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September 9, 2013 | Vol. 17

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Booming U.S. Car Industry Boosting Demand for Components

CWIEMEThe recovering automotive industry has led to a significant increase in demand for components, according to the organizers of North America’s largest coil winding, insulation, and electrical manufacturing exhibition (CWIEME).

U.S. car sales jumped by over 13% in 2012 and in July 2013 sales reached their best level for seven years as low interest rates and  favourable exchange rates helped revitalise the sector and demand for motors and other electrical components.

CWIEME Chicago, being held at the DE Stephens Convention Centre from 8 to 10 October 2013, is expected to draw over 1400 visitors and 160 exhibitors, of which 50% will be senior design engineers and purchasing managers from the automotive industry.

According to the organizers, i2i Events Group, the recovering U.S. auto industry and a move towards ‘in-sourcing’ of manufacturing jobs away from lower cost pan-Asian countries are just two reasons why CWIEME 2013 is expected to draw its biggest ever attendance.

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NEMA Conference Call Regarding ISO 14001 for Environmental Management
Due to international and other pressures, the ISO 14001 standard is now under consideration for amendment to include new language that would mandate environmental requirements on adhering companies that are likely to be far more costly and burdensome than what are included in the current version. 

NEMA Wins U.S. Department of Commerce Award to Promote Market Access in Brazil
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) was chosen to receive a Market Development Cooperation Program (MDCP) award to improve market access for electrical products in Brazil.

Standardizations Trends

NEMA Publishes NEMA WD 9-2013 Dimmers, Photoelectric Controls, Presence Sensors, and Multi-outlet Bars Energy Consumption Testing and Labeling
WD 9 provides a standardized testing method to measure and label the standby energy consumption of dimmers, photoelectric controls, presence/motion sensors, and multi-outlet bars.

Industry News

Fuji Electric DC Fast Charging Station in San Juan Capistrano Powers Through 1,000 Electric Vehicle Charging Sessions for ChargePoint Drivers
Fuji Electric Corp. of America announced that they have reached the 1000th charging session on their Electric Vehicle Charging Station at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Dana Point/San Juan Capistrano, CA, marking a major milestone for the electronics manufacturer and the EV industry in the U.S.

September and October Are Peak Months for Fires in College Housing
In a report released by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), September and October were identified as peak months for fires in college housing. According to the report “Structure Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities, and Barracks,” in 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 3,810 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks.

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