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Three new multi-processor models for excavators
09.05.2018 Caterpillar Work Tools has expanded its range of excavator attachments with three new multi-processor models—MP332, MP345 and, MP365—which build on the company's demolition-technology experience with new features aimed specifically at users requiring large, flexible, purpose-built tools that can handle virtually any demolition task. The new models join the MP318 and MP324 in the Cat multi-processor range. The design of the new multi-processors allows pairing a basic housing with any of up to six jaw sets, increasing jobsite versatility; read more

Leica Geosystems' latest GNSS technology smart antenna for construction
01.05.2018 Leica Geosystems announced the new Leica iCON gps 70 T smart antenna as part of its Leica iCON gps 70 series for reliable and easy stake-out jobs on any construction site. Measurement results become quicker and more accurate with the gps 70 T's permanent tilt compensation, resistance to magnetic interferences and calibration-free usage. "The construction industry is one of the most hazardous workplaces and safety is the highest priority to make sure everyone goes home each day. The new Leica iCON gps 70 T now allows the user to focus read more

Exel Composites manufactures flax fibre profiles for bio-based Dutch bridge
01.05.2018 Exel Composites has supplied 6 km of bio-based composite profiles for an innovative bio-based bridge in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, the first viaduct in the world to be renovated using bio-based materials. Exel's structural profiles, manufactured using flax fibre reinforcement and bio-based resin, were employed to create the bridge's eye-catching side screens. The Zoomland viaduct crosses the A58 highway to the east of Bergen op Zoom. It forms part of a new cycling and walking route and connects two regions of a nature reserve, providing a 'fauna passage' for wildlife. read more

Two anniversaries and a new »Faktor 5« for Tradelossa
01.05.2018 In 2018 Tradelossa, which is headquartered in Durango, Mexico, is celebrating its 45th anniversary. The company offers all-in-one solutions for the heavy haul and abnormal load transportation industry and handles national and international logistics operations in North and South America. "As a leader in the heavy haul industry in Mexico, Tradelossa is committed to continuously invest in world class equipment to serve its customers and meet their requirements to the full," says Rafael de los Santos, Managing Director at Tradelossa. read more

Caterpillar EU Stage V-compliant engines
01.05.2018 Caterpillar currently is developing productive, fuel-efficient, power-dense, EU Stage V-compliant engines across its industrial product line, from the two-cylinder C0.5, to the 12-cylinder, 32-liter C32. Goals for Cat Stage V engines include developing more efficient after-treatment systems, simplifying installation in OEM-customer machines, and providing added value for end users of OEM machines—through increased productivity, increased fuel efficiency, and exceptional reliability. The Cat C9.3B engine, for example, has been awarded EU Stage V read more

New North American test facility to focus on improving driveline efficiency
01.05.2018 A new test facility has been developed in Michigan to help commercial vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers increase the efficiency of vehicle drivelines. Developed and operated by Drive System Design Inc, the North American subsidiary of UK-based driveline engineering consultancy Drive System Design, the facility will help manufacturers lower emissions and improve fuel economy. "The current focus on real-world emissions means the efficiency challenge has suddenly become substantially more critical, yet parasitic and other losses are still draining energy unnecessarily," read more

Compact safety monitoring radar for mining
22.04.2018 IDS GeoRadar launched HYDRA-X, a radar-based technology solution specifically designed to support geotechnical engineers in the mining industry. HYDRA-X supports the different types of mine site needs, ranging from strip coal mines, tailing dams, small open pits, quarries and sub-benches monitoring in huge open pits. HYDRA-X is a compact radar solution that is easily transportable for quick deployment in critical areas. The radar provides high-resolution, high-accuracy early warning and real time monitoring. read more

High-performance vibratory plate compactors
22.04.2018 John Deere is adding three new plate compactors to its portfolio of over 100 Worksite Pro attachments, offering customers more model options to choose from while maintaining the same reliability they've come to expect from the manufacturer. Designed for trench, slope and excavation compaction applications, the PC4, PC7 and PC10 plate compactor models deliver powerful performance and productivity. These attachments are compatible with the John Deere 26G, 30G, 35, 50G, 60G compact excavators; the 310L, 310L EP, 310SL, 310SL HL, 315SL and 410L backhoes; read more

