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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Consumption on the Rise

Thursday, April 15, 2010
According to AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA (the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association), manufacturing-technology orders in February 2010 jumped nearly 29 percent compared to January and 22 percent compared to February 2009; year to date consumption is up 22 percent compared with 2009. “The increase could be twice as large if banks would ease credit restrictions,” says AMT president Douglas K. Woods. Year to date, the U.S. regions enjoying the greatest uptick in technology consumption: the Central Region (up 43 percent over 2009) and Western Region (up 39 percent).

Aida Expands Canadian Distribution Network

Thursday, April 15, 2010
SP Consulting, Orangeville, Ontario, has been named Aida-America’s exclusive distributor for Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Check out Aida-America’s complete list of distributors and sales contacts at

Be Heard: Contribute to a Policy Forum
on the Future of U.S. Advanced Manufacturing

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has launched a website to gather public opinion on the future of advanced manufacturing. Join the conversation at PCAST is an advisory group of the nation's leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment the science and technology advice available to him from inside the White House and from cabinet departments and other federal agencies. At its new advanced manufacturing website, PCAST posts a series of questions regarding the future of public-private partnerships, funding, international benchmarking and other critical topics that could best be answered with the help of public input. Input will be accepted through Tuesday, April 20, 2010.


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