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DLC qualified HYPERBAY Series High Bay luminaires
26.02.2017 GREEN CREATIVE announces the release of its 95W, 130W and 185W High Bay LED luminaires. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new HYPERBAY Series, these DLC qualified compact 2x2' luminaires feature a lightweight sturdy construction. Each fixture comes with three different optic choices (general prismatic, medium and aisle) to meet all low and high bay application needs. The 95W version replaces up to a 175W MH and comes standard with the general prismatic optic. The 130W version replaces up to a 250W MH and comes standard with the medium optic. read more

The Beast and The Beauty at the SSAB booth at CONEXPO-CON/AGG
26.02.2017 Hardox 'The Beast' and Strenx 'The Beauty' will be displaying their powers to fight wear and weight in a wide range of applications, including trailer chassis and dump bodies for the trucking industry, as well as applications for aggregates, earth moving, lifting, asphalt and concrete. The new Hardox 500 Tuf delivers an exceptional combination of strength, hardness and toughness. Superior wear and dent resistance gives long service life and the ability to withstand heavy impact. Also on display is the Hardox wear stairs, demonstrating how different Hardox grades deliver read more

SunLED's New HRS Series – Heart Rate Sensor LEDs
15.02.2017 Optoelectronic components have been evolving in application usages ever since its inception. What started out as simple indicator lights for ON/OFF purposes eventually expanded to LEDs being used aesthetically, enhancing the product in ways beyond indication. SunLED has proudly been a leading manufacturer in each of these turning points in opto technology. Lighting the way towards the next chapter in LED evolution, SunLED introduces the HRS Series - Heart Rate Sensor LEDs. SunLED's HRS Series is available in 0603 and 1206 packages which are ideal read more

Hitachi's High-Tech AC Brushless Impact Wrenches
13.02.2017 Hitachi Power Tools unveiled a new line of ultra-efficient AC Brushless Impact Wrenches featuring Hitachi's Aluminum Housing Body (AHB) construction that delivers impressive internal and external durability. Hitachi leads the commercial industry in North America by delivering products that permit the use of extra-long extension cords without power loss, and also eliminates maintenance of armatures or carbon brushes. These Impact Wrenches deliver superior performance when powered by a generator due to an internal inverter circuit that regulates uneven power supply for ultimate jobsite convenience. read more

Goldhofer setting new standards at Conexpo
13.02.2017 At Conexpo, Goldhofer will be presenting its two big attractions to its American customers: a 6-axle ADDRIVE with three self propelled axle lines and an STZ-P 9 (3+3+3) AA low loader semitrailer for use on North American highways. ADDRIVE is something special: With its enormous versatility and wide range of potential applications, this switchable drive, which was unveiled at Bauma in Munich, optimizes working with heavy-duty modules – whether they are operated as towed modules or as self-propelled modular transporters. read more

Well equipped and heated through the winter
13.02.2017 The preservation of cultural monuments such as Neuschwanstein Castle is usually associated with a great deal of time and effort together with correspondingly higher challenges placed on the erection of the scaffold. For scaffolding and enclosure of the gateway building, the PERI UP Flex scaffold solution has been optimally adapted to suit the local site conditions and static requirements. The exclusive use of system scaffolding components thereby accelerated the assembly work and, at the same time, increased safety levels during the use of the scaffold. read more

Siemens 8-megawatt wind turbine up and running
13.02.2017 Siemens Wind Power has installed the latest version of its offshore direct drive wind turbine at the national test center in Østerild, Denmark – according to plan. The SWT-8.0-154 is rated at 8 megawatts (MW) and equipped with the proven 154-meter rotor. The prototype was certified by DNV GL in January, confirming all relevant safety features for test operation. The new offshore turbine was installed on a steel tower at a hub height of 120 meters. The prototype will be used for both mechanical and electrical testing. The final type certificate is expected for 2018. read more

Bufftech Breezwood style vinyl fence with Select Cedar texture
13.02.2017 CertainTeed understands that curb appeal and performance are important to homeowners when it comes to choosing the right exterior products for their homes. With the introduction of Bufftech Breezwood style vinyl fence with Select Cedar texture, CertainTeed gives homeowners the opportunity to add a fresh modern look to any landscape with new horizontal picket offerings, and provides peace of mind that maintenance will be limited to washing off dirt and dust. The semi-private design of Bufftech Breezewood lets in natural light and provides an open feel while maintaining privacy. read more

Europe added 1.5GW of offshore wind in 2016
13.02.2017 Europe installed 1,558 MW of new offshore wind in 2016 with cumulative capacity reaching 12,631 MW. The industry announced a record €18.2 billion of investments in new wind farms to be built in the coming years. This represents a further 4.9 GW of new capacity across five countries, half of it in the UK. Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope, said: "It's good to see the high level of investments in offshore wind – up 40% year on year. The new installations are in line with trend rate of the last 5 years after a spike in 2015. This was due to a backlog of grid connections." read more

exhibitions and other events

CTT 2017: Numerous big names in the industry already registered
16.02.2017 Even before the official closing date for registrations, numerous local and international key accounts have already registered for CTT 2017, which will be held at the Crocus Expo IEC in Moscow, Russia from May 30 to June 3. Russian companies taking part in the international specialized exhibition for Construction Equipment & Technologies include Chaika-NN, ELAZ, Kovrov Electromechanical Plant, Kudesnik, Novtrak, Peterburgsky Traktorny Zavod, PSMHYDRAULICS, and Tradicia-K and Tverstroymash. International companies such as Ammann, Bosch Rexroth, Koluman, Liebherr, Liugong, Manitou, Merlo, Palfinger, Putzmeister, Saez, Tatra Trucks, ThyssenKrupp Bautechnik, and Wirtgen will also be exhibiting at CTT. read more

