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Metabo HPT's Ultimate 7-1/4” Cordless/Corded MultiVolt Sliding Miter Saw
14.09.2019 Metabo HPT (formerly Hitachi Power Tools) introduces a soon to be legendary 7-1/4" Cordless/Corded MultiVolt Slide Miter Saw (bare tool) - model C3607DRAQ4, made in Japan and designed for the best in class carpenter. Metabo HPT's legacy of 70 years of high-end engineering has culminated into a saw that is superior in all aspects – from cut, to feel, to durability. This saw is crafted to deliver the absolute best performance of any miter saw on the market to date. This MultiVolt miter saw is not for everyone – it's for the high-end craftsmen who require nothing but the best. read more

New Cat D3 Series Skid Steer and Compact Track Loaders
07.09.2019 Caterpillar announced the release of 16 new Cat D3 Series Skid Steer Loader (SSL) and Compact Track Loader (CTL) models. These new machines advance the D and D2 Series' reputation for quality, comfort, and performance and deliver improvements in operator experience, and track loader stability. An industry first, the D3 Series models also support a line of new Smart Attachments. This advanced machine technology recognizes certain attachments and tailors the controls and operator information to match the tool and the task. read more

New appointment in Metabo HPT
07.09.2019 Metabo HPT (Koki Holdings America Ltd.), subsidiary company of Koki Holdings Co, Ltd, formerly known as Hitachi Power Tools, announced the appointment of Mr. Robert Pjevach as Advisor on September 1, 2019 and plans to appoint Mr. Pjevach as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to supervise business in the Americas effective October 1, 2019. Mr. Pjevach possesses a deep knowledge of the power tool industry. He offers a wealth of experience and an impressive record of proven results in the management of businesses in the Americas at power tool makers that read more

Komatsu's new D155AX-8 LGP (low ground pressure) dozer
07.09.2019 Komatsu America introduced its new 354 horsepower D155AX-8 LGP (low ground pressure) dozer which incorporates the proven Komatsu technology used in the D155AX-8, enhanced with two blade options and more track on the ground. With 12% wider track gauge, 9% longer track on ground and 47% lower ground pressure than the standard model, the D155AX-8 LGP offers improved performance, floatation and stability. Compared to the standard model, the D155AX-8 LGP's newly designed 8-roller undercarriage provides greater traction and read more

Atea’s living lab in Stavanger: the next generation of smart buildings
07.09.2019 Norwegian IT systems integrator Atea has redefined the meaning of "smart office" with its office building in Stavanger, Norway, thanks to connected lighting technology from Signify and network technology from Cisco. Described as a "living lab", the office acts as a showcase for integrating the latest in connected technology on a single converged network. Key to smart office capabilities at Atea is Interact Office from Signify — a suite of connected lighting monitoring and management software — and connected sensors and luminaires from Signify. read more

Energy efficiency: supermarket in Austria and factory building in Sri Lanka
07.09.2019 The two buildings are used completely differently, but they have one important thing in common: both buildings have achieved the EnerPHit standard after an energy retrofit. The Passive House Institute recently presented the certificate for the EnerPHit retrofit of a supermarket in the Austrian town of Prutz. About 7800 kilometres away, a clothing factory in Sri Lanka also received a certificate for a successful energy efficient modernisation. This pilot project in the tropical climate will be presented in October at the 23rd International Passive House Conference in China. read more

New Luran S 778T G2 UV ASA grade for innovative window facades
31.08.2019 INEOS Styrolution introduced a new ASA ("acrylonitrile styrene acrylate") grade offering excellent weatherability and a high surface quality. In combination with properties like a high dimensional stability, the material excels in structural parts for outdoor applications such as window facades. Luran S 778T G2 UV is an 8 percent glass fibre reinforced ASA grade. The solution offers a clear advantage in terms of UV resistance and shrinkage compared to other plastics solutions. It is the material of choice for metal-plastic combinations and structural parts for outdoor applications. read more

PLAZA Large-Format Acoustic Panels
31.08.2019 When specifying large-format metal ceiling panels for expansive commercial installations, designers are often forced to choose between acoustics and aesthetics. In order to achieve a monolithic look, acoustics and ease of installation have traditionally been sacrificed. When acoustics or installation speed become the primary focus, aesthetics have taken a back seat to convenience. This all changes with the launch of PLAZA Large-Format Acoustic Panels by Hunter Douglas Ceiling & Wall Products, exclusively from CertainTeed. The latest addition to an innovative line read more

Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm to boost Danish wind production by 12%
31.08.2019 The Danish Crown Prince, Prime Minister and Climate, Energy & Utilities Minister inaugurated the Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm. Horns Rev is in the North Sea, 25-40 km off the west coast of Jutland. Vattenfall is the developer, operator and owner. The 407 MW wind farm – Denmark's largest – will boost Danish wind energy production by 12%. This will provide enough power to cover the consumption of the equivalent of around 425,000 Danish households. It uses the world's most powerful wind turbine platform: the 8.3 MW MHI Vestas V164 model. read more

exhibitions and other events

Worley awarded seven Canadian Safety Achievement Awards
13.09.2019 For the third year in a row, Worley's maintenance teams in Canada took to the stage at the Canadian Safety Achievement Awards (CS2A) ceremony in Edmonton, Alberta. read more

Ignacio Galán, honoured at the Los Leones ‘El Español’ awards
10.09.2019 The online newspaper El Español has recognised Ignacio Galán, chairman and CEO of Iberdrola group, with its Los Leones award in the business category. At the awards ceremony, which will take place on 30 October at the Auditorium of the Spanish Olympic Committee, the work of Ignacio Galán as the leader of the company's globalisation process in recent years will be honoured. Since he arrived in 2001, the value of Iberdrola's assets has grown from €20 billion to €120 billion. read more

