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CSA Group Acquisition will benefit Taiwanese manufacturers.

January 30, 2015

CSA Group expanded its market presence in Taiwan by acquiring local testing and inspection organization CTS Taiwan. Through this acquisition, CSA Group aims to bring Taiwan manufacturers stronger industry insights and more local expertise regarding ITE/AV, Hazardous Location, Plumbing, Appliances & Gas, Lighting, Wiring Device, and Wiring Cable testing and certification services. CTS Taiwan has 23-year partnership with CSA Group beginning in 1993. Read More

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EPA seeks input on federal plan for regulating GHG emissions.

January 30, 2015

EPA is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives on a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel for the federal plan that EPA is developing as part of the Clean Power Plan. Panel will focus on proposed Federal Plan for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Electric Generating Units that will cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, the largest source of this pollution in the country. Read More

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EPA is awarding grants to protect and restore wetlands.

January 30, 2015

EPA is awarding $1 million in grants to strengthen the capacity of states and tribes to protect and restore wetlands. National Wetland Program Development Grants provide interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and non-profit organizations with funding to develop and refine comprehensive state, tribal, and local wetland programs. All proposed projects must be linked to environmental results and demonstrate how they will contribute to developing healthy communities and ecosystems. Read More

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NEMA Business Conditions Indexes gain ground.

January 30, 2015

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index for current conditions in North America rebounded in January, climbing to 57.5 from 50.0 in December. Thirty-five percent of January’s panelists reported conditions improved, while only 20% indicated that business environment worsened. January’s EBCI for future North American conditions edged up to 67.5 from 65 the previous month, and slightly more than half of January’s panelists expect business environment to improve over next 6 months. Read More

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BIO Praises 21st Century Cures Initiative discussion draft.

January 30, 2015

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood recognized and thanked Committee on Energy and Commerce for its 21st Century Cures Initiative discussion draft, which intends to transform patient care by accelerating discovery, development, and delivery of next generation modern medicines. Greenwood noted several of BIO's suggestions within said draft and expressed support for provisions "intended to further incentivize biomedical innovation and help expedite the development of new treatments and cures." Read More

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Registration Opens for ISPE Conference at PACK EXPO East 2015.

January 29, 2015

Registration is open for International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Manufacturing Solutions Conference at PACK EXPO East. This program, taking place February 16–18 in Philadelphia, PA, is structured around 3 tracks: Manufacturing Operations, Pharmaceutical Packaging, and Compliance Trends. Sessions will focus on best practices in manufacturing, new technologies, compliance, advances in pharmacentric packaging, and packaging solutions to help prevent drug shortages. Read More

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PTDA releases digital version of Power Transmission Handbook.

January 29, 2015

PTDA Power Transmission Handbook eBook is now for sale in the PTDA Store. Content has been adapted from recently released, new and improved fifth edition of the Power Transmission Handbook, a highly regarded reference on power transmission motion control products and the processes where these products are used. Available in both Apple and Kindle formats, Handbook eBook provides searchable, bookmark-able, transportable content for busy people on the go. Read More

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IPC Releases Public Policy Framework and announces IMPACT 2015.

January 29, 2015

IPC released its Global Policy Framework for 2015, which outlines top public policy priorities to promoting strong manufacturing economy. Targeted areas include driving technological innovation and advanced manufacturing, promoting 21st century economy and workforce, advocating for smart regulation, and supporting science-based environmental protection. Also, IPC announced that IMPACT 2015: IPC ON CAPITOL HILL will take place April 29 and 30 in Washington, D.C. Read More

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EPA Helps 22 Communities meet sustainability goals, grow economy.

January 29, 2015

As announced by U.S. EPA, 22 communities will receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies which support smart growth and sustainability goals while encouraging local economic development. EPA selected recipients from Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities applicants. Within selected communities, EPA staff and national experts will conduct 1- to 2-day workshops focusing on specific sustainability tool requested in each application. Read More

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BIO CEO Program to highlight latest in clinical development.

January 28, 2015

BIO announces Business Roundtables, Plenary Sessions, and Therapeutic Workshops selected for the 17th annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference, which will be held in New York City, February 9–10, 2015. Conference program will feature 5 Fireside Chats with leading biopharmaceutical executives and Wall Street analysts, each followed by interactive question and answer session. Program will highlight latest in clinical development, timely policy perspectives, and industry outlook for 2015. Read More

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NFPA Annual Conference supports education and networking.

