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IPC releases PCB industry results for April 2012.

May 30, 2012

According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 3.6% in April 2012 from April 2011, and bookings decreased 8.6% year over year. Book-to-bill ratio for rigid PCB industry remained above parity at 1.03. Flexible circuit shipments in April 2012 were down 13.8%, and bookings were down 5.2% compared to April 2011. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio remained high at 1.16. For rigid and flexible circuits combined, shipments decreased 4.5% from April 2011. Read More

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BIO Applauds EPA Rejection of retroactive waiver for 2011 RFS.

May 30, 2012

BIO expressed support for EPA's denial of January 2012 petition by petroleum industry representatives to retroactively waive 2011 cellulosic biofuel Renewable Volume Obligation under Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In his statement, BIO's Brent Erickson noted how lobbyists for oil refining industry "continue to try to throw regulatory obstacles in the way of the advanced biofuel industry" and applauded EPA for its firm stance against such efforts. Read More

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John DeLisi is named as new Director of Office of Aviation Safety. .

May 30, 2012

As announced by NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman, John DeLisi will start serving as Director of Office of Aviation Safety (OAS) on June 2, 2012. "With more than two decades of outstanding accident investigation experience," said Hersman, "John has made significant contributions to safety and to the NTSB." DeLisi has served as Deputy Director of OAS since 2007. During his 20 years with NTSB, he has overseen numerous major investigations. Read More

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Motors Shipments Index shows stability during 1Q 2012.

May 30, 2012

NEMA Motors Shipments Index increased 0.8% from previous quarter, which follows 4.1% gain posted in 4Q 2011. Since bottoming out in 2Q 2009, index has climbed cumulative 47% and topped pre-recession high for 4 straight quarters. Beyond short-term production surge in late 2011/early 2012, manufacturing activity is decelerating from post-recession pace to more sustainable level in line with long-run industry output trends; output growth is seen tapering to average of 3.4% in 2012 and 2013. Read More

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BSA Announces 3 Meeting Dates for 2012-2013.

May 30, 2012

Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) announced three upcoming events. Co-located with ABMA's Fall Meeting, 2012 Fall Meeting in Chicago, IL is scheduled for September 24-25 at Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile. Individual event schedules have been timed to avoid overlap. Looking ahead, the BSA 2013 Winter Meeting will take place in Atlanta, GA from January 27-29, and BSA 2013 Annual Convention will convene May 5-7 on Hilton Head Island, SC. Read More

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BSA Distributor Survey shows solid gains in 2011.

May 30, 2012

BSA Annual Distributor Survey revealed aggregate sales volume increased 14.7% in 2011 over 2010 volume. According to Motion Industries President and CEO Bill Stevens, who reported for BSA, firms responding to BSA Distributor Survey represented 90% of value of bearings sold through BSA members. Additional results revealed aggregate number of employees increased 3.5% in 2011. Stevens presented survey findings at 2012 BSA Annual Convention, which was held April 29 to May 1 in Bonita Springs, FL. Read More

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IREC Report identifies strategies for permitting solar rooftops.

May 30, 2012

IREC's report, Sharing Success - Emerging Approaches to Efficient Rooftop Solar Permitting, outlines innovative strategies being implemented across U.S. to help increase efficiency of permitting procedures for rooftop solar systems. Focus of report is on steps of permitting process at local level. It examines pre-application stage and importance of providing clear and accessible information to installers so that system design and applications can be done accurately from the start. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today provides strategic planning roadmap.

May 30, 2012

Written by Bart A. Basi and Marcus S. Renwick of the Center for Financial, Legal and Tax Planning, Inc., "Strategic Planning: More Than a Mindset" appears in Spring 2012 issue of Welding and Gases Today. According to article, a well-written strategic plan is essential to company's capital-raising process. Businesses must show that there is a market for their product; that they understand potential customer's needs and that product meets that need; and that they can sell product at a profit. Read More

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NAS to review IRIS assessment development process.

May 30, 2012

EPA announced that the National Academy of Sciences will conduct comprehensive review of agency's Integrated Risk Information System program's assessment development process, and changes that are currently being made or planned by EPA in response to NAS' April 2011 recommendations. IRIS program helps EPA protect Americans' health and the environment by conducting health assessments of over 550 chemicals that may be present in the environment. Read More

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QEP Field Services agrees to pay $4 million for EPA violations.

May 30, 2012

U.S. EPA and Department of Justice announced settlement with QEP Field Services Co. to resolve alleged violations of Clean Air Act at 5 natural gas compressor stations on Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah. Under proposed settlement, QEPFS will pay $3.65 million civil penalty and $350,000 into Clean Air Trust Fund. Settlement also requires QEPFS to reduce emissions by removing certain equipment, installing additional pollution controls, and replacing natural gas powered instrument controls. Read More

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Specifications address chromaticity of solid state lighting.