BAU China is about to begin
10.09.2019 The growth trend of BAU China continues. The leading trade fair in the Asia-Pacific region for 'Building Systems Solutions, High-End Technologies and Materials' thereby proves its status as the leading trade fair for the Asian market. The extensive accompanying program, including BAU Congress China and Fenestration Days China, puts the industry's trend topics on the agenda. As part of the China Architecture and Design Expo (CADE) special exhibition, the 'Airport Building' exhibition area will shine a light on Beijing's new giga project: the recently completed Beijing Daxing International Airport. read more

Energy for administrative centre in Freiburg comes mostly from the facade
09.09.2019 The new Freiburg Town Hall in Stühlinger was opened in November 2017. Because the prize-winning design created by ingenhoven architects uses photovoltaic, solar thermal and geothermal plants, the five-storey administration building is able to provide its own renewable energy. The city of Freiburg, the Fraunhofer Institut für Solarenergiesysteme and Drees & Sommer are working together to produce a research project on the subject of grid-responsive buildings. The main facades of the new Freiburg Town Hall, which is built in the shape of a polygon, are made as aluminium post-and-bar facades with triple thermal insulating glazing. read more

industry news

VINCI Construction delivers the Atlantic Bridge in Panama
09.09.2019 On Friday, 2 August 2019, Panamanian President, Laurentino Cortizo, and Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge Quijano, unveiled the Atlantic Bridge in Colón. This exceptional 4.6 km structure, including 3.1 km of exceptional engineering structures, located 3 km from the Gatun and Agua Clara locks, creates a new link between the North American and South American continents that can be used whether the canal locks are in operation or not. Due to the adversity of the Panamanian tropical climate on the Atlantic side, a technical solution entirely made of reinforced concrete was chosen by the Panama Canal Authority rather than a metal structure. read more

Iberdrola moves forward with its renewables strategy in Spain
05.09.2019 Iberdrola continues to move forward with its renewables strategy in Spain with four new photovoltaic projects, with an installed capacity of 250 megawatts (MW), already submitted for official approval in Castilla-La Mancha, as stated in the Official State Gazette (BOE) and the Official Journals of the Castilla-La Mancha regional government. Two of the projects, Romeral and Olmedilla, each with a capacity of 50 MW, are located in Cuenca province, in the towns of Uclés and Valverdejo, respectively. In Toledo province, Iberdrola is planning the Barcience photovoltaic plant (50 MW) in Bargas; and read more

Bouygues Construction to build Issy Cœur de Ville, a new eco-neighbourhood in Issy-les-Moulineaux
02.09.2019 Altarea Cogedim has awarded a contract for the construction of the new Issy Cœur de Ville eco-neighbourhood under development in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris, to Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France and Bouygues Energies & Services, two subsidiaries of Bouygues Construction.spliter The contract is worth €258 million. The project is aiming to reshape urban living by providing inhabitants with a new connected, environmentally responsible lifestyle. The new eco-neighbourhood, a connected block located right in the heart of Issy-les-Moulineaux, will be largely landscaped and totally pedestrian. read more

ABB and Solek Group further support growth in Chilean solar power sector
30.08.2019 ABB and the Czech Solek Group, supplier of solar power parks, expand their collaboration with the Villa Alegre solar power park project in Chile. ABB will deliver solar string inverters and two medium-voltage (MV) transformer stations for a 9MW capacity solar power park in the Maule region of central Chile. The ABB products and decentralized architecture offer several advantages: higher flexibility and efficiency together with shorter installation times, simplified design work and reduced cost. read more

US Department of Energy contract extension for Atkins Nuclear Secured at Hanford
30.08.2019 Atkins Nuclear Secured Holdings Corporation, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group (TSX:SNC), has announced the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of River Protection in Richland, Washington, intends to extend the current tank operations contract with Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS). read more

Strabag modernising railway line in the north of the Czech Republic
26.08.2019 Strabag Rail a.s., a subsidiary of the publicly listed construction group Strabag SE, has been awarded the contract to modernise an approximately 12 km railway section between Oldřichov u Duchcova and Bílina in the north of the Czech Republic. read more

Acciona will launch in Chile its corporate accelerator for Latin American startups
26.08.2019 Acciona will launch in Chile its open innovation platform, I'mnovation, in September to broaden the scope of its corporate accelerator to Latin America. Acciona's I'mnovation program in Chile is the first to be launched outside Europe,spliter and is intended to integrate the company's innovation approaches developed by its Latin American teams with breakthrough technologies developed by startups and technology partners. read more

Aberdeen-Inverness line to reopen on-time for passengers
21.08.2019 The railway between Aberdeen and Huntly reopened following the successful completion of a 15-week-long project to upgrade the line. Since May 4, engineers have been working around-the-clock to double the track between Dyce and Inverurie and upgrade signalling systems between Aberdeen and Huntly. Over 10 miles of new rail has been laid across more than 41,000 sleepers as part of the work, which has also seen signalling upgraded and 19 bridges on the line either refurbished or replaced. read more

Ferrovial sells 11.7% of Ruta del Cacao in Colombia
21.08.2019 Ferrovial, through Cintra, has agreed to sell an 11.75% stake in Ruta del Cacao, the concessionaire for the Bucaramanga-Barrancabermeja-Yondó project in Colombia, to UK infrastructure company John Laing for €28.59 million (COP 102.698 billion). The deal provides Ferrovial with a capital gain of €10.69 million. Following this transaction, Ferrovial will own 30% of the concessionaire. John Laing is reaching a 30.00% stake in total, since it is also acquiring part of the stakes held by Colpatria and Ashmore. The consortium headed by Cintra was awarded this project in 2015. read more

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