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Taiwan LCD Industry Sales more than doubled in first quarter.

May 10, 2010

Taiwan's LCD revenues surged 125% to NT$273 billion from NT$121 billion in same period 1 year ago as consumers started buying more TVs that use large flat panel displays. According to report by market research firm iSuppli, global revenue from shipments of large LCD panels used in TVs is set to rise by 40% to US$49.2 billion in 2010 from US$35.2 billion in 2009. Revenue growth will be driven by rising demand, shift to larger sized displays, and accelerating sales of higher value panels. Read More

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TETDC reports 53% rise in Taiwan PC sales in Q1 2010.

May 10, 2010

Sales revenues for Taiwan PC companies have rebounded by 53% over Q1 2009, based on revenue statements that companies file to Taiwan stock exchange authorities each month. Taiwan External Trade Development Council said that Asustek Computer, which owns ASUS brand, led Acer, Inc. and MSI in sales growth, with 85% jump in revenues, while contract manufacturer Compal had 98% jump in sales growth. Taiwanese companies make nearly ¾ of world's PCs and about ½ of world's LCDs. Read More

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Air Quality Awareness Week focuses on pollution exposure.

May 7, 2010

EPA state and local air agencies, marking Air Quality Awareness Week, remind Americans to stay Air Aware to reduce exposure and contribution to air pollution. By following Air Quality Index (AQI) recommendations, people can reduce amount of pollution they breathe and associated health risks stemming from ozone (smog) and particle pollution. Suggestions for reducing contributions to pollution include carpooling, turning off lights in rooms not being used, and not letting cars idle. Read More

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ASTM Program tests thermoplastics elemental analyses proficiency.

May 7, 2010

Proficiency Testing Program on Elemental Analyses of Thermoplastics by Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry Utilizing Compression Molded Specimens will be offered in 2011. It assists laboratories that need statistical QA tool that will help improve and maintain performance in conducting XRF analyses of polyolefins. Conducted twice annually, program requires each laboratory to electronically submit data to ASTM for use in generating statistical summary reports. Read More

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EPA challenges manufacturing to improve energy efficiency.

May 7, 2010

Under Energy Star Challenge for Industry, manufacturing sites establish energy intensity baseline, set 10% reduction goal, implement energy efficiency projects, track energy use, and verify savings. EPA has recognized first group of manufacturing sites that have met Energy Star Challenge for Industry and reduced their energy intensity by 10% within 5 years or less. Annual carbon dioxide savings are nearly 34,000 metric tons - equal to emissions from nearly 6,500 cars. Read More

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NSF Certification earned by Charlotte Pipe RePVC/ReUze systems.

May 7, 2010

NSF International certified Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company's RePVC(TM) (polyvinyl chloride) and ReUze(TM), which were inspired by green and sustainability industries. This certification verifies that these products meet all applicable requirements by conducting thorough testing and facility inspections, including 3 unannounced inspections annually, formulation and manufacturing process reviews, and testing of product samples. Read More

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NTSB Report examines US Airways 1549 Hudson River ditching.

May 6, 2010

Decisions and actions of flight crewmembers and overwater safety equipment saved lives during January 15, 2009, accident in which US Airways A320 jetliner bound for Charlotte was ditched into the Hudson River. At conclusion of the 15-month investigation, investigators said forward slide/rafts prevented 64 occupants from drowning. Report also notes that "bird strike hazards to commercial aircraft are not limited to any predictable scenario," and makes 35 safety recommendations in different areas. Read More

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EPA Seeks Small Business Input on standards revesions..

May 6, 2010

US EPA invites small businesses to nominate representatives to participate in Small Business Advocacy Review Panel as agency develops fine particle emission limits for residential wood heaters and other burning devices. In the past, EPA selected panel members in consultation with US Small Business Administration (SBA) but did not invite small businesses to nominate representatives. EPA and SBA are now, however, seeking nominations directly from small businesses. Deadline is May 14. Read More

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News Release Rescinded for non-chemical water device project.

May 6, 2010

After careful consideration, ASHRAE decided to rescind its April 7, 2010 press release relating to research project no. RP 1361, Biological Control in Cooling Towers Using Non-Chemical Water Treatment Devices. There have been numerous comments and questions, and ASHRAE Technical Committee, TC 3.6 Water Treatment, which sponsored and is responsible for said project, has not yet reviewed final report. It expects to complete review within next 30-60 days. Read More

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Robot Orders post strong gains in first quarter of 2010.

May 6, 2010

According to RIA, North American robotics manufacturers saw new orders jump 16% in units and 30% in dollars in first quarter of 2010 compared to same quarter in 2009, with total of 3,069 robots valued at $208.1 million. Quarter was also 35% better in units and 45% ahead in dollars over last quarter of 2009. Nearly every major industry increased its purchases, but especially strong gains were seen in robot sales to semiconductor/electronics/photonics industries as well as food and consumer goods. Read More

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ISO Work Item to address e-commerce transactions.

