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BSA 2013 Annual Convention to promote perseverance.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
January 4, 2013 Registration is open for BSA 2013 Annual Convention, which will take place May 4–7 in Hilton Head, SC. We’re All in This to Win features speakers selected to help attendees' companies persevere in recovering economy. Bringing together leadership of authorized bearing distributors and manufacturers, event offers networking opportunities along with business program tailored for attending industry leadership. Schedule also includes industry updates and BSA's Conference Table Session.
AIA Calls for Permanent, Bipartisan Solution to sequestration.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
January 4, 2013 In her statement regarding failure to fix sequestration in fiscal cliff deal, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said "More than 2 million Americans across all sectors of the economy will lose their jobs starting in 57 days if our political leaders fail to fix the self-inflicted wound of sequestration." Blakey continued, saying this 2 month delay does not eliminate uncertainty facing business leaders and warfighters and urged Congress and President Obama to find permanent solution.
BIO Comments on Extension of biofuel tax credits.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 4, 2013 BIO thanked Congress for including extensions and modifications of Second Generation Biofuel Producer Credit and Special Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property in final passage of American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which will incentivize investment in cellulosic and algae biofuel production. BIO's Brent Erickson also thanked Congress for enabling algae producers to qualify and noted "Stability in such policies is crucial to maintaining private investment."
Chair and Vice Chair Have Been Appointed to NAM's NPASC.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
January 4, 2013 NAM National Public Affairs Steering Committee (NPASC) named 2 new leaders for 2013: Chris Brescia, VP of government affairs at RockTenn, will serve as NPASC chair, while Marc Steven Scarduffa, VP of U.S. government relations at Pfizer Inc., will serve as vice chair. Duties during their 2-year term include leading NPASC in developing public affairs activities to support pro-manufacturing policies with policymakers as well as coordinating advocacy efforts among manufacturers.
Manufacturers say true fiscal problems must be addressed.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
January 3, 2013 NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement after Congress passed legislation to address the fiscal cliff: "While the legislation passed by Congress contains some positive tax provisions for manufacturers, entitlement and wasteful government spending are not touched. Until these issues are dealt with, our nation will continue to have the same fiscal challenges. Manufacturers want and need a pro-growth strategy to maintain our economic leadership globally."
Technology Surge leads to reinstatement solar energy standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 3, 2013 Surge in technology for solar and other alternative energy forms over past 10 years led to revision and reinstatement of ASTM E903, Test Method for Solar Absorptance, Reflectance, and Transmittance of Materials Using Integrating Spheres. According to ASTM's Daryl Myers, "The increasing interest in this technology has been accompanied by a need to measure and report the optical properties of materials as weighted by various example or reference solar spectral distributions."
IPC releases PCB industry results for November 2012.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 2, 2013 According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 5.4% in November 2012 from November 2011, and bookings decreased 8.7% year over year. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments were down 5.6% and rigid bookings fell 2.1%. Flexible circuit shipments in November 2012 were up 18.0%, and bookings were down 21.6% compared to November 2011. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments increased 10.2% and flex bookings were up 9.9%.
EPA updates rule for pathogens in drinking water.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 28, 2012 EPA's Revised Total Coliform Rule ensures that all of the approximately 155,000 public water systems in the U.S., which provide drinking water to more than 310 million people, take steps to prevent exposure to pathogens like E. coli. Under revised rule, public drinking water systems are required to notify public if test exceeds maximum contaminant level for E. coli in drinking water. Also, water facilities must assess system and fix potential sources and pathways of contamination.
NREL names new executive.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
December 28, 2012 NREL named Barbara Goodman as Associate Laboratory Director for Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Systems to replace Dale Gardner who is retiring at the end of the year. Goodman will join NREL's executive leadership team and be responsible for the laboratory's transportation and fuels research and development programs, including hydrogen technologies, vehicle systems, and biomass research. In addition, she will oversee National Bioenergy Center and National Advanced Biofuels Consortium.
EPA Releases Update on ongoing hydraulic fracturing study.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 27, 2012 Results from U.S. EPA's ongoing national study to understand potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources will be released in draft for public and peer review in 2014. EPA provided update that outlines work currently underway, including status of research projects that will inform the final study. Among information released are updates on 18 research projects and details on agency’s research approach as well as next steps for these ongoing projects and analyses.
