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Nonresidential Construction Spending fell 1.6% in February 2012.

April 4, 2012

According to April 2 report by U.S. Census Bureau, total nonresidential construction spending fell 1.6% in February. Total nonresidential construction spending was up 6.4% from one year ago. Private nonresidential construction spending decreased 1.6% for month but rose 14.5% year over year, while public nonresidential construction spending fell 1.7% for month and 0.7% compared to February 2011. Residential construction spending was unchanged for month and 4.6% higher than previous year. Read More

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China and Korea accept Ethernet/IP as national standards. .

April 3, 2012

National Development and Reform Commission of People's Republic of China adopted EtherNet/IP, along with ControlNet, under highest Chinese National Standard GB/Z 26157.6-2010. In addition, Korean Agency for Technology and Standards recently adopted EtherNet/IP under Korean Industrial Standards KS C 61784 and KS C 61158. Using standard TCP/IP, the same network technology used in majority of LAN and WAN architectures, EtherNet/IP is suitable choice for manufacturers around worldwide. Read More

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Deadline for Energy Execs Applications is extended to April 6.

April 3, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) extended application window for 2012 Executive Energy Leadership Academy to April 6. "Energy Execs" leadership program focuses on educating business, community, and government leaders about achieving clean energy solutions using energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. This year, Energy Execs offers 2 learning opportunities: Leadership Program and accelerated Leadership Institute. Read More

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BIO stresses importance of biofuels for national security.

April 3, 2012

In letter to House Armed Services Committee and its Subcommittee on Readiness, BIO emphasized that domestic biofuel production is necessary for energy and national security. According to BIO President Jim Greenwood, military's reliance on oil is a liability that enemies can exploit by blocking access to fuel supplies during missions. While cost of renewable energy is high now, it is declining rapidly through ongoing research and development and early commercialization efforts. Read More

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NASA and Partners solicit creative waste-management solutions.

April 3, 2012

NASA, U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Department, and Nike announced challenge to identify 10 innovations that could transform waste-management systems and practices. In hostile environment of space, waste must be eliminated or transformed in most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Innovations, which will be presented at LAUNCH: Beyond Waste forum, may lead to practical applications for astronauts as humans are sent deeper into solar system. Read More

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Survey addresses importance of sustainability in field of polymer composites.

April 3, 2012

SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition has teamed with Missouri University of Science and Technology to develop online survey to query members of industry, academia, research groups, media, and government organizations globally about importance of sustainability in field of polymer composites. Available at http://mst.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cMbLor5uq3I3f3S during month of April, survey is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Read More

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FMA names 2012 FMA/CNA Safety Award winners.

April 3, 2012

Sponsored by CNA Insurance Group, award program recognizes metal fabrication companies that have a commitment to excellence in safety. The 2012 Safety Award of Honor is presented to companies with no recordable injuries or illnesses for calendar year 2011, while 2012 Safety Award of Merit is presented to companies posting injury and illness incidence rate for calendar year 2011 that is better than published Bureau of Labor Statistics rate by 10% or greater. Read More

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SME RAPID 2012 Conference reveals future of manufacturing.

April 3, 2012

SME RAPID 2012 Conference will feature presentations aimed at revealing how businesses can improve competitive edge in challenging, global economy. On May 24, industry consultant Terry Wohlers will provide State of the Industry keynote presentation and discuss how additive manufacturing technologies are helping to develop new markets and business opportunities. He will include qualitative and quantitative data that will present current state of the industry and where it might be in 5-10 years. Read More