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ACC's Monthly CAB suggests consumer confidence strengthening.

March 7, 2013

According to American Chemistry Council's (ACC) monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), U.S. economy continued to show slow expansion by increasing 0.6% over January on 3-month moving average (3MMA) basis. Year over year 3MMA showed 2.9% gain over February 2012, and February was CAB's seventh consecutive monthly gain. ACC's chief economist Dr. Kevin Swift noted, increase in chemical industry activity as "good sign for the overall health of the economy." Read More

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Senate introduces important workforce training bill.

March 7, 2013

Manufacturing Institute President Jennifer McNelly issued statement in response to senate's introduction of the AMERICA Works Act, which would help address severe skills gap facing U.S. manufacturers. As manufacturing environment rapidly advances, skills and competencies of workforce must keep pace. Industry-recognized certifications, such as those in NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, help individuals access skills and competencies they need for manufacturing jobs today. Read More

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BIO Super Sessions to highlight state of industry.

March 7, 2013

The 2013 BIO International Convention will feature 6 diverse Super Sessions highlighting pressing industry topics such as the state of the industry, emerging R&D initiatives between public and private sectors, future of biotechnology under the Affordable Care Act, and future of deal-making and global innovation. Taking place April 22-25 in Chicago, convention also features industry's largest partnering event, hosting record breaking 25,000+ partnering meetings in 2012. Read More

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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for January 2013.

March 7, 2013

IPC announced January 2013 findings from its monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, in which Total North American PCB shipments were down 1.1% from January 2012 and bookings decreased 4.0% year over year. Month-to-month growth rates were not available in January due to change in IPC's survey sample as of the first of the year. Strengthening for second consecutive month, book-to-bill ratio crossed into positive territory in January and stands at 1.01. Read More

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ANSI Releases Events Schedule for World Standards Week 2013.

March 6, 2013

ANSI announced its full schedule of events for World Standards Week (WSW) 2013, which will be held September 30 through October 4. Multiple meetings and forums will be held on varying topics. Other events include networking luncheon, new member orientation, awards dinner, and U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) 2013. Registration ends September 27, 2013. Read More

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Karen McConnell and Linda Woody receive IPC Presidents Award.

March 6, 2013

Karen McConnell, Northrop Grumman, and Linda Woody, Lockheed Martin, earned IPC Presidents Awards for their contributions to IPC and electronics industry. Karen McConnell is currently a member of IPC Designers Council and serves on IPC’s 2-30 Terms and Definitions Committee as well as 5-21f Ball Grid Array Task Group. Linda Woody has served on 21 IPC committees, chaired 2-18d Printed Board Declaration Task Group, and currently serves as Chair of 2-18e Assembly Technology Declaration Task Group. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Concrete Standard will provide resistivity test.

March 6, 2013

ASTM WK37880, Test Method for Measuring the Surface Resistivity of Hardened Concrete Using the Wenner Four-Electrode Method will be used to quantify the resistivity of concreting materials that are widely used for construction around the world. Resistivity is a material property that quantifies degree to which an object prevents passage of electrical current. Intrinsic material property is independent of specimen size, so it is the useful quantity for characterizing concrete mixture. Read More

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ANSI Signs MoU with Ontario for GHG accreditation program.

March 6, 2013

ANSI signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Canadian province of Ontario in connection with Ontario Ministry of Environment’s greenhouse gas (GHG) Emissions Reporting and GHG Verification Program. Through this MoU, Ontario and ANSI agree to cooperate in ANSI accreditation program for GHG validation and/or verification bodies (V/VBs). Program evaluates conformance of V/VBs against ISO International Standard ISO 14065. Read More