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PMA Report expect business conditions to remain unchanged.

May 28, 2009

Based on May 2009 PMA Business Conditions Report, companies expect economic activity to decrease somewhat during next 3 months, with 46% anticipating no change. Metalformers overall expect slight decline in incoming orders, while 17% predict rise in shipping levels over 3 months. Companies with workforce on short time or layoff decreased to 80% in May. There are early indicators of economic recovery, according to William E. Gaskin, but modest recovery isn't expected until Q4 2009. Read More

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World Congress to highlight biobased plastics and chemicals.

May 28, 2009

BIO announced that more than 22 CEOs of biobased product, biofuel, and industrial biotechnology companies will present their companies' technology and business plans at 2009 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, to be held July 19-22. Some sessions will include Biochemicals from Renewable Feedstocks, Algae for Fuels and Chemicals, Biorefinery Case Study, First Global Network on Bioenergy Science, and Bio-Materials and Bio-Chemicals in Auto Industry. Read More

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National Hydrogen Association announces 1,700 mile road tour.

May 27, 2009

For 9 days starting May 26, 2009 Hydrogen Road Tour will pass 28 American and Canadian cities between Vancouver, BC, and southern CA. It will include caravan of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles from 7 major automakers, stopping in communities where hydrogen technologies such as passenger vehicles, transit buses, and hydrogen stations will likely enter market first. Recent NHA report shows vehicles powered by hydrogen can cut greenhouse gas pollution by 80% below 1990 levels. Read More

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AASHTO/Coalition Partners support national freight strategy.

May 27, 2009

Freight Stakeholders Coalition, which is comprised of 17 members including AASHTO, has released 2009 Surface Transportation Reauthorization Platform. Mandating development of National Multimodal Freight Strategic Plan, 10-point platform also calls for funding for freight mobility/goods movement and creation of freight office in Office of the Secretary of Transportation. In 20 yr, number of U.S. commercial trucks could double, handling 70-80% of freight, while rail freight may increase by 60%. Read More

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BIO Elects New Officers and welcomes 10 new board members.

May 27, 2009

At the 2009 annual convention, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Board of Directors elected a new slate of officers and 10 new board members. BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, was quoted as saying that "Each of these individuals brings exceptional perspective, insight, and experience that will contribute to the health and growth of the industry, as well as the judicious oversight of BIO as a membership organization." Read More

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IPC Executive Webcasts offer insight into economic trends.

May 27, 2009

Designed to help managers take advantage of evolving market opportunities and business trends, hour-long webcasts will take place at 1:00 pm Central time. Topics will include Solar Part I: Prepare to Take Advantage of the Solar Market on June 2nd, Solar Part II on June 9th, An International Overview of Electronics Industry on June 18th, Growing Customer Partnerships in Current Economy on June 25th, and You and the Stimulus Package on June 30th. Read More

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NACD Announces its 2009 meeting dates.

May 27, 2009

National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) has announced that the NACD OPSEM2009 - Operations Seminar and Trade Show is scheduled to take place September 16-18, 2009 at the Cleveland Convention Center/City Centre in Cleveland, OH. Also, the NACD 38th Annual Meeting, will be held November 30 through December 4, 2009 at the Marco Island Marriot Resort in Marco Island, FL. Read More

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NADCA publishes latest industry census report.

May 27, 2009

Conducted for NADCA by TCG Consulting, census of Die Casting Industry details latest findings on North American die casting business, covering more than 500 captive and custom die casters. Divided into 4 parts, report includes count of die casting companies, alloys cast, employment and additional services provided; analysis of 2007 vs 2008 shipment data and estimates for 2009 and 2010 volumes; die casting machine estimates; and end-market analysis to assist with targeting and planning. Read More

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Speedy, Favorable Action sought from senate on Panama pact.

May 26, 2009

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for International Economic Policy, Frank Vargo, issued a statement commending the Senate Finance Committee for holding a hearing on the U.S. - Panama Trade Promotion Agreement and urged the Senate to move rapidly to approve the pact. To quote Vargo, "The more facts that can be brought to light, the clearer it will become that delay in approving the agreement will only harm U.S. manufacturing." Read More

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AIA CEO Makes a Statement on weapon systems acquisition.

