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Congressman Schneider holds town meeting at IPC headquarters.

December 27, 2013

With a background in engineering, Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10) held a town hall meeting at IPC headquarters to hear about issues that concerned IPC employees and to answer their questions. Congressman addressed topics ranging from education to conflict minerals to jobs and the economy. On a question about the negative trend in manufacturing in the U.S., Schneider believes growth is possible, by investing in the infrastructure with a focus on science and technology. Read More

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MCA Surpasses Milestone of having 100 member companies.

December 27, 2013

Reflecting momentum of recent growth, Motion Control Association (MCA) passed the 100 member companies milestone. Members now include manufacturers of motion control components and systems, distributors, system integrators, consulting firms, and research groups directly involved with mechanical and electronic (mechatronics) motion control worldwide. According to MCA, their member companies foundation will enable them to round out services currently provided to industry and add more. Read More

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RIA releases asbestos fact sheets.

December 24, 2013

Developed by RIA's Environmental Council, fact sheets educate and protect restoration contractors from the dangers of mishandling asbestos-containing materials. Comprehensive version addresses materials, health issues, regulations, classes of asbestos work, hazard communication, training, control measures, and resources, while abridged version covers health issues, regulations, and some training information. Both may be downloaded from RIA website. Read More

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TRIB Video highlights environmental benefits of retreading.

December 24, 2013

TRIB has joined forces with American Commercial Tire Network to launch a video that highlights the massive environmental benefits of tire retreading. According to TRIB Managing Director David Stevens, retreading conserves huge amounts of raw materials, reduces carbon dioxide output, keeps millions of tires out of landfill every year, and eventually helps with recycling of end-of-life tires to be used in other applications such as pavement and rubber mulch. Read More

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AIA elects officers for 2014.

December 24, 2013

AIA Board of Governors has elected Michael T. Strianese, Chairman, President, and CEO of L-3 Communications, as its Chairman for 2014. Strianese will begin his term Jan 1, succeeding Wes Bush, Chairman, CEO, and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation. David L. Joyce, President and CEO of GE Aviation, was elected AIA’s Vice Chairman. Board re-elected Marion C. Blakey as AIA’s President and CEO and Ginette C. Colot, AIA’s Chief Financial Officer, as Board’s Secretary-Treasurer. Read More

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CSA Group expands one-stop medical services in South Korea.

December 24, 2013

Through alliance, CSA Group and Korea Institute of Medical Device Assessment can further expand one-stop medical device testing and certification services for localized manufacturers. KIMDA will test medical products to applicable U.S. and Canadian standards to support growing demand of Korean medical products in North American markets. Qualified Korean manufacturers can gain globally recognized CSA certification based upon testing carried out locally at KIMDA laboratory. Read More

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Kern and Yount to speak at ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference.

December 24, 2013

ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference will teach attendees how organizations can embrace, apply, sustain, and continuously leverage lean and Six Sigma methodologies to increase efficiencies, profitability, and return on investment. Speakers will include Tony Kern, Ed.D., a leading authority on human performance in time-constrained, error-intolerant environments, and Shane A. Yount, a nationally recognized author, speaker, and principal of an international business transformation consulting firm. Read More

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EPA releases chemical screening data on 1,800 chemicals.

December 24, 2013

EPA's interactive Chemical Safety for Sustainability or iCSS Dashboard provides access to data from innovative screening technologies for chemicals that are found in industrial and consumer products, food additives, and drugs. As part of data release, EPA is announcing ToxCast Data Challenges, a series of challenges inviting science and technology community to work with the data and provide solutions for how the new chemical screening data can be used to predict potential health effects. Read More

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ASTM invites papers on total joint replacement devices.

December 23, 2013

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, symposium on Modularity and Tapers in Total Joint Replacement Devices will take place Nov 10, 2014 at the Sheraton New Orleans. Purpose of symposium is to provide forum for consensus development and scientific exchange on needs for characterization and standardized testing related to modularity and tapers used in total joint replacement devices. Read More

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Speakers to offer inside perspective at AeroDef Summit.

December 23, 2013

Scheduled for Feb 25–27, 2014, AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition will include Exclusive Industry Keynote Address and Featured Speaker Sessions offering insiders' perspective on strategies to optimize technologies and policies to maintain predominance in aerospace and defense. Speakers were selected for the AeroDef Manufacturing Intelligence Series in partnership with committee comprised of senior manufacturing professionals from aerospace and defense OEMs, NASA, and NCDMM. Read More

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BIO Supports Budget Action to free up FDA user fees.

