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Aerospace shows strength in harsh financial atmosphere.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 12, 2008 While aerospace industry has not been immune to ongoing global financial crisis, it is showing resiliency. Aerospace sales are on pace to reach $204 billion for 2008, which is an increase of 2.1% - a lower rate than recent years, but a record sales figure for 5th consecutive year. Industry will also continue to post strong export numbers, reaching $99.2 billion for the year. Employment remained solid, with average workforce that will reach 655,500 for the year.
NIST Software improves accuracy for 3-D Virtual Reality labs.NIST Software improves accuracy for 3-D Virtual Reality labs.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 11, 2008 Scientists at NIST have developed software that improves accuracy of tracking devices in its immersive, or virtual research environment by at least 700%. This is a step forward in transforming immersive technology that has traditionally been a qualitative tool into scientific instrument with which precision measurements can be made. Software can be used by scientists in other immersive environments with slight modifications for individual laboratories.
Carbon Nanofibers cut flammability of upholstered furniture.Carbon Nanofibers cut flammability of upholstered furniture.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 11, 2008 According to researchers at NIST, adding small amount of carbon nanofibers to polyurethane foams used in some upholstered furniture can reduce flammability by 35% when compared to foam infused with conventional fire retardants. Studies of foam after experiments showed that carbon nanofibers seemed to create thermally stable, entangled network that kept foam from dripping when exposed to fire.
ASHRAE hosts conference on net-zero buildings.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
December 11, 2008 To help drive building industry toward net-zero-energy buildings, ASHRAE is hosting conference on topic March 29-31 in San Francisco. Conference will provide forum to discuss role of policy and regulatory involvement in addition to providing application knowledge for various aspects of residential and non-residential net-zero-energy buildings. It will include building science, renewable energy sources applied to buildings, and energy efficiency in HVAC, lighting, and appliances.
ATA supports court decision to stay New York slot auctions.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
December 10, 2008 ATA applauds U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on motions for stay of auction rules filed by ATA, Continental Airlines, and Port Authority of NY and NJ. Order prohibits DOT from auctioning slots at 3 major New York airports unless and until court formally considers and rules on merits of case. According to James C. May, ATA President and CEO, this is a win for passengers, as auctions would have resulted in higher fares, less service, and confiscation of airline property.
NAM to address green manufacturing at Virtual Energy Forum.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 10, 2008 Scheduled for Dec 10-11, 2008, Virtual Energy Forum is a free, on-line energy conference for private and public sector executives, policymakers, and thought leaders to learn and interact. It will cover topics such as sustainability, alternative energy, clean technologies, green buildings, and operations. Keith McCoy, VP Energy and Resources Policy, will discuss climate change and initiatives by manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency, and advance Green technologies.
AIA elects officers, Board of Governors for 2009.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 10, 2008 AIA Board of Governors has elected Robert J. Stevens of Lockheed Martin Corporation to serve as chairman for 2009 and Scott C. Donnelly, EVP and CEO of Textron Inc., as vice chairman. Marion C. Blakey was elected as AIA's president and CEO, while Ginette C. Colot was chosen as secretary-treasurer. Members of 2009 AIA Board of Governors Executive Committee as well as additional members of 2009 AIA Board of Governors can be found in full release.
ANSI Board announces volunteer leaders for 2009.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 10, 2008 Supported by National Fire Protection Association, Mr. Arthur E. Cote, P.E. was appointed as ANSI's chairman of the board. Dr. Belinda Collins, director, technology services for NIST, has been appointed for first term as vice chair, while Ms. Laura E. Hitchcock of The Boeing Company, Mr. James T. Pauley of Schneider Electric/Square D Company, and Mr. James A. Thomas, president of ASTM International, will continue in their respective positions as vice-chairmen of the Institute.
International Standard guides proper care of optical discs.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 10, 2008 Developed by ISO Technical Committee 42, ISO 18938:2008 provides guidelines for care and handling of digital optical discs to preserve access to recorded data and to maximize disc lifespan. Standard covers use and handling environments, including pollutants, temperature, and humidity; contamination concerns; inspection; cleaning and maintenance; transportation; disasters, including water, fire, and construction; and post-disaster procedures.
Ministerial Meeting must await sectoral agreement consensus.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 10, 2008 According to NAM President and CEO, John Engler, Doha Round NAMA negotiating text shows that gaps in industrial trade negotiations have not been closed, and NAM does not view text as basis for agreement. NAM has been consistent in its view that Brazil, China, and India must participate in major sectoral agreements to eliminate tariffs in sectors such as industrial machinery, chemicals, and electrical/electronics. However, latest text shows they are not yet willing to do this.
