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EIA'S ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES FOUNDATION AND NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER CENTER ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT

 EIA'S ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES FOUNDATION AND NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
 TRANSFER CENTER ENTER INTO COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT
 WHEELING, W.Va., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move to bolster the global competitiveness of the U.S. electronics industry, the National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) and the Electronic Industries Foundation (EIF) have joined forces to promote and facilitate development and transfer of marketable electronics technologies, it was announced today.
 NTTC is a national resource for assuring that business has rapid access to federal technology, expertise, and unique facilities.
 EIF is the not-for-profit foundation of Electronic Industries Association (EIA), the national trade organization that represents companies which manufacture electronic components, equipment and systems.
 The agreement signed today marks the first official alliance between NTTC and a trade association for the purpose of transferring technology from federal laboratories to private industry. It provides an electronics industry voice into the federal lab system for development of product and process technologies. Under the agreement, EIF will form a panel of top executives from eight EIA member companies to coordinate the research of federal laboratories with the needs of the electronics industries.
 Lee W. Rivers, NTTC's executive director, said he believes that the success of the initiative will depend heavily upon industry's ability to articulate its research needs. "The front side of the coin is that individual companies can get introductions to the federal labs," Rivers said. "The backside of the coin is addressing industry needs and communicating those needs to government labs."
 "To help ensure our economic future, the electronics industries need to interact more effectively with federal laboratories," said Peter F. McCloskey, president of the Electronic Industries Association. "We're proud to be the first association to work with NTTC on improving the quality of information that flows from federal labs to industry."
 "This agreement is in keeping with EIF's long-standing mission to work on behalf of the electronics industry by performing projects to help resolve issues of mutual concern to the public and the electronics industries," added Molly M. Mannon, president of EIF. "Such an issue is the need for cooperation between government and industry to improve our nation's economic vitality."
 "Today marks the beginning of a relationship that can serve as a prototype for other industries," said Jim Reed, NTTC's director of marketing. "In these times of limited resources, industry and government must do everything to maximize the practical applications of research activities."
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 /CONTACT: Diane Hedinger of NTTC, 304-243-2473, or Mark V. Rosenker of EIA, 202-457-4980/ CO: National Technology Transfer Center; Electronic Industries
 Association ST: West Virginia IN: CPR SU: JVN


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