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Manitowoc to feature Shuttlelift at The Rental Show
18.01.2015 The rental market is the big focus for the aptly named The Rental Show, hosted annually by the American Rental Association. The 2015 expo will take place in New Orleans, February 22 – 25, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Manitowoc will feature one of its best cranes for the rental market, the Shuttlelift Carrydeck CD5515-2. This 15 USt carrydeck crane is ideal for both inside and outside projects, is offered in either a dual-fuel or diesel engine, and has a compact footprint, long reach and hefty capacity, all which make it ideal read more

CertainTeed announced nationwide availability of Patriot roofing shingle
18.01.2015 After an overwhelmingly positive response to a limited introduction last year, CertainTeed Corporation has expanded availability nationwide for its Patriot metric asphalt roofing shingle. Patriot combines intricate color blend drops with intermittent shadow lines to offer the rich, aesthetic appeal that homeowners look for in designer shingles. For contractors and builders, the shingle offers an easy-to-install roofing solution that is ideal for projects where attractive products are called for at an economical price. read more

Pennsylvania Power Plant and GE’s advanced water reuse technology
18.01.2015 Covanta's Delaware Valley energy-from-waste facility in Chester, Pennsylvania, has saved 1.3 million gallons a day (MGD) from local water supplies by installing GE's advanced RePAK water reuse technology in the power plant's cooling tower. GE honored Covanta with the Return on Environment (ROE) award to recognize the company for its noteworthy reductions in water usage. The Chester facility generates up to 90 megawatts of clean energy from 3,510 tons per day of municipal solid waste. Previously, the plant used 1.3 MGD—or nearly read more

JohnDeere 244K/324K Wheel Loaders
18.01.2015 John Deere introduces the heavy lifting, tight turning 244K and 324K Compact Wheel Loaders. Both machines are loaded with features to increase productivity, visibility, versatility, and lower daily operating costs for the landscape, ag material handing, and construction industries. "The 244K and 324K are multifaceted machines that combine outstanding maneuverability, travel speed, breakout force, reach and stability to tackle tasks other machines can't," said Doug Laufenberg, product marketing manager for compact wheel loaders, read more

Center for Performing Arts and Tubelite’s distinctive products
11.01.2015 At 141,000 square feet and situated on a Texas hill, Mansfield Independent School District's Center for the Performing Arts commands an audience amongst the students, staff and the community. Its oversized entrances are matched with large, curving spans of glass and aluminum storefront and curtainwall with sun shades – all provided by Tubelite Inc. Towering concrete columns accent the façade for a sense of flow and cascading mass. Designed by Huckabee, the high school's new performing arts center opened for its first event in 2012. read more

Complex architecture primarily achieved with system formwork
11.01.2015 In Poland, the mausoleum commemorating a mass murder of the entire village of Michniów and other Polish villages across the occupied country during the World War 2 is currently being constructed. The museum features a traditional village hut which gradually falls apart. Numerous offsets and inclined surfaces characterize the structure as well as the distinctive timber-like finish on concrete surfaces. PERI developed a formwork solution for the implementation whereby the number of special elements was kept to an absolute minimum. read more

CertainTeed redefines fiberglass ceilings with Ecophon Advantage
11.01.2015 With the introduction of Ecophon Advantage, CertainTeed Ceilings is revolutionizing the ceilings marketplace by making best-in-class, sound absorbing fiberglass an affordable option for virtually any project. Expanding the company's line of Ecophon sound absorbers—long recognized by building professionals as some of the best ceiling and wall products in the world—Ecophon Advantage now makes specifying and installing best-in-class fiberglass ceilings a viable choice in a wide variety of settings. read more

Komatsu's new D65-18 crawler dozer
11.01.2015 Komatsu America Corp. introduced its new line of D65-18 crawler dozers which are powered by a more powerful 217 net HP, Komatsu SAA6D114E-6 engine which is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified. Komatsu's Tier 4 Final engines were built on a solid foundation that started in 1996 with the introduction of Komatsu's first Tier 1 engines. The resulting benefit today is a Tier 4 Final engine that is productive, dependable and efficient. This new crawler dozer leverages Komatsu's leadership in technology and innovation by delivering read more

New BR30 8W LED lamp
09.01.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announces the launch of its new BR30 8W LED lamp. The BR30 8W CLOUD is the latest addition to GREEN CREATIVE's TITANIUM LED SERIES 4.0 and was selected by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) for its prestigious 2014 Progress Report. GREEN CREATIVE had five lamps chosen for the 2014 Progress Report which showcases unique and innovative products significant to the lighting industry. Weighing less than 100g, the BR30 CLOUD features a revolutionary design that is 60% lighter than the previous read more

exhibitions and other events

ECE turns 50 – kicking off the anniversary year
21.01.2015 On January 22, 1965, mail order pioneer Werner Otto founded ECE – he initially aimed to prevent real estate issues interfering with the thriving Otto Versand. At the end of the 1960s, Otto brought the modern shopping center concept from the U.S. to Germany. Under the name "Einkaufs-Center-Entwicklungsgesellschaft" ("Shopping Center Development Company"), the new company first opened Franken-Center in Nuremberg in 1969 and Alstertal-Einkaufszentrum in Hamburg in 1970. Therefore, ECE's history is closely connected with the history of shopping centers in Germany as a whole read more