ASTM Publication covers standards for mechanical fasteners.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 10, 2008 Providing all standards developed by ASTM International Committee F16 on Fasteners as well as most commonly referenced documents from standards, ASTM Standards for Mechanical Fasteners and Related Processes: 2nd Edition is suited use in construction, automotive, military, railroad, shipbuilding, boiler, and pressure vessel sectors. In addition to fasteners, 150 standards cover raw materials, inspection, testing procedures, and quality assurance.
Compilation features chemical process industry standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 10, 2008 Available online only, ASTM Standards for Maintenance, Repair, and Operations in the Chemical Process Industry: 3rd Edition features 210 ASTM standards compiled from 3 volumes of Annual Book of ASTM Standards. Topics covered include steel, stainless steel and related alloys, iron castings, metallic-coated iron and steel products, nonferrous metals and alloys, copper and copper alloys, light metals and alloys, reactive and refractory metals and alloys, fasteners, and plastic piping systems.
Manufacturing Technology Consumption down In October.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
December 10, 2008 According to AMT and AMTDA, October U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $273.85 million, which was down 43.4% from September and 32.2% from total of $404.36 million reported for October 2007. With year-to-date total of $3,802.41 million, 2008 is up 8.2% compared with 2007. These numbers and all data in report are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption program.
Fieldbus Seminar draws 200 industry attendees in China.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
December 10, 2008 The FOUNDATION(TM) Fieldbus Seminar, hosted by the FFCMC and organized by the CFFC, was held on November 12 in Guangzhou, China. Following introductory remarks by CFFC chairman Harold Lin, Sam DeKey of National Instruments provided an update on current FOUNDATION fieldbus developments around the world. Also, Xie HuaiRen described various fieldbus applications across China's petrochemical industry. Other presentations were led by Zhang YiMin, Gao Cai, Wang Shengli, and Ye Yingmin.
Conference focuses on conformity assessment for food safety.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 9, 2008 On December 2-3, ANSI and 3 co-sponsoring organizations welcomed over 270 stakeholders to conference that focused on conformity assessment-based solutions for consumer protection and food safety. Event started with discussion on 3rd party certification criteria from public policy perspective. On 2nd day, panel titled Improving Food Safety for Consumers: Establishing and Harmonizing a Global Food Safety System began discussion with presentations from experts in conformity assessment arena.
ANSI issues accreditations for GHG program.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 9, 2008 ANSI announced that 7 organizations have been accredited under program that facilitates inventory and reduction of greenhouse gases from environment. Validation and/or verification bodies include Advanced Waste Management, Bureau Veritas Certification North America, First Environment, NSF International Strategic Registrations, Rainforest Alliance, Ryerson, Master and Associates, Inc., and SGS Environmental Services, Inc.
MichBio Expo draws nearly 500 professionals.
MichBio    Ann Arbor, MI 48107
December 9, 2008 During 4th annual Expo at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, MI, MichBio welcomed nearly 500 biosciences professionals and service providers as well as 56 exhibitors. First day of Expo featured Emerging Biosciences Showcase, where 16 companies presented their new technologies before large audience of venture capital and angel investors. Day Two workshops and track sessions focused on topics in R&D, medical affairs and markets, and emerging business growth.
IPC releases PCB industry statistics for October 2008.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 9, 2008 Based on its North American Printed Circuit Board Statistical Program, the IPC reports a decrease in rigid PCB shipments and bookings in October 2008 compared to October 2007, as well as over the previous month, while flexible circuit shipments increased in both timeframes. Combined, both decreased in shipments, although the combined book-to-bill ratio increased slightly to 0.96. A ratio of more than 1.00 suggests that current demand is ahead of supply.
GAO releases report on genetically engineered crops.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
December 8, 2008 Released by U.S. Government Accountability Office, report makes minor recommendations on how USDA, FDA, and EPA can better coordinate their efforts regarding regulation of genetically engineered crops. According to BIO's Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, BIO and member companies are confident in rigorous testing and approval regimes of biotech products put in place by government authorities. GAO's recommendation for new monitoring of products is unnecessary and not a prudent use of government resources.
Transportation Projects could put millions to work.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
December 8, 2008 President-elect Barack Obama is pledging to put millions of Americans to work by building and repairing nation's highways and bridges. According to John Horsley, Executive Director of AASHTO, survey of state ready-to-go transportation projects is has identified more than 5,000 projects worth $64 billion. These projects are considered ready-to-go because they could be under contract within 180 days, supporting estimated 1.8 million American jobs, if funding were made available.

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