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Caterpillar rewrites the rules of the jobsite at bauma Munich 2019
09.02.2019 Caterpillar and its German dealer, Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH, will exhibit a wide range of equipment, technology, and services at bauma Munich, April 8-14, 2019. "Rewrite the Rules" is the Caterpillar theme, and displays will emphasize the renewed efficiencies and profitability that equipment users gain when partnering with Caterpillar—a partner providing customers the widest choice of machines, the best connectivity for managing machines and the jobsite, and the most advanced technology for increasing fuel efficiency. read more

Siemens to show comprehensive portfolio for smart buildings
09.02.2019 At ISH 2019, the international trade show for building, energy and air conditioning technology and renewable energies, the Siemens Building Technologies Division will present numerous innovations from its product and systems portfolio, as well as new digital services for customers. These portfolio additions from Building Technologies will enhance smart buildings, link products and building management systems to the cloud, connect disciplines, and make data available from anywhere and at any time. Building Technologies' extensive range of reliable and read more

John Deere Adds European Distribution for 622GP, 672GP Motor Graders
09.02.2019 John Deere is introducing two popular G-Series Motor Graders to the European market via the Wirtgen Group distribution network in Germany and France. The 622GP (see picture) and 672GP will be available in these two countries beginning in early 2019. "We are excited to leverage our relationship with the Wirtgen Group to introduce John Deere construction equipment to a new market, further expanding our global footprint," said David Thorne, senior vice president, sales & marketing, Worldwide Construction & Forestry. "Wirtgen's stellar reputation for supporting customers, read more

Corporate wind energy PPAs are booming
09.02.2019 Companies around Europe have now signed nearly 5 GW of power purchase agreements (PPAs) with wind farms. This is almost equivalent to Denmark's total wind energy capacity. These PPAs only started in 2014 and mainly in the ICT sector to power data centres. But now energy-intensive industries are signing them. 2018 saw 1.5 GW of new PPA deals with wind farms. And the aluminium sector was the most active, with Norsk Hydro and Alcoa signing big deals in Sweden and Norway. Pharmaceuticals and automotive also did their first PPAs, read more

NHBC equips Building Inspectors with rugged Panasonic tablets
03.02.2019 NHBC, the UK's home warranty and insurance provider, has equipped its Building Inspectors with rugged Panasonic TOUGHBOOK M1 tablets for use during construction site visits and home office working. Historically 375 NHBC Building Inspectors around the country would note details of their visits to construction sites on pen and paper and take photos with a camera before recording inspection findings on their laptops. NHBC wanted to upgrade the mobile technology for the Building Inspectors to provide them with a single, rugged device that could be used read more

Safety and Sustainability Considerations for Suspended Ceiling Systems
24.01.2019 Selecting ceiling suspension systems is based on the strength of components, ease of installation and aesthetics, as well as safety and sustainability. Drawing from more than 30 years of industry experience, Rockfon's architectural sales manager in Ontario, Isabelle Champagne, CTR, details the history of ceiling grid systems, their selection criteria and project examples from Canada. Suspended ceiling systems affect nearly every commercial interior space and several exterior applications. These non-structural components play an important role in safety. read more

Komatsu first to operate AHS over dedicated private LTE network
24.01.2019 Komatsu America Corp. announced the FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) has qualified to operate on private long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technology. This is the mining industry's first AHS enabled to run on private LTE in commercial operations, making way for ultra-high system availability and reliability, while adhering to Komatsu's renowned safety standards. Komatsu's FrontRunner AHS allows unmanned operation of ultra-class mining trucks and is critical to the mining industry. read more

Sustainable resins for decorative paints and coatings
22.01.2019 "We at DSM are proud of our sustainable solutions for the coating industry. We take our responsibility for this matter seriously and that is why we work with our customers and other players in the value chain. Together, we develop and implement solutions that benefit society. Being sustainable means safeguarding healthy living, by reducing hazardous substances and VOCs released in the environment; combating climate change, by limiting energy use and carbon emissions; and creating circular solutions, by using renewable raw materials and read more

New Rapid Attach Platform for NBT boom truck series
22.01.2019 National Crane has announced a new Rapid Attach Platform for its NBT boom truck series previously unveiled at Crane Days 2018. The completely redesigned platform will replace previous iterations and comes in two styles: yoke style (Y-RAP2) and rotating style (R-RAP2). The yoke style is available now and the rotating style will be available this year. "The creation of the new Rapid Attach Platform was brought about by Voice of the Customer feedback, part of The Manitowoc Way," said Bob Ritter, engineering manager for boom trucks. read more

exhibitions and other events

bauma 2019: Sustainability is one of the core topics
20.02.2019 By its very nature, the construction industry has a very large ecological footprint. At bauma, exhibitors are going to present innovations towards sustainability, resource conservation and environmental protection. Some of the solutions have also been nominated for the bauma Innovation Award. bauma is the world's leading trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment. This year, it will take place from April 8 to 14 at the Munich Exhibition Grounds. The avoidance or reduction of emissions of all kinds remains a major playground for technical innovations and improvements in the construction industry. read more

