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ELFA releases equipment finance index for November 2010.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
December 23, 2010 ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) showed rise of 13% for new business volume in November 2010 compared to November 2009, and decline of 8% from volume in October 2010. Receivables over 30 days increased in November from previous month and decreased compared to November 2009. Report also indicated slight decrease in credit approvals in November. "The data continue to show an uneven recovery for the equipment finance business," said ELFA's William G. Sutton.
PowderMet 2011 Conference seeks technical papers.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
December 23, 2010 Program committee for 2011 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials has issued a call for papers and posters covering the latest developments in powder metallurgy materials, processes, and applications. Several key topics have been identified for in-depth discussion within the special interest programs, such as advances in titanium PM, electronic materials applications, sinter hardening and leaner/economic powders, and PM materials for alternative energy.
Injection Molding Conference set for March 2011.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
December 23, 2010 MPIF announces the opening of registration for MIM2011, an international conference on injection molding of metals, ceramics, and carbides, to be held March 14-16, 2011. Conference will feature 27 presentations as well as tabletop exhibition and networking reception. Sponsored by the Metal Injection Molding Association, a trade association of MPIF, and its affiliate APMI International, event will also offer optional 1-day tutorial on powder injection molding.
Toll Processing Conference to focus on business strategies.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
December 22, 2010 By attending Toll Processing 2011 Conference, metal producers/processors can learn how to best position their company in the marketplace and make informed business decisions. "Strategic Moves" conference will include keynote by Dan DiMicco, President and CEO of Nucor Corporation, on leadership qualities and restoring strength to American manufacturing. Keynote by Emily DeRocco, president of The Manufacturing Institute, will address U.S. manufacturers' ability to compete in global economy.
MHEDA Article discusses inventory control for distributors.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
December 22, 2010 Fourth Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal features article titled "Chopping vs. Pruning" from Albert D. Bates, Ph.D., president of the Profit Planning Group. Article discusses how effective asset reduction programs can help improve distributor profitability, particularly in times of recession. Bates defines chopping as immediate reduction in investment levels to generate cash quickly. Pruning is a gradual approach to investment reductions, which does not create long-term profit problems.
Alternative Financing lets TxDOT build despite lean economy.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
December 22, 2010 Leveraging public/private partnerships to offset effects of economic downturn and reduced state tax revenues, $2.5 billion expressway project in Fort Worth, TX, will cost state Department of Transportation $573 million. Texas DoT Executive Director Amadeo Saenz told AASHTO's Transportation TV that such partnerships allow TxDOT to "build several major projects that otherwise would not be built." In addition to creating jobs, projects also help improve quality of life for commuters.
FMA Economist's 2011 Forecast calls for mixed results.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
December 22, 2010 FMA International economic analyst Dr. Chris Kuehl offers 10 predictions for 2011 that will impact manufacturing and other sectors. These include sustained Federal Reserve interest rates, unemployment between 9% and 10.3%, increased export levels under a weak dollar, housing market stabilization at low levels, and overall US economic growth at 2.6%-3.2%. Kuehl calls his 2011 outlook a period of modest growth and controlled expansion but also one of narrow margins and vulnerability.
ANSI participates in Sustainability Education Summit..
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 22, 2010 ANSI helped sponsor US Department of Education's (DoE) Sustainability Education Summit, which articulated actions for education, business and industry, government, as well as environmental community to promote transition to sustainable green economy. Keynote address announced efforts to prepare incoming workers for challenges and opportunities as sustainability becomes focus of employment future. Examples include ANSI's Certificate Accreditation Program.
ANSI solicits U.S. interest for secretariat of ISO TC 149.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 22, 2010 As U.S. representative to ISO, ANSI is soliciting U.S. interest for secretariat position of ISO Technical Committee 149, Cycles. Committee is responsible for international standardization in field of cycles, their components, and accessories, with particular reference to terminology, testing methods, and requirements for performance, safety, and interchangeability. The term cycle refers to any vehicle which has at least 2 wheels and is propelled mainly by muscular energy of person on vehicle.
AIA Official releases 2010 industry financial statistics.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 22, 2010 AIA's Marion C. Blakey announced aerospace sales of $216.5 billion in 2010 at 46th annual Year-end Review and Forecast Luncheon. "Aerospace has produced solid results, including a new sales record for the seventh straight year, leading all manufacturers in trade surplus and providing a sense of stability amidst the chaos of economic upheaval," Blakey said. Surplus of $53.3 billion is strongest of any manufacturing industry and, while employment declined, rate was slower than projected.
