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BIO applauds EPA response to RFS waiver requests.

November 20, 2012

According to BIO, EPA's logic-based decision to uphold Renewable Fuel Standard will protect America's energy security and maintain industry's progress in commercializing advanced biofuels. BIO previously submitted comments to the agency noting that any waiver of RFS would certainly harm biofuel producers and biotechnology companies across the U.S. Decision allows BIO member companies to continue to deliver innovative technologies to the market to expand domestic production of biofuels. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on R/D management standard.

November 20, 2012

ABNT, the Brazilian member body to ISO, has submitted proposal for new International Standard on process management related to field of research, development, and innovation. According to proposal, standard would include test methods, sampling criteria, safety requirements, and other guidance on RD&I activities that are intended to promote business sustainability and to make it easier for relevant groups to ensure effectiveness and consistence of their RD&I activities. Read More

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Former VP of GM to keynote at IPC APEX EXPO.

November 20, 2012

Former corporate vice president of research and development and strategic planning at General Motors, Larry Burns, Ph.D., will share his vision of design and technology innovations within the automobile industry during his keynote address, "Reinventing the Automobile," at IPC APEX EXPO® on February 20, 2013. According to Dr. Burns, technology enabling driverless cars may be the most transformational to impact roadways — and is less than a decade away from being mass produced. Read More

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AEM Board addresses federal deficit at 2012 Annual Conference.

November 20, 2012

At 2012 Annual Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, AEM Board of Directors established federal deficit reduction as its top policy priority for 2013. Stu Levenick, AEM Chair, stressed transportation and energy infrastructure investment, progressive export policies, and pro-growth tax reform as industry policy agendas. Elected 2013 AEM Chair on November 9, Levenick also addressed consideration for education and revenue measures supporting long-term economic growth and job creation. Read More

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European Robotics Week 2012 looks at societal challenges.

November 20, 2012

EUnited Robotics is serving as central coordinator of European Robotics Week, which takes place November 26 to December 2 and aims to show public what robotics is all about and how it impacts society. Over 80 organisations have registered for participation, offering 182 robotics-related activities – demonstrations, workshops, open labs for students, hands-on activities for kids, robots visiting schools, art exhibitions, media events – for general public in 20 European countries. Read More

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NIST Study finds carbon nanotubes may protect DNA from oxidation.

November 19, 2012

In paper, Protective Roles of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes in Ultrasonication-Induced DNA Base Damage, NIST researchers provide evidence that nanotubes may protect DNA molecules in laboratory. Fragments of DNA were tested in presence or absence of carbon nanotubes. Research is part of work to help characterize potential risks of nanomaterials, and develop methods for identifying and measuring them. More studies are needed to see if same protective effect occurs in vivo. Read More

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ASC wins 6 awards for its website.

November 19, 2012

ASC has won 6 awards for its adhesives.org website in 2012 MarCom competition, sponsored by Association for Marketing and Communications Professionals. Over 6,000 entries spanning 7 categories are submitted to MarCom each year. Panel of senior-level marketing and communications professionals serve as judges, reviewing each entry for quality, creativity, and resourcefulness. Winners are chosen if their talent exceeds high standard of excellence and their work serves as benchmark for the industry. Read More

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Las Vegas Venetian to host 2013 International CES®.

November 19, 2012

Scheduled for January 8-11, the 2013 International CES® will spotlight the hottest technologies and innovations across emerging technology, high-performance audio, lifestyle electronics, and green initiatives. Event's show floor stretches across 1.8 million net sq-ft of space and accommodates 15,000 attendees and 3,000 exhibitors. Popular CES TechZones will include: Academia Tech, CloudBase3 Apps, Eureka Park, Sustainable Planet, and MommyTech, Kids@Play, and HigherEdTECH. Read More

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PMI 2012 Fall Conference promoted plumbing as profession.

November 19, 2012

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) held its 2012 Fall Conference, focused on "Promoting Plumbing as a Profession" and strengthening partnerships surrounding industry, in Washington, D.C. from October 7–10. According to PMI Executive Director Barbara C. Higgens, conference "aimed to set a tone for moving forward." PMI and its members used this conference to layout framework for strengthening partnerships in industry, with consideration for all sectors. Read More

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Session 6 Agenda Finalized for cleaning, coating conference.

November 19, 2012

IPC and SMTA announced agenda for Session 6 of High-Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference (November 13–15, 2012 in Chicago, IL). To be chaired by Dale Lee of Plexus Corp, session will teach process optimization, what it takes to clean no-clean flux residues, material compatibility effects of cleaning agents on adhesives and conformal coatings, improvement in cleaning when reducing oxygen levels during reflow, and process conditions needed to clean bottom-termination components. Read More

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ASC announces leadership changes for 2013.

