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ELFA Finance Report shows strong gains in September.

October 28, 2010

Reporting economic activity for equipment finance sector, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for September as $5.8 billion. This figure is up 23% compared to 2009 and is largest annual increase in 2 years. Credit quality is mixed, with receivables over 30 days decreasing to 3.4% in September from 4.3% in August and losses increasing to 1.7% from 1.3%. Improving from 56.9 in September, Monthly Confidence Index for October is 58.8. Read More

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BIO International Convention returns to Philadelphia.

October 28, 2010

Highlighting latest advancements in biotechnology, BIO International Convention will return to Philadelphia, PA in 2015. Convention attracts more than 15,000 industry leaders from 48 states and 60 countries. Pennsylvania Bio is proud that Philadelphia has been chosen for convention as Pennsylvania offers world renowned research institutions; emerging and mature biotechnology, pharmaceutical, device, and diagnostic companies; and strong network of supportive service companies. Read More

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European Industry Group promotes engineering thermoplastics.

October 28, 2010

Formed within PlasticsEurope, Engineering Thermoplastics Working Group supports and promotes benefits of the engineering thermoplastics class of polymeric materials and their responsible use in industry. Group's mission is to serve as focal point for issues related to ETP resins in EU, endorse attractiveness of ETP industry in terms of career potential, and support content, priorities, and implementation of general work of PlasticsEurope. Read More

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ISPE Philadelphia Training Event to offer 21 CFR Part 11 course.

October 28, 2010

Taking place from December 6-9, 2010 ISPE Philadelphia Classroom Training will feature 7 training courses, including one session focused on complying with 21 CFR Part 11. Intermediate-level course will feature information about FDA's re-examination of 21 CFR Part 11 and European regulatory expectations as reflected in draft revised Annex 11. Participants will learn how to implement risk management approach to ensure compliance of regulated electronic records and signatures. Read More

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IPC's PCB industry results released for September 2010.

October 28, 2010

IPC announced rigid PCB shipments and bookings in September 2010 were up compared to September 2009, year-to-date, and previous month, with book-to-bill ratio of 1.03. Flexible circuit bookings were down compared to September 2009 and previous month, as ratio fell to 0.97. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, shipments and bookings increased as ratio declined to 1.03. Denny McGuirk of IPC noted that growth in orders has led to sales growth which has decreased book-to-bill ratio. Read More

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EPA announces winners of first National Building Competition.

October 27, 2010

U.S. EPA's Energy Star program has announced that Morrison Residence Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has won first EPA National Building Competition, which challenged teams from 14 buildings across country to measure their building's energy use and reduce waste with help from Energy Star program. Morrison Residence Hall reduced its energy use by 35.7% in 1 year, saving more than $250,000 on energy bills and reducing more than 730 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

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Wear/Erosion Committee plans to visit Tribology Laboratory.

October 27, 2010

For its December 8-9 meeting, ASTM Committee G02 on Wear and Erosion is including plans for field trip to Tribology Laboratory in mechanical engineering department at University of Florida in Gainesville. Tribology Laboratory primarily conducts studies in solid lubrication, with research goals to engineer and design materials that have improved wear resistance, have reduced friction coefficient, and can survive environments where conventional fluid lubricants are not effective. Read More

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Executive Director named for gulf restoration task force.

October 27, 2010

Newly named as executive director of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, John H. Hankinson, Jr. will coordinate interagency efforts, oversee staff and outreach efforts, and develop regional ecosystem restoration strategy. Hankinson has spent 30 years working on environmental issues in private, public, and non-profit sectors, where he brought together industry, government, and stakeholder groups to form partnerships to restore ecosystems across southeast. Read More

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NREL names new Deputy Lab Director for Science and Technology.

October 27, 2010

U.S. Department of Energy's NREL has appointed Dana C. Christensen as its new Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology. Dr. Christensen comes to NREL from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he has been Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Engineering Services. He has 27 years of management experience in materials science, fossil and renewable energy, and scientific research in support of U.S. DOE and other government agencies. Read More

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AMT calls for action to revitalize U.S. manufacturing.

October 27, 2010

The Manufacturing Mandate, being brought forward by AMT, asks political leaders to establish strategy of collaboration between government, industry, and academia. This federal strategy would incentivize innovation and research and development in new products and manufacturing technologies, assure availability of capital, increase global competitiveness, minimize structural cost burdens, and build better educated and trained smartforce. Read More

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TIA Announces Green Forum for 2010 Global Tire Expo.

