NEMA welcomed March 21 notification to Congress by U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman of Obama administration's intention to enter into plurilateral negotiations under auspices of World Trade Organization (WTO). These negotiations focus on eliminating customs tariffs on range of environmental goods. After congratulating President Obama and USTR Froman, NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said he looked forward to working to build support on Capitol Hill and globally.
ASQ issued 8,380 professional certifications in the U.S. in 2013 as part of partnership with The Manufacturing Institute. Endorsed by NAM, Institute's Skills Certification System was developed to address deficits in manufacturing education and training, which is limiting pool of qualified candidates for skilled manufacturing jobs. ASQ offers 17 certifications, including Certified Quality Technician, Certified Calibration Technician, Certified Quality Engineer, and Certified Quality Inspector. Read More
ATA and HELP Inc. are renewing their Featured Product partnership for 2014 with HELP's PrePass weigh station electronic screening and preclearance service. PrePass' inspection preclearance services are available at 302 operational weigh stations and ports of entry in 31 states. Under HELP's program, enrolled trucks are electronically pre-screened for federal and state safety and credentials before receiving permission to bypass inspection facilities at highway speeds. Read More
During IPC APEX EXPO®, STI Electronics received IPC Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award and Raytheon Company received IPC Peter Sarmanian Corporate Recognition Award. Nearly all of STI's staff are active on IPC, with 6 employees actively engaged in dozens of standards development committees. In addition, company has 14 certified IPC specialists and 38 certified trainers. More than eight dozen Raytheon employees provide leadership and technical expertise on 135 standards development committees. Read More
Citing energy security, job creation, global competitiveness, and forward-looking policy, letter sent by biofuel trade organizations to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) encouraged extension of Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Fuels Credit, and Alternative Fuel and Alternative Fuel Mixture Excise Tax Credit. Read More
NREL researchers are working with auto manufacturers and component vendors to take a look at both the infrastructure and cost challenges related to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and fueling stations. NREL's new Energy Systems Integration Facility includes 7,000 sq-ft of lab space built for hydrogen and fuel cell research. Approximately 50 researchers contribute to hydrogen or fuel cell related tasks, including production, storage, codes and standards, technology validation, and analysis. Read More
A4A applauded Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker's decision to appoint David Berg to serve on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. Berg, A4A's Senior VP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, will serve 2-year term as member of the board where he will advise Secretary Pritzker on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry, and the critical role U.S. airlines play in connecting the world and contributing to global economy. Read More
In recognition of his contributions to IPC and electronics industry, Michael V. Carano, director of new products and business development at OMG Electronic Chemicals, was honored with IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award. Carano has written 150+ technical articles, presented papers worldwide, and served on 16 IPC committees as well as IPC Board of Directors. Recently, he has taken on role as chairman of IPC Technology Education Outreach Initiative. Read More