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The A2Z Metalworker Regional Manufacturing Magazines are a business development tool for U.S. Manufacturing! A2Z’s focus is getting the people that need machines, tools, parts, and manufacturing services to the people that make, sell, and perform these services! www.a2zMetalworker.com

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  • AFT, a Premier Metal Injection Molding (MIM) Manufacturer, is Looking for a Few Good Machine Shops

    A2Zmetalworker.com

    Vol. 5, No. 3 May/June 2012

    Rocky Mountain Edition (CO, UT, ID, MT and WY)

  • Despite hurdles, manufacturers in the U.S. and their employees are doing remarkable work.

    John Engler,46th Governor of Michigan

    What is Landed Cost?

    Definition: Landed Cost is the total cost of a product once it has arrived at the buyers door. This list of components that are needed to determine landed costs include the original

    cost of the item, all brokerage and logistics fees, complete shipping costs, customs duties, tariffs, taxes, insurance, currency conversion, crating costs, and handling fees. Combine this with the quality of the products shipped, on-time delivery, and value-added engineer-ing, and you have a very complex equation.

    I met with AFT, a premier metal injection molding (MIM) manufacturing facility to write an article for this issue. A few years ago, one of their long-term clients moved their operations out of country. AFT subsequently lost a significant revenue stream when the non-American operation secured other local, in-country, suppliers.

    A few years later, this same international entity determined that it was more cost effec-tive to bring their business back to the United States, back to AFT in Colorado. They surmised that the landed cost made the products they were previously getting more cost effective with AFT.

    According to a report published by The Green Economy, 22% of companies have or are in the process of reshoring back to North America and 33% of manufacturers are research-ing reshoring.

    There are additionally political factors influencing even international companies manufac-turing expansion into the United States. In this issue, you will read a recent CNN Money report, which states that Chinese conglomerates, on a mission to expand their global footprint and avoid anti-dumping tariffs, are shifting more of their production to the US.

    And this all bodes well for U.S. manufacturing. The Institute for Supply Management recently reported that its index of US manufacturing activity increased to 54.8 in April, and that readings above 50 indicate expansion. Let us hope that our next issue depicts readings even higher.

    On another note, the A2Z Metalworker Magazines can be viewed and read in their entirety on our web site www.a2zmetalworker.com. And even better, you can click on the url of every ad in this magazine and go right to the advertisers web site. The magazines are seeing more than 16,000 unique page views each issue!

    Lets continue to make 2012 a great year for manufacturing! Until next issue, I wish you the best, and God Bless our Troops!

    Published bi-monthly to keep precision manufacturers abreast of news and to supply a viable vendor source for the industry.

    Circulation: The A2Z Metalworker has compiled and maintains a master list of approximately 6400 people actively engaged in the Precision Manufacturing Industry. It has an estimated pass on readership of more than 18,000 people.

    Advertising Rates, deadlines and mechanical requirements furnished upon request or you can go to www.azmetalworker.com.

    All photos and copy become the property of A2Z Metalworker.

    The Publisher assumes no responsibility for the contents of any advertisement, and all representations are those of the advertiser and not that of the publisher.

    The Publisher is not liable to any advertiser for any misprints or errors not the fault of the publisher, and in such event, the limit of the publisher's liability shall only be the amount of the publishers charge for such advertising.

    CONTRIBUTORSGene Wirth

    Kim CarpenterChris Seay

    Announcements/Releases ......6,8,10,12,14Feature Articles ... ....................30-31,40-41More Feature Articles ...................... 50-51Buyers Guide Equipment ................. 57-62Buyers Guide Processes ................... 63-69Card Gallery ..................................... 50-61Index Of Advertisers ............................. 70Editorial ................................ Throughout

    CoverAFT, a Premier Metal Injection Molding (MIM) Manufacturer, is Looking for a

    Few Good Machine Shops

    Linda DalyPublisher

    Published by:A2Z Metalworker

    PUBLISHER/EDITORLinda Daly

    linda@azmetalworker.comMail Address: PO Box 93295

    Phoenix, AZ 85070

    Telephone: (602) 412-7696Website: www.azmetalworker.comE-mail: info@azmetalworker.com

    Editors Corner

    A2Z METALWORKER 4 May/June 2012

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  • A2Z METALWORKER 5 May/June 2012

    Announcements/Releases ......6,8,10,12,14Feature Articles ... ....................30-31,40-41More Feature Articles ...................... 50-51Buyers Guide Equipment ................. 57-62Buyers Guide Processes ................... 63-69Card Gallery ..................................... 50-61Index Of Advertisers ............................. 70Editorial ................................ Throughout

    Weve gotflex appeal

    Just 5 clicks in two minutes can save you up to 30%Check our prices against your current supplier and see how they match up. Were confident youll gain bargaining power with them, or better yet, be convinced to switch to us. And all it takes is a 5-click, two minute visit to our website or a simple phone call. So ask yourself, is 2 minutes of your time worth saving 30%?

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