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Doka forms the world's tallest residential building
07.08.2017 The world's tallest residential building, the Central Park Tower will top out at 472 metres. It is currently under construction in New York City. The method of construction is special and Doka's automatic climbing platforms are the ideal solution, both fast and safe. The building is due for completion in 2020. Tall, taller, tallest – in New York's district of Manhattan work on a super-highrise is well under way. At 472 metres, the Central Park Tower will rank as the world's tallest residential building. It will take over as number one from 432 Park Avenue, also in New York City (NYC). read more

Formwork and scaffolding from PERI for the highest skyscraper in Europe
07.08.2017 With its very impressive architecture, the Lakhta Center, a futuristic building complex designed by Tony Kettle, is the new highlight of Saint Petersburg. Eventually rising to a height of 462 m, the multi-storey building in the centre of the complex will not just surpass all other structures in Russia when it is completed. Rather, the high-rise building on the Finnish Jade Bight will be the tallest building in Europe. Faced with numerous formwork and scaffolding challenges, PERI has been providing the contractor with expert support throughout the project read more

Komatsu's new WA200-8 wheel loader
07.08.2017 Komatsu America Corp. introduced the new WA200-8 wheel loader. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine, this addition to the wheel loader family combines high production with low fuel consumption and improved operator comfort. The WA200-8's parallel-lift linkage and impressive breakout force make it a versatile jobsite tool. Useful in virtually any application from pallet handling to hard digging, fuel consumption drops by up to four percent in V-cycle as well as load-and-carry applications. read more

CertainTeed upgrades power in Apollo II solar roofing systems
01.08.2017 CertainTeed Solar announced an increase in rated power for the Apollo II and Apollo Tile II solar roofing systems. Apollo II now offers 63 watts of rated power, improving on both the performance and the economics of CertainTeed Solar roofing systems. "The power increases to our Apollo II line reflect CertainTeed's continuous commitment to the improvement of our products," said Mark Stancroff, director of CertainTeed Solar. "Plus the low-profile appearance of these integrated systems lets installers offer solar solutions to customers who may be deterred by aesthetics of rack-mounted systems." read more

Wausau’s windows at Rowan University’s new Holly Pointe Commons
01.08.2017 The grand opening of Holly Pointe Commons welcomed more than 1,400 students to the new, $145 million residence hall on Rowan University's campus in Glassboro, New Jersey. Designed and constructed with accessibility and sustainability goals, the facility meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is targeting LEED Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Supporting the project's performance criteria and condensed construction schedule, Wausau Window and Wall Systems provided nearly 1,500 window units read more

Europe adds 6.1 GW of wind energy capacity in first half of 2017
31.07.2017 6.1 GW of extra wind energy capacity was installed in Europe in the first half of 2017, according to figures released today by WindEurope. The figure puts Europe on course for a bumper year for installations, although hides some worrying trends. A total of 4.8 GW of onshore wind capacity was installed in the first half of 2017, although it was heavily concentrated in Germany (2.2 GW), UK (1.2 GW) and France (492 MW). There has also been a flurry of activity in offshore wind: 18 projects in four EU Member States (Germany, UK, Belgium and Finland), which saw a total of 1.3 GW installed. read more

Raising the bar on Law Library design
30.07.2017 Quinnipiac University's School of Law Center features Rockfon ceiling systems. The Quinnipiac University School of Law Center provides both private and collaborative space for the study of law on a picturesque campus in North Haven, Connecticut. The nearly 155,000-square-foot, three-floor law center offers state-of-the-art classrooms, a 180-seat courtroom complete with judge's chambers and a jury deliberation room, a legal clinic space, mediation rooms, and a moot court and mock trial room to help students realize the full spectrum of participation in a law career. read more

Springfield Union Station restored with Custom Windows by Wausau
30.07.2017 Reopened on June 25, 2017, Massachusetts' Springfield Union Station was restored to its former grandeur with modern improvements, including energy-efficient, historically accurate Custom Window by Wausau double-hung and fixed windows. The rail station was built in 1926 to replace an earlier station on the site, but closed in 1973, a victim of changing demographics and transportation patterns. Since then, passengers of this busy Amtrak station were relegated to a smaller facility nearby. Now, the $94 million, renovated, 120,000-square-foot, six-level terminal station has debuted read more