International investors commend Vinci’s action on climate change
31.01.2019 CDP, the international organisation formerly called the Carbon Disclosure Project, has just awarded Vinci an A- score in recognition of the steps it took to combat climate change. In moving up from B to A- status, the Group substantially improves its performance and now scores among the top companies leading the effort to combat climate change. This score recognises Vinci's environmental policy. The Group's full range of business activities, from building to energy and mobility, are at the heart of the ecological transition, which will be a major Vinci development focus in 2019. read more

FCC wins the extension contract for the San Juan de Dios Hospital (Seville)
31.01.2019 FCC Construcción has obtained the contract for the last expansion phase of the San Juan de Dios Hospital (Seville). The expansion works of the San Juan de Dios Hospital have consisted of three phases developed entirely by FCC Construcción and with a total amount between all the phases of more than 10 million euros. The first phase consisted in the realization of the demolitions, earthworks, foundations, execution of screen walls and slabs. The second and third phases consisted in the development of the structure of the new building, the completion of the exterior enclosure of all the facades, waterproofing and roofing. read more

The digital construction site: more than just entertainment
23.01.2019 Digital innovations are increasingly shaping our everyday lives—including in the construction machinery industry. Thanks to virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), users can now experience construction sites virtually and be part of the story in the middle of the action. It is not just an experience with deceptively real sensations and high entertainment value. VR and AR can be used to present products in the development phase, prototypes, or future scenarios and explain them in a completely new way. This opens up a whole host of new opportunities for companies. "With our digital construction site, we have created a platform that enables exhibitors' products to be experienced not only at the actual exhibition stand but in any location. We offer the virtual exhibition space within a VR Experience. For the first time, companies at bauma 2019 will be able to present themselves completely digitally, " read more

industry news

Changes in Royal BAM Supervisory Board management
20.02.2019 The Supervisory Board of Royal BAM Group nv announces that Mrs C.M.C. Mahieu and Mr K.S. Wester will step down as member of the Supervisory Board following the Annual General Meeting on 17 April 2019, in connection with the end of their second four-year term of appointment. read more

ACS wins the largest infraestructure project in the history of Virginia (USA)
18.02.2019 ACS Group, through Dragados USA and Flatiron (Hochtief), in Joint Venture with Vinci Grands projects, has been selected as the best value proposal based on bid price and technical score for the 3.3 billion I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel project in Virginia, VDOT's Largest Construction project in History. Bringing world-class capabilities in tunneling, bridge and highway construction, ACS will lead the consortium to design and build this mega project, with 67 % share in the Joint Venture. This project, one of the largest construction projects in the United States, will further reinforce the footprint and strength of the company in the Eastern United States. read more

Pöyry completes Owner's Engineer Services assignment for two combined cycle gas turbine power plants in Thailand
15.02.2019 Commercial operation for Amata B. Grimm Power (Rayong) 4 and 5 Limited (ABPR4 and ABPR5), was achieved as scheduled last June and October 2018, respectively. Each with a 130 MW capacity, the power plants are part of a fleet of combined cycle generation plants owned by B. Grimm Power Limited located within the Amata City Industrial Estate, Chonburi Province, Thailand. read more

Fluor to Design and Build New Valvoline Lubricants Facility in China
15.02.2019 Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced that it was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management contract for Valvoline's new blending and packaging facility in Zhangjiagang, China. The project is Valvoline's first plant in China. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the fourth quarter of 2018. read more

Atkins appoints Kash Hadipour as Vice-President and Senior Division Manager
15.02.2019 Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has hired Kash Hadipour, PHD, PE, to join its Intermodal business unit as a Vice-President and Senior Division Manager, where he will focus on growing the company's aviation business in the western United States. Hadipour brings more than 32 years of experience as a civil engineer and transportation program manager, specializing in aviation. read more

EIB provides total of EUR 80m to Zumtobel Group
13.02.2019 The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing the Austrian lighting company Zumtobel Group with the second EUR 40m tranche of an EUR 80m financing programme to strengthen its research and development activities. The EIB loan is backed by a guarantee from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). EFSI is an essential pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe – also known as the Juncker Plan – under which the EIB and the European Commission are working together as strategic partners and the EIB's financing operations are boosting the competitiveness of the European economy. read more

Strabag announces new records in 2018
13.02.2019 The publicly listed European-based technology group for construction services Strabag SE today announced its first figures for the 2018 financial year and issued an outlook for 2019. "2018 was our third record year in a row. The pace in the construction industry was high, and this should continue to be the case in 2019. read more

Denver Zoo breaks ground on new animal hospital
13.02.2019 Denver Zoo, Colorado's most visited cultural attraction, held it's official groundbreaking on February 7 for its new animal hospital. This is the first major step in the Zoo's Phase I Master Plan to guide future development. The existing hospital was originally built 51 years ago, and the redesign will modernize its aging infrastructure and improve operating efficiencies. Led by Stantec, a global architecture, engineering, and consulting firm, the 22,000-square-foot facility will incorporate state-of-the-industry animal care and provide safe access to the animals, read more

LafargeHolcim completes two further bolt-on acquisitions
12.02.2019 On February 1, 2019, LafargeHolcim acquired Transit Mix Concrete Co., a leading supplier of building materials in Colorado and subsidiary of Continental Materials Corporation. The acquisition will strengthen LafargeHolcim's position in a dynamic and growing building materials market of the United States. read more

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