Pöyry study highlights challenges to forest plantations
16.01.2015 In its latest 'Point of View' report, "Reinventing Plantation Forestry", Pöyry warns that a new wave of innovation is urgently needed to maintain the competitiveness of plantation forests. The report explains why the forces that once made plantation forests competitive are weakening and identifies clear signals of a fundamental change affecting the cost competitiveness of plantation forests. Despite four decades of increased productivity, the study identified a reduction of yield increase to just 1.5% per annum, half of what it used to be. read more

Technological upgrade is running across the cities in SE Europe
14.01.2015 The process of 'Smarting up' the cities is at its early stage in South-East Europe. Targets for low carbon economy and higher resource efficiency encourage businesses and municipalities in the Region to speed up their investments in the energy and transport sector, buildings and infrastructure. Smart Cities Exhibition and Conferece for SEE (11-13 March 2015, Bulgaria) will promote technologies and experience in sustainable urban development and will allow for customer-supplier interaction concerning options for collaboration. read more

Individuality and diversity: natural stone in architecture
22.12.2014 The German Natural Stone Award is one of the most important and respected architectural awards in Germany. This marks the 17th occasion that this award will recognize high-quality architectural design and contemporary implementation of sustainable projects using natural stone. The German Natural Stone Award is traditionally presented as part of Stone+tec Nürnberg, the International Trade Fair Natural Stone and Stoneprocessing Technology. In the coming year, the award presentation will mark the conclusion of the architectural seminar organized by the German Natural Stone Association. read more

industry news

NCC to build interchange in Gothenburg for Swedish Transport Administration
21.01.2015 NCC has been commissioned by the Swedish Transport Administration to construct the Tingstad interchange in central Gothenburg, comprising roads and bridges that are part of the Marieholm Connection Project. The order is worth SEK 633 million. read more

Savills partners with Agence Varenne in Paris
21.01.2015 Savills has formed a new association with Paris-based real estate agent Agence Varenne, one of the leading property firms specialising in the high-end Parisian market. read more

Turner's 4Q Building Cost Index reflects increase in construction activity
20.01.2015 Turner Construction Company announced that the Fourth Quarter 2014 Turner Building Cost Index – which measures costs in the non-residential building construction market in the United States – has increased to a value of 917. This reflects a 0.99% increase from the Third Quarter 2014 and a 4.45% increase from the Fourth Quarter 2013. read more

Husqvarna Group opens concept store
20.01.2015 On January 17 2015, the Husqvarna Group opens its first concept store, located in Barkarby Retail Park, north of Stockholm, Sweden. The store will offer a wide range of Husqvarna and Gardena products and solutions. read more

Kone wins order for Fifth + Columbia in Seattle
20.01.2015 Kone, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won an order to provide 19 elevators at Fifth + Columbia, a 44-story office building to be constructed in Seattle's central business district. The building is scheduled to open in 2017. Kone solutions will include six Kone MonoSpace machine room-less elevators and 13 Kone MiniSpace(TM) elevators, traveling at speeds of up to 6 m/s. The office elevator groups will also utilize Kone Polaris(TM) Destination Control Systems, including state-of-the-art touchscreen destination operating panels. read more

Skanska divests toll road Antofagasta in Chile
19.01.2015 Skanska has sold its investment in the PPP (Private Public Partnership) highway Autopistas de Antofagasta in Chile for about SEK 400 M. The buyer is Inversiones Infraestructura S.A., a Chilean private corporation owned by the Chilean public investment funds denominated Fondo de Inversión Público Penta Las Américas Infraestructura Dos and Fondo de Inversión Público Penta Las Américas Infraestructura Tres, managed by Penta Las Americas Administradora de Fondos de Inversión S.A., a Chilean investment fund manager. The transaction will be recorded by Skanska Infrastructure Development in the fourth quarter of 2014. read more

Leighton-China State JV secures MTR Corporation contract
19.01.2015 Leighton Holdings subsidiary Leighton Asia, in a joint venture with China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong), has been awarded a contract by MTR Corporation for works on the Shatin to Central Link in Hong Kong. Total revenue for the project is A$929 million, of which Leighton has a 51% share. read more

Siemens to supply new baggage handling system at Los Angeles International Airport
19.01.2015 Southwest Airlines has chosen Siemens to install a new baggage handling system in Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The project covers layout, engineering, assembly, commissioning and integration of a completely new outbound baggage screening system and a new inbound baggage handling system. The extension and conversion work will be performed during ongoing operations with completion planned for summer 2017. read more

Sogamoso hydroelectric power plant officially inaugurated in Colombia
19.01.2015 Italian-based construction and civil engineering business Salini Impregilo, world leader in the construction of infrastructures in the water sector, has announced the completion of the Sogamoso hydroelectric power plant, one of of Colombia's four major plants. The President of the Republic Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and other members of government, the general manager of ISAGEN (the client) Luis Fernando Rico Pinzón, and Salini Impregilo management attended the inauguration ceremony. read more

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