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High-performance cooling tower formed at the double
20.04.2014 Increased energy demands in the fast-growing state of Andhra Pradesh in India necessitated the construction of a new coal-fired power plant. Doka has supplied the formwork solution for the construction of the cooling tower, ensuring efficient construction progress in 1-day cycles. Completion is scheduled for late 2014. The population in Krishnapatnam, the port city in Andhra Pradesh, India, has a high population density of 500 persons per km², and rising. In order to meet these increasing energy needs, read more

New Beswick catalog
20.04.2014 Beswick Engineering announced the release of 2014 catalog containing over 150 new product items. Beswick's expansive line of miniature fittings (compression, barb and push-to connect), valves, quick disconnects, pressure regulators and orifices are ideal for fluid power assemblies requiring durable products (machined in 303 & 316) stainless steel or brass. Ultra miniature in design Beswick products are an excellent choice when space is limited and leakage can not be tolerated. Pioneers in utilizing read more

Tenant self-service app
20.04.2014 1st Touch has launched a tenant self-service app. The app, which can be fully integrated in real-time with all leading Housing Management Systems, enables a social housing organisation's tenants to submit requests online for a wide range of services. These can range from repairs and maintenance or estate management concerns through to arranging visits from housing officers or conducting rent account queries. The system greatly reduces the pressure on the social housing organisation's call centre staff, whilst read more

Low-emitting stone wool acoustic ceiling solutions
20.04.2014 ROCKFON 's extensive North American portfolio of stone wool acoustic ceiling solutions has earned UL Environment's GREENGUARD Gold Certification for low-emitting products. GREENGUARD is an internationally recognized product emissions certification and labeling program for manufacturers of low-emitting indoor products, furnishings and materials. Receiving certification confirms these products meet the stringent GREENGUARD Gold emission standards, contributing to healthier and read more

Stannah – climbing to another level on the ss Great Britain
16.04.2014 South West England and London, 11th April 2014 – Future visitors to Brunel's ss Great Britain are in for a treat as they are invited to Go Aloft! Visitors can step into the shoes of a Victorian sailor to climb the rigging on the famous steam ship in its dry dock in Bristol, if they are brave enough. Stannah, lift suppliers to the ss Great Britain Trust and passionate supporters of this unique visitor attraction, sponsored the official launch of Go Aloft! and three Stannah representatives accepted the invitation read more

Glass laminates offer proven simultaneous protection
16.04.2014 The international technology group SCHOTT introduced the world's first specialty glass products to successfully withstand consecutive fire and ballistic attacks. SCHOTT is to exhibit five glass panels of its PYRANOVA secure laminates, showing varying degrees of attack, including bullet and fire separately and simultaneously, at the upcoming Counter Terror Expo, 29th – 30th April at Olympia, London. The threat of wilful attack from both external forces and fire can be very real for a number of organisations, read more

Stannah scores a golden six in RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2014
10.04.2014 The Gold Medal award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) will be presented during a ceremony at ExCeL London on June 17 where Stannah will also be exhibiting at the Facilities Show. As the UK's family safety charity, RoSPA's mission is to save lives and reduce injuries in all ages and stages of life. In support of this mission, the RoSPA Awards, which date back 58 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health read more

Project-specific climbing solution with practical adaptation
10.04.2014 A customized PERI climbing formwork solution has been supporting the rapid construction progress on the ISET Tower in Yekaterinburg. The formwork concept has taken into account the high wind loads as well as the variable number of elevator shafts with varying dimensions. The climbing formwork for the walls along with the climbing protection panel on the outer edges of the building can be adapted to suit the circular ground plan without requiring any special components. read more

SunLED’s New 2014 Product Catalog
10.04.2014 The new 68-page full color catalog conveniently provides SunLED's broad line of LED products including SMD LEDs, through-hole lamps, circuit board indicators, infrared products, and other unique LEDs with detailed information for engineering reference. The data consists of schematics, intensities, wavelengths, and viewing angles along with a technical notes section to assist with LED operation and product highlights that explore unique series in-depth. Request for your own SunLED catalog today to see the diverse range of read more

exhibitions and other events

AAMA forms Sustainability Steering Committee
16.04.2014 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) board of directors voted unanimously to establish a sustainability steering committee. It will oversee the various AAMA committees and task groups involved in establishing standard practices that lead to product sustainability - from component development to structural integrity. "This decision reflects the vital strategic importance that AAMA believes sustainability-related issues have to the fenestration and glazing industry, and to AAMA members' businesses, " read more

