resources on behalf of U.S. exhibitors at Interwire 2009 that want to export or could use some help in exporting better. Better yet, the program is free to qualified U.S. exhibitors. What’s a qualified exhibitor? It is a U.S.-based company that exports products that are at least 51% of U.S. origin. The value of intangibles, such as R&D costs and marketing, can be factored in. The DOC’s International Buyer Program (IBP), offered through the International Trade Administration, is designed to attract international buyers to leading U.S. trade events and help them connect with U.S. exhibitors before, during and after the show, as well as providing export counseling. An IBP team will identify and directly contact potential international attendees and help smooth the process for them to be able to attend Interwire, which will be held April 25-30, 2009, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. So, what’s the catch? There’s not one, other than there is a caveat. Applying for this program is not something that an exhibitor can put off until a month or so before the show. Companies interested in the program must send an e-mail to that effect to interwireIBP@wirenet.org no later than Dec. 8 as the IBP program requires lead time to identify a company’s potential customers, to make contact and to follow-up. More details will follow about the IBP program in future issues, but the key is not to delay. The only cost for this program is your time and a sense of what countries you would like to target for your products. While the IBP program directly benefits the qualified U.S. exhibitors, it benefits the other exhibitors too as the net result of the program should be additional attendees on the show floor. Finally, it’s got to be a plus for everyone to see tax dollars working to support industry.
Mark Marselli Editor-in-chief
Publisher | Steven J. Fetteroll Editor-in-Chief | Mark Marselli Senior Graphic Designer | Bill Branch Director of Sales | Robert Xeller Advertising Sales | Anna Bzowski Director of Marketing Services | Janice E. Swindells Graphic Artist | Adrienne E. Simpson Proofreader | Livia Jacobs Circulation Manager | Jan Valois Publications Advisory Board Antonio Ayala | J.J. Lowe, Mexico Ferruccio Bellina | TKT Group/President ACIMAF, Italy Anand Bhagwat | Wire and Cable Services, India Malcom Michael | Australasian Wire Association, Australia Don Schollin | Q-S Technologies, USA Ken Scott | UK Ralph Skalleberg | Skaltek USA Dave Stackpole | Nutmeg Wire, USA Giulio Properzi | Continuus Properzi, Italy Robert Wild | Niehoff Endex North America, USA WAI Executive Committee Liaison Dane Armendariz | Henkel Corporation Technical Advisors John Drummond | Scotia Group Nate Rosebrooks | Fluid Coating Technology R. M. Shemenski | RMS Consulting, Inc.
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CALENDAR October 15-17, 2008: Spring World 2008 Rosemont, Illinois, USA. To be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, this event is sponsored by the Chicago Association of Spring Manufacturers (CASMI). Contact: Tom Renk, tel. 847-433-1335; info @casmi.org; www.casmi.org. October 20-22, 2008: ITC Mexico Monterrey, Mexico. To be held at the Crowne Plaza Monterrey, this WAI ITC includes a technical conference, tabletop exhibits, a plant tour and networking opportunities. November 3-5, 2008: Electrical Manufacturing Expo Orlando, Florida, USA. To be held at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center, this event is put on by the Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Association. Contact: Chuck Thurman, tel. 619-435-3629; cthurman @emcwa.org, www.electricalmanufacturing.org.
November 9-12, 2008: 57th IWCS™ Conference and Symposium Providence, Rhode Island, USA. The IWCS returns to the Rhode Island Convention Center for its 57th annual event. See preview on p. 52. November 20-22, 2008: Wire & Cable India 2008 Mumbai, India. Contact: Cheryl Fernandes, Confederation of Indian Industry, tel. 91-22-24931790, ext. 470; fax 91-22-24939463; www.ciionline.org. April 25-30, 2009: Interwire 2009 Cleveland, Ohio, USA. To be held at the International Exposition Center (I-X Center), Interwire incorporates: Interwire Trade Exposition, the technical program and the WAI’s 79th Annual Convention. It addresses ferrous and nonferrous manufacturing, and electrical/data/voice segments as well as wire forming and related wire and wire products. Contact: WAI, tel. 001-203-453-2777; fax 001203-453-8384; www.wirenet.org. ■ (continued on p. 10)
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W IRE ASSOCIATION I NT’L E VENTS For more information, contact the WAI, USA. Tel. 001-203453-2777; fax 001-203-453-8384; Internet www.wirenet.org. October 14, 2008: Midwest Chapter Dinner Meeting Rosemont, Illinois, USA. Fed Reserve official William A. Strauss will speak at the WAI Midwest Chapter Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. October 15, 2008: Western Chapter’s 8th Annual Wild West Shootout Industry Hills, California, USA. The chapter will return to the Industry Hills Golf Club. October 20-22, 2008: ITC Mexico Monterrey, Mexico. To be held at the Crowne Plaza Monterrey, this WAI ITC includes a technical conference, tabletop exhibits, a wire museum tour and networking opportunities. October 30, 2008: Southeast Chapter’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament Conover, North Carolina, USA. The chapter will return to the Rock Barn Golf and Spa. November 11, 2008: Reconvene Providence, Rhode Island, USA. WAI will hold its second annual business meeting of the year in conjunction with the IWCS show at the Rhode Island Convention Center. March 3-5, 2009: Modern technologies and modelling of drawing and manufacturing processes of metal products Zakapone, Poland, Members of the WAI’s Poland Chapter are among the organizers of this event, which will present theoretical and practical research results. Contact: Dr. Sylwia Wiewiórowska, wiewior@mim. pcz.czest.pl, www.konferencja.mim.pcz.czest.pl. April 25-30, 2009: Interwire 2009 Cleveland, Ohio, USA. To be held at the International Exposition Center (I-X Center), Interwire incorporates: Interwire Trade Exposition, the technical program and the WAI’s 79th Annual Convention. It addresses ferrous and nonferrous manufacturing, and electrical/data/voice segments as well as wire forming and related wire and wire products. Contact: WAI, tel. 001-203-453-2777; fax 001203-453-8384; www.wirenet.org.
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