ASQ Survey shows supplier confidence, manufacturer apprehension.
ASQ Lean Enterprise Division    Milwaukee, WI 53203
December 27, 2012 According to ASQ's 2013 Manufacturing Outlook Survey, over 75% of suppliers are confident in their ability to meet customer needs in 2013, and one-third of respondents anticipate problem with supplier next year that would result in shortage of parts or services. Survey also questioned respondents about 2013 financial outlook: nearly 65% anticipate revenue increase in 2013, and 70% say they experienced revenue increases in 2012.
PMA releases Business Conditions Report for December 2012.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
December 27, 2012 According to December 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, 22% of participants believe that economic activity will improve during next 3 months, up from 19% in November, and 29% expect activity to decline, down from 36% in November. Metalforming companies also forecast uptick in incoming orders, with 33% anticipating an increase, up from 28% in November, and 28% predicting decrease in orders, down from 33% in November. Average daily shipping levels continued to remain fairly steady in December.
EPA finalizes clean air standards for boilers and incinerators.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 27, 2012 EPA finalized changes to Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators that will achieve extensive public health protections by slashing toxic air pollution, including mercury and particle pollution, while at the same addressing feedback provided by industry and labor groups, increasing rule’s flexibility and reducing costs. As a result, 99% of approximately 1.5 million boilers in U.S. are not covered or can meet new standards by conducting periodic maintenance or regular tune-ups.
NREL Study covers storage capacity of concentrating solar power.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
December 27, 2012 According to report by NREL, storage capacity of concentrating solar power can add significant value to utility company's mix of energy sources. Study found that CSP with 6-hour storage capacity can lower peak net loads when sun isn't shining, enough to add $35.80/MWh to capacity and operational value of utility, compared to PV solar power alone, and even higher value when compared to CSP without storage. Net load is the normal load minus variable renewables such as photovoltaic and wind.
ASTM requests papers for pesticide symposium.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 26, 2012 Papers are invited for 34th Symposium on Pesticide Formulation and Delivery Systems: Translating Basic Science into Products. Scheduled for October 22-24, 2013, symposium is based on the concept that the foundation of innovative products comes from basic science or ideas. Papers are requested on topics such as advances in seed coating technology or seed treatment; encountering resistance and ways to overcome it; old pests - new solutions; regulatory updates; and biological control agents.
EPA and NSF support research for safer chemical design.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 26, 2012 U.S. EPA, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, announced two funding opportunities for up to 10 grants totaling up to $32 million. These two Requests for Applications, "Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis" and "Networks for Characterizing Chemical Life Cycle", will support research to create chemicals that are safer for people and the environment. RFAs are now open for submissions.
EPA Study reveals shift in housing developments across USA.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 24, 2012 Released by U.S. EPA, 2012 Residential Construction Trends in America's Metropolitan Regions report finds nearly 3 of 4 large metropolitan regions saw increased share of new housing development in previously developed areas (infill housing) during 2005–2009 compared to 2000–2004. Among all 209 metropolitan regions examined, 21% of new homes were infill; remaining share was built on undeveloped land outside existing communities.
Daniel J. Lemieux receives Robert J. Painter Award.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 24, 2012 ASTM International and Standards Engineering Society have presented 2012 Robert J. Painter Award to Daniel J. Lemieux, principal and unit manager at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. Award is presented annually to individual who contributes the most outstanding service to standards development in given year. A member of ASTM since 1995, Lemieux was recognized for his exceptional contributions to consensus standards for building and construction, specifically building enclosure commissioning.
NAM Speaks on Court Ruling about EPA greenhouse gas regulation.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 24, 2012 In his statement on U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit's denial to rehear coalition's case against EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons expressed disappointment but also welcomed "careful and well-reasoned dissenting opinions" written by 2 judges who supported NAM's arguments. "These rare dissents send a clear signal that significant legal issues remain to be addressed," commented Timmons.
EASTEC returns to West Springfield, MA.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
December 24, 2012 Registration is open for EASTEC, which will take place May 14-16, 2013 and will include resource centers, keynote speakers, panels, and exhibits on growth industries, such as aerospace/defense, medical, automotive, commercial machinery, and electronics. Nearly 500 exhibitors and more than 10,000 manufacturing professionals are expected to attend. New features include panel discussion on workforce development, competitive student manufacturing event, networking opportunities, and area plant tours.

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