WaterBriefs: Global plastics maker picks TiPS LogMate for alarm management

Also in this report: ISP acquires French biocide maker; IWC issues call for 2006 papers; Bottled water, soda analyses among new reports; Pa. DEP simplifies water use registration; IDEXX Labs to buy, expand HQ; Air Products, nPhase enter joint venture; Calgon Carbon opens China plant; UltraStrip Systems receives stock symbol; Alcoa nabs Coke Korea bottling deal; Itron conducts study on energy price increase impacts on utility demand forecasts; Shaw venture wins $192M DOE remediation contract...

In other news below:
-- International Specialty Products acquires French biocide maker
-- International Water Conference issues call for 2006 papers
-- Bottled water, soft drink analyses among recent Research & Market reports
-- Pa. DEP simplifies water use registration process
-- IDEXX Laboratories announces $18M-plus facilities expansion plan
-- Air Products, nPhase to offer supply chain management solutions to chemical, fuel industries
-- Calgon Carbon opens new carbon facility in China
-- UltraStrip Systems receives NASDAQ stock symbol
-- Calif. DWR increases 2006 State Water Project allocation to 70%
-- S. Calif. residents encouraged to get inside scoop on precious resource - water
-- Alcoa nabs supply agreements with Coca-Cola Korea Bottling
-- OSHA revokes slip resistance provisions from Steel Erection Standard
-- Itron conducts study to understand energy price increase impacts on utility demand forecasts
-- Author calls for implementing National Environmental Master Plan
-- Shaw venture awarded $192 million remediation contract from DOE

Global plastics manufacturer selects TiPS LogMate for alarm management
GEORGETOWN, TX, Jan., 20 2006 -- TiPS is pleased to announce that LogMate has been selected as the corporate alarm management software solution by one of the world's leading manufacturers of plastic, silicon, and ceramic materials with facilities in the United States, Mexico, and Europe.

After a detailed technical evaluation of available products, the undisclosed corporation was selected LogMate based on proof-of-concept, features, ease of use, and low maintenance.

TiPS Inc. (www.tipsweb.com) is a pioneer in alarm management software, producing the first version of LogMate in 1990. LogMate has been refined over 16 years and hundreds of installations around the globe. TiPS prides itself on quality, stable, feature-rich products that excel against the highest standards of value. TiPS is a leader in alarm management, committed to education and empowerment of our current and future clients.

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Among other recent headlines:

International Specialty Products acquires the business of Progiven S.A.S. -- WAYNE, NJ, Jan. 20, 2006 -- International Specialty Products Inc. (ISP) today announced that, through one of its subsidiaries, it has acquired the business of French biocides manufacturer, Progiven S.A.S. Established in 1946, Progiven is recognized as a leading formulator of biocides for a diverse range of industrial applications including paints and coatings, glues and adhesives, metalworking fluids, building industry materials, textile and leather auxiliaries, detergents and water treatment additives. It's built a strong market position through the combination of its unique technical expertise and customer service orientation and today serves over 700 customers in more than 50 countries...

IWC-06 issues call for papers -- PITTSBURGH, Jan. 20, 2006 -- The International Water Conference® (IWC), organized by the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania, issued a final call for papers on Jan. 17 for its next event, Oct. 22-26 at Pittsburgh's OMNI William Penn Hotel. The deadline for abstracts is Feb. 10. This will be the 67th annual event for the organization, which held its first conference outside of Pittsburgh last fall and experienced a 25% jump in attendance at the Orlando, FL, site...

Still bottled water remains Canadian favorite - analysis -- DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 20, 2006 -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of "Bottled Water in Canada" to its offering of market and industry analysis reports...
Also see:
-- "Sales of soft drinks analyzed at both world, regional levels with forecasts to 2009"
-- "Bottled water market in South Africa forecasted to change by 2009"
-- "Water prices in U.S. among lowest in developed world, with average price of $0.6 per cubic meter compared to Germany's $2.2"

Pa. DEP simplifies water use registration process -- Enhanced registration forms, instructions now available -- HARRISBURG, PA, Jan. 20, 2006 -- To continue Pennsylvania's leadership in water resource management and conservation, the Department of Environmental Protection has simplified the interim water-use registration process. The new, single-step registration will make it even easier to determine how much water Pennsylvania has, how much is being used, and how much will be available in the future. As part of the Water Resources Planning Act (Act 220 of 2002), the department is required to update the State Water Plan and conduct a statewide water withdrawal and use registration and reporting program...
Also see:
-- "Gov. Rendell directs filing of briefs to protect water supply, control pollution"
-- "EPA awards $263,443 for Pennsylvania's Wetlands Program"
-- "Schuylkill River Heritage Area teams up with Exelon Nuclear to improve Schuylkill River Watershed"