Large energy consumers hungry for green power
30.07.2017 Google, Norsk Hydro and Facebook are leading the growing trend of major companies looking to secure reliable and competitive power from renewable energy and reduce the risks associated with fossil fuel-based power supply. 100 top companies including leading industrial players are already committing to procure 100% renewable power in the short term through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). The Chemicals industry has also emerged as an actor in renewable energy PPAs. Earlier this year, AkzoNobel led a consortium to procure power read more

exhibitions and other events

The Stone+tec newsroom is now online
28.07.2017 It's just under a year until the start of Stone+tec, the next major gathering of the European and German-speaking stone sector. But the Stone+tec newsroom is already open. In the newly created news area of the Stone+tec website, visitors will now find news and reports on the hot topics affecting the stone segment and preparations for the trade fair. The continuously updated platform can be found at In the meantime, the supporting programme for the trade fair is also taking shape. read more

bauma Open Innovation starts a new challenge
24.07.2017 A new bauma Open Innovation project tests the innovative spirit and ideas of the "solver community". The challenge in this instance is to come up with a sensor for locking systems, these sensors being very susceptible to faults due to environmental influences. The solutions and the results are processed anonymously by the experts and forwarded directly to the publisher of the challenge. read more

bauma CONEXPO AFRICA: Investing in positive growth
13.07.2017 The third edition of bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles, takes place from March 13 to 16, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over 600 exhibitors will take up 68, 000 square meters at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. Africa's premier trade fair for the mining and construction industry will attract both local and international visitors, the top five African countries, after South Africa, among the visitors in 2015 were: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana. read more

Grand Plaza: the growing marketplace for trade
12.07.2017 The network for trade and its partners: Grand Plaza is going into its second edition at EXPO REAL in 2017 and is now enlarged with the addition of six new exhibitors. Trend topics like e-commerce, the boom in outlet centers and the shopping centers of tomorrow are examined at Speakers' Corner. "Grand Plaza is growing, the number of new exhibitors has risen by six. New additions here are the sales chains Action Deutschland,, Feneberg Lebensmittel, Woolworth and Kaufland", read more

industry news

BAM acquires contract for medical research centre for Cologne University Hospital
03.08.2017 BAM Deutschland AG (the German operating company of Royal BAM Group nv, specialised in general building projects) has been awarded a contract for a laboratory and research building for the Centre for Molecular Medicine Cologne (ZMMK). The contract value is more than €35 million. The medical research centre has a gross floor area of over 12,000 m˛ and was designed by medfacilities GmbH, a subsidiary of the University Hospital of Cologne which specialises in the development, planning, building and operation of real estate for health care, research and education. The works start this month and are expected to be completed by the end of 2019. read more

Zumtobel Group starts construction of new production plant in Serbia
01.08.2017 Representatives of the Austrian lighting group Zumtobel Group and of the government of Serbia marked the start of construction work on a new production plant at a groundbreaking ceremony in Niš. Within the next two and a half financial years the plant is to be built on a site in the southern industrial zone of Niš. When the facility is complete, it will cover 40,000 square metres at a cost of EUR 30 million. The first products are due to come off the production line at the new factory in the 2018/19 financial year. The plant will be built in two phases covering the next two and a half financial years. read more

Salini Impregilo to build ENI’s new headquarters in Milan
01.08.2017 Salini Impregilo has won a €171 million contract to build the new corporate headquarters of ENI, Italy's energy giant, in Milan. Located in the municipality of San Donato Milanese in the city's southeast, the headquarters will be based on a design by Morphosis Architects, the U.S. architecture firm led by Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne. read more

Skanska designs and prepares construction for High Speed Two in London, UK
01.08.2017 Skanska has, in a joint venture with Costain and Strabag, signed an early contractor involvement (ECI) contract with High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd. The total ECI contract is worth GBP 79M. Skanska will include its share of the contract worth GBP 27M, about SEK 300M, in the order bookings for Europe in the third quarter 2017. read more

ACS gains 416 million euros in the first half of 2017, 7.2% more
31.07.2017 Sales in the first half of 2017 accounted for 17,386 million euros, representing an increase of 11.7%. The good production performance in this semester, especially in the construction activity that grows 15.5%, confirms the growth trend shown in the first quarter of the year. read more

KBR wins LBED contract for ammonia plant revamp in Russia
31.07.2017 KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced that it has been awarded a contract by Dorogobuzh JSC (owned by JSC ACRON) to provide licensing and basic engineering design (LBED) to revamp an ammonia plant – originally built by KBR – located in the Dorogobuzh, Smolensk region of Russia. read more

Work to commence on Ł100 million M5 viaduct repairs
27.07.2017 A three-way joint venture between BAM, Morgan Sindall and VolkerFitzpatrick has secured the Ł100 million-plus project to refurbish the Oldbury viaduct on the M5 in the Midlands. read more

CEMEX’s net income grows 41%
26.07.2017 CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. ("CEMEX") (NYSE: CX), announced today that consolidated net sales reached U.S.$3.6 billion during the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 2% on a like-to-like basis for the ongoing operations and adjusting for currency fluctuations, versus the comparable period in 2016. read more

Ares Management Fund acquires 300-unit residential & retail complex near Frankfurt, Germany
26.07.2017 Ares Management, L.P. (NYSE:ARES) announced today that a fund managed by its real estate group has acquired an approximately 300-unit, 24,000-square-meter residential and retail complex in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region of Germany. read more

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