ConMin West Africa: New date for trade fair for construction machinery in Nigeria
15.02.2017 The international trade fair for construction machinery and mining, ConMin West Africa, in Abuja, Nigeria and the parallel conference "National Mining Summit" will be postponed from April 2017 to June 13-15, 2017. read more

Greenery & Landscaping China: New greenery trade fair in Shanghai
01.02.2017 From 7 to 9 June 2017, the Shanghai World Expo Convention & Exhibition Center (SWEECC) will be transformed into a meeting place for China's green professionals. Decision-makers from China, who plan, construct and maintain gardens, parks, open spaces, sports facilities, playgrounds and golf courses, will then be informing themselves at Greenery & Landscaping China about the latest products and services. From 2017, NürnbergMesse China will be the organizer of this trade fair. This event has already existed since 2003 under another name and is now being developed further together with the founding father, the Shanghai Landscape Architecture and Gardening Trade Association (SLAGTA). The event's cycle is annual, this year 200 international exhibitors are expected. We asked Darren Guo, Managing Director NürnbergMesse China (pictured), among other things why European firms are benefiting from participating at the fair. read more

Long Night of Architecture
25.01.2017 The fourth "Long Night of Architecture", organized as part of BAU, the "World´s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials, Systems", met with overwhelming interest from the people of Munich, architectural tourists and visitors to BAU 2017. More than 35,000 architecture fans took part in the event. Again this time, the "Long Night of Architecture" (LNA) was an opportunity to gain unique insights into some of the most architecturally impressive buildings, urban development projects, showrooms and infrastructure projects in the Bavarian capital. read more

industry news

Vinci Construction wins contract on Line 15 South of the future Grand Paris Express transport network
27.02.2017 The joint venture made up of Vinci Construction, a global player in concessions and construction, associated with Spie batignolles, a large French construction and services group, has won a major Grand Paris Express contract. Société du Grand Paris selected the bid submitted by this joint venture to build the T3C section of Line 15 South between the Fort d'Issy-Vanves-Clamart and Villejuif Louis Aragon stations. read more

Arcadis and Sweco to redevelop the Brussels ring road
24.02.2017 Design firms Arcadis and Sweco Belgium have been awarded a multiannual service contract by the Flemish Region for the redevelopment of the ring road around Brussels. The works affect the northern part of the road, between the two connections with the E40, an important east-west connection in Belgium. read more

Atkins calls for joined-up approach to power the cars of the future
24.02.2017 Major energy supply challenges await as we transition from decades of traditional fuel cars to an era of electric vehicles, according to a new study by Atkins. These challenges will need close collaboration between the transport and energy industries to solve them. read more

Amsterdam ArenA focusing with BAM and Honeywell on innovation in technical management and maintenance
20.02.2017 BAM Bouw en Techniek and Honeywell will become strategic innovation partners of the Amsterdam ArenA for all technology. Part of the agreement forms the installation of a new building management system for the management of the technical systems in the stadium. Assisted by sensors, the building management system collects data from the connected equipment, which is analysed by BAM and Honeywell. Based on data analysis, failures are detected early so that maintenance can be carried out before any inconvenience arises. The systems of BAM Bouw en Techniek and Honeywell make the Amsterdam ArenA a flagship in the field of 'data driven operation', whereby preventive regular maintenance makes room for predictable, data-driven maintenance. read more

Bouygues Construction awarded Top Employers France 2017 certification
20.02.2017 Bouygues Construction has been certified by the Top Employers Institute. The label, which is awarded following a rigorous survey of processes and an audit, recognises the quality of the human resources practices that the company has made available to its employees. These cover the working environment, the development of talents, the optimisation of HR practices, etc. read more

Skanska builds light rail in Lund, Sweden
15.02.2017 Skanska has signed a contract with the municipality of Lund to build a new tramway between Lund Central Station and the European Spallation Source (ESS), northeast of downtown. The contract is worth about SEK 710M, which will be included in the Nordic order bookings for the first quarter of 2017. The project includes 5.5 kilometers of double track and includes nine stops, a new bridge, traffic devices and installation of track, electrical, signal and telecom in the urban environment. read more

BAM completes stadium mixed use development work in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi
10.02.2017 BAM International, the operating company of Royal BAM Group active outside of Europe, has completed the original scope contract for the Al Ain stadium mixed use development in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The original scope of work comprised six residential buildings with retail units, a 10,000 m2 office building, a four-star hotel, 650 m2 of food and beverage outlets, a 1, 350 car park building and infrastructural works. The Aloft hotel (brand of Starwood) includes 173 rooms and a variety of facilities, such as a gym, spa, swimming pool, and restaurants. read more

Lendlease Turner JV awarded the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center expansion project
08.02.2017 A design build team led by Lendlease (US) Construction LMB Inc. and Turner Construction — with tvsdesign — was selected by Empire State Development Corporation to oversee the $1.5 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. read more

BAM Clough completes marine services contract for Karratha Gas Plant Life Extension
26.01.2017 BAM International, together with its Australian partner Clough, has completed the marine installation services contract for the Karratha Gas Plant Life Extension Integrated Marine Campaign project in Western Australia for Woodside Energy Limited. The works comprised project management and installation engineering works associated with replacing existing equipment on two berths, including LNG and LPG marine loading arms, gangways and dolphin fenders. read more

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