December 20, 2013

BIO applauded House of Representatives for passing bipartisan budget deal that raises discretionary budget caps, which should provide FDA with complete access to its user fees for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Thus commending Congress, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood noted "the forward-thinking action" and called on House and Senate to pass both S. 1413, Pryor/Blunt FDA User Fee Protection Act, and H.R. 2725, Lance/Eshoo FDA SOS Act, to ensure FDA user fees are never again sequestered. Read More

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BIO thanks Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) for extension legislation.

December 20, 2013

BIO expressed thanks to Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) for introducing the Second Generation Biofuel Extension Act of 2013, which provides a 1-year extension of the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Credit and the Special Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property. According to Brent Erickson, EVP of BIO's Industrial & Environmental Section, extension of these tax provisions is needed to keep the playing field level for advanced biofuel companies commercializing innovative technologies. Read More

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EPA Program seeks to improve air quality in port communities.

December 20, 2013

EPA is announcing availability of $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports, many of which are in areas that face environmental justice challenges. Available under Diesel Emission Reduction Act Program, grant competition is the first to focus solely on reducing emissions at ports. DERA funds are used to clean up legacy fleet of diesel engines that were produced before more recent environmental standards. Read More

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OncoMed Pharmaceuticals CEO testifies on behalf of BIO.

December 19, 2013

House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care & Entitlements held a hearing entitled, "FDA Check-Up: Drug Development and Manufacturing Challenges." Paul Hastings, Chairman and CEO of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals and Chairman of BIO’s Emerging Companies Section Governing Board, presented testimony emphasizing the positive indicators that demonstrate the biopharma industry is rebounding, but significant financial and regulatory challenges remain. Read More

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Equipment Finance Industry Confidence Index decreases slightly.

December 19, 2013

According to the Foundation, December 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry is 55.8, a decrease from November index of 56.9, reflecting industry concerns over uncertainty regarding capital expenditures and competitive market pressures in 2014. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 12% of executives said they believe business conditions will improve, down from 17.2% in November, and 9% believe business conditions will worsen, up from 3.4%. Read More

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BIO CEO and Investor Conference to feature fireside chats.

December 19, 2013

Scheduled for Feb 10–11, 2014, 16th annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference will include Fireside Chats featuring set of candid, one-on-one conversations between biopharma leaders and analysts, followed by interactive question and answer session. Five CEOs participating in 2014 Fireside Chats include Leonard Bell, M.D., of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Belén Garijo, M.D., of Merck Serono; Richard F. Pops of Alkermes plc; David E.I. Pyott of Allergan; and Christopher A. Viehbacher of Sanofi. Read More

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Trucking Associations propose sleeper berth pilot project.

December 19, 2013

American Trucking Associations and Minnesota Trucking Association petitioned Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct pilot program. In addition to examining potential benefits of sleeper berth flexibility for professional truck drivers, pilot project will look how technological improvements promote driver alertness/safety. According to Minnesota Trucking Association's John Hausladen, letting drivers break up 10 hr off-duty period into 2 shorter periods would be beneficial. Read More

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ASTM approves airborne nanoparticle measurement standard.

December 19, 2013

During manufacture of some products, there is potential for nanomaterials to become airborne, resulting in inhalation exposure to workers and consumers. ASTM E2864, Test Method for Measurement of Airborne Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Surface Area Concentration in Inhalation Exposure Chambers Using Krypton Gas Adsorption, provides clear steps to collect airborne nanomaterials and analyze them to determine their surface area, promoting safe development and use of nanomaterials. Read More

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EPA seeks Environmental Education Grant applications.

December 19, 2013

EPA is accepting applications for environmental education projects under agency's Environmental Education Grant Program. This program works to engage communities through variety of educational projects that have a lasting impact on people's health by facilitating environmental stewardship. Projects have engaged students in stream monitoring, created sustainable mentoring communities, and provided professional development to teachers on STEM subjects. Read More

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Fuel Economy of New Vehicles sets record high.

December 19, 2013

According to EPA's annual report that tracks average fuel economy of vehicles sold in the U.S., model year 2012 vehicles achieved all-time high fuel economy of 23.6 mpg, representing 1.2 mpg increase over previous year. Fuel economy has now increased in 7 of last 8 years. While EPA does not yet have final data for 2013, preliminary projections are that fuel economy will rise by 0.4 mpg, and carbon dioxide emissions will decrease by 6 grams/mile. Read More