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Revised Forecast reflects stalled growth.

October 8, 2013

August 2013 findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program includes revised 2013 forecast of nearly flat sales growth for 2013. Total North American PCB shipments decreased 1.6% from August 2012, and bookings decreased 9.1%. Year to date, PCB industry shipments were below 2012 at -3.9%, and bookings were down 1.0%. Compared to July, PCB shipments were up 5.3% while bookings were down 8.1%. Shipments exceeded bookings, and PCB book-to-bill ratio dropped to parity at 1.00. Read More

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WESTEC 2013 will host 68 new exhibitors.

October 8, 2013

Produced by SME, WESTEC 2013 will take place October 15–17 at Los Angeles Convention Center and feature 500+ companies exhibiting new innovations and technologies. Christine Longroy, WESTEC event manager, said "WESTEC 2013 is continuing to grow" and added that “These new exhibitors will help companies reduce manufacturing costs, shorten lead times and learn more about new applications.” New exhibitors will be exhibiting latest in manufacturing and tooling technologies. Read More

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EPA to restrict import of harmful carpet chemicals. .

October 8, 2013

U.S. EPA is finalizing rule that will allow agency to restrict import of potentially harmful perfluorinated chemicals that could be used in carpets. Regulation will require companies to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic and imported products, of these chemicals once used for soil and stain resistance in carpets. These chemicals have been shown to persist in the environment and bioaccumulate in humans and animals, representing potential threat to health of Americans. Read More

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Symposium to address environmentally considerate lubricants.

October 8, 2013

Scheduled for December 9, 2013, Environmentally Considerate Lubricants symposium will provide technical forum for discussions related to current trends for environmentally considerate lubricants. Event will also provide details on current research efforts to advance use of bio-based and other environmentally acceptable lubricants, and develop new and improved environment test method and lubrication technology. Read More

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Plenary Sessions Annouced for 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum.

October 7, 2013

BIO announced plenary sessions, therapeutic workshops, and business roundtables for 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum®, which will explore investment trends and opportunities in life sciences and take place October 8–9, 2013. Plenary Sessions are to include "IPO Frenzy – Are the GoGo Markets Here to Stay?", "Facing Reality – Debating the Conclusions of BioCentury's 21st Annual Back to School Commentary", and "Early Stage Venture Financing – Will Current Trends Continue in 2014?". Read More

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ASTM Toy Safety Subcommittee receives CPSC Award.

October 7, 2013

For its significant, lifesaving contributions to consumer product safety, ASTM Subcommittee F15.22 on Toy Safety is among 5 recipients of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2013 Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Award. Subcommittee was awarded for its development and ongoing maintenance of ASTM F963, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, which establishes nationally recognized safety requirements for toys intended for use by children under 14. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses butanol as automotive engine fuel.

October 7, 2013

ASTM D7862-13, Specification for Butanol for Blending with Gasoline for Use as Automotive Spark-Ignition Engine Fuel, was developed by Subcommittee D02.A0 on Gasoline and Oxygenated Fuels. Specifically, this ASTM International standard establishes performance requirements and test methods for butanol content, water content, acidity, inorganic chloride, solvent-washed gum, sulfur content, and total sulfate. Standard will, according to D02 member Glenn Johnston, promote commercialization. Read More

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Laser U releases laser applications and safety courses.

October 7, 2013

LIA has added a dozen modules to Laser U, its online laser education portal. Seven courses come from LIA’s Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop, while 5 emerge from biennial International Laser Safety Conference. Course modules give users access to industry content they might have missed at LIA’s events, and provide flexibility to learn at their own pace from anywhere. Topics range from 3D printing, to drilling, welding, wireless and optical product requirements, and many more. Read More