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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for July 2013.

July 25, 2013

According to PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect slight dip in business conditions during next 3 months. Only 22% of participants believe that economic activity will improve, down from 28% in June, while 63% predict that activity will remain unchanged, and 15% forecast decline. Average daily shipping levels decreased in July, with 26% reporting that shipping levels are above 3 months ago, down from 32% in June, and 30% reporting decrease in shipping levels, up from 24%. Read More

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ELFA releases survey of economic activity for June.

July 25, 2013

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business for June was $8.6 billion, up 8% compared to June 2012. Month-over-month, new business volume was up 15% from May, and year to date, cumulative new business volume increased 10% compared to 2012. Receivables over 30 days were at 1.4% in June, reaching new historic low, down from 1.6% in May. Delinquencies declined from 2.4% in same period in 2012, and charge-offs were unchanged for past 4 months at all-time low of 0.3%. Read More

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Telematics Data Standard enables access to machine data.

July 24, 2013

Representatives from AEM and AEMP have approved a proposal under which manufacturers would make telematics data available to end-user customers through secure internet protocol. As part of joint initiative, AEMP and AEM task forces had conducted confidential member surveys, AEM to help determine manufacturer types and level of data to release to end-users and AEMP to help assess barriers to telematics usage and determine what types of data end-users need to effectively manage their fleets. Read More

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Webinar Dates Announced for 4-part Mechanical Seals series.

July 24, 2013

Affording participants opportunity to be led by and have access to industry experts in non-commercial training forum, announced second Mechanical Seals webinar series of 2013. Session 1, Types and Operating Principles, will take place September 5; Session 2, Construction and Design, will be on September 12; Session 3, Installation, Connections, and Commissioning, is scheduled for September 19, and Session 4, Seal Environment and Failure Analysis, will be offered on September 26. Read More

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MDI awarded 3-year CARF accreditation.

July 24, 2013

MDI has been accredited for period of 3 years for its Affirmative Business Enterprise, Community Employment Services, Employee Development, and Employment Planning Services. Accreditation decision represents highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows organization’s substantial conformance to CARF standards. MDI has demonstrated to team of surveyors that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. Read More

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BIO welcomes Gina McCarthy as EPA Administrator.

July 24, 2013

BIO congratulated Gina McCarthy on winning Senate confirmation for the post of EPA administrator. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, the EPA has long been a supporter of biotechnology as a solution to climate and pollution challenges and as an enabling technology for advanced biofuels and green chemistry. BIO looks forward to working with Administrator McCarthy to continue ensuring that federal policies clear a path for the continued development of such innovative technologies. Read More

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University of Trento hosts 2013 EPMA summer school.

July 23, 2013

University of Trento hosted latest EPMA Powder Metallurgy Summer School, which took place on July 8-12 in Trento, Italy. During this time, 52 students were introduced to Powder Metallurgy and had opportunity to listen to, discuss, and solve problems with 25 PM experts. Lectures were complemented by laboratory facilities, where students learned about impact resistance of low alloyed PM steels, microstructural analysis and microhardness, and hardenability and sinterhardenability by dilatometry. Read More

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MIL/AERO PCB Sales outpaced other vertical markets in 2013.

July 23, 2013

According to July 2013 issue of North American PCB Market Report, PCB sales growth to military/aerospace market continues to outpace sales to other vertical markets in North America. Rigid PCB sales to military market were up 3.4% from January through May compared to same period in 2012, while rigid PCB sales to other markets were down 9.1% year-to-date (YTD). In flexible circuit segment, YTD growth rates of sales to military and other markets were both positive. Read More