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Caterpillar sponsored hackathon to create innovative solutions
27.09.2016 Software developers, data scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs recently convened in San Francisco for a 54-hour hackathon sponsored by Caterpillar and Unearthed, an Australia-based open innovation organization for the global resources sector. The hackathon format brought together creative problem solvers and industry experts who work in teams under intense time pressure to propose prototype solutions to industry challenges. "Caterpillar is pleased to sponsor Unearthed San Francisco," said Tony Johnson, read more

Guardian Glass transitions to Guardian ExtraClear float glass
27.09.2016 In response to continuing industry trends for higher transparency and neutral glass, Guardian Glass has now completed the transition of all clear float and fabricated glass production to Guardian ExtraClear float glass in continental Europe. As a result, Guardian ClimaGuard Premium2 glass has become Guardian's standard 1.1 Ug value thermal insulation glass for residential applications in this region. Guardian ExtraClear glass offers higher light transmission and a more natural and neutral colour in a wide range of applications. It can be fabricated, laminated, painted, read more

Waste heat is put to use
27.09.2016 Diesel engines in commercial vehicles today work extremely efficiently. For example, in long-haul trucks, it is possible to convert about 40 percent of the energy chemically bound up in the fuel into forward movement. A large portion of the currently-unusable energy escapes into the environment as exhaust heat. More and more manufacturers of commercial vehicles are working on new concepts, which convert some of the exhaust heat into kinetic energy. In this way, the fuel consumption of heavy trucks is expected to be cut by a minimum of 5 percent. read more

GREEN CREATIVE launches DLC qualified ELEVATE Series LED 1x4’ Troffer
23.09.2016 GREEN CREATIVE announceв the release of its 1x4' troffer. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new ELEVATE Series, the 1x4' troffer features a modern look, high quality architectural finish and offers high performance lighting distribution with a low glare lens. At 36W, this troffer features an exceptional efficacy over 98 lumens per watt that meets DLC 3.0 Standard requirements. "Following the same high spec requirements of the other ELEVATE Series products, the new 1x4' troffer helps complete the lineup," says GREEN CREATIVE Regional Sales Manager Zach Mix. read more

Hitachi's New Triple Hammer Impact Driver, Model WH18DBDL2
22.09.2016 Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.) announced the newest addition to its 18V Brushless Lithium Ion Cordless line, the WH18DBDL2 Triple Hammer Impact Driver that is truly in a class of its own. This revolutionary Professional impact incorporates a third anvil for ultimate torque, less vibration and faster tightening speed. It is powered by Hitachi's new Compact 3.0Ah battery that delivers the same capacity as an 18V 3.0Ah Lithium Ion battery, but in about half the footprint and weight for the ultimate professional experience. read more

Volvo first in the world with self-driving truck in underground mine
15.09.2016 Volvo's fully autonomous truck is the first in the world to be tested in operations deep underground in the Kristineberg Mine. The self-driving truck is part of a development project aimed at improving the transport flow and safety in the mine. The truck will cover a distance of 7 kilometres, reaching 1,320 metres underground in the narrow mine tunnels. "This is the world's first fully self-driving truck to operate under such tough conditions. It is a true challenge to ensure that everything works meticulously more than 1300 metres underground," read more

Xylem enables Zurich wastewater treatment plant meet new regulations
15.09.2016 Xylem has been awarded a contract to provide advanced treatment technology to the Werdhölzli wastewater treatment plant in Zurich, the largest wastewater treatment facility in Switzerland serving 434,000 people. Xylem's ozone technology will enable the plant to meet new Swiss regulations regarding the protection of water bodies and specifically, the removal of micropollutants. Xylem will supply eight Wedeco SMOevo ozone systems to the Werdhoelzli wastewater treatment plant as part of a 50 million CHF (51.17 million USD) upgrade project. read more

SunLED introduces 1206 Bi-Color SMD LED now in Ultra-Bright Colors
12.09.2016 SunLED is excited to release a series that redefines high intensity, low current LEDs. Designed and built to meet and exceed the most demanding visibility requirements, the XZxxxx55W-8 series outshines nearly all other LEDs. Developed from a combination of AlInGaP and InGaN dies, this series ensures a long and robust lifespan while outputting a brilliant array of colors. With a standard 1206 footprint of 3.2mm x 1.6mm, this bi-color SMD LED uses a configuration of Ultra-Bright colors paired with a dome lens to provide read more

Henninger Turm: project support at the very highest level
12.09.2016 The Henninger Turm, with its very distinctive barrel-shaped top section, was and is once again one of the landmarks of Frankfurt. With formwork, scaffolding and a comprehensive range of services, PERI provided project-specific execution solutions for every stage of the construction from a single source. With a height of around 140 m, the new Henninger Turm is one of the tallest residential towers in Germany. A total of 210 apartments are expected to be ready for occupancy at the beginning of 2017. The former grain storage silo of the Henninger brewery, read more

exhibitions and other events

The special shows at BAU 2017
13.09.2016 In its special show at BAU 2016, the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB—Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) takes up the key theme of Living and Building 2020, looking in particular at integrated concepts and product efficiency. A new EU directive requires that all new buildings must conform to the Nearly Zero Energy Standard. And that means energy efficiency throughout the production chain becomes a relevant sales argument also for manufacturers. Other sustainability aspects also come into focus, such as durability, amortization costs, recycling capability, convenience and a healthy environment. This special show sets out how such parameters can be consistently optimized. read more

