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ELFA Economic Survey reflects leveling optimism.

March 29, 2013

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) showed overall new business volume for February was $4.7 billion, down 6% from February 2012 and 20% from January 2013. For year to date, cumulative new business volume was up 5% compared to 2012. Down from February's index of 58.7, Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) of 58.0 for March is said to reflect a leveling off in industry participants' optimism after 2 consecutive increases. Read More

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ASC to manage aspects of the Adhesion Society.

March 28, 2013

Adhesive and Sealant Council has announced that it will work closely with the Adhesion Society to seamlessly manage the AS Annual Meeting and to grow their 300+ membership base. ASC’s goal is to make the collaborative partnership a long term value added effort that mutually benefits both organizations. As part of the arrangement, ASC will commit resources to support the meetings and convention needs of the society. Read More

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Additional $23.5 Million Investment supports EERE's new CEMI.

March 28, 2013

Energy Department will provide $23.5 million for 5 manufacturing R&D projects, helping to serve as ground floor investment in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) new Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI). Selected projects, announced for negotiations, cover R&D in computational modeling and simulation for automation and equipment, steel fabrication processing, steel heat treatment processing, high value petrochemicals, and waste heat minimization manufacturing. Read More

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IPC International Technology Roadmap takes new directions.

March 28, 2013

The 2013 IPC International Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections marks a shift that is occurring throughout the electronics industry: more cooperation and information sharing. One significant change is a greatly expanded section on printed electronics focusing on more realistic opportunities and challenges of the technology. Another change can be found in the environmental section, transformed and renamed the "stewardship" section.  Read More

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Spot the Retreads Contest promotes benefits of retreaded tires.

March 28, 2013

Aided by several of their member companies, TRIB displayed selection of new and retreaded tires for Spot the Retreads contest at Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. Over course of 3 days, booth saw 250+ attendees take part in said challenge; less than 10% correctly identified all retreaded tires. After show, 7 winners received set of 8 retreaded tires on their casings. Booth, contest, and media coverage helped reach end users and spread word about benefits of retreaded tires. Read More

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HANNOVER MESSE to see unprecedented level of participation.

March 28, 2013

On April 8, HANNOVER MESSE 2013 will open with lead theme of "Integrated Industry," signaling strong focus on future of manufacturing. IT-supported production – the next stage in evolution of manufacturing – will take center stage. As Russia is the official Partner Country of this year’s fair, more than 160 Russian companies will showcase technologies and services. HANNOVER MESSE is where manufacturers will find the right technologies and partners to reduce risk exposure and build competitiveness. Read More

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BSA Program will look at success factors in 2013 recovery.

March 28, 2013

On May 5 at BSA's 2013 Annual Convention, Dr. Bruce Yandle will deliver keynote to business program. Yandle's presentation, "America's Uneven Prosperity: What's Hot and What's Not," will examine global economy and then focus on situation for U.S. economy. Considerations for what's hot, what's not, and what's critically important to success of bearing distributors will consider industries, regions, and states. Also, Yandle will deliver forecasts for U.S. sectors, regions, and industries. Read More

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Economist notes cautious optimism for recovery.

March 28, 2013

During AAMA's 76th Annual Conference, economist Dr. Esmael Adibi discussed continued growth of U.S. housing market, namely the expected 3.5% increase of home prices in 2013. However, he notes overall economic growth will remain weak. NAHB reported nearly 16% increase in new-home sales for January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 437,000 units. In addition, Adibi is forecasting significant increase in housing starts, from 765,000 units in 2012 to 968,000 units in 2013. Read More