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Thermostat Recycling Corporation Collections
Continued to Grow in 2005

On January 27, The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) announced that it recovered close to 88,000 thermostats containing more than 819 pounds of mercury in 2005. These are increases of 10 percent and 12 percent, respectively, over the quantity of thermostats and amount of mercury recovered in 2004.

Since its inception in January 1998, the TRC has now recycled nearly 420,000 mercury switch thermostats and removed more than 3,800 pounds of mercury from the nation’s waste stream. More than 1,300 heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) wholesalers participate in the TRC.

For information about the TRC, go to

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Agfa HealthCare Awarded Extensions on Two Premier Contracts
Agfa HealthCare has been awarded a two-year extension on two multi-source contracts by Premier Purchasing Partners to provide film and medical imagers at competitive terms and conditions to the alliance's nearly 1,500 member hospitals. 1/27/06

ABB Wins $95 Million Automation Order in India
ABB has won a $95 million contract for an enterprise wide Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system from India's largest integrated oil and gas company. 1/25/06


Mergers & Acquisitions

Texas Instruments Completes Acquisition of Chipcon
Texas Instruments has finalized its previously announced acquisition of Chipcon, a leading company in the design of short-range, low-power wireless RF (radio frequency) transceiver devices. 1/27/06

Fujifilm Buys French Medical Equipment Service and Maintenance Company
Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. has announced that a contract was concluded to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Fuji Medical Systems France S.A., a French medical imaging products distributor, and TSR Holding S.A., a French medical equipment service and maintenance company from GRED S.A., their holding company. 1/23/06

Tyco Announces Intent to Separate into Three Publicly Traded Companies
The board of directors of Tyco International Ltd. has approved a plan to separate the company’s current portfolio of diverse businesses into three separate, publicly traded companies—Tyco Healthcare, Tyco Electronics, and the combination of Tyco Fire & Security and Engineered Products & Services. 1/20/06

Siemens Acquires Stake in Venture with General Electric and Mitsubishi
Siemens has acquired a minority stake in CommerceGuard AB, a subsidiary of GE’s security business, with an option to increase the stake later in the year. 1/20/06

Siemens Acquires Berwanger
Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc., has completed the acquisition of Berwanger, Incorporated, headquartered in Houston. 1/18/06

Schneider Electric Takes Full Ownership of Clipsal Asia, its Wiring Devices Joint Venture
Schneider Electric has announced the purchase of the 50 percent stake owned by its partner CIH Ltd. in its Clipsal Asia Joint Venture. 1/17/06



GE Names Henson Chief Marketing Officer
GE has announced the appointment of Dan Henson to chief marketing officer, succeeding Beth Comstock. 1/26/06

Spectrum Brands Names Lumley President, North America
Spectrum Brands, Inc., has named David R. Lumley as president, North America, with direct oversight of the company's $1.3 billion business segment. 1/18/06



ABB Simulation Technology Wins Swiss Technology Award
SoFT (Simulation of Fast Transients), the ABB-developed hardware and software tool, was one of 16 technologies nominated for a 2006 Swiss Technology Award, the country's most important technology prize. 1/19/06


NEMA Sponsoring January 31 Briefing on the Future of Medical Imaging
A panel of distinguished government, industry, and academic experts on January 31 in Washington, D.C., will examine the role of medical imaging in the future of health care.

NEMA EHS Council to Hold Webinar on Continuous Improvement Process
The NEMA Environmental, Health and Safety Council, consistent with its goal to develop EHS programs to support NEMA members, will be holding a webinar on February 24, titled, "Does Your Continuous Improvement Process include Risk Reduction." 1/30/06

Thermostat Recycling Corporation Collections Continued to Grow in 2005
The Thermostat Recycling Corporation recovered close to 88,000 thermostats containing more than 819 pounds of mercury in 2005. 1/27/06

NEMA’s EBCI Declines Again, but Still Points to Industry Expansion
NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions continued to signal electroindustry expansion in January. 1/25/06

ESFI Raises Awareness of New UL and CSA Requirements for GFCIs
To reduce electrically related deaths and injuries through public education, the Electrical Safety Foundation International has joined with the Canadian Standards Association, Underwriters Laboratories, NEMA, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to disseminate information on new requirements for ground fault circuit interrupters. 1/25/06


NEMA Applauds Signing of U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement
NEMA applauds the signing of the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement and calls on Congress to ratify it as soon as possible. Upon entry into force, the agreement will feature tariff elimination, most of it immediate, for NEMA member products exported to the Sultanate. 1/19/06


WEG Electric Motors Produces its 100 Millionth Motor
On January 16th, an IEC 225 M/L frame motor became the 100 millionth to be manufactured by WEG. 1/24/06

UL Opens New HVAC/R Energy Efficiency Testing Facility
Underwriters Laboratories has opened a new 16,000 square foot testing facility in Dallas dedicated to energy efficiency testing of heat pumps, air conditioning equipment, and electrically operated vapor compression refrigeration systems offering integrated safety certification, prototype testing, benchmark testing, component compatibility evaluations, and more. 1/23/06


January 30, 2006
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