Thai students take top honor at international competition in Stockholm
01.09.2016 Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world's most challenging water issues, congratulates Sureeporn Triphetprapa, Thidarat Phianchat and Kanjana Komkla of Thailand, the winners of the 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), the most prestigious international student competition for water-related research. read more

Mexican Government recognizes Cemex for environmental efforts
01.09.2016 Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: CX) announced that Mexico's Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources granted the company Honorable Mention for the 2016 National Award of Ecological Merit. This award is the country's most important environmental recognition and was presented to Cemex for its conservation and restoration efforts under the company's El Carmen Conservation Program. read more

The first Vinci Cup, an international football tournament for under-15s
29.08.2016 Vinci and Paris FC are organising the first Vinci Cup, as part of their partnership, on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August at the Complexe Marcel Bec in Meudon, a southwestern suburb of Paris. The aim for this unprecedented international tournament is to establish it as the benchmark for under-15 (U15) football players. read more

industry news

Management appointments at BAM Deutschland and BAM PPP
27.09.2016 The Executive Board of Royal BAM Group nv has appointed Dr. M. Koch as managing director (Vorstandsvorsitzender) of BAM Deutschland AG with effect from 1 October 2016. Markus Koch (46) has been part of the management of BAM's general building company in Germany since 2010. read more

Skanska builds Nedre Otta power plant in Norway
26.09.2016 Skanska has signed a contract with Eidsiva Vannkraft AS to build Nedre Otta power plant in the municipalities Sel and Vågå, Norway. The contract is worth NOK 657M, about SEK 650M, which will be included in the order bookings for Skanska Norway for the third quarter in 2016. read more

ABB wins orders to strengthen power grid in Canada
23.09.2016 ABB has won orders worth over $85 million from leading Canadian utility Hydro-Québec (HQ) to upgrade its 800-kilovolt (kV) air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substations and transmission grid with state-of-the-art circuit breakers, power transformers and shunt reactors. The upgrade is driven by the increasing demand for power and the need to integrate new sources of renewable energy. HQ operates one of the largest 800 kV networks in the world, a large part of which was originally developed in the 1960s and 70s and ABB has been involved in the modernization of its power infrastructure over decades. read more

Skanska invests in new office project in Helsinki, Finland
21.09.2016 Skanska invests EUR 46M, about SEK 430M, in a new office project in Helsinki, Finland, with a gross leasable area of 12,000 square meters. The construction contract is worth EUR 33M, about SEK 310M, which will be included in the order bookings for Skanska Finland for the third quarter 2016. The new building is located in Lintulahti area close to the sea and less than two kilometers from the Helsinki city center. It is within easy reach by both public transport and car. In the area, industrial history meets a modern urban environment, where living, working, and leisure are simultaneously present, creating a new kind of urban culture. read more

BAM appoints Director Digital Construction
14.09.2016 The Executive Board of Royal BAM Group nv has appointed Mr M.F. de Jonge as Director Digital Construction with effect from 1 October 2016. Currently Menno de Jonge (1961) is Business Development Manager at Autodesk bv. read more

Hochtief Projektentwicklung sells Height4 hotel development in Hamburg
14.09.2016 Hochtief Projektentwicklung has sold the Height4 hotel project off-plan to the UK's biggest hospitality group, Whitbread plc, by way of a forward deal. Height4 is part of the Hamburg Heights urban quarter that Hochtief Projektentwicklung is developing in Hamburg-Altstadt. read more

Strabag subsidiary to enlarge Södertälje Canal
14.09.2016 Züblin Scandinavia AB, a Swedish subsidiary of publicly listed construction group Strabag, has been awarded the contract by the Swedish Maritime Administration Sjöfartsverket to build a new lock and to enlarge the Södertälje Canal – a part of the so-called Mälaren project – located south of Stockholm in Sweden. The project, with a contract value of € 127 million, comprises the construction and installation e.g. of a new lock head, lock gates, lock chamber, machine control house, new sheet piling along the canal including a ship collision guiding system, head beam, dolphins, support constructions for excavations, and walkways. The project starts in September 2016 und will be finished by the end of 2019. read more

Jardine Schindler acquires majority stake in XJ Elevator Private Limited in Singapore
14.09.2016 Schindler Singapore, a subsidiary of Jardine Schindler Group, has acquired 51% of XJ Elevator Private Limited – the exclusive distributor of XJ elevator equipment in Singapore, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. read more

Xiamen International Trade Group orders Otis elevators for residential projects
14.09.2016 Xiamen International Trade Group (Xiamen ITG) has ordered 169 Otis elevators for its high-end residential projects now under development in China's southeastern Fujian province. Otis, the world's leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Founded in 1980, Xiamen ITG is one of China's top 100 real estate enterprises. It specializes in high-end projects, including the Xiamen ITG Top Mansion, Hefei ITG Top Mansion and Nanchang ITG Top Mansion. read more

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