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Business Buzz ¦ BTC Electronic Components Inc., an authorized, stocking and value-added distributor specializing in high reliability connectors for aerospace, military, industrial and medical applications, announced its AS9100 certification. The...


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¦ BTC Electronic Components Inc., an authorized, stocking and value-added distributor specializing in high reliability connectors for aerospace, military, industrial and medical applications, announced its AS9100 certification. The certification signifies that BTC meets and exceeds internationally recognized standards for quality, safety and reliability in our products and processes. UL DQS Inc., an independent registrar, granted BTC certification to AS9100 Revision B following a rigorous auditing process. AS9100 includes the entire ISO9001:2000 standard with 80 additional requirements specific to the aerospace industry. This was BTC’s first AS9100 audit and the connector supplier scored 97.6 percent.

¦ Reelcraft Industries Inc. introduced a new compact dual pedestal reel. The latest offering in dual pedestal design from Reelcraft, the Series DP5000 is smaller and more compact than its Series DP7000 counterpart for air/water, oil and grease up to 1/2” I.D. hose. These reels feature the company’s patent-pending, interlocking steel-formed and stamped base design.

¦ Singapore Airport Terminal Services Limited (SATS) announced its plans to launch Coolport @ Changi — Singapore’s first on-airport perishables handling centre — in the first quarter of 2010. Costing approximately S$12 million to build, Coolport @ Changi will be the first dedicated on-airport facility in Singapore for handling terminal and transit perishables cargo within the Free Trade Zone. It will have multi-tiered zones, with different temperatures ranging from -28°C to 18°C, to handle a wide range of commodities.

¦ The International Air Transport Association announced international scheduled traffic results for July showing passenger demand declining 2.9 percent compared to the same month in the previous year while freight demand was down 11.3 percent. The international passenger load factors stood at 80.3 percent. The July passenger demand fall of 2.9 percent was a relative improvement over the 7.2 percent drop in June and the 6.8 percent decline recorded over the first seven months of the year. July capacity was more in line with reduced demand than in previous months and load factors are similar to those recorded in July 2008. These positive developments, however, have come at the expense of yields which continue to fall sharply, according to IATA. The 11.3 percent decline in cargo demand for July was also a relative improvement over the -16.5 percent recorded in June and the -19.3 percent average for the first seven months of the year. Despite this improvement, the July freight load factor of 47.6 percent was lower than the 49 percent recorded in July 2008.

¦ CeoTronics AG Audio Video Data Communication recorded consolidated revenues of €18,815 thousand for fiscal year 2008/2009 (the second-highest figure in the group’s history). This represents a decline of 11.7 percent on the previous year’s record revenues.

¦ AeroVironment Inc. has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for technology that facilitates the optimal charging, management, control and maintenance of battery packs, chargers and electric vehicles (EVs). Patent No. 7,444,192 builds on AV’s intellectual property portfolio in its Efficient Energy Systems business segment. This segment’s products include PosiCharge™ systems, the fast-charge systems for electric vehicles.

¦ Swissport Cargo Services announced that it’s the first global handling company to provide monthly performance reports to the Cargo 2000 organization. The reports form the first phase of full performance reporting, and relate to messaging performance. Some 56 stations are included and cover all C2K and non C2K airlines that are handled bythe company. Swissport joined Cargo 2000 in 1997. It is now certifying all stations to be Cargo 2000 compliant.

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