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SOCMA President/CEO heads slate of 2012 CMA Board officers.

March 12, 2012

Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) President and CEO Lawrence Sloan has been elected 2012 chairman of Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) Board of Directors. CMA is made up of 200+ associations from every sector of manufacturing and provides resources to members to broaden reach of NAM advocacy efforts. Additional CMA officers for 2012 were announced, including 1st Vice Chairman Donna Harman, 2nd Vice Chairman Ernie Rosenberg, and Immediate Past Chairman Bob Weidner. Read More

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IPC Market Data Update offers hope for U.S. recovery.

March 12, 2012

Although global economic growth and electronics industry growth slowed in fourth quarter of 2011, signs that recovery is resuming in U.S. is apparent, according to IPC's quarterly report, Market Data Update. Conference Board's Leading Economic Index® has remained flat for a year, but has been inching up since last October, while U.S. Purchasing Managers' Index is also in positive territory and trending upward. In addition, IPC's PCB book-to-bill ratio edged up to 1.01, just above parity, in January. Read More

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BIO announces additional speakers for 2012 World Congress.

March 12, 2012

Company executives, scientists, and government officials will bring global perspective as presenters at BIO's 9th annual World Congress. Plenary program will include 6 panel sessions: Fostering a Biobased Economy; A Global Vision for Biomass Utilization: How Biotech Can Get Us There; The Future of Biocatalysis in Global Manufacturing; Promoting Biotech Innovation; Financing Innovation in the Industrial Biotech Space; and What's Driving Demand for Biotech Products?: A Customer's Perspective. Read More

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BIO Praises Passage of Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.

March 12, 2012

BIO applauded House on its passage, by vote of 390-23, of H.R. 3606, Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which contains provisions that would make pathway to capital formation more attainable for small biotech companies. In his statement, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said that "BIO supports these reforms" and called them "especially important" to biotech companies. Greenwood also said reforms would make capital formation easier for small biotechs. Read More

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AMT and AMTDA announce merger.

March 12, 2012

AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA - The American Machine Tool Distributors' Association announced a merger that will integrate products and services to better serve members. Advantages of new organization include access to business intelligence systems; access to data and information from industry economists and analysts; focus on priorities and needs of the industry; networking and collaboration through expanded membership; and education and "smartforce" development. Read More

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Airline Passenger Travel is set to double within 2 decades.

March 12, 2012

Annual forecast, released by FAA, projects that airline passenger travel will nearly double within next 20 years. Forecast also underscores need to continue moving forward with implementation of FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) to accommodate such growth. According to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, "investment in NextGen is the key to getting passengers and cargo to their destinations more safely, faster, and with less impact on the environment." Read More

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NAM supports legislature that defends against unfair subsidies.

March 12, 2012

NAM VP of International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, issued statement urging members of House to support H.R. 4105 to eliminate trade-distorting subsidies. In order to compete against global competition, manufacturers in U.S. need fair and level playing field. H.R. 4105 will allow Department of Commerce to continue to apply countervailing duties to non-market economies, such as China. If Congress fails to act quickly, thousands of manufacturers will be negatively impacted. Read More

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ATA names Lee Long as Chairman of Technology & Maintenance Council.

March 12, 2012

Lee Long, director of maintenance for Southeastern Freight Lines, Columbia, SC, was installed as 2012-2013 general chairman and treasurer of Technology and Maintenance Council. One of Long's goals as chairman is to raise awareness of students about career opportunities as heavy-duty truck technicians. A TMC member since 1996, he has been closely involved with formation of Council's Professional Technician Development Committee and its National Technician Skills Competition. Read More

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ANSI offers two free education courses in 2012.

March 9, 2012

Course 205, ISO Secretariat Operations: Taking the Secret out of the Secretariat, will help stakeholders become fluent in all aspects of successful ISO committee management. Course 208, The Operating Procedures of U.S. TAGs to ISO: Strengthening the U.S. Voice in International Standardization, will explore processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO and explain how to be an effective international delegate at ISO committee meetings. Read More

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Report calls for enhanced security of PHI.

March 9, 2012

"The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security" provides healthcare organizations with method to evaluate "at risk" value of protected health information (PHI). In turn, this will aid in making business case for appropriate investments to better protect PHI. Created through PHI Project, report involved cross-section of 100+ healthcare industry leaders from 70+ organizations. Read More

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BIO Convention features 6 sessions focused on industry outlook.

