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Bostik Executive joins Adhesive and Sealant Council Board.

February 1, 2013

Effective immediately, Bob Marquette, President and CEO of Bostik, Inc. and Senior VP of Bostik worldwide, will join ASC Board of Directors. Marquette oversees all aspects of Bostik’s Americas operations, which includes 13 facilities and 910 employees. During his 35 years with Bostik, he has occupied various leadership and directorial positions involving nonwovens business, tape and label unit, industrial adhesives business, automotive segment, and global accounts. Read More

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ASTM Paint Committee approves powder coating standard.

February 1, 2013

Developed by Subcommittee D01.46 on Industrial Protective Coatings, part of ASTM International Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications, ASTM D7803 describes methods of preparing surfaces of hot-dip galvanized iron and steel for powder coating and the application of powder coating materials. Standard explains steps to achieve adherence of powder coating over galvanized steel so there is no adhesion failure of powder system. Read More

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EPA Report covers children's health and environment in America.

February 1, 2013

EPA has released "America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition," a comprehensive compilation of information from variety of sources. Report shows trends for contaminants in air, water, food, and soil that may affect children; concentrations of contaminants in the bodies of children and women of child-bearing age; and childhood illnesses and health conditions. Report also incorporates revisions to address peer review and public comments on draft materials released in 2011. Read More

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ASTM Standard tests shedding properties of paint brush filling.

February 1, 2013

ASTM D7834, Test Method for Filling Material Shedding of Paint Brushes, has been developed by Subcommittee D01.61 on Paint Application Tools, part of ASTM International Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications. Standard describes procedure for testing shedding properties of both natural bristle and synthetic filament paint brushes. Test described in standard determines ability of paint brush to resist shedding during paint application. Read More

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AIA sounds alarm on economic downturn report.

February 1, 2013

According to Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of AIA, contraction of the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter underscores AIA's warning for the past 18 months that severe across the board budget cuts—both to defense and non-defense discretionary spending—threaten to throw the economy into a tailspin. In less than 30 days, unless Congress and the White House act, sequestration will kick in, leading to higher unemployment, reduced tax revenue, and lower consumer spending. Read More

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NAM Board of Directors gains proven manufacturing executives.

February 1, 2013

NAM Board of Directors will see Caterpillar, Inc. chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman as chair and Tenneco, Inc. chairman and CEO Gregg Sherrill as vice chair. Also, Materion Technical Materials president Al Lubrano will serve as chair of SMM Group, while Neenah Enterprises, Inc. president and CEO Thomas Riordan will serve as its vice chair. Referring to these "proven manufacturing leaders," NAM's Jay Timmons expressed confidence that their leadership will inspire policymakers to listen. Read More

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Revised BGA Guideline expands focus on mechanical reliability.

February 1, 2013

C revision of IPC-7095, Design and Assembly Process Implementation for BGAs, will help design, assembly, inspection, and repair personnel improve reliability of ball grid arrays (BGAs) and fine-pitch ball grid arrays (FBGAs) in high-density applications. Guideline includes expanded information on mechanical failure issues that occur after assembly. In addition to BGA inspection and repair, guidelines address reliability issues and use of Pb-free joint criteria associated with BGAs. Read More

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AASHTO Executive Director commends US DOT Secretary LaHood.

January 31, 2013

AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley commended U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for his leadership during the past 4 years. According to Horsley, fatalities have dropped by about 5,000 deaths per year on LaHood's watch, and distracted driving is a national priority today because of his personal zeal. He also helped states create thousands of jobs through investments in highways, transit, and high speed rail. Read More