UGE’s VisionAIRTM Wind Turbine Receives Power Curve Certification from Intertek

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UGE’s VisionAIRTM Wind Turbine Receives Power Curve Certification from Intertek

New York, NY, March 7, 2014 – UGE has completed third party power performance testing, culminating in a certified power curve for its VisionAIR wind turbine. This places the VisionAIR on a short list of wind turbines which have completed this level of certification, and further confirms its status as the world’s leading wind turbine of its type. Vertical axis wind turbines, such as the VisionAIR, have become popular for a wide variety of installations in environments ranging from remote to urban, as they can produce on-site energy without the noise and vibration levels encountered with other types of wind turbines. By completing the power performance certification, the VisionAIR is now eligible for certain government incentives. Additionally, third party verification of the turbine’s energy output makes it a more attractive option for financiers in the renewable and distributed energy space who are looking for greater level of confidence on the financial returns of their projects.

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Armstrong Selects Lancaster, PA Floor Plant for $41 Million Investment

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Lancaster, October 10, 2013 – Armstrong World Industries has selected its Lancaster, Pa., facility for a $41 million investment in the manufacture of luxury vinyl tile (LVT) announced in July. This decision reflects the cooperation and support of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Lancaster plant employees. This marks the company’s second investment in the Lancaster operation since 2008, when it added fiberglass-backed sheet vinyl manufacturing to that plant’s production portfolio, and demonstrates its confidence the plant will continue to be competitive on cost and quality.

Armstrong Flooring CEO Frank Ready said, “We thank the commonwealth and our employees for their support of this investment. By bringing this manufacturing to the U.S., we leverage our manufacturing expertise and create a strong cost, quality and service position for a very exciting product category.”

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ASSA ABLOY Announces Availability Of Ecoflex Electrified Mortise Locks From Corbin Russwin And Sargent

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Sweden, October 7, 2013 – In a move that signals a breakthrough in energy efficiency, ASSA ABLOY recently announced the introduction of its Ecoflex lock technology, available from ASSA ABLOY Group brands CORBIN RUSSWIN and SARGENT. Ecoflex electrified mortise locks offer a remarkable 97 percent reduction in energy usage compared to standard electrified locks.

“It’s critical to consider every factor that can impact the energy efficiency of a building or facility, and every opportunity to save energy should be pursued. Door openings in particular present a major opportunity to reduce energy consumption, and our new Ecoflex technology can significantly contribute to green building, sustainability, and favorable LEED ratings,” said Aaron Smith, Director of Sustainable Building Solutions, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions.

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Lutron Names Excellence Award Winners, Adds 3 to Hall of Fame

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Denver, October 3, 2013 – Lutron Electronics has announced the winners of its annual 2013 Excellence Award competition and recognized three long-time integrators by adding them to the company’s Hall of Fame. The announcement was made at the CEDIA Expo 2013 in Denver, Colo.

Founded in 2004, the Excellence Awards competition recognizes the world’s best total home control projects using Lutron light, shade, and temperature controls, appliance modules, third-party equipment and more. Close to 100 of Lutron’s residential system providers have been honored since its inception.

This year’s competition received more entries than ever before, all of which were reviewed and judged by a panel of industry journalists.

The 2013 winners are:

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ASSA ABLOY acquires Ameristar

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Members in the News | 0 comments

Sweden, October 1, 2013 – ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to acquire Ameristar, the leading US manufacturer of perimeter security solutions. Ameristar offers a comprehensive product range of industrial and high security fencing and gates, complementing the ASSA ABLOY offering of security solutions in the American market.

“It is with excitement that I welcome Ameristar to the group. Ameristar is a highly strategic addition to ASSA ABLOY. The company reinforces our market leadership in North America and constitutes an important step in providing a complete range of products for total door opening solutions.” says Johan Molin, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY.

“Ameristar has built a solid reputation among building owners, architects and installers as the premier provider of security fencing solutions for the US market. Ameristar brings new valuable competencies to the group as well as providing an excellent fit with our broad array of security and safety solutions.” says Thanasis Molokotos, Executive Vice President of ASSA ABLOY and Head of the Americas Division.

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Lutron Enhances RadioRA 2 Control System; Expands LED Lighting, Motorized Shade Products

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Denver, September 27, 2013 – Lutron is showing in its booth (#1127) at CEDIA Expo 2013 new features for its popular RadioRA 2 wireless home control system.

The new RF SoftSwitch Module switches large loads – landscape lighting, pumps, and gates – without any wear on the relay and without the need for multiple devices. Lutron says it can switch an entire branch circuit of lighting, up to 16A, from Pico wireless remotes, system keypads, and smartphones. Lutron will begin shipping the RF SoftSwitch Module Oct. 15, 2013 for an MSRP of $149.

