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PMA Member Speaks on Capitol Hill
Regarding Crackdown on Counterfeiting
Friday, February 09, 2007
Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN) and George Voinovich (R-OH) have introduced the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act, to combat the proliferation of counterfeit goods, and the Precision Metalforming Association was right there to support them. At the personal invitation of Senator Bayh, PMA member Jody Fledderman, president and CEO of Batesville Tool & Die, Inc., Batesville, IN, participated in a February 7 Capitol Hill press conference to discuss the legislation.
“The loss of our intellectual property is an additional and unwelcome burden for U.S. manufacturers trying to be competitive in today’s global marketplace,” said Fledderman. “Counterfeiting creates a ripple effect felt throughout the supply chain, impacting producers and consumers alike. Counterfeiting leads to lost revenues and lost sales to U.S. manufacturers who are looking for ways to grow in a challenging market.”
The act would establish an Intellectual Property Enforcement Network, dedicated to disrupting the global supply chain of counterfeit goods, through the combined efforts of the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence and an international task force comprised of U.S. trading partners.
Added PMA president William Gaskin: “Counterfeiting in any sector of manufacturing…impacts the metalforming industry by hurting our members and our customers. We applaud Senators Bayh and Voinovich for introducing this important legislation.”
ISO 14001:2004 for Micro Stamping’s
Environmental Management System
Friday, February 09, 2007
The Micro Stamping Corp., Somerset, NJ, has earned ISO 14001:2004 certification for its Environmental Management System (EMS). The certification confirms Micro Stamping’s successful implementation and maintenance of its EMS, designed to avoid any potential impact on the surrounding community and also recognizes the company’s commitment to achieve continual improvement of its environmental performance in the future, according to company officials.
The Micro Stamping Group of Companies began with the creation of Micro Stamping Corp. (precision metal stamping) in 1945 and then evolved into the development of Micro Medical Technologies (medical-device development and assembly) in 1986, Micro Medical Technologies Singapore (metal injection molding, casting and machining) in 2004 and Micro Star Innovations (plastic injection and insert molding) in 2005.
For more, visit www.microstampinggroup.com
Siemens to Buy UGS Corp.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Siemens is laying out $3.5 billion to buy UGS Corp., Plano, TX, a provider of product-lifecycle-management software. UGS activities will be assigned to the Siemens Automation and Drives Group (A&D). UGS and A&D began their business relationship in 2003 with joint projects addressing digital manufacturing technology. With the acquisition, A&D will become, according to Siemens officials, the first supplier for manufacturing industries to provide an end-to-end software and hardware portfolio encompassing the complete lifecycle of products and product facilities. Siemens did not provide a date for when the deal expected to close.