News for February 2009

News Archive

IPC Survey Shows Reverse Trend in Regional Electronics Sourcing

Forty-two percent of responding companies cited changes in their customers’ sourcing patterns from Asia back to North America or Europe in the past two years, according to the results of a survey conducted by IPC, the Association Connecting Electronics Industries.

ITW Gema, Halo Coatings Ink Deal

ITW Gema and MKB llc (Halo Coatings) have reached an agreement on a strategic global partnership to promote a new technology, known as the Halo Process. According to the parties, this unique process—which utilizes powder coatings that are designed to reflect light—is expected to impact markets where nighttime safety or reflectivity is important.

U.S. Automotive Sales Continue Slump in January

Automotive sales in the U.S. continued their downward spiral as several major manufacturers reported high double-digit declines.

Chemical Suppliers, Paint Manufacturers Release Earnings Reports

The tentacles of global economic recession have reached the chemical and paint industries. The latest earnings reports among the majors reflect softening industrial demand.

California Pondering Lower Permissible Exposure Limit for Normal Propyl Bromide (n-PB)

If you're manufacturing, selling, or interested in using normal propyl bromide (n-PB) as a cleaning solvent, you will want to be knowledgeable about a process of regulation happening now in California.

Fourth-Quarter GDP Drops to Lowest Level in More Than 20 Years

The U.S. government has reported that gross domestic product (GDP)—the broadest measure of economic growth—contracted at an annual rate of 3.8% during the fourth quarter of 2008. While that was better than the 5.4% drop analysts had expected, the fall-off represents the worst decline in GDP since 1980.