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April 25, 2006

SKF Buys Industrial Seals Company; On Acquisition Trail in Europe

SKF, G’teborg, Sweden, has acquired for $21 million 51% of the shares of the North American seals company Macrotech Polyseal Inc. As part of the agreement SKF will acquire the remaining 49% within three years. Macrotech is a leader in fluid power seals based on polyurethane (PU) technologies and engineered plastics (mainly PTFE – PolyTetraFluoroEthylene) […]

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Applied Industrial Posts 11.4% Sales Increase in 3Q 2006

Applied Industrial Technologies, Cleveland, OH, reported sales for the third quarter 2006 increased 11.4% to $497.2 million from $446.5 million in the same period a year ago. Profit jumped to $19.9 million from $16.3 million in the same period a year ago.  For the nine months ended March 31, 2006, sales increased 10.5% to $1.397

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Building a Lean Channel

an incremental $7.5 billion of inventory to their balance sheets. Naturally, this lean supply chain behavior is being enabled by new technology linkages between trading partners. Wholesalers continuously share order, inventory-to-sales, and shipment data with manufacturers. Manufacturers use real-time analyses of these data to evaluate wholesaler orders, balance inventory-to-sales levels in the channel, prevent leakages

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Technology Case Study: Automating Processes

into the supplier’s inventory and information with one click.TipsCommunication is key, he says. Employees who were responsible for the manual side of business operations knew from the start they may not have a job at the end of automation, for example.DeMao recommends distributors looking at automating processes carefully analyze and choose a software provider.“After you

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What’s In a Patent?

of the inventor, but should be determined based exclusively on official patent documents references such as treaties and dictionaries. By separating claim interpretation from factual determinations, the Federal Circuit turned over to district court judges – as opposed to juries – the task of interpreting claim language. Construction of patent claims is often a pivotal

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MDM Annual Report Digest

Minor, Cardinal Health and McKesson Medical-Surgical Solutions.Owens & Minor has implemented margin initiatives to counter ongoing competitive pricing pressures, which management expects will not let up in the near future. Also, as suppliers continue to seek more restrictive agreements with distributors, Owens and Minor has been pursuing fewer alternate sourcing opportunities than in the past,

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Monthly Wholesale Trade: February 2006

February 2006 sales of merchant wholesalers, except manufacturers’ sales branches and offices, after adjustment for seasonal variations and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $312.1 billion, virtually unchanged from the revised January level and were up 9.2 percent from the February 2005 level. February sales of durable goods increased 0.2 percent from last

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News Digest 3608

Stock Building Supply ($4.1 billion in sales), Raleigh, N.C., building materials distributor, has acquired the Wholesale Division of Davis Homes, in Indianapolis, IN. Davis Homes Wholesale ($19.4 million in sales) is the sole supplier of roof trusses, wall panels, door assemblies, framing lumber, windows, sub-flooring, interior and exterior trim, roofing, and sheathing for Davis Homes,

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MDM Inflation Index: March 2006

Modern Distribution Management’s March Inflation Index, which measures a cross-section of industrial supplies, is up 0.33% over the previous month, and up 4.98% from March 2005. Summary of MDM Inflation Index for the past 12 months:March 2006 Index 262.1Febuary 2006 Index 261.2January 2006 Index 260.2December 2005 Index 258.1November 2005 Index 256.1October 2005 Index 255.4September 2005 Index 254.3August 2005

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