EPA delivers 15 years of acid rain reductions.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 22, 2010 U.S. EPA released report that shows 15 years of successful results from its nationwide effort to address acid rain. Since its inception in 1995 as part of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, EPA's Acid Rain Program has earned widespread acclaim due to dramatic sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emission reductions that are saving American lives and ecosystems. An analysis estimates annual public health benefits of the program in 2010 alone at more than $120 billion.
ZigBee Standard optimizes human input devices.
ZigBee Alliance    San Ramon, CA 94583
December 22, 2010 Replacing 30-year old infrared technology with radio frequency solution, ZigBee Input Device Standard gives consumers improved options to use mice, touchpads, keyboards, wands, or remote control pointers from greater distances and even in nearby rooms. Designed especially for ZigBee RF4CE specification, standard optimizes devices by enabling non-line-of-sight operation, 2-way communication, extended battery life, and broader range of capabilities and features.
NEMA commends FERC approval of Midwest Transmission proposal.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 21, 2010 Federal Energy Regulation Commission approved proposal that removes barriers to development of much-needed transmission that will deliver cleaner and cheaper energy to consumers across Midwest. Proposal, offered by Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. and its stakeholders, is intended to enable region to comply with energy policy mandates and to address reliability and economic issues affecting multiple transmission zones within region.
IPC releases revision A to IPC-2222 Design Standard.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 21, 2010 Helping developers avoid common missteps that reduce board manufacturability, IPC-2222, Sectional Design Standard for Rigid Organic Printed Boards, has been expanded to include more information on board materials, such as relative costs, tolerances of board thickness, unsupported holes, and hole aspect ratios. Designers who use IPC-2222A can help ensure that the boards they design will meet requirements when they are manufactured.
IREC releases comprehensive report on net metering.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)    Latham, NY 12110-1156
December 21, 2010 Titled "The Intersection of Net Metering and Retail Choice," IREC's report provides overview of policy, practice, and issues, detailing methodologies states use to accomplish net metering in competitive electricity markets. Net metering is a policy that enables electric customer's meter to spin backwards and is considered one of the most important, cost-effective policies to help owners of solar photovoltaic and other renewable systems recoup their investment.
NAM Says America COMPETES Act will improve competitiveness.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 21, 2010 In his statement, made after Senate passage of America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5116), NAM President and CEO John Engler expressed pleasure on behalf of manufacturers that the legislature is on its way to be signed into law. "Our economic future relies more than ever on our ability to innovate," said Engler, "and the reauthorization of the COMPETES Act will help manufacturers prosper in a globally integrated and highly competitive marketplace."
Manufacturers believe tax relief will spur economic recovery.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 21, 2010 According to NAM Executive VP Jay Timmons, manufacturers are pleased that the House passed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 with no amendments. These much-needed incentives will spur investment, economic growth, and job creation. NAM has been a leader in advocating for these tax extensions, including the R/D credit, 100-percent expensing, and tax relief for small businesses.
Carbon Black Standard is inspired by US EPA regulations.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 21, 2010 ASTM D7662, Test Method for Carbon Content in Carbon Black Feedstock Oils, stems from new US EPA regulations mandating greenhouse gas reporting in US carbon black industry. Applicable to commercial feedstock oils used to produce carbon black products in furnace or thermal process, standard will also be of use to contract laboratories. Measuring total carbon content of feedstock oils is important in calculating CO2 emissions, estimating process yield, or assessing product quality.
AIA urges passage of appropriations.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 21, 2010 AIA agrees with comments by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warning that the department would suffer adverse consequences if Congress fails to pass a full defense appropriations bill as part of any funding package. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, asking DOD to manage its vast and complex operations under year-long continuing resolution would hurt efforts to meet needs that are sometimes unanticipated in wartime and could have adverse effects on defense industrial base.
AIA welcomes Aviation Advisory Committee's recommendations.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 21, 2010 AIA is encouraged by recommendations presented to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood by the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. Several subcommittees recommended continued investment in the Next Generation Air Transportation System, as well as environmental research and development funding. Subcommittees also addressed a number of critical AIA priorities, including promoting development of sustainable alternative fuels and importance of STEM education.

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