IDEXX Laboratories announces facilities expansion plan -- WESTBROOK, ME, Jan. 19, 2006 -- IDEXX Laboratories Inc. announced a plan to expand its facilities in Westbrook, ME, where the company has had its headquarters since 1991. The plan would include the acquisition for $18 million and renovation of the building in which this building. It currently leases 350,000 square feet in the building and would acquire the remaining 130,000 square feet previously occupied by another tenant. IDEXX also owns an undeveloped 12-acre parcel adjacent to this building that could be the site of future expansion. The company expects the acquisition to be completed by May 2006...

Air Products, nPhase form venture to offer supply chain management solutions to chemical, fuel industries -- CHICAGO, Jan. 19, 2006 -- Air Products announced formation of a joint venture with nPhase LLC, looking to capitalize on the emerging trend of using inventory management services to gain supply chain efficiencies across a broad array of industrial markets. Specifically, the joint venture will focus on the use of customized machine-to-machine (M2M) telemetry that allows remote electronic monitoring of inventory levels in tanks or other containers. Product levels are read by machine -- as opposed to periodic manual readings -- and transferred to a central system where such real-time data is used to automate forecasting, make production and delivery more efficient, optimize energy usage and reduce the risk of inventory depletion. Potential market applications include the petrochemical industry, fuels and lubricants, agricultural and specialty chemicals, and water treatment industries...

Calgon Carbon opens new carbon facility in China -- PITTSBURGH, Jan. 18, 2006 -- Calgon Carbon Corp. announced the startup of its new activated carbon processing and packaging facility today in Tianjin, China. The facility will be operated by Calgon Carbon Company Tianjin Limited (CCT), a wholly owned subsidiary of the corporation. At nearly 35,000 square meters, this state-of-the- art facility replaces Calgon Carbon's existing 7,000 square meter Tianjin operation which was opened in mid-2002. The new operation will enable the company to better serve both new and existing customers throughout Asia and provides room for on-site expansion to meet future demand.
GAC produced by Calgon Carbon's Datong, China, manufacturing plant, as well as outsourced products, will be processed, tested and packaged at Tianjin for supply to customers in Asia and around the world. The CCT facility is equipped with a large sizing, screening, crushing and packaging operation, expansive storage warehouse, and a full-service laboratory complete with cutting edge testing and analytical instruments...

UltraStrip Systems receives NASDAQ OTCBB stock symbol -- STUART, FL, Jan. 18, 2006 -- UltraStrip Systems Inc., a Florida-based homeland security technology company, announced that the application of Wunderlich Securities Inc. to trade UltraStrip's common stock has been approved by the National Association of Securities Dealers. The company was assigned "USTP" as its stock symbol and expects to begin trading this month on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB)...

Calif. DWR increases 2006 State Water Project allocation to 70% -- SACRAMENTO, Jan. 18, 2006 -- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced it's increasing its allocation of 2006 State Water Project (SWP) water for long-term contractors from 65% to 70% of requests. Dan Flory, chief of the Department's State Water Project Analysis Office credited a very wet December and early January with giving DWR the opportunity to provide SWP contractors a higher percentage of their requests...

S. Calif. residents encouraged to get inside scoop on precious resource - water -- LONG BEACH, CA, Jan. 18, 2006 -- While Southern California's population and economy continue to grow, its water supply does not. In the next 15 years, the region is expected to gain as many as 2.6 million new residents. Today, in Southern California, the primary sources of water come from outside our region (the Colorado River and State Water Protect/California Aqueduct). The public is invited to learn more about this vital resource and its future sustainability from leading industry experts. Sponsored by the Long Beach Water Department, the Aquarium of the Pacific's Aquatic Academy, in Long Beach, is presenting its annual educational course "California and Water" on four consecutive Thursday evenings, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. from March 9 through March 30...