May 26, 2009

AIA (Aerospace Industries Association) President and CEO, Marion Blakey, issued a statement concerning the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act. She relayed the sense of being "encouraged that the defense reform bill passed by Congress will make the acquisition system more accountable and efficient." Blakey also pointed out that "Bolstering the acquisition workforce and creating a senior position in the Defense Department responsible for cost estimating are important steps forward." Read More

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NEMA Report focuses on high performance federal buildings.

May 26, 2009

NEMA, founding member of High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition, has joined other members in issuing report to Congress that focuses on federal buildings as principal targets to incorporate characteristics of high-performance buildings. Some components of report include requirements for true life-cycle analysis and decision-making for acquisition of federal buildings, total building commissioning, integrated project delivery, and building information modeling. Read More

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Research Report reveals distributed work strategy trends.

May 22, 2009

Released by the International Facility Management Association, "Distributed Work: Research Report No. 31" details trends for both on- and off-site distributed work strategies and defines common terms associated with these work settings. Ten case studies demonstrate how companies around the world are implementing their own distributed work programs. Report was based on survey of 951 built environment professionals. Read More

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Labs approved for testing communications interoperability.

May 22, 2009

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Interoperability and Compatibility announced that it has recognized first 8 laboratories approved to test interoperability of emergency communications equipment under Project 25 Conformity Assessment Program. P25 CAP, a joint effort of DHS and NIST, helps ensure that first responders, public safety officers, and military personnel can always talk with each other no matter what communications equipment they are using. Read More

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Validation Program tests next-generation Internet products.

May 22, 2009

NIST is establishing testing program to assure that U.S. government purchases new computers and networking products that work properly on next-generation Internet traffic system while meeting standards for federal government use. Addressing U.S. government standards profile known as USGv6, testing program is heralded by new publication, preliminary set of tests, and upcoming meeting to discuss its management. Read More

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AASHTO reasserts support for intercity passenger rail.

May 22, 2009

As FRA prepares to lay groundwork for distributing $8 billion in economic recovery grant funds for intercity passenger rail, state transportation officials have outlined action plan for delivering robust intercity passenger rail network. AASHTO board recommendations call for national rail policy to cover both passenger and freight rail and supports creation of intercity passenger rail account, funded at $35 billion over 6 years from diversified portfolio of new revenue sources. Read More

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Metalcasters lobby for pro-manufacturing legislation.

May 22, 2009

More than 100 U.S. metalcasters visited Washington, D.C. to attend the 2009 Metalcasting Industry Government Affairs Conference. Attendees heard from U.S. Congressmen and policy experts on key industry issues and met with their members of Congress to discuss the impact pending laws will have on their business and the industry. Issues discussed included card check, cap-and-trade legislation, health care reform, and mandated leave benefits. Read More

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NIST creates draft working definition for cloud computing.

May 22, 2009

NIST defines cloud computing as pay-per-use model for enabling available and on-demand network access to shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. It also describes 5 key characteristics, 3 delivery models, and 4 deployment models. Cloud research team leader Peter Mell states that there are various security advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing. Read More

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NIST Study finds benefits to polymer research efforts.

May 22, 2009

Study found that NIST Combinatorial Methods Center (NCMC), part of effort to develop combinatorial techniques in polymer research, realized economic benefits of at least $8.55 for every dollar invested by NIST and partners. Between 1998 and 2007, study estimates NCMC has yielded 161% social rate of return and has accelerated industry's adoption of combinatorial methods by average of 2.3 yr. The program has since branched out into nanostructured materials, organic electronics, and biomaterials. Read More

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NIST Engineers find flaw affecting transistor theory.

May 22, 2009

Researchers from NIST, along with University of Maryland College Park and Rutgers University, found that theoretical model for mitigating defects between on/off states of transistors is inaccurate. According to Jason Campbell of NIST, fluctuation frequency is same even in nanometer-sized transistors, implying theory is wrong. Also, fluctuations observed grew more pronounced as power decreased, said Campbell, who presented group's findings at May 19, 2009, industry conference in Austin, TX. Read More

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Sustainable Farming provided by biotech crops.

May 22, 2009

According to a report issued by UK-based PG Economics, farmers around the world are growing more crops in a more environmentally sustainable manner. Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, executive VP for food and agriculture for BIO noted, the Global Impact Study shows that agricultural biotechnology contributes to both environmental and economic sustainability. The PG Economics annual Global Impact Study quantifies the impact of agricultural biotechnology on the environment and on farmer incomes. Read More