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Metabo HPT's 18V Brushless Driver Drill & 18V Brushless Impact Driver
30.11.2019 Metabo HPT (formerly Hitachi Power Tools) announced the launch of its new 18V Brushless Driver Drill (DS18DBFL2QB) & 18V Brushless Impact Driver (WH18DBFL2QB). Metabo HPT's Brushless motor technology delivers more power to the motor by minimizing unnecessary energy loss through friction and heat. Brushless tools experience longer run time between charges, increased power, and extended durability with essentially no maintenance. The signature ergonomic design for the tool bodies makes them extremely well-balanced and comfortable for extended use. read more

New Cat D5 dozer
30.11.2019 The new Cat D5 offers superior performance and the broadest choice of easy-to-use technology features to help you get the most from your bulldozer. Nimble and responsive, it has power for dozing and finesse for grading. A fully automatic transmission gives you seamless acceleration, so you can get the job done quickly. At 127 kW and an operating weight range of 17 180 to 19 170 kg, the new D5 dozer replaces the renowned D6N. The update from D6N to D5 is part of an effort to make all Cat dozer model names simpler. Over the next couple of years, the Cat dozer range read more

Brushless Technology from Metabo HPT
23.11.2019 Metabo HPT (formerly Hitachi Power Tools) announced the launch of its new 18V Brushless Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Combo Kit (KC18DBFL2T). This kit offers Brushless technology at an amazing value and combines an 18V Hammer Drill (DV18DBFL2T) and an 18V Impact Driver (WH18DBFL2T) along with a 36V/18V MultiVolt backwards compatible battery for up to 5.0Ah of run time per charge and a lightweight Compact 3.0Ah battery for improved maneuverability. Starting November 11, 2019, buy the Combo Kit KC18DBFL2T, get a MultiVolt read more

Four smart tools making construction more economic
23.11.2019 More efficient. More productive. Working at ever-increasing speeds with no loss of precision. These are the challenges that construction companies face today. At the same time, planning and execution are becoming increasingly complex. To address these challenges, the construction industry is progressively integrating more digital solutions with the declared goal of implementing lean construction. The nucleus, where all the construction data is stored, is BIM (Building Information Modelling). New digital solutions designed to boost the industry's profitability read more

Signify's tailor-made 3D printed professional luminaires
23.11.2019 Signify unveiled its facilities to 3D print light shades and fittings (luminaires) in the Netherlands and plans to establish 3D printing factories in the US, India and Indonesia. The company has perfected this highly flexible, more sustainable form of manufacturing, using a 100% recyclable polycarbonate material, which allows luminaires to be bespoke designed or tailored to customer's exact needs and recycled at the end of their life, supporting a circular economy. Fashion and food retailer, Marks and Spencer (M&S), today announced it is in the first phase of rolling out read more

Cat D3K2 Mulcher
19.11.2019 The factory-built Cat D3K2 Mulcher combines the solid foundation of the D3K2 dozer with the ruggedly designed Cat HM518 mulcher to take on a mix of small-to-medium-diameter material in a wide range of applications, including right-of-way construction/maintenance, site development, tree management, and fire-break clearing. Available with either a conventional long (XL) undercarriage or a low-ground-pressure (LGP) undercarriage, the machine works efficiently in soft underfoot conditions, on slopes, and in rough terrain. For added utility, read more

Building a new hotel in Perth with automatic climbing formwork
19.11.2019 In Western Australia the city of Perth attracts a great many visitors due to its culture and social events. For this reason, a new hotel has been built near the well-known Swan River to offer guests a pleasant stay. When the new hotel is completed, the high-rise building with 27 storeys and 250 rooms will provide space for a large number of guests. However, the building site itself was significantly less spacious due to its confined location in the city centre. In the first instance, this required efficient logistical solutions. Together with JAXON Construction, read more