January 28, 2015

Industry leaders from across the fluid power supply chain will convene in San Diego, March 11–13, for the 2015 Annual Conference of NFPA. During conference, members will hear from expert speakers on factors critically important for success in the coming years, including additive manufacturing's impact on how fluid power products are designed and moved through supply chain. They will also hear about macroeconomic factors that will affect their business in the next decade. Read More

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PDMA names Charles H. Noble, PhD as Chair.

January 28, 2015

PDMA announces Charles H. Noble, PhD, Proffitt's Professor of Marketing and Marketing PHD Program Director at The University of Tennessee, as Chair, effective, January, 1 2015. As Chair, Noble will work with Board of Directors to oversee PDMA's strategic direction through its mission to serve as premier global advocate for product development and management professionals, and support practice of global innovation. Noble previously served as Vice Chair of PDMA Board and VP of Academic Affairs. Read More

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Supply Chain Tool helps design sustainable strategies.

January 27, 2015

Providing visibility into CO2e and water impacts within financial context, GEMI Supply Chain Sustainability Tool helps support and assist with strategic sourcing and procurement. Browser-based tool allows user to enter spending across purchase categories. SCS then calculates CO2e and water impacts and assesses alternative purchasing scenarios for each of 3 featured categories: paperboard container manufacturing, plastic film and sheet manufacturing, and soap and cleaning compound manufacturing. Read More

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BIO responds to President Obama's State of the Union speech.

January 27, 2015

In statement, Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, said he was pleased to hear President Obama's words about the promise of a large scale genomics project to help understand the basis of chronic disease. A large-scale national research commitment to chronic conditions would identify precursors and early signs of disease or disease risk to unlock the root causes of these conditions that threaten the health of loved ones and undermine the nation’s fiscal health. Read More

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Standards Development Committees will meet at IPC APEX EXPO.

January 27, 2015

Experts from around globe will discuss electronics manufacturing standards in 90+ standards development meetings taking place February 22–26 in conjunction with IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego. Facilitated by representatives from OEMs, PCB manufacturers, EMS providers, design firms, and other organizations, IPC standards development committees establish benchmarks for excellence. IPC's David Bergman said industry standards enable companies to negotiate commerce and contribute to industry success. Read More

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SPE to honor achievements of industry leaders at ANTEC 2015.

January 27, 2015

During SPE ANTEC® 2015, SPE will present its annual awards for outstanding contributions to the plastics industry to 4 distinguished individuals. Award honorees include: Dr. Richard J. Spontak for International Award; Charles A. Sholtis for Business Management Award; Dr. Sarah E. Morgan for Education Award; and Dr. Sureshkumar D. Shah for Research/Engineering Technology Award. ANTEC 2015 will take place March 22–25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Read More

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SPE extends nomination deadline for global parts competition.

January 26, 2015

Nomination deadline has been extended for second annual Plastics for Life™ global parts competition. Because eligible parts must previously have won a category or a competition at an SPE TOPCON topical conference or Minicon mini-conference held during last 12 months, extending deadline from January 30 to February 13, 2015 allows teams of winning parts from SPE conferences that fall early in 2015 to enter this year's competition rather than wait until 2016. Read More

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Made in Space CEO to headline keynote speakers at conference.

January 26, 2015

SME's 2015 RAPID Conference and Exposition will showcase 3 keynote presentations focused on emerging 3D printing and scanning technologies within aerospace, medical, and overall additive manufacturing industries. Aaron Kemmer, CEO and co-founder of Made In Space, will kick things off on May 19 as he addresses latest in aerospace manufacturing and how his company is evolving in-space travel with its Zero-G 3D Printer, the first 3D printer deployed on the International Space Station. Read More

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Jamie Gregorian joins BIO staff.

January 26, 2015

BIO announces that Jamie Gregorian will be joining BIO staff as Director, Federal Government Relations. Gregorian comes to BIO after 5 years with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Jamie was AAOS' Senior Manager, Government Relations and Specialties where he worked on variety of health-related issues and oversaw all advocacy efforts related to judiciary matters, medical research, defense, appropriations, and subspecialty interests. Read More

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EPA aims to reduce copper in motor vehicle brake pads.

January 26, 2015

U.S. EPA, the automotive industry, and states signed agreement to reduce use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5% by 2021 and 0.5% by 2025. Voluntary initiative also calls for cutting amount of mercury, lead, cadmium, asbestiform fibers, and chromium-6 salts in brake pads. These steps will decrease runoff of these materials from roads into nation’s streams, rivers and lakes. Read More