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Alcatel Vacuum Technology Acquires Sensistor Technologies

Alcatel Vacuum Technology France has acquired Sensistor Technologies of Sweden, a company that develops, manufactures and supplies innovative solutions for leak detection. Sensistor’s portfolio encompasses leak detection and measuring instruments that use a safe hydrogen mixture as a tracer gas.
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Survey: ISO 9001 Certification Makes Business Sense

An informal survey of approximately 2,600 ISO-certified companies commissioned by the Independent Association of Accredited Registrars (IAAR), found that ISO 9001 certification produces positive returns on investment. Results revealed that respondents believe certification enhanced internal and external performance, and 84% of the companies realized a positive return on certification investment. The survey was commissioned by IAAR in cooperation with the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB).

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NAM Sees Continued Improvement from Trade Data

The Commerce Department’s trade data for November 2006 showed continued improvement in U.S. manufactured goods trade, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
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Manufacturing Output Grows

Driven by a 0.7% jump in manufacturing output, the Federal Reserve reported that overall industrial production rose 0.4% in December 2006. “After three consecutive monthly declines, this upturn is a hopeful indication that the recent slowdown in industrial activity may be coming to an end,” says David Huether, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers.

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NAM Praises CONGRESS' Support of Manufacturing

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President John Engler offered praise and gratitude to the 109th Congress for enacting legislation vital to manufacturing as it concluded its recent session.

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IBS Forges Partnership

IBS America announces a strategic partnership with International Quality Consulting (IQC). IQC consultants will work with IBS to provide customers with expert guidance on compliance-related questions and issues.
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Study Cites Benefits of Automation and ‘Compliance Architecture'

Despite stepped-up efforts, many manufacturers are throwing away money in their attempts to comply with government product content regulations, according to a study cosponsored by Dassault Systèmes (Paris) and its Enovia MatrixOne product brand. The solution, the study suggests, is working smarter.
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Leica Geosystems Awarded Cessna Contract

The Metrology Division of Leica Geosystems announces Cessna Aircraft Co. (Wichita, KS), a Textron company, has signed a sales contract for eight portable Leica Geosystems coordinate measuring machine systems used for industrial measurement and inspection.
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‘Manufacturing Czar' Resigns

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez announced that Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services Al Frink, the first to hold that position, has resigned his office effective January 31.
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People News

The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT, McLean, VA) Exhibitions Department has named Monica Haley to the new position of marketing administrator. In this role, Haley will be a key member
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