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UK will lead in zero emission cars, says supplier Rexel

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The UK government has confirmed its commitment to zero emission cars by saying  that all passenger vehicles sales must be for zero emission vehicles by 2050. This was the ambitious target agreed at the International Climate Conference in Paris before Christmas. The UK has also signed up to the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Alliance, for promoting the wider international uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles. Members include ...

Government seeks advice on UK’s digital strategy

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Government is looking for advice on the UK’s digital strategy and it has called on public and industry to share their ideas on how the UK’s digital revolution can take shape. The government claims the Tech City UK initiative, launched five years ago, has has changed thde digital economy “beyond recognition”. This has proliferated with more than 70 per cent ...

Europe extends reach of REACH regs

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In connection with the REACH Regulation (EC 1907/2006), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) passed a judgement on 10 September concerning articles that, according to the REACH Regulation, contain so-called ‘substances of very high concern’ (SVHCs). To date, a threshold value of 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) as laid down in Article 7, Paragraph 2 and Article 33 of the ...

National Coding Week aims at adult learners

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National Coding Week is intended open up coding to adults, potentially leading to careers in programming. Taking place over September 21-27, there will be free-to-attend training sessions across the UK, where people will be taught the basics of coding alongside other beginners with little or no previous knowledge. There is a clickable event map on the National Coding Week website. “The ...

Fight against obsolescence extended in 2015

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The Component Obsolescence Group (COG)  hopes support services for obsolescence management (OM) will be extended to a wider range of industries and materials with the launch of the International Institute of Obsolescence Management (IIOM) in January 2015. The new professional body will provide professional qualifications for practitioners of Obsolescence Management. According to Stuart Kelly, chairman of COG UK and IIOM, ...

European plan for automatic car accident alerts is delayed

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A European initiative which could automate the process of emergency services being notified on road accidents anywhere in the European Union is facing a two year delay. The EC had originally proposed that legislation for the introduction of the eCall system would be in place by end of 2015. But adoption by the European Parliament has been slower than expected and so the deadline for implementation of the eCall system has slipped by two ...

Electronics patent of the month: Improving Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) systems

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Michael Jaeger, patent attorney at leading UK patent and trade mark attorneys Withers & Rogers LLP, writes: GB Patent Number: GB2500134 Granted to: Redcliffe Magtronics Limited You’ve seen them before and you know what they do, but do you know what they’re called? By this I mean the tags attached to clothing and other high-value items which shop assistants remove at the ...