October 26, 2010

TIA EAC Forum: Making 'Green' Work, will provide environmental forum at 2010 Global Tire Expo for those in tire industry. Powered by TIA, Expo is part of 2010 SEMA Show that takes place November 1-5 in Las Vegas, NV. Forum will take place on November 3 from 12-1 pm and moderated by Dick Gust, TIA EAC co-chair and president of Liberty/Lakin National Tire Recycling. Gust said this will enable attendees to learn how to make becoming eco-friendly effective and financially viable. Read More

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ASHRAE issues media invite for 2011 Winter Conference.

October 26, 2010

ASHRAE is offering complimentary press registration to attend 2011 Winter Conference, Jan 20 to Feb 2 at Las Vegas Hilton. ASHRAE meeting badge will also allow admittance to ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo, Jan 31 to Feb 2. Winter Conference will include Technical Program addressing real cost of zero-energy design, efficient use of energy, greening of industrial base, and other topics related to design, standards, codes, and professional skills. Read More

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Jet Fuel Alternatives Development Collaboration welcomed by AIA.

October 26, 2010

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey called FAA and USDA agreement on jet fuel alternatives development, "a welcome step forward," adding that "Alternative fuels are crucial to reach the environmental goals for aviation established by ICAO." Blakey went on to comment positively concerning the administration's alternative fuel development commitment. She said AIA looks forward to working with FAA, USDA, and commercial providers to bring about production of cost-effective biofuels. Read More

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BIO asks for renewed focus on biofuel technologies.

October 26, 2010

BIO joined Algal Biomass Organization and Advanced BioFuels Association in letter to President Obama thanking administration for important programs that were announced and outlining key policies needed to help companies bring biofuels to marketplace. In combination with supportive tax policy, loan guarantee program reforms, and continued commitment to Renewable Fuel Standard, policies will create thousands of manufacturing jobs for Americans, while delivering sustainable transportation fuels. Read More

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ISPE Seeks Proposals to enchance its educational offerings.

October 26, 2010

ISPE is calling for proposals for content to be included in its educational activities and resources. By participating, pharmaceutical professionals worldwide have opportunity to positively impact their industry. ISPE President and CEO Bob Best said that to help prepare members to lead global pharmaceutical industry change, the society relies on industry professionals "to share their knowledge and experiences with our members through our numerous educational programs." Read More

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BIO abandons Leonardo sustainability talks.

October 26, 2010

Representatives from national and regional agriculture, food, and feed organizations withdrew from Leonardo Academy's sustainable agriculture standard setting initiative citing "fatal, systemic limitations and chronic biases" within Leonardo effort. Letter addressed to Michael Arny, Leonardo Academy president, was signed by 10 national agricultural-organization voting members on nearly 60-member Committee, and endorsed by 46 other agricultural organizations nationwide, including BIO. Read More

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ASHRAE Energy Standard available as free download.

October 26, 2010

Through funding contract with Department of Energy, copies of I-P edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is being offered as free downloadable PDF for limited time. Standard has become basis for building codes, building design, and construction throughout United States, and making it available for free ensures that it penetrates marketplace and reaches owners, contractors, and design teams. Read More

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SPE's Auto Division names 2010 Hall of Fame winner.

October 26, 2010

Automotive Division of SPE® selected 1985MY Chevrolet® Cavalier® sedan from General Motors Corporation as 2010 Hall of Fame winner of 40th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. This vehicle was first to use front and rear thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) bumper fascias, and that application proliferated throughout North American vehicle production in addition to being adopted in Europe and Asia. Today, estimated 65-70 million vehicles are equipped with TPO fascias each year. Read More

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Proposed Fuel Efficiency, GHG Standards apply to trucks, buses.

October 26, 2010

U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. In addition to projected reductions of ~250 million metric tons of GHG emissions and, project will save 500 million barrels of oil over lives of vehicles produced within first 5 years of implementation. Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator, said that this will also help shrink fuel costs for small businesses. Read More

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SME Education Foundation funds Lake Fenton Middle School.

October 25, 2010

Lake Fenton Middle School of Fenton, MI, has been selected as one of 25 Project Lead The Way Model Schools, and SME Education Foundation is agreeing to sponsor their participation at PLTW's First National Innovation Summit with $10,000 gift. Focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, collaborative 3-day forum will feature visionary keynote speakers, in-depth panel discussions, hands-on breakout sessions, and award-winning student project displays. Read More