Caterpillar's new design enhancements for Small Wheel Loader line
18.11.2019 Caterpillar launches several new design enhancements for its Small Wheel Loader (SWL) line – Cat 926M, 930M and 938M models – centered on improving attachment visibility, operator comfort and machine performance. Integrating large wheel loader features into the Cat SWL models, these new machines deliver improved operating efficiency, reduced maintenance and increased loader longevity. The SWL line's new Fusion Quick Coupler substantially improves visibility to the attachment in material handling applications. With its electro-hydraulic read more

Three construction sites – one church: Renovation work on Ulm Minster
08.11.2019 The 161.53 m high main tower of Ulm Minster is known as the highest church spire in the world – equally as impressive is the 29 m long, 15 m wide and 26 m high choir. PERI systems are currently assisting with the extensive renovation work on the vaulted ceiling and the choir stalls as part of the restoration of the main tower and the north-east, 86 m high choir tower. The ongoing, time-intensive renovation work on the largest evangelical church in Germany started in 2015. In parallel to the main tower restoration to the exterior of the Minster, read more

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Digitization in the building industry concerns us all
09.12.2019 Cologne will become the digital hotspot of the construction industry. From February 11 to 13, 2020, the Rhine metropolis will be the hub for digital trends, product innovations and services relating to the digitization of the construction industry. Messe München will take its digitalBAU trade fair to Cologne, and more than 200 exhibitors will follow. With a comprehensive exhibition concept for all those involved in building, innovative presentations in three specialist forums and a digitalBAU Start-Up Award, it sets a clear signal: Digitization in the building industry concerns us all. read more

Acciona to turn façade of Madrid’s Prado Museum into 3D canvas, in bicentenary celebrations finale
09.12.2019 From December 12 to 15, the Goya Facade of the Prado Museum in Madrid will be turned into an immense canvas on which almost a hundred of the Museum's works of art will be projected, accompanied by light effects and live music. Acciona, the company in charge of designing and executing the show, will use mapping, laser and special effects technology to achieve an immersive three-dimensional projection that will include a synchronized soundtrack, composed specifically for the event. read more

Early festive delivery for Grassmarket Community Project
09.12.2019 Hub South East, Development Partner to public sector bodies in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders, this week presented an early Christmas present to the Grassmarket Community Project, handing over £20,000 thanks to a Charity Golf Day held earlier this year. Hub's Contractors, Morrison Construction and BAM Construction were the primary sponsors of this year's event and were present to meet the charity's team and members and find out about how their support is changing lives. read more

COP25: EIB and Iberdrola sign two financing agreements for renewable energy projects
05.12.2019 At the Climate Change Conference (COP25) being held in Madrid, the EIB and Iberdrola today announced two new agreements to promote climate action by investing in renewable energy projects and electricity distribution networks. To do so, the Vice-President of the EU bank Emma Navarro and the President of Iberdrola Ignacio Galán agreed two loans for a total of EUR 690m. EIB Vice-President Emma Navarro, head of climate action at the Bank and its operations in Spain and Latin America, remarked: "We are delighted to be signing these agreements at the Madrid Climate Change Conference, because they are a great example of the EIB's efforts to support climate action inside and outside of Europe. read more

industry news

Ferrovial sells 65% of Ausol to Meridiam, generating a capital gain of 473 million euro
05.12.2019 Ferrovial, through Cintra, has completed the sale of 65% of Ausol I and Ausol II toll roads, in Malaga, to French infrastructure fund Meridiam. The deal, announced on 14 June, finally amounted to 451 million euro due to the accrued interest under the agreement. It provides Ferrovial with a capital gain of 473 million euro and enables it to deconsolidate the project's gross debt to third parties, amounting to 611 million euro 531 million euro of net debt). Following this transaction, Ferrovial owns 15% of both concessions, on which it retains a put option and has granted Meridiam a call option. Closure of the transaction was subject to obtaining the necessary official approvals. The sale of this stake in Ausol is part of Ferrovial's asset rotation strategy. read more

