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ELFA Equipment Finance Index for April shows rise in volume.

May 24, 2013

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index indicated 23% rise in business volume for April year-over-year and 10% rise over March. Index also showed receivables over 30 days were unchanged from previous 2 months, while companies reported submitting 50% more credit transactions than previous month. Also, ELFI's Monthly Confidence Index increased to 56.7 in May. Both indices show optimism on direction of U.S. economy, according to ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton. Read More

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BIO Joins Coalition focused on small business innovation.

May 24, 2013

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has joined Coalition of Small Business Innovators (CSBI), national, non-partisan coalition of organizations dedicated to stimulating sustained, private investment in small, innovative companies focused on developing new technologies. Coalition's legislative objectives are to modernize current U.S. tax code to recognize and promote small business innovation as fundamental to long-term growth of U.S. economy. Read More

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ASTM Committee E07 awards Dr. Klaus Bavendiek for contributions.

May 24, 2013

ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing presented Charles W. Briggs Award to Dr. Klaus Bavendiek for contributions to standards development. Bavendiek has been member of ASTM's Committee E07 since 2002, which has presented him with 4 Awards of Appreciation. As director of development imaging at YXLON International GmbH, he specializes in high-speed imaging, X-ray image acquisition and generation, aerospace technology, composites, and new technologies. Read More

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Paper, Panel Submissions Sought for 2013 Pacific Rim Summit.

May 23, 2013

BIO invites leaders from biotechnology, chemical, and agricultural industries to submit proposals and abstracts for panels, individual papers, and posters for 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, which will take place December 8–11 in San Diego, CA. Participants may submit proposals for panels in any of 5 program tracks, and individuals may also submit single proposal for one 15 min presentation in any program track. Submittal deadline is July 31, 2013. Read More

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ASTM Sustainability Standard develops invasive plant listings.

May 23, 2013

Proposed standard STM WK40773, Practice for Invasive Plant Listing, will describe criteria and procedures by which to develop invasive plant list for specific geographic region and as foundation for creating such lists to support building codes and related applications. Being developed by Subcommittee E60.01 on Buildings and Construction, standard takes "an important step forward" in preventing the spread of invasive plants" according to E60.01 member Susan Gitlin. Read More

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BIO welcomes EPA proposed rule on new RFS2 pathways.

May 23, 2013

BIO welcomed public comment on proposed Renewable Fuel Standard amendments and clarifications, which include new pathway determinations for advanced biofuels such as isobutanol and ethanol from crop residues. Brent Erickson, EVP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, said, "Finalization of new pathways will clear the way for companies to bring innovative technologies to the marketplace. Delays can determine whether these companies succeed or fail and whether investors remain confident." Read More

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Report Says Construction Materials Prices fell 0.1% in April.

May 23, 2013

According to May 15 producer price report by U.S. Department of Labor, national construction materials prices slipped 0.1% in April and are up 0.4% year over year. Nonresidential construction materials prices decreased 0.1% for month and down 0.4% over last 12 months. In comment, ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu said "contractors should not be surprised if nonresidential construction materials prices bounce back significantly over the next several months." Read More

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Euro PM2013 Technical Program is now available for download.

May 23, 2013

Scheduled for Sept 15–18, Euro PM2013 Congress & Exhibition will cover all areas of Powder Metallurgy, including technical papers and Special Interest Seminar on metal powder Additive Manufacturing. Delegates registering for event will also be able to participate in Special Interest Seminars such as: New and Innovative Applications of PM Hot Isostatic Pressing; Novel Coating Technologies for Machining and Wear Applications; and Quality and Productivity in Metal Injection Molding. Read More