Whilst the exports of the six CEMAFON countries – Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom – were still following the global trend with an increase in deliveries by 30 per cent in 2011, they registered a drop of 21 per cent in 2012 in comparison to the previous year. At 261 million euros, exports were back at the pre-crisis level of 2008, but this was not enough to maintain the 34 per cent market share of that time. The global market share of the European high pressure die-cutting machine industry is currently 28 per cent.

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Supreme Court to Hear Greenhouse Gas Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday, October 15, to hear a challenge to Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources, such as power plants, factories and refineries.

“We applaud the Supreme Court for their decision to review EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations from stationary sources,” said NADCA President Dan Twarog. “Regulations such as this onerous and costly permitting process add to the burden and costs of manufacturing in America.”

A 2007 decision required the EPA to regulate the emissions of GHGs from new motor vehicles if it was found that the emissions endangered public health or welfare. In 2010, the EPA issued such a finding, that “elevated concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere” pose a danger to “current and future generations.” As such, the EPA determined that they could also extend their authority to set permit standards for fixed sources as well as vehicles.

The Supreme Court will review the EPA permitting program for stationary sources that began taking effect in 2011 and consider “Whether EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases.” The Court, however, will not be reviewing the EPA’s finding that greenhouse gasses pose a threat to public health or the EPA’s authority to regulation GHGs in general. Oral arguments are set to occur this winter with justices handing down a decision by June.

Madison-Kipp Promotes Careers in Manufacturing During National Manufacturing Day

Madison-Kipp Corporation hosted nearly 100 students from Madison’s La Follette and East High Schools during an event held for National Manufacturers Day.

“Today’s manufacturing facility is a high-tech, dynamic workplace that provides family-sustaining jobs to highly skilled workers,” says Mark Meunier, Vice President of Human Resources for Madison-Kipp Corporation. “We are proud to show the next generation of Wisconsin’s workforce the exciting career opportunities available in manufacturing.”

During their tour of Madison-Kipp, students saw 21st century manufacturing in action. Madison-Kipp’s experienced workforce utilizes state-of-the-art technology and engineering in a clean, safe environment to produce components used by a wide variety of industry sectors. Students also learned about lifelong career pathways within manufacturing with the assistance of Madison-Kipp employees and Madison College representatives who were on hand to explain about the available options and answer any questions

The students were very interested in the wide range of opportunities available to them as they contemplated their future work and career plans. Click here to view a short video of the students’ experiences during their visit at Madison-Kipp Corporation.

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