PR award for Bilfinger
15.04.2014 Bilfinger's new brand concept and the communication of the repositioning as an engineering and services group have once again caught the attention of trade professionals: the company and the agency Truffle Bay, which is specialized in brand development, have been jointly presented with the PR Award in the category 'Change'. read more

Bouygues Construction partner of Solar Decathlon Europe 2014
14.04.2014 Bouygues Construction is a partner of Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, the competition that challenges teams from universities and graduate schools around the world to design and build a real, functional home that is entirely solar powered. read more

Global wind market rebounds in 2014
14.04.2014 The Global Wind Energy Council launched its Global Wind Report - Annual Market Update today, updating the status of the global industry, along with market projections for the years 2014-2018. read more

industry news

Atkins to help Africa develop sustainable energy solutions by 2030
18.04.2014 Atkins is leading the consortium selected by the European Union (EU) to provide technical assistance to 24 East and Southern African countries over the next four years to accelerate the development of sustainable energy services as part of the EU's framework of Sustainable Energy for All. read more

BP North America appoints Arcadis to major project management role
18.04.2014 Arcadis (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the world's leading natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, has been appointed to provide project management, program management and contractor management services by BP North America Corporation, Inc. (BP) through a three-year master services agreement. read more

KONE wins an order for a multiuse complex District 8 in Jakarta
16.04.2014 KONE, an innovative leader in elevators and escalators, has received an order for 131 elevators and escalators for District 8, a commercial and residential use development in Jakarta's business district in Indonesia. Containing a shopping mall as well as seven tower buildings reaching up to 250 meters in height and comprising offices and apartments, District 8 is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. To increase transportation capacity and to shorten travel time to the District 8 building towers with up to sixty floors, KONE will supply for the project read more

JM sells senior housing in Täby, Stockholm
16.04.2014 JM, one of the leading developers of housing and residential areas in the Nordic region, has signed an agreement to sell a senior housing project under construction in Täby, Stockholm. The project is being implemented by JM's subsidiary Seniorgården AB, which develops residential care units in cooperation with Attendo. read more

BAM wins contract to build fifth lock Brunsbüttel
16.04.2014 The public authority responsible for management, maintenance and operation of the Kiel Canal (the Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Brunsbüttel) has awarded the contract for the construction of a fifth lock at Brunsbüttel to the joint venture formed by the BAM operating companies Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG, BAM Civiel bv and Wayss & Freytag Spezialtiefbau. read more

Ferrovial-led consortium named apparent best value proposer of North Carolina’s I-77
15.04.2014 Ferrovial, through a consortium led by its subsidiary Cintra Infraestructuras, has been chosen by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) as the apparent best value proposer to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the extension of the I-77 for 655 million dollars (around 478 million euro). The design and construction will be executed by a joint venture comprising Ferrovial Agroman and US construction company W.C. English. The concession period for the new infrastructure is 50 years from the date it opens to traffic. Financial closure of the project is expected in the coming months. Construction will begin in early 2015. read more

Technip wins a contract for Cargill’s new ethanol plant
15.04.2014 Technip was awarded a contract comprising detailed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the core process units of Cargill's new ethanol production plant located in Barby, Germany. The production units will be built on a green field site alongside Cargill's existing wheat processing facility. read more

Acciona Energy to supply 252 MW of wind power capacity in Mexico
15.04.2014 Acciona Energy has been awarded contracts for the engineering, construction and start-up of two wind farms in Mexico and the supply of wind turbines totaling 252 MW, plus the operation and maintenance of the farms for 20 years. read more

Skanska renovates building in New York City, USA
14.04.2014 Skanska has signed a contract with a confidential client to renovate a mixed-use building in New York City. The contract amounts to USD 189 M, about SEK 1.2 billion, which will be included in order bookings for Skanska USA Building for the first quarter of 2014. read more

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