Alcoa, Ma'aden Partner to Develop Lowest-Cost Aluminum Complex in the World

Alcoa announced on Dec. 21 that it has formed a joint venture with Ma'aden, the Saudi Arabian Mining Co., to develop a fully integrated, world-class aluminum industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The joint venture will become the world's preeminent and lowest-cost supplier of primary aluminum, alumina and aluminum products, with access to the growing markets of the Middle East and beyond,...

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Corus Secures 350 m French Rail Contract and Announces Major Investment in Steel Mill

Corus Secures 350 m French Rail Contract and Announces Major Investment in Steel Mill

Corus has secured a contract worth about 350 million to supply railway lines for up to six years to French railway operator SNCF for the renewal and maintenance of the RFF (Réseau Ferré de France) tracks. The contract is for an initial four years with the option to extend it by a further two years. As part of the deal, Corus will invest 35 million in new technology at its rail production...

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American National Standards Institute

ANSI Board Meeting features NIST Director as speaker.

Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher, director of NIST, provided luncheon address at ANSI Board of Directors meeting on December 3rd in Washington DC. Address focused on importance of standards for SmartGrid and greenhouse gas emissions to health IT and cyber security as nation's top priorities. Dr. Gallagher, confirmed by Senate in November, urged openness and cooperation and recommended involvement of...

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American National Standards Institute

Comments Sought on revised cryptographic module standards.

ANSI would like to inform stakeholders that the NIST is requesting comments on one of its key computer security documents. The draft contains information processing standards that govern use of cryptographic modules by civilian federal agencies and government contractors. Revised Draft of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-3 updates federal government's guiding document for...

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ELFA November Report shows decline in new business volume.

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting equipment finance economic activity, showed new business volume for November declined by 7.0% compared to 2008. Alternatively, receivables and charge-offs increased for month and year. For 2009 monthly activity, decreases were also reported for total headcount for equipment finance companies. Supplemental data indicated tightening...

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ASTM International

ASTM Committee revises baby crib standard.

ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products approved revised version of F1169, Specification for Full-Size Baby Crib. After testing and exploration of design approaches to eliminate failure related to mis-assembly, ASTM subcommittee approved revisions that preclude cribs with functional drop side and related hardware assemblies from complying with standard. Revision also contains new...

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Aiim

AIIM Standard will address government information sharing.

AIIM 21:2009, Standard Recommended Practice - Strategy Markup Language - Part 1: StratML Core will enable government agencies to use Web 2.0 social networking technologies to engage citizens effectively in pursuit of strategic goals and objectives. At Federal level, it will enable citizens to provide feedback on agency plans. Standard also supports Government Performance Results Act and provides...

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FieldComm Group

HART Plant of the Year goes to Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.

HART-® Communication Foundation selected Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation's ethylene plant in Kashima, Japan as recipient of 2009 HART Plant of the Year Award. Mitsubishi Chemical is using HART Communication capability of 800+ interoperable field devices, integrated with their DCS and asset management systems through multiplexers and HART-enabled I/Os, to access real-time continuous process...

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Air & Waste Management Association

A&WMA and WEF to hold odors/air pollution conference.

Odors and Air Pollutants 2010 will be presented by A&WMA and WEF, in cooperation with North Carolina Water Environment Association, from March 21-24, 2010, in Charlotte, NC. Event will feature oral presentations, interactive discussions, workshops, and exhibits. Topics will include odor control planning/monitoring; methods of sampling; measuring/estimating emissions; design of odor control...

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Remote Control Specification defines RF standard for remotes.

ZigBee Remote Control Profile replaces IR technology with RF standard for remote controls. Designed for use with ZigBee RF4CE specification, standard frees consumers from pointing remotes at devices and offers flexible control from nearby rooms and through wood and glass doors. It also enables 2-way communication between remote and device as well as over-the-air upgrades. Common command set is...

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