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New Cat E-Series hammers
24.02.2015 Ten new Cat E-Series hammers - designed for use with mini excavators, skid-steer loaders and backhoe loaders - are available in both "silenced" and side-plate versions. Four sizes - H35, H45, H55 and H65 - are offered in two mounting configurations for installation on both Caterpillar and competitive carriers. Silenced hammers, identified with "s" in the model designation, use a fully enclosed housing to suppress noise, a valuable feature in sensitive work environments and in small-machine applications in which the hammer is in read more

With the help of solar shading specialists
24.02.2015 With the help of solar shading specialists BAB Projects, Wellcome Trust has improved the effectiveness of its motorised blinds system to restore good-as-new performance at the Gibbs Building on Euston Road. This has been achieved with minimal disruption and in an environmentally acceptable way, with much of the existing hardware retained, repaired and restored to good working order. The Wellcome Trust is a medical research charity dedicated to improving human and animal health. Ethical concerns, including care for the environment and read more

Trespa Meteon range extended with timeless grey
23.02.2015 Trespa announced an extension to its popular Trespa Meteon range of durable exterior panels, with the addition of six distinctive grey wood tones. Said Lucas Stevens, Design Expert at Trespa: "this is a direct result of consultation with more than 100 architects in 10 countries. The new grey wood decors combine durable design with the timeless expression that architects strive to deliver in their work for their clients." The new grey wood tones are designed to influence the experience, age and appearance of the building's exterior. read more

AAMA releases anodic finishes/painted aluminum document
18.02.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated document laying out the anodizing process with reference to architectural work. According to AAMA, this standard describes the anodizing process, which produces a coating that is thicker than nature's version, harder and very durable. The AAMA Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum (AFPA) document has been updated to reflect newer technologies now available for the process involved. The appearance and physical properties of anodic finishes read more

Five GREEN CREATIVE products selected for the IES 2014 Progress Report
18.02.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announces the selection of its BR30 8W CLOUD, A19 9W, A19 9W 277V, MR16 7W and MR16 4W lamps by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) for the 2014 Progress Report. Each year the IES's prestigious Progress Report showcases unique and innovative products significant to the lighting industry. The IES Progress Committee is dedicated to following developments in the art and science of lighting throughout the world and prepares the Progress Report as a yearly review of achievements for read more

Fire resistant glazing with SCHOTT PYRAN S
18.02.2015 Fire resistant glazing with PYRAN S from the German specialty glass producer SCHOTT has many talents. They comply with the common European fire resistance categories and can be used in applications ranging from roof and facade constructions to partitions, smoke screens and doors. "Several acclaimed building projects in Europe recently installed fire resistant glazing based on our PYRAN S specialty glass. Thanks to the high quality of our material, architects and planners can use it in a variety of ways without read more

Potain tower cranes reach new heights at tallest bridge in Israel
08.02.2015 Connecting two tunnels on opposing sides of the expansive Arazim Valley near Jerusalem requires building a record-breaking bridge that is as impressive in its height as in its length. The landmark 35 million project relies on six Potain tower cranes that are able to climb to final working heights of up to 115 m. The rugged and uneven terrain on site added another challenge for the Kokhav Ya'ir-based Potain crane owners, COMASCO, tasked with installing tower crane foundations to ensure they were erected securely and in ample time for read more

Komatsu's new PC360LC-11 hydraulic excavator
08.02.2015 Komatsu America Corp. introduces the PC360LC-11 hydraulic excavator. With a net horsepower of 192 kW, the PC360LC-11 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D114E-6 engine, which is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified. Komatsu's Tier 4 Final engines are built on the solid foundation that started in 1996 with the introduction of Komatsu's first Tier 1 engine. The culmination is today's Tier 4 Final engine that is productive, dependable and efficient. This new excavator leverages Komatsu's leadership in technology and innovation by delivering read more

GE's luminaires enhance efficiency at renovated Ingersoll Rand facility
08.02.2015 Ingersoll Rand is committed to advancing quality of life by creating comfortable and efficient environments for its customers, and it has applied the company mission to its own building renovations at its North American Headquarters in Davidson, N.C. Transforming Ingersoll Rand's Building D commercial interior space, which comprises nearly 53,000 square feet across two levels, was achieved through efforts that included the installation of more energy-efficient lighting, a building automation system (BAS) with energy-saving read more

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Speakers cover installation, European market, color measurement, more at AAMA 78th Annual Conference
03.03.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) heard speakers on a range of topics at the 78th Annual Conference held Feb. 15-18 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Subjects discussed included next-generation replacement of windows, standardization for fenestration products in the European Union, the basics of color measurement and more. read more

