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Beswick Fitting Selection Guide
24.06.2017 Fortunately, you have choices when you are selecting pneumatic fittings for your product. There are three common fitting types: barbed, push-to-connect, and compression. Each has advantages and disadvantages. How will you select the best type for the long term success of your design? The Beswick Fitting Selection Guide walks you through the selection process. If you are new to the fluid power field you'll find this information to be invaluable. If you are already familiar with the three common fitting types the selection guide is worth reading as a refresher. In either case, you'll learn something new. read more

Hitachi's New 18V Cordless Brushless 3-1/4” Band Saw, Model CB18DBLP4
18.06.2017 Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.) announced the launch of its new 18V Brushless 3-1/4" Band Saw, model CB18DBLP4 (bare tool). This tool is designed for fast, accurate and smooth cuts through materials such as conduit, steel pipes, power cables, aluminum window frames and various plastics. It is ideal for electrical, plumbing, mechanical and commercial work applications. This tool is sold as a tool-body only (no battery included), and is compatible with any Hitachi 18V slide-type Lithium Ion battery or charger. read more

New white paper about aluminum fenestration and energy efficiency
18.06.2017 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new white paper created by the AAMA Aluminum Material Council that discusses the use of aluminum in high-performing building enclosures. AMC-2-26, "Aluminum in High-Performing Building Enclosures, " is now available in the AAMA online store as a complimentary download. "This white paper was needed in order to educate and inform the marketplace about the energy advantages of using aluminum fenestration," said Elizabeth Cotton (Kawneer), chair of the AMC Marketing Committee. read more

MLC300 enables maximum efficiency for innovative lift plan in Hawaii
13.06.2017 Construction is underway on a $331 million rental car facility in Hawaii, and a Manitowoc MLC300 is driving performance on the job site to help contractors execute an innovative lift plan. Honolulu-based Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company (HDCC) is tasked with building the three-story facility that will cover some 1.7 million ft2 near Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. The expansive site is divided into four 425,000 ft2 quadrants that are aligned in a row, and HDCC has developed a plan to lift the building's formwork on each quadrant using minimal equipment. read more

Valuable part of the offshore wind supply chain
13.06.2017 More often seen as competitors, ports are now actively working together to position themselves as key parts of the offshore wind energy supply chain, according to a new statement released by WindEurope at the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 event in London. It is an exciting time to be a part of offshore wind. The industry is maturing and costs are coming down. In a short space of time, over 3, 600 turbines have now been installed in European waters, representing 12.6 GW of installed capacity. This is expected to reach 24.6 GW by 2020. read more

Tackle Heavy Lifting With New Severe-Duty Pallet Forks From John Deere
13.06.2017 Pallet forks are staple attachments when it comes to getting more versatility and productivity from compact equipment, and now, John Deere has an option for material-handling jobs of every scale with the new severe-duty pallet forks, the latest additions to the ever-expanding lineup of Worksite Pro attachments. Two new pallet forks (PF45 and PF60) are optimized to work with John Deere G-Series skid steers as well as G- and E-Series compact track loaders (CTLs), along with another pallet fork that was specifically designed for use on read more

A new set of accessories for BESSEY toggle clamps
12.06.2017 BESSEY's self-adjusting toggle clamps are flexible and up to five times faster to operate when compared to conventional models. Now, BESSEY has found a way to bring these benefits to the multifunction table. Thanks to a special adapter, it is now possible to use BESSEY toggle clamps on multifunction tables with 20 mm hole diameters such as the Festool MFT and also the Sortimo WorkMo. The new toggle clamp adapter STC-SET-T20 can be used together with the larger versions of BESSEY toggle clamps that have horizontal base plates and a borehole in the centre of the base. read more

Fast high-rise construction progress with a well thought-out formwork
06.06.2017 A total of seven buildings characterize the Maakri-Kvartal complex which is currently being built in the Estonian capital. The project comprises new high-rise buildings as well as restored architectural monuments and connects the historical heart with the newer district of Tallinn. PERI developed and delivered corresponding formwork solutions for the new structures as well as the renovation work. The PERI team has supported the rapid construction progress in particular with climbing technology for the city´s new landmark – a high-rise building with a height of more than 100 m. read more

Accent lighting in the retail sector with Punctoled from Osram
06.06.2017 The Punctoled product range from Osram scores in basic retail trade applications thanks to its outstanding price-performance ratio and short payback times. The family is now being added to with the track spotlight Punctoled Track and the directional spotlight Punctoled Spot. Both are ideal for simple accent lighting in the shop sector and feature good colour rendering and high levels of uniformity. Punctoled Track has 350° pan-and-tilt, making it ideal for showcasing products and merchandise in the right light from highly diverse angles. Its handling is especially simple read more

exhibitions and other events

Construction professionals meet the composites industry in architectural iconic Chicago for innovative building solutions in new U.S. event
13.06.2017 JEC Group, the leading Composites organization in the world, launches The Future of Composites in Construction (McCormick Place, June 20-22, 2017 Chicago, IL) entirely dedicated to the current and future developments of Composites Materials in Building & Construction, showcasing Innovations that have been changing the way end-users, such as architects or designers, construct buildings and infrastructures. "We are increasingly concerned with the challenges that the Construction Industry faces. The Civil Society have growing demands in terms of aesthetic and functionality, whereas the common concerns of sustainability, durability, recyclability or again safety are leading to rethink the way we build today. read more