May 6, 2010

As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI would like to inform all interested stakeholders of new work item on business-to-consumer electronic commerce transactions and opportunity to become involved with related U.S. Technical Advisory Group. Approved Work Item 10008 will provide parameters for electronic payments and refunds between consumer and merchant, service provider, or other business, assuring that these transactions meet needs of both parties and result in customer satisfaction. Read More

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NHA announces winners of Hydrogen Student Design Contest..

May 6, 2010

NHA announced that team from Missouri University of Science and Technology was declared Grand Prize winner, while teams from University of Waterloo and National University of Kyiv received Honorable Mention awards. For 2010 Contest, students were challenged to plan and design basic elements of hydrogen community. They were asked to design one scalable hydrogen fueling station; identify renewable hydrogen sources in community; and identify customers for early market hydrogen applications. Read More

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BIO aims to increase access to medicines in developing world.

May 6, 2010

According to BIO President and CEO, BIO's Policy Statement on Options for Increasing Access to Medicines in the Developing World is the first time industry has come together to identify viable options that individual companies should consider as they develop and market their products worldwide. BIO encourages all members and other biopharmaceutical companies to review options outlined in Policy Statement and consider how they as individual companies can contribute to this effort. Read More

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GAWDA Edge Article discusses running specialty gas lab.

May 6, 2010

'The Right Formula,' appearing in GAWDA Edge's April issue, is written by ILMO Products Company Specialty Gas Lab Manager Travis Nelson and chronicles his journey in the gases and welding industry. Nelson graduated from Montana State University - Bozeman in 2004 with B.S. in Chemistry and has been in gases and welding business ever since. In 2007, Nelson joined ILMO, and as ILMO's specialty gas lab manager, he works to grow his department, and this article explains how. Read More

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GAWDA Journal highlights member's business practices, growth.

May 6, 2010

In Welding and Gases Today's Spring issue, GAWDA member explains growth of fourth-generation family business. Emmett Aldredge Jr., grandson of Machine and Welding Supply Company's founder, along with his sons Emmett III and Christopher, who also work for the company, talk about the legacy they were given by William Aldredge and the future of distribution. Readers can find out how the Aldredges are meeting needs of customers and growing their business. Read More

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SME to hold FABTECH 2010 at Georgia World Congress Center.

May 6, 2010

To be held in Atlanta, November 2-4, 2010, FABTECH 2010 is expected to draw 22,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibiting companies over more than 350,000 net sq ft of floor space. Event will feature nearly 2,000 pieces of equipment on show floor and over 500 new product debuts, along with 100 expert-led presentations. Finishing Technologies Pavilion, hosted by CCAI, will include liquid finishing, powder coating, curing, and plating technologies on display. Read More

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EPA Helps States and Utilities increase building energy efficiency.

May 6, 2010

Announced by US EPA, Building Performance with Energy Star pilot program is designed to improve commercial building energy efficiency. Utilities and state energy efficiency programs will increase energy savings and fight climate change by strategically pursuing entire building energy improvements with their business customers. Framework will help regional energy efficiency programs align financial incentives and technical assistance with comprehensive approach to building upgrades. Read More

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Dean Elkins elected as chair to RIA's board of directors.

May 6, 2010

Dean Elkins, Senior General Manager of Motoman Inc., was selected as new chair of RIA's board of directors in January 2010. According to Elkins, he hopes "to proliferate the use of robots in emerging and growing markets" as well as re-energize RIA's trade shows and other industry events. Elkins also emphasized importance of vocational education and research to RIA. In closing, Elkins said he looks forward to new membership initiatives that demonstrate the value of RIA. Read More

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2010 BIO Convention hosts high-ranking public officials.

May 6, 2010

BIO is hosting 8 U.S. Governors as well as 80+ high-ranking international public officials at 2010 BIO International Convention, which takes place May 3-6 in Chicago, IL. BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood said, "These leaders recognize that a vibrant biotechnology sector translates into high-wage, high-value jobs, and economic growth for their nation, state or region." He expanded by noting that "they recognize that our Convention is the global gathering place for biotechnology." Read More

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VA Senator Mark Herring honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.

May 6, 2010

BIO announced selection of Virginia State Senator Mark Herring of Leesberg as Legislator of the Year for 2009-2010. As a sponsor of Science and Technology Research Development and Commercialization Act, Senator Herring negotiated compromise that ensured the bill's passage. This year, Senator Herring sponsored and passed Virginia Innovation Investment Act, which offered targeted, long-term capital gains tax exclusion for Virginia bioscience investments. Read More