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Compliance & Precision News Round-Up - Issue 6

This issue covers:

EU report of unsafe products

The EU Commission has released statistics on notices of unsafe consumer products that have been processed through the EU’s rapid information system (RAPEX) during December 2011.

Among a total of 190 validated notifications of unsafe products, electrical appliances and equipment were again among the top three categories with 15 notifications, with lighting equipment (grouped along with chemical products in the classification system) accounting for a further 10.

In terms of type of risk posed, 35 notifications concerned likely electric shock and 29 concerned fire risks.

Regarding the country of origin identified in connection with products posing a serious safety risk, more than half of all notifications (102) were related to products originating from China, including Hong Kong. Another 35 notifications originated in EU Member States. Thirty notifications failed to identify any country of origin.

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Product documentation standard is updated

The revised version of BS 8888:2011 Technical product documentation and specification, is now available.

The standard brings together all international standards needed to prepare technical product specifications (TPS), the use of 3D CAD models to define component geometry.

The updated version of the standard is intended to make it more user friendly for UK industry.

The inclusion of fundamental requirements and principles are designed to improve understanding of the full range of international standards for geometrical product specification, verification, and technical product documentation.

It also incorporates more fully than previous editions some of the fundamental requirements of the key international standards relevant to the preparation of technical product specifications.

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Open house at NPL

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) will be opening its doors to demonstrate the sort of work it is undertaken at its Teddington, London premises.

NPL is one of the UK's leading science and research facilities. It is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate standards, science and technology available. Their facilities are amongst the world’s most extensive and sophisticated for measurement science.

Doors will be open from 2pm until 8pm on Wednesday 14 March 2012. Everyone is welcome, but visitors must register in advance.

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GAMBICA promotes an Automated Britain

GAMBICA is hosting a special conference to promote automation as a key factor in growing the UK economy.

Automated Britain is being held on Tuesday 6th March at the Commonwealth Club in London.

The conference will alert manufacturing industry, government and the media to the economic benefits that automation offers and to spread best practice by having senior executives from the automation and manufacturing industries jointly present case studies on successful uses of automation to improve competitiveness.

Case studies will be presented by manufacturing companies such as Rolls Royce, Kraft Foods, National Grid and Ricoh in tandem with their automation partners ABB, Emerson, Honeywell, Rockwell, PCME and Siemens.

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EU trade with China

Evidence of China’s growing importance as an EU trading partner comes with the latest European Community trade statistics.

The data for the first ten months of 2011 show a continuing growth in EU trade with China. EU exports to China grew by 21%, from 92 billion euro in the first ten months of 2010 to 112 billion in the first ten months of 2011, while imports rose by 5%, from 232 billion to 244 billion in the same period.

In the ten months of 2011, China was the EU27's second most important trading partner after the USA, accounting for 9% of EU27 exports and 17% of EU27 imports.

Machinery, vehicles and other manufactured items accounted for 75% of the exports during the period under review, while these two groups together accounted for more than 90% of imports.

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Seaward for Supplier of the Year

Seaward is proud to announce it has been nominated for ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the Hire Awards of Excellence 2012.

The awards, organised by the Hire Association Europe are designed to genuinely recognise excellence throughout the Hire Industry – but Seaward needs your help to secure the accolade of supplier of the year.

Voting opens on Friday 2nd March – we hope you will show your support and help Seaward on its way to achieving this recognition award.



















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