CTT 2017: Russia's Most Important Trade Fair for Construction Equipment and Technologies Shortly before Kick-Off
23.05.2017 The international construction equipment and technologies industry will meet in Moscow from May 30 to June 3, 2017. The Russian metropolis will once again be the scene of the CTT trade fair. The annual event taking place since the year 2000 focuses especially on the markets of the entire Eastern European region in addition to the host country Russia. read more

Techtextil competition for students honours air-inflated halls, tents for refugees, concrete textile and smart façade elements
11.05.2017 Whether textile reinforced concrete, fabric for lightweight structures or functional textiles: Techtextil (09 to 12 May 2017), the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and non-wovens, introduces architects, building owners, construction engineers and planners to a wide range of fibre-based materials for the 'Buildtech' sector. In line with this, the winners of the 'Textile Structures for New Building' competition have been chosen. An international jury of renowned civil engineers and architects gave eight awards in various categories. With this competition for students, Techtextil honours the ideas of students and young professionals on building with textiles and textile-reinforced materials. read more

bauma Conexpo India: Bhupinder Singh new CEO as of May 1
04.05.2017 After four years in India and two bauma Conexpo India shows, the former CEO of bC Expo India, Igor Palka, will return to Messe München and assume new responsibilities as of May 1, 2017. His successor will be Bhupinder Singh, who is already CEO of the Messe München subsidiary Messe Muenchen India. Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München, is pleased: "Bhupinder Singh is an experienced trade-show manager who will be in charge of the joint venture between the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and Messe München for one of the largest events in India." read more

industry news

BAM announces new appointment
23.06.2017 The Board of BAM Belgium has appointed new management at its business unit Interbuild nv (residential and non-residential building projects in Flanders and Brussels). read more

NCC and Platzer agree on major transaction in Gårda and Mölndal
21.06.2017 NCC and Platzer have signed an agreement to jointly develop Platzer's property on Drakegatan in Gårda (Gårda 16:17, which includes the "Canon building") through a jointly owned company. Currently, the project comprises an existing building of approximately 16,000 square meters and additional development rights for about 30,000 square meters of office space in an attractive location near the "Ullevimotet" junction. The building will form a distinct entrance to the area with a 25-storey office building that will be joined to the existing building. read more

Otis Electric expands support of Wuhan Metro with Lines 11 and 21
21.06.2017 Otis Electric Elevator Co., Ltd. will provide more than 230 elevators and escalators for Wuhan Metro Lines 11 and 21, bringing the total number of Otis units on the Wuhan network to more than 1,000. Otis Electric is a brand of Otis, the world's leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Line 11 marks the 11th project for which the Wuhan Metro has selected Otis elevators and escalators. read more

Turner tops out Talan Towers, the firm's first project in Kazakhstan
19.06.2017 Turner, a North America-based, international construction services company, has delivered its first project in Kazakhstan – the already-iconic Talan Towers. It is the first high-end mixed-use development in Astana, offering a luxury office, residential, hotel and retail experience for the capital city. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Talan Towers is composed of a 30-story office tower and a 25-story residential and hotel tower linked by a three-story podium with a variety of luxury retail outlets. The hotel— Kazakhstan's first Ritz-Carlton with branded apartments read more

Skanska builds new recreation center for Boston College in Massachusetts, USA
19.06.2017 Skanska has signed contract to build a new recreation center for Boston College in Massachusetts, USA. The contract is worth USD 113M, about SEK 1 billion, which will be included in the US order bookings for the second quarter of 2017. Skanska will replace Boston College's existing Flynn Recreation Complex with a new four-story, 22, 500-square-meter recreation center. The center's exterior will match the campus' distinctive Gothic aesthetic. Its interior will consist of numerous flexible spaces to ensure versatility and functionality. read more

Royal College of Nursing appoints BAM FM on national contract
12.06.2017 BAM FM will carry out the mechanical and electrical maintenance services at 16 offices, conference centres and training facilities throughout the UK. The membership organisation that represents, educates and protects the rights of nurses in the UK selected BAM FM for, among other things, its leading digital facilities management solutions. Head of Business Development, Garry Carter, says: read more

Ferrovial acquires Trans-Former Group
12.06.2017 Ferrovial, through FBSerwis, has closed the acquisition of 100% of the waste management company Trans-Formers Group from Hossanova. The transaction value is 155 million zloty, equivalent to 37 million euro. The agreement comprises the acquisition of the two companies of Trans-Formers Group: Trans-Formers Wroclaw and Trans-Formers Karpatia. Trans-Formers Wrocław concentrates its activities in the area of collection and management of municipal waste and municipal hygiene in Wrocław, in the west of Poland. read more

Two Atkins-designed projects scoop international property awards
09.06.2017 Two Atkins-designed projects were under the spotlight at the International Property Awards 2017. The supertall Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh City won "best residential high-rise architecture Vietnam" and the Vinhomes Metropolis won "Best Residential High-rise Development Vietnam". Both projects were also nominated to represent Asia Pacific to compete with the winning projects from other regions for the international award later this year. Ian Milne, Atkins' design director for Landmark 81, represented Atkins at the award ceremony in Bangkok. read more

BAM wins contract for agricultural school in Luxembourg
07.06.2017 The Luxembourg Building Agency has chosen BAM Lux (Royal BAM Group's construction and civil engineering company in Luxembourg) to build the structural works for an agricultural education centre for 800 students in Gilsdorf, near Diekirch. The contract value is more than €14 million. BAM will deliver the structural works for a complex of eight buildings, with a total floor area of 22,000 m². The buildings will house classrooms, administrative areas, workshops, studios, laboratories and gyms. read more

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