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Continuing its record of positive environmental achievements, the U.S. battery industry is announcing a commitment to eliminate added mercury from button cell batteries by June 30, 2011.

For the past two decades, the battery industry has been working diligently to solve the technological challenges of eliminating mercury from all types of batteries. More...

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Agfa Wins Major Contract at Second Largest Hospital Group in the Netherlands
The Isala hospital group in Zwolle, the Netherlands, has chosen Agfa HealthCare for the installation of an extensive RIS/PACS/Speech solution, which will integrate medical patient information flows between its two sites. 3/10/06

Schneider Electric Products to Monitor Medium Voltage Overhead Networks in Canada
Hydro-Québec has awarded Schneider Electric an order for the automation of its electrical network. 3/6/06

L-3 Communications Supplies Explosives Detection Technology for Heathrow Airport's New Terminal
L-3 Communications' Security and Detection Systems subsidiary received a substantial order from BAA plc to provide explosives detection equipment at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. 3/3/06

Invensys Digital Automation to be Implemented at Texas Facility
The Lower Colorado River Authority will employ Invensys I/A series digital automation from Foxboro in a control system modernization at the Fayette Power Project, a 1,641-MW, three-unit, coal-fired generating facility near La Grange, Texas. 3/2/06

Arizona City Installs Econolite Lighting System for Pedestrian Safety
Surprise, Arizona, recently installed an Econolite SmartStud LED road marker system, the first installation in the state. 2/27/06

Suncor Energy Selects Emerson for Automation Solutions
As part of a 7-year agreement, Emerson will be Suncor Energy Inc.'s supplier for automation products, solutions, and services for capital projects at new and existing North American facilities. 2/27/06


Mergers & Acquisitions

Philips to Acquire Witt Biomedical Corporation
Royal Philips Electronics will acquire Witt Biomedical Corporation, the largest independent supplier of hemodynamic monitoring and clinical reporting systems used in cardiology catheterization laboratories. 3/9/06

Phelps Dodge to Sell Conductor Unit
Copper producer Phelps Dodge will sell its high-performance conductor business to International Wire Group for $47 million in cash, plus a contingent payment of up to $3 million based on 2006 results. 3/8/06

Schneider Electric Acquires Italian Emergency Lighting Company
Schneider Electric has acquired the Italian group OVA, which operates in the emergency lighting market in Italy and throughout Europe. 3/1/06

3M to Acquire General Industrial Diamond Company Inc.
3M will acquire General Industrial Diamond Company Inc., a leading manufacturer of superabrasive grinding wheels, dressing tools, and machines used to dimension and finish hard-to-grind materials in industrial and commercial markets. 3/1/06

G&W Electric Buys MacLean Power Systems/Joslyn Cable Accessories Line
G&W purchased MacLean Power Systems' cable termination product line. 2/28/06



Honeywell’s Dicciani Named to President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
Dr. Nance K. Dicciani, president and chief executive officer of Honeywell Specialty Materials, has been appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. 3/7/06



Agfa HealthCare Wins Frost & Sullivan 2005 Competitive Strategy Leadership Award
Agfa HealthCare has won the 2005 Competitive Strategy Leadership Award for significant growth in market penetration through successful strategic alliances. 3/7/06

Kodak Earns Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Service Leadership
Eastman Kodak Company’s health group has been awarded the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Service Leadership. 3/3/06

Fortune Names General Electric World’s Most Admired Company
In Fortune magazine’s ninth annual survey of the World's Most Admired Companies, GE ranks No. 1 again this year, as it has for six of the past eight years. 3/2/06

Johnson Controls Ranks Among Fortune Elite
Johnson Controls has earned the number one position on Fortune magazine’s America’s Most Admired Companies list. 2/28/06


NEMA EHS Council Hosting Upcoming Webcasts
In the next few weeks, NEMA’s Environment, Health, and Safety Council is hosting several webcasts of interest to EHS professionals. 3/8/06

Physicians, Manufacturers, Patients, and Imaging Services Providers Urge Congress to Re-consider Medicare Imaging Cuts
A letter signed by NEMA and some 30 medical groups, technology associations, health care providers, and patient advocates is asking Congress to reconsider the deep cuts it made in medical imaging services for Medicare beneficiaries in the Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 2005. 3/1/06

NEMA Launches Nanotechnology Council
NEMA has created the Nanotechnology Advisory Council, a panel of experts intended to provide guidance to the electrical manufacturing community on this nascent, but quickly emerging technology. 2/27/06

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index Posts Sharp Increase
NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions posted a sharp increase in February, climbing to 68.5 points from 55.2 in January, the strongest since last September. 2/27/06


NEMA Praises Congressional Passage of Legislation on Counterfeiting
NEMA recently praised final congressional passage of the Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act. The legislation, which amends the U.S. criminal code prohibiting trafficking in counterfeiting goods, will now be sent to President Bush, who is expected to sign it. 3/7/06


Lincoln Electric Increases Middle East Presence with New Regional Headquarters
The Lincoln Electric Company is building a new regional headquarters and training facility in Dubai to support sales and customer service throughout the Middle East and North Africa. 3/10/06


March 14, 2006
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