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IPC NA PCB Industry Report forecasts moderate growth through 2017.

October 30, 2014

IPC's 2013–2014 Analysis and Forecast for the PCB Industry in North America shows moderate decline in 2013 but forecasts moderate growth through 2017. On-shore PCB production increased slightly in 2013, and HDI/microvia boards experienced highest growth rate among PCB product types. Vertical markets data shows communications and military/aerospace as the 2 largest, collectively accounting for ~57% in 2013. R&D spending projections, up substantially for 2014, serves as positive indicator. Read More

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ELFA Economic Activity Survey shows new business volume growth.

October 30, 2014

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting economic activity from 25 companies, showed overall new business volume for September up 21% from September 2013, up 31% month over month, and up 8% year to date compared to 2013. Receivables over 30 days decreased from previous month to 1.0% and were up slightly from .09% for same period in 2013. Charge-offs remained unchanged at 0.2%, and credit approvals were relatively unchanged at 79.7%. Read More

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MESA International announces new Keystone Sponsor.

October 29, 2014

MESA International announced that Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, has joined MESA as a Gold Keystone Sponsor. According to Mike Yost, MESA President, Epicor's enterprise capabilities coupled with their manufacturing and MES domain expertise give them a valuable perspective that needs to be brought into the discussions impacting members. Read More

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Conference to focus on process enhancement and control.

October 29, 2014

Announced by IPC and SMTA, High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference will take place Nov 18–20 and will focus on best practices and new innovative technologies for meeting manufacturing challenges and producing reliable hardware. Some presentation topics include: In-line Aqueous Cleaning System Wash Sump Solution Life Extension; Concentration Monitoring Control in Batch and Inline Cleaning Machines; and Monitoring, Storing and Logging Critical Wash Parameters Real Time. Read More

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SPE Thermoforming Division announces call for nominations.

October 29, 2014

SPE Thermoforming Division has announced a call for nominations for the annual Thermoformer of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the thermoforming industry in a technical, educational, or managerial capacity. Winner will be recognized at the awards dinner held during the 24th Annual SPE Thermoforming Conference®, which will take place August 31–September 3, 2015. The nomination deadline is December 15, 2014. Read More

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EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Treatments do not benefit soybean crops.

October 29, 2014

Released by U.S. EPA, analysis of benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans concluded there to be little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid seed treatments compared using no pest control. EPA's Jim Jones said economic benefits analysis concluded soybean farmers "see little or no benefit from neonicotinoid seed treatments.” During its review, EPA found many scientific publication claims that treating soybean seeds had little value. Read More

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ASC to promote adhesives at global packaging event.

October 29, 2014

During PACK EXPO International, ASC will share how adhesives support innovation. ASC will host Booth N-4525 within the PACK EXPO Partner Program and provide information about its award-winning educational website; videos illustrating how adhesives have solved packaging challenges; and several key tools design engineers can leverage. ASC staff will also offer guidance and distribute information about the organization and its member companies that are present at the show. Read More

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EPA Guidance will improve schools' IAQ and energy efficiency.

October 28, 2014

Both energy management and protection of indoor air quality are important considerations for school facility management during energy upgrades and retrofits. EPA’s Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades offers opportunities to prevent and control potentially harmful conditions during school renovations. By using guidelines, school districts can cut energy bills and help ensure that students have a healthy and safe learning environment. Read More