November 19, 2012

ASC announces volunteer leadership changes that will start beginning January 1, 2013. Officers will include Rusty Thompson as Chair, Andy Johnston as Treasurer, Glenn Frommer as Past Chair, and Matt Croson as President. New Executive Committee member for 2013 will be Traci Jensen. In addition, new board members will include: Gerhard Haas, Traci Jensen, Chris Stevens, John Meccia, John McLaughlin, Steve Meenan, and Lex Reynolds. Read More

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Glen Albert Barton receives Subir Chowdhury medal.

November 19, 2012

Glen Albert Barton, retired chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc., has received 2012 SAE Subir Chowdhury Medal of Quality Leadership, which honors those in the mobility industry who bring forth innovation and broaden impact of quality in mobility engineering, design, and manufacturing. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Barton joined Caterpillar in 1961 and held numerous marketing and general management positions around the world. He retired in 2004 after 5 years as CEO. Read More

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PACK EXPO International 2012 breaks multiple records.

November 19, 2012

PACK EXPO International 2012 took place in Chicago, IL from October 28–31 and covered more than 1.1 million net square feet, up 6% from 2010. Packaging and processing trade show also saw 1,965 exhibiting companies, 45,338 attendees, and 6,749 international attendees which were respectively up 7%, 3%, and over 53% from 2010 levels. This momentum continues, with exhibitors already planning their presence at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (September 23–25, 2013).
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PMI President's Award has been presented to Craig Selover.

November 19, 2012

Craig Selover received President's Award at Plumbing Manufacturers International's (PMI) Fall Conference in Washington, D.C., which was held October 7–10, 2012. Given in recognition of lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions to plumbing industry, President's Award was established in 2009 by then PMI President Walt Strader. Selover, Masco Corporation's director of plumbing products technology, has been PMI member for 30+ years and served as president of organization in 1990. Read More

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New Highway Projects boost Indian construction industry.

November 19, 2012

National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) awarded about 4,375 km of roads in first 9 months of 2012, which can be compared against 4,553 km during 2011, 3,338 km during 2010, and 643 km in 2009. Q3 of 2012 saw ~1,898 km of projects awarded. Projects for road construction sector were awarded under public-private partnership programs, and Indian construction industry is surging via flow of funds and EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) contracts in 2012. Read More

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NAM Official speaks about October 2012 employment report.

November 19, 2012

In response to October 2012 employment report, Jay Timmons, President and CEO of NAM, said uptick in jobs is sandwiched between months of job loss and looming fiscal cliff. Manufacturers are increasingly worried that unemployment rate and government policies have lowered GDP by 0.6% this year. Timmons also believes fiscal crisis could lead economy into recession in 2013, with nearly 6 million jobs lost through 2014. Read More

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NAM's Jay Timmons addresses fiscal cliff discussions.

November 16, 2012

Following meeting between business leaders and President Barack Obama, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said manufacturers and employees are already struggling due to uncertainty of fiscal abyss. Timmons said by end of 2012, U.S. GDP will have declined 0.6% as result. Also, he said manufacturers believe solution should focus on repairing structural imbalances in entitlement programs. Explaining impact of fiscal crisis, NAM study details outcome if President and Congress don't find solution. Read More

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NAM Letter urges Congress to allow U.S. exports to Russia.

November 16, 2012

NAM sent Key Vote letter to members of House of Representatives urging passage of Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act. Legislation will grant U.S. Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia to grow U.S. exports and secure market access. According to NAM's Aric Newhouse, it will support jobs and provide intellectual property protections. Newhouse also said less than 5% of Russian imports were U.S. goods in 2011, providing opportunity to increase exports if bill is passed. Read More

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Silver Anniversary Baldrige Awards honor 4 sectors.

November 16, 2012

U.S. Commerce Department named 4 U.S. organizations as recipients of the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Recipients include Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, TX (manufacturing); MESA Products Inc., Tulsa, OK (small business); North Mississippi Health Services, Tupelo, MS (health care); and City of Irving, Irving, TX (nonprofit). Read More

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NIST, USC Researchers discover nanotube growing process.

November 16, 2012

University of Southern California (USC) and NIST researchers demonstrated technique for growing virtually pure samples of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with identical structures. If it can be scaled up, approach could solve problem in nanoelectronics of producing carbon nanotubes of specific structure to order. Technique developed by NIST researchers for extracting nanotubes of specific twist from solution involves using DNA molecules that bind to one particular nanotube chirality. Read More