May 30, 2012

NEMA has published ANSI ANSLG C38.377 Specifications for the Chromaticity of Solid State Lighting Products. Publication specifies range of chromaticities recommended for general lighting with SSL products and advises customers of white light chromaticities. Information applies to chromaticity standards and definitions and specifications of color rendering index. It covers LED-based SSL products with control electronics and heat sinks with AC main power or DC voltage power. Read More

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BIO Makes Statement on bill to extend Therapeutic Discovery Project tax credit.

May 29, 2012

Statement by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood applauds Sen Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for introducing "The Extension of the Therapeutic Discovery Project Tax Credit" (S. 3232). According to Greenwood, this legislation "would support continued American innovation and accelerate the development of life-saving cures for numerous prominent diseases." Greenwood cited Therapeutic Discovery Project's (TDP) past success in advancing breakthrough medicines, economic stability, and job growth. Read More

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BSA Distributor Survey shows solid gains.

May 29, 2012

According to BSA Annual Distributor Survey, aggregate sales volume increased 14.7% in 2011 over 2010 volume. Firms responding to survey represented 90% of the value of bearings sold through BSA members. Additional survey results revealed that in 2011, aggregate number of employees increased 3.5%, and in 2010, number of employees rose 1.8%. In another industry update, ABMA reported that Fredonia Group estimated world bearing market to be $50.5 billion in 2011 and $60 billion in 2011. Read More

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BSA anounces 2012-2013 meeting dates.

May 29, 2012

BSA has announced important upcoming events beginning with 2012 Fall Meeting in Chicago scheduled for Sept 24-25 at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile. Meeting is co-located with ABMA's Fall Meeting. Individual event schedules have been timed to avoid overlap, but there will be joint reception and dinner to facilitate industry networking. Looking ahead, BSA 2013 Winter Meeting is planned for January 27-29 and BSA's 2013 Annual Convention will be May 5-7. Read More

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BIO Lauds Senate Passage of User Fee package.

May 29, 2012

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood commended U.S. Senate's bipartisan approval of Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), which includes reauthorization of Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). Particular recognition was given to leadership shown by Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY) for crafting measure that will "continue to ensure patient safety, access to the newest cures and therapies, and job growth in America." Read More

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TRFA receives 12 entries for Polymer Research Award.

May 29, 2012

TRFA has received 12 entries for its Excellence in Polymer Research Award and expects more before final papers are due May 31. TRFA initiated this award presentation to student researchers to encourage and recognize advances in science and engineering of thermoset polymer industry. Award consists of $500 cash, a commemorative plaque, and an invitation to present the winning paper at TRFA annual meeting in October. The paper will also be posted on TRFA's website. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses drainage systems media selection.

May 29, 2012

ASTM D7492/D7492M, Guide for Use of Drainage System Media with Waterproofing Systems, provides information and guidelines for selection and installation of drainage systems media that are used with waterproofing systems. Drainage systems media promote drainage around foundations of buildings and on plazas. Standard will primarily be used by designers and contractors, in conjunction with variety of waterproofing standards. Read More

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NAM supports House approval of Ex-Im reauthorization.

May 29, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement following House passage of H.R. 2072 to reauthorize Export-Import Bank. According to Timmons, the House put jobs first by passing legislation to reauthorize Ex-Im Band and increase its lending authority. Manufacturers thank House Majority Leader Cantor and Minority Whip Hoyer for their leadership on this bipartisan bill that gives thousands of small and medium-sized manufacturers ability to reach new markets and supports nearly 290,000 jobs. Read More

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AEM offers French Canadian aerial safety manuals.

May 29, 2012

To help equipment manufacturers comply with government language requirements for distributing products in Quebec, AEM now offers French Canadian versions of it Aerial Platform Safety Manual and Aerial Devices Safety Manual. Both outline possible responses to basic safety situations that may be found during normal equipment start-up, operation, and maintenance. Safety messages are presented in clear, readable text with illustrations to assist understanding. Read More

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NAM urges President to approve Keystone XL pipeline.

May 29, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement after TransCanada formally reapplied for permit to build Keystone XL pipeline project. According to Timmons, in rejecting Keystone XL pipeline project earlier this year, President said no to a clear opportunity to create jobs and improve energy security in the U.S. Keystone project will deliver 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs - with additional 118,000 indirect jobs - to an economy that badly needs them. Read More