Vinci Concessions opens the final section of the new M11 motorway between Moscow and Saint Petersburg
03.12.2019 The final section (Section 8) of the new Moscow – Saint Petersburg (M11) motorway was officially opened on 27 November 2019 at a ceremony presided over by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and attended by Yves-Thibault de Silguy, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Vinci and Nicolas Notebaert, Chief Executive Officer, Vinci Concessions. read more

Iberdrola and Caja Rural de Navarra to build new wind complex in Navarra
27.11.2019 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has taken another step forward in the promotion of clean energy production in Spain. The EU bank will provide EUR 50m in financing to Renovables de la Ribera, a 50-50 joint venture between Iberdrola and Caja Rural de Navarra to build a new renewable energy project - the Cavar wind complex - in Navarra, Spain. The EIB is assisting this project via a Green Loan, the features of which are fully in line with the requirements set out in its Climate Awareness Bonds programme. As a result, it is likely to be allocated to its portfolio of loan operations financed via the issuance of these bonds. read more

In-depth knowledge and advanced data are crucial to saving costs, improving quality and reducing timescales of street works, says Gaist
27.11.2019 With an ever-increasing number of street works taking place across the UK's highway networks each year, telecommunications providers need to take advantage of in-depth analysis and data in order to cut costs, improve quality and speed up widescale fibre deployment, Gaist Head of Business Development, Ian Job said. read more

Skanska invests about SEK 420 M in a new office project in Malmö, Sweden
25.11.2019 Skanska invests about SEK 420 M in a new office project at Universitetsholmen in Malmö, Sweden. The Aqua office building comprises nine floors and will have a leasable area of about 10,000 square meters. Aqua offers modern and healthy premises with terraces for every tenant and will be certified in accordance with the international standard WELL and LEED, Platinum level. Aqua will be part of the second phase of the block called Citadellstaden, which include housing, offices and shops. read more

PwC takes keys to One Chamberlain Square
25.11.2019 Birmingham's largest development project, Paradise, has handed over its first completed building to office occupier PwC. PwC, the leading professional services firm, has taken handover of the building as it prepares for its 2,000-strong team to move across the city from its current home in Cornwall Street to One Chamberlain Square early in the New Year. read more

Bouygues Travaux Publics wins contracts for two tunnels in Hong Kong
25.11.2019 The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has awarded contracts for two road tunnels in the Kowloon Peninsula to Bouygues Travaux Publics, the subsidiary of Bouygues Construction specialising in civil engineering and engineering structures. The contracts relate to the Central Kowloon Route (CKR) and the Trunk Road T2. These projects form part of a new trunk road under construction, known as Route 6. When completed, Route 6 will provide a rapid east-west link between West Kowloon and the town of Tseung Kwan O. It will also relieve congestion on existing roads in the centre of Kowloon. read more

Vinci Construction to build a water treatment plant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
19.11.2019 Vinci Construction Grands Projets signed a contract with the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority to design and build the Bakheng water treatment plant in the northern outskirts of the Cambodian capital. The first phase of the project, with a value of $155 million (€141 million), covers construction of: - a first treatment line with a capacity of 195, 000 cu. metres per day, - the intake in the Mekong River with a capacity of 390, 000 cu. metres per day, - two 1.4 metre diameter pipelines with a length of 1.5 km to carry water from the Mekong to the treatment plant, read more

Iberdrola steps up its commitment to clean energy with over 400 new photovoltaic MW in Extremadura
19.11.2019 Iberdrola steps up its commitment to clean energy with over 400 new photovoltaic MW, which the company is to put into operation in Extremadura. Two of the projects, the Majada Alta and Santa Antonio photovoltaic plants, of 50 MW each, will be built in the municipality of Cedillo in Cáceres. The company also has for a photovoltaic plant with a capacity of more than 300 MW in the same area, with access to the grid. The two Cedillo plants, already presented to the Extremaduran Regional Government, will comprise 300,000 photovoltaic panels, and the construction phase could mean work for 200 people. It is scheduled to be commissioned in 2020. read more

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