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MEP Funding Set--Let the Battle Begin

Tuesday, May 31, 2005
The House Appropriations State, Science, Justice, Commerce, and related Agencies Subcommittee approved funding of $106 million for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program in fiscal year 2006. The $106 million mark matches last year’s House-provided level and is $59 million more than the President’s budget request. Similar to last year, securing funding for the MEP program is shaping up to be yet another battle. Though this approval is a significant gain, it marks only the first step in a long appropriations process. The full House Appropriations Committee will consider the measure on June 7.

Cimatron Sells Educational CAD/CAM Seats
to Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Friday, May 27, 2005
Cimatron Ltd., headquartered in Givat Shmuel, Israel, has sold 544 educational package seats of its Cimatron E CAD/CAM software to the Korean Chamber of Commerce Institute (KCCI). Cimatron has completed training for 31 Korean instructors in use of the software and will train more this summer. KCCI bought the seats in an effort to consolidate its variety of CAD/CAM software and to aid in the training of new CAD/CAM skills for mid-sized Korean companies. For more on CAD/CAM software from Cimatron, visit

New Software Facilitates
JIT Production at Johnson Controls in Europe

Thursday, May 26, 2005
QAD Inc., Carpinteria, CA, has announced that Johnson Controls Inc. is deploying QAD JIT Sequencing software in Europe to support its just-in-time (JIT) sequencing production initiative. Johnson Controls, which uses the QAD platform as one of its corporate enterprise-resource-planning standards, is implementing the technology in 50 sites across Europe. The automotive supplier believes that incorporation of the technology will speed inventory functions, improve supply-chain collaboration, quicken responsiveness to customers and reduce operations costs. For more, visit


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