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BIO supports Governors' Biofuel Coalition call for vision.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 25, 2009 BIO applauded Governors' Biofuel Coalition's message to Obama administration calling for straightforward message to American people on positive role of biofuels. Misinformation about biofuels from entrenched interests has done a disservice to America. With more than 30 existing and planned cellulosic biorefineries set to begin production of advanced biofuels, federal commitment to industry would send strong signal to financial markets, which could provide needed investment.
Capitol Hill Reception recognize top transportation projects.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
February 25, 2009 Congressional reception honoring "Champions of Transportation" and 2008 America's Transportation Awards Projects was held near U.S. Capitol. Sponsored by AAA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and AASHTO, competition recognizes outstanding transportation projects, large and small in communities across country. Several members of Congress who represent districts served by these projects were recognized as "Champions of Transportation" for their support.
IPC to feature 8 forum sessions at 2009 exposition.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 25, 2009 To be held on March 31 - April 2, 2009, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center, Las Vegas, IPC APEX EXPO will offer 8 free forum sessions providing expert insights into strategic issues facing industry companies. According to Greg Munie, Ph.D., IPC Conference Director, line-up should help companies understand future industry technology needs and attend to current challenges. In addition, 34 technical posters will be presented by industry experts and academic researchers during event.
IPC Representative to deliver PCB tutorial at conference.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 25, 2009 IPC's European Representative Lars Wallin will present a tutorial in German at System Integration in Micro Electronics Exhibition and Conference on May 7, 2009, in Nürnberg, Germany. Wallin will explain how IPC standards can be used to eliminate mistakes in printed board manufacturing. More than 50 standards, supporting specific process steps in board manufacturing, will be documented by Wallin to increase knowledge and use of standards in Europe.
ASHRAE/AIRAH issue joint resolution on climate change.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
February 25, 2009 By signing statement, ASHRAE and AIRAH resolve to encourage supply of renewable energy into buildings, encourage responsible refrigerant use, and support R/D activities to reduce buildings' energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. They also agree to develop and implement sustainable building designs, materials, components, and systems, and support development and implementation of standards, building codes, incentive programs, and voluntary initiatives to reduce building environmental impacts.
NAM Agenda emphasizes priorities for economic growth.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
February 25, 2009 NAM released its Legislative Agenda for Economic Recovery and Job Creation, which focuses on legislative priorities that manufacturers have identified as key to economic recovery. NAM believes that Congress, Obama Administration, and private sector are in strong position to respond in positive and effective way. Basic challenge is to retain and create jobs, and strong manufacturing sector is vital to meeting this challenge.
IPC Summit negotiates challenges into opportunities.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 25, 2009 Encouraging members in electronics industry to look beyond today's stormy environment, IPC will host European Electronics Industry Executive Summit April 27-28 to help companies prepare for economic upturn and capitalize on growing industry opportunities. Event will include Government Relations and Regulatory Forum to discuss proposed changes to RoHS Directive, full program dedicated to EMS management issues, and IPC Executive Market and Technology Forum Conference.
IPC/JEDEC Conference to include 6 lead-free workshops.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 24, 2009 During IPC/JEDEC "Transitioning to Lead Free - Strategies for Implementation" conference, Ray Prasad, Werner Engelmaier, Dr. Jennie Hwang, and technical experts from DfR Solutions will look at critical issues for lead-free implementation, process, and reliability. Conference will cover supply chain communication for lead-free world, aerospace response to lead-free solder, lead-free implementation for SON and QFN devices, and mitigation of corrosion-induced tin whiskers.
Registration still open for NTSB Family Assistance course.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
February 24, 2009 Scheduled for March 10-12, course titled Transportation Disaster Response - Family Assistance will use audio/video materials, case studies, recent accident examples, and panel discussions to illustrate key principles of unique aspects of supporting families during transportation disaster. Some key points will include legal aspects of family assistance, conducting effective family briefings, effective on-scene response, and successful forensic operations.
FMA and NBT join forces to promote manufacturing careers.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
February 24, 2009 The FMA and John Ratzenberger's NBTF have joined forces to create Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (NBT). Based in Rockford, Ill. and aimed at promoting educational initiatives exposing students to manufacturing careers, it will feature Gerald Shankel and Terrence Egan as President and Director, respectively. John Ratzenberger will continue to serve on governing board and new organization will feature 18-member board of directors.