The new Daylight Control Package, available now, allows a RadioRA 2 system to respond to ambient light levels based on the controller (sensor) settings, allowing homeowners to enjoy the energy-saving benefits of daylight. The $900 MSRP includes a power pack, daylight sensor, and LC8 controller

The Wallbox Power Module is a wireless, multi-zone dimmer/switch that allows six zones to be installed into a 4-gang box, saving time and money and reducing wall clutter. It will begin shipping October 15, 2013 with an MSRP of $840.

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Lutron Revamps Design Collections of Motorized Shade Fabrics

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Denver, September 25, 2013 – Lutron Electronics will be quite busy this week in Denver at CEDIA Expo 2013 (booth #1127) as the Coopersburg, Pa.-based manufacturer is introducing, among other products, a ton of new fabrics for its motorized shades.

After recognizing a need to offer more stylish, fashion-forward options, Lutron has added an abundance of new shading fabrics to its Design Collections at a variety of price points. The Design Collections now includes more than 1,500 fabric options.

“These beautiful, new offerings give Lutron the widest breadth of fabric options for every style and design,” says Ed Blair, VP and GM of Lutron. “We can now satisfy our shade customers like never before.”

Here’s a rundown of the revamped line:

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Colliers International Takes Top Place in Euromoney Real Estate Survey 2013

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China, September 26, 2013 –  Colliers International’s leadership status in the real estate industry has been reaffirmed by the fact it was voted best advisor and consultant in more than 20 categories in Asia and individual countries in the Euromoney Real Estate Survey 2013.

Colliers’ outstanding performance in the Real Estate Survey includestaking the crown as Best Overall Advisor and Consultant in Asia,China, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore.

Piers Brunner, Colliers International’s Chief Executive Officer inAsia, says, “The honours we have received in various categories ofthe Asian real estate industry on a regional level testify to ourexpertise in assisting clients with different aspects of theirregional needs. On a national level, they underscore the excellenceof the localised real estate services we deliver in individualcountries.”

“Another key factor in our success is the shared sense of initiativethat drives our specialists in different locations to integrate theirresources, leverage their knowledge and embrace collaboration. Theseultimately benefit our clients in the form of the outstandingservices our teams provide.”

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Toshiba Announces Industry’s First Dual Camera Module Enabling Simultaneous Output of Images and Depth Data

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Tokyo, September 26, 2013 –  Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that it has launched the industry’s first(1) dual camera module for smartphones, tablets and mobile devices. “TCM9518MD” incorporates twin 1/4 inch optical format 5-megapixel CMOS camera modules (5 megapixels x 2 arrays) and simultaneously outputs recorded images and depth data. Images captured with the module can subsequently be manipulated to change the depth of field and point of focus. Samples will be available by January 2014, with mass production scheduled for April 2014.

Toshiba: Dual Camera Module, “TCM9518MD”, Enabling Simultaneous Output of Images and Depth Data (Photo: Business Wire)

The dedicated companion LSI of the “TCM9518MD” measures and appends depth data to objects in the image. These data can be used for a wide variety of applications, including focus and defocus, and even to extract and erase objects from the picture. Used in combination with customers’ applications, the module supports the creation of new functions.

The companion LSI generates 13-megapixel images by upscaling images taken by the twin 5-megapixel cameras, realizing a lower module height than that of conventional 13-megapixel camera modules(2) .

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Toshiba Celebrates Opening of New Semiconductor Facility in Thailand

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Thailand, September 26, 2013 – Toshiba Corporation has announced that its Thailand based Group company, Toshiba Semiconductor (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (TST), has completed its relocation to a new semiconductor manufacturing facility and started mass production, marking the company’s full recovery from the devastating flooding of 2011.

The new factory is located 140km north-east of Bangkok, representing a state-of-the art facility in the 304 Industrial Park in Prachinburi. Construction started in July 2012, limited production began this April, and the facility is now operating at its current target capacity. At 1.4 times the size of the flood-damaged plant, the new facility and its cutting-edge production equipment will allow TST and Toshiba Group to secure greater operating efficiency and higher productivity. With currently approx. 40,000 m2 floor area built on a 135,000 m2 ground area the new site offers room for expansion that will allow the company to respond quickly and flexibly to growth in market demand.

TST carries out back-end processes, the assembly and packaging of small signal devices (logic and linear ICs, transistors, diodes) and photocouplers, both product areas where strong demand growth is anticipated.

TST was forced to halt production in October 2011 when its factory in the Bangkadi Industrial Park in Patumtani, immediately north of Bangkok, was inundated by flood waters. During this forced suspension of operations, Toshiba transferred production to its facilities in Japan and Malaysia, and utilized outsourcing. With the opening of the new TST facility, Toshiba plans to gradually reintegrate these relocated operations.

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