March 9, 2012

Taking place June 18-21, 2012 in Boston, MA, 2012 BIO International Convention will feature 6 Super Sessions highlighting state of industry and future outlook. Specific sessions will look at Ernst and Young's Annual Biotechnology Industry Report, Burrill State-of-the-Industry Report, Scientific American's Regional Bio-Innovation Scorecard, R/D growth engine integration, pre-competitive collaboration, and PDUFA V's impact on innovation, patients, and modern medicines. Read More

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FAA seeks public input on UAS test site selection.

March 9, 2012

FAA has asked for public input on 6 unmanned aircraft system test sites. Specifically, request for comment asks for input on public versus private management of sites, research activities and capabilities of test areas, requirements for test site operators, and geographic/climate factors that should influence site selection. Once pilot program is established, agency expects it will provide valuable data to help FAA safely integrate UAS into same airspace with manned airplanes. Read More

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AIA Report addresses impact of A/D industry on U.S. economy.

March 9, 2012

Report commissioned by AIA emphasizes aerospace and defense industry's support of more than 3 million American workers. It details state-by-state A/D industry employment, revenues, and taxes paid, as well as industry's position as number one contributor to country's positive trade balance, at net $42 billion. According to study conducted by Dr. Stephen Fuller of George Mason University, more than 1 million jobs could be lost as a result of defense budget cuts if sequestration trigger is pulled. Read More

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ASTM Fasteners Committee elects Salim Brahimi as Chairman.

March 9, 2012

Salim Brahimi, president and principal engineer at IBECA Technologies Corp. in Montreal, Canada, has been elected chairman of ASTM International Committee F16 on Fasteners. A member of ASTM since 1997, Brahimi works on several F16 subcommittees and is vice chairman of F16.02 on Steel Bolts, Nuts, Rivets and Washers. Brahimi is currently completing his Ph.D. at McGill University, where he also earned a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering and a master's in materials engineering. Read More

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NIST Guide addresses wireless LAN security.

March 9, 2012

Guidelines for Securing Wireless Local Area Networks, SP 800-153, recommends that valuable information be protected by integrating security into every step of system development process - from initiation to disposal. Guide provides recommendations to improve security on such topics as standardizing WLAN security configurations, including configuration design, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance. It also addresses selection of monitoring tools and frequency of security monitoring. Read More

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2012 SPE Automotive Plastics Conference to host 4 keynotes.

March 9, 2012

To be delivered by David E. Cole, first keynote will offer insight into how automotive industry future is changing for the better. Second keynote, by Alan Taub, will highlight challenges/opportunities faced in light of changes in tomorrow's automobiles. Given by Maria Ciliberti, third keynote is "The Automotive Renaissance: Re-Inventing Transportation." Afternoon session's keynote, "Material and Supplier Selection: Global Challenges and Evolving Expectations," will be presented by Kathy Minnich. Read More

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ASABE to Revise crop terminology and definition standard.

March 9, 2012

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated project to revise standard ASAE S327.3, Terminology and Definitions for Application of Crop, or Forestry Production and Protection Agents. Specifically, definitions for spray drift and air assist sprayer, or air boom, will be revised for clarification. Read More

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Schedule Announced for 2012 Mechanical Seals Webinar Series.

March 9, 2012

In collaboration with Fluid Sealing Association (FSA), Hydraulic Institute announced that 2012 Mechanical Seals Webinar Series will begin March 29, 2012. Schedule includes Mechanical Seals - Types and Operating Principles on March 29, Mechanical Seals Construction and Design on April 12, Mechanical Seals - Installation, Connections - Commissioning on April 26, and Mechanical Seals - Seal Environment and Failure Analysis on May 11. All webinars will take place from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT. Read More

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MESA Releases White Paper "Performance Improvement and Metrics Practices.".

March 9, 2012

In conjunction with IndustryWeek, MESA released findings of joint research study in MESA White Paper #40 Performance Improvement and Metrics Practices. Findings show manufacturers and producers who improved their profits significantly also use metrics consistently and align corporate objectives with operational metrics. Also, less than 40% of all respondents see predictive analytics as important or most critical, compared to over 85% who see actual values as important or most critical. Read More

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EPA Requests Comments on U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

March 9, 2012

U.S. EPA seeks public comment on annual "Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2010" draft report, which serves as USA's official estimate of total national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Draft report, which will be open for public comment for 30 days, shows that overall GHG emissions increased by 3.3% in 2010 compared to previous year. Total emissions from GHGs were ~6,866 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent. Overall, emissions have grown 11% from 1990 to 2010. Read More