PMA to host 1st annual Technical Conference.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
February 24, 2009 To be held April 26-28, 2009, in Cleveland, OH, Technical Conference will address topics identified as key success factors for metalforming industry best practices, industry benchmarking, current technology and its applications, and future advancements. It will begin with "Surviving Economic Hard Times, Positioning for Good Times" and feature various expert presentations. There will be 20 table-top exhibits and winners of 2009 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming will be announced.
Stimulus Bill reinforces importance of Standard 90.1.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
February 24, 2009 In economic stimulus package signed by President Obama, ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 and its energy-saving features are recognized through special funding measures. For states to receive additional funding from $16.8 billion allotted to Dept of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, governors would be required to work toward implementation of building energy code at least as stringent as Standard 90.1-2007 and to develop plan for achieving 90% compliance with code.
ASTM Pesticides Committee approves latest biofilm standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 24, 2009 Developed by Committee E35 on Pesticides and Alternative Control Agents, Standard E2647 describes how to grow repeatable P. aeruginosa biofilm using drip flow biofilm reactor. Goal is to grow biofilm that is relevant to environment where disinfectant will be applied, then test disinfectant under real use conditions. Biofilm grown in drip flow reactor could represent biofilms found in cooling towers, produce sprayers, food processing conveyor belts, and in lungs infected with cystic fibrosis.
BIO Policy urges adherence to strict ethical standards.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 24, 2009 In policy statement, BIO encourages members involved in marketing of biologics or other pharmaceuticals to U.S. healthcare professionals to adopt transparent and rigorous code of conduct, which also ensures compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations. BIO also announced its support for principles contained in "Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals" adopted by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
Stimulus Legislation is small step in addressing water needs.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
February 24, 2009 President Obama signed economic stimulus bill that provides $2 billion for drinking water projects and $4 billion for wastewater projects. While funds committed represent only tiny fraction of need, AWWA is optimistic that investment in water will jump-start many critical projects and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. AWWA applauds Congress's decision to waive requirements that states provide matching funds, which would be difficult in today's economic climate.
IPC issues call for IPC Midwest Conference participation.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 24, 2009 Scheduled for Sept 23-24, 2009, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will focus on quality and reliability of PCBs and assemblies. Technical experts are invited to present paper or teach professional development course in areas of board compliance, assembly technology, quality/test/reliability, and eco-compliance. In addition to case histories and field data, abstracts should summarize problems and resolutions, methods used, results of experiments, and benefits to industry.
IPC sets agenda for environmental conference.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 24, 2009 IPC APEX EXPO, March 29 - April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas, will include standards development committee meetings addressing environmental issues immediately impacting electronics industry. Papers will be presented at technical conference sessions, with effects of compliance on manufacturing process discussed. Also, the Free Forum, Environmental Laws and Regulations 2009: A Supply Chain Perspective, will detail how laws and regulations, as well as satisfying customers, affects business.
BSA names distributor/manufacturer leader panelists.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
February 24, 2009 Distributor panelists will include William J. Stevens, Gordon Duncan, and James Fitzpatrick and manufacturer panelists will include Tony Martell, William A. Childers, and Dr. Michael Hartnett, with Peter Negri as moderator. They will discuss audience responses to interactive survey planned for 2009 Annual Convention on May 2-5. BSA leaders believe that when participants learn what industry peers are thinking, they will be able to meet distributor/manufacturer/end-user needs.
PMA releases February 2009 Business Conditions Report.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
February 24, 2009 According to the February 2009 report, 9% of participants predict improved business within 3 months, while overall, they anticipate decreased incoming orders. Daily shipping levels remained steady in February, but companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff increased, for the 7th consecutive month, to 75%. William E. Gaskin, PMA president, said that every sector of manufacturing, except for defense, is experiencing substantial cutbacks in production.
IPC Report analyzes trend in regional sourcing survey.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 24, 2009 "A Reverse Trend in Regional Sourcing in the Worldwide Electronic Interconnect Industry" shows that out of 50 respondents, 42% cited changes in customer sourcing patterns from Asia back to North America or Europe in past 2 years. Estimated 2.5% average growth of business in 2007/2008 was attributed to this trend, and issue that was cited most often as primary driver was quality concerns. Other concerns were transportation costs, exchange rates, and communication difficulties.

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