Kone receives a coveted iF Design Award for its innovative turnstile solution
03.03.2015 Kone, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won an iF Design Award for its Kone Turnstile 100 solution. The awarded turnstile sets a new standard for innovative and timeless visual design and functionality, while improving building security, guidance and convenience. This is the third time that Kone has been recognized in the renowned competition. The iF Design Awards' jury of experts evaluated nearly 5,000 top-class entries from 55 countries enrolled in the competition for 2015. Judging was based on criteria such as design quality, choice of materials and degree of innovation. The iF Design Awards have highlighted outstanding achievements in design since 1953. read more

AAMA recognizes member leadership during 78th Annual Conference
25.02.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 78th Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Monday night in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole. Kim Flanary, engineering director for Milgard(Tacoma, Washington), was named Outstanding Member, as presented by the previous year's award winner, Steve Fronek(Apogee Enterprises/Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Wausau, Wisconsin). read more

FOWIND launches Global Offshore Wind Policy Assessment Outlook
17.02.2015 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) announced today the launch of the Offshore Wind Policy and Market Assessment Outlook. This report is a crucial link to facilitating the development of a roadmap for offshore wind power in India. read more

industry news

Turner Construction Company launches Turner City
03.03.2015 Turner Construction Company has announced the release of Turner City 2014. The company has produced Turner City – a city made up of major projects completed by Turner in a given year – since 1910. For 2014, the company created the city in-house with Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. The 2014 Turner City includes projects located in 82 cities in eight countries in North America, Europe and the Middle East. The utilization of BIM to create Turner City exemplifies Turner's commitment to continuous improvement and embracing new technologies read more

Lafarge to buy out a 45% interest in Lafarge Shui On Cement
03.03.2015 French cement maker Lafarge has signed an agreement to acquire the 45% stake held by SOCAM Development Limited in Lafarge Shui On Cement, for a consideration of HK$2, 553 million (eq. to c. €294 million) subject to the completion of its merger project with Swiss firm Holcim. read more

ACS accounts for a net profit
03.03.2015 Sales in 2014 accounted for 34,881 euro million, representing a decrease of a 0.8% compared to 2013. Not considering the impact of the exchange rates and the changes of perimeter sales would have decreased by 1.8%. The international activity of the Group accounts for 84.0% of the total. read more

Ferrovial increased EBITDA by 5% to 980 million euro in 2014
03.03.2015 The income statement reveals solid business performance, with 8% growth in revenues to 8.800 billion euro and a 5% increase in EBITDA to 980 million euro. read more

Hochtief right on track: Significantly improved profits and cash flow
02.03.2015 German construction company Hochtief has completed a successful year that saw important changes in the business portfolio. "We have substantially strengthened the balance sheet and enhanced earnings quality, thus creating the basis for a sustained improvement of returns, " said Chairman of the Executive Board Marcelino Fernández Verdes. read more

Acciona returns to profitability in 2014
02.03.2015 After a €1,972 million loss in 2013, Acciona returned to profit in 2014 with attributable net earnings of €185 million, thanks to its 2013-2014 Action Plan, which was implemented to mitigate the effects of regulatory reforms in the Spanish energy sector. Acciona is cautiously optimistic about its business environment following the achievement of the objectives set in the Action Plan, together with the consolidation and strength of Acciona's business model. Nevertheless, the Group will continue to work towards strengthening its balance sheet, its growth potential and its profitability. read more

Mott MacDonald joins with Khudairi Group to deliver Iraqi projects
27.02.2015 Mott MacDonald has joined up with Khudairi Group to deliver oil and gas projects in Iraq. The move combines the consultancy's full range of engineering and procurement technical support services with Khudairi Group's procurement, inspection, expediting and construction management services. read more

Ramboll designs new container port in Nuuk, Greenland
27.02.2015 Drawing upon a wide array of skills, Ramboll has been contracted with designing a new container port of 60,000 square metres in Nuuk, Greenland. The port will be built by the Danish contractor Per Aarsleff A/S. Over the next five months, a project team of Ramboll employees representing various engineering disciplines will design the new container port. It is a so-called greenfield project with no previous land or sea infrastructure, which makes the project quite complex. read more

ABB again heads list for most patent applications filed by a Swiss-based company
27.02.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, registered more patent applications with the European Patent Office (EPO) than any other Swiss-based company in 2014. Switzerland remains top of the world rankings for the number of patents filed per million inhabitants. read more

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