Alcoa nabs supply agreements with Coca-Cola Korea Bottling -- SOUTH KOREA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 18, 2006--Alcoa's Alcoa Closure Systems International (CSI) business has entered into several supply agreements with Coca-Cola Korea Bottling Company (CCKBC), the leading beverage company in South Korea, for various plastic closure products. Alcoa CSI Korea signed a three-year supply agreement starting this year to provide its 28 mm TS-Lok plastic water closure for CCKBC's Soonsoo 100™ bottled water brand. Bottled water is the fastest-growing beverage in South Korea. Alcoa CSI Korea also extended its agreement with CCKBC to provide its 28mm hot-filled plastic closures for various Coca-Cola brands sold in South Korea including Minute Maid and Qoo, a juice drink, and has signed a one-year exclusive supply agreement for its 38mm Extra-Lok plastic closure as well. CSI has supplied CCKBC with its 38mm and 43mm hot filled closures for Powerade since 2000...

OSHA revokes slip resistance provisions from Steel Erection Standard -- CHICAGO, Jan. 18 -- The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today that it's revoking the provision within the Steel Erection Standard that addresses slip resistance of the walking surfaces of coated structural steel members, reported the American Institute of Steel Construction...

Itron conducts study to understand energy price increase impacts on utility demand forecasts -- SPOKANE, WA, Jan. 17, 2006 -- As an industry leader in providing energy forecasting information, Itron is conducting an energy price elasticity study. The impact of prices on energy forecasts is determined by the presence of price variables in forecasting models and by the coefficients on the price terms. Price coefficients can be converted into "elasticities," which are unitless numbers that give the percent change in sales caused by a one percent change in price. The survey and future Benchmarking Study are being conducted in response to a growing number of utilities that have expressed concern about the recent run-up of energy prices on electric and gas sales. The results from Itron's survey will be used to describe the industry's best practices for accounting for the potential price increases on future sales. Results of the survey will be shared with all participants while keeping individual responses confidential. In addition, Itron will discuss the results during a free forecasting brown bag seminar on March 21, 2006 at noon (Pacific Time) titled "Accounting for Price in Your Forecast: Measures and Methodologies"...
Also see: "Itron unveils Distribution Asset Analysis Suite™ for load management, capacity planning"

Author calls for implementing National Environmental Master Plan -- CLEARWATER, FL, Jan. 17, 2006 -- Recent natural disasters illustrate the need for mankind to better co-exist with nature. The worldwide onslaught of hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornados and floods has shaken our beliefs in environmental policies. These events remind us we need to plan our world, keeping the environment in mind. Mother Nature cannot and will not be ignored any longer, says John M. Tettemer, civil engineer, environmentalist, and author of Creating the National Environmental Master Plan -- 2006...

Shaw venture awarded $192 million remediation contract from DOE -- BATON ROUGE, LA, Jan. 17, 2006 -- The Shaw Group Inc. announced Jan. 6 that its joint venture company, Paducah Remediation Services LLC, was awarded a business contract by the U.S. Department of Energy to perform environmental remediation and waste management activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, KY. Paducah Remediation, which includes joint venture partner, Portage Environmental Inc., will be responsible for groundwater and soil remedial actions, removing legacy waste, decontamination and decommissioning certain inactive facilities, operation of the site waste storage facilities, surveillance and maintenance activities, as well as other activities. Following a transition period, Paducah Remediation will take over from the existing contractor in April 2006. The contract covers a three-year period ending in September 2009...
Also see: Shaw's NAVFAC Atlantic environmental remediation contract rises to $100 million

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Cashing in on $15B global residential water treatment equipment market" -- Also in this report (Jan. 17, 2006): Grundfos establishes new company in Romania - continues rapid growth in E. Europe; GE's antiscalant technology successfully replaces acid dosing in Aruba desal plant; Mexico confirms multiple projects for Latin infrastructure event; Pasadena, Texas, extends contract with Severn Trent Services; Kinder Morgan to sell Terasen Water & Utility Services; United Utilities selects Enea's Polyhedra database for massive UK water supply system; Northwest Pipe announces $10 million order, provides 4Q outlook; American States Water wins approval by CPUC of rate increases; Hydroxyl Systems nabs $6M Royal Caribbean contract for CleanSea wastewater technology; OMNI announces key personnel appointments; TTCM China announces $1.8 million in new pipe contracts; Kadant receives order for over $7 million from major linerboard producer in China; Modine to receive Cooling Innovation Award at AHR Expo; $310K DOE grant to ThermoEnergy for zero-air-emission industrial power plants...

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