Maximizing production.

Position:Industry outlook 2009

Q: What ideas, lessons, and observations about metal-working manufacturing have you noticed in 2008 that will carry over into 2009?

As the focus shifts from automotive to booming industries such as aerospace and energy, Seco Tools President Kurt Nordlund said one of the key trends to watch is how manufacturers adjust to the coming labor shortage.

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It is for this reason that Seco has situated itself to emphasize educating customers on how best to utilize their tools to maximize production.

"For our customers to stay alive and compete, we must partner with them to provide not just tools, but knowledge and support to help them produce these components as efficiently as possible," he said.

Nordlund said he believes that having a well-trained and educated workforce is the central...

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