Grove GMK5150L relocates historic church in Australia
22.04.2018 Australian crane rental company Cranes Combined supplied a Grove GMK5150L all-terrain crane to move a church in the state of Tasmania. Equipped with 5.6 t of counterweight and working at a radius of just under 12 m, the crane took approximately seven hours to move the 6 t church, which had been in position for over 100 years. "The church was built in the 1800s, and therefore relatively delicate, despite its size," said Chris Kolodziej, who co-owns Cranes Combined with his wife, Cathy. "The GMK5150L is very smooth in its operation, so the whole lift read more

exhibitions and other events

bauma CTT RUSSIA 2018: International industry leaders to meet at Russia’s largest trade fair for construction equipment
07.05.2018 The international construction equipment and technology industry will meet at bauma CTT RUSSIA in Moscow from June 5 to 8, 2018. During these days, the metropolis will again become the scene for Russia's most important trade fair for construction technology. The annual major event will already take place for the 19th time. The organizers expect a visitor interest that is at least as keen as in the previous year: the 2017 edition attracted more than 20,000 visitors from 56 countries. This year, the trade show will feature many international market giants again. read more

World Tunnel Congress 2018 In Dubai: The Middle East Consolidated Its Position As Powerful Emergent Market
27.04.2018 Held in Dubai, from 21st to 26th April by the Society of Engineers (SOE) and the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA), the World Tunnel Congress and 44th ITA General Assembly were a momentous occasion and an undoubted success for the global industry. Focused on "The Role of Underground Space for future cities", the world tunnel congress shared a light on the sustainable aspects of developing underground construction. read more

Gravestone trends at Stone+tec 2018: Individualised memorials and grave decorations
24.04.2018 Changes in funeral culture are bringing profound changes to stonemasonry. Stonemasons will learn how businesses can deal with these new trends at Stone+tec 2018, which will take place in Nuremberg from 13 to 16 June. Gravestone and grave decoration manufacturers will showcase innovative solutions for craftspeople and industrial processors there. Two days of the fair will feature series of in-depth lectures with the BIV's Forum Cemetery and the Cemetery Culture Congress. "Only Stone+tec offers such a wide range of products and knowledge on all aspects of gravestones and cemeteries, " emphasises Beate Fischer, Exhibition Director for Stone+tec at NürnbergMesse. The changes in funeral culture are offering opportunities especially for demanding craftspeople and designers: Studies confirm the importance, both today and in the future, of an individually designed grave for coping with bereavement. read more

Positive signs: India’s construction machinery market remains on growth path
18.04.2018 The upward trend in the Indian construction machinery market continues. Main driving force are the country's high infrastructure investments. This year, the industry will meet at bauma CONEXPO INDIA in Delhi from December 11 to 14. Many key industry players already confirmed their participation. The Indian construction machinery market is still on an uptrend: after an exceptional gain of 34 percent in 2016, the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) determined a still very considerable growth of twelve percent for 2017. read more

industry news

Atkins-designed innovation centre opens at the University of Edinburgh
11.05.2018 Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is the designer behind a new animal science innovation centre and campus hub opened at the University of Edinburgh by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. The £23 million Charnock Bradley Building at the university's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies provides a place at the heart of the university campus for staff, students, and businesses to share ideas, innovations and research. It is part of the University of Edinburgh's four-phase, 20-year development of the campus to establish it as a world-leading centre of excellence for animal science. SNC-Lavalin acquired WS Atkins plc on July 3, 2017. read more

BAM nominates Frans den Houter as Executive Board member (CFO)
26.04.2018 The Supervisory Board of Royal BAM Group nv has decided to nominate Mr L.F. (Frans) den Houter RC for appointment by the general meeting as member of the Executive Board of the Group in the role of Chief Financial Officer as of 1 August 2018, for a period of approximately four years until the general meeting in 2022. read more

Skanska sells office building in Solna, Sweden
24.04.2018 Skanska has sold the office building Laboratoriet 5 in Solna, Sweden to Atlasmuren Fastigheter AB for about SEK 200 M. The transaction will be recorded by Skanska Commercial Development Nordic in the second quarter 2018. The transfer of the property is scheduled for May 2018. The office building comprises about 3,600 square meters and is fully leased to the world-leading Life Science company Roche. It is located on the historic site Ingenting in Solna, near Pampas Marina. With Skanska's initiatives, the area has in recent years undergone a renaissance. Here will more than 1, 000 new homes also be built. read more

Vinci Airports enlarges its network of airports in the United States, the United Kingdom, Costa Rica and Sweden
24.04.2018 Vinci Airports, a Vinci Concessions subsidiary, is acquiring nine new airports (two freehold property, three concession, four management contracts) and three partial management contracts in American airports following acquisition of the airport portfolio held by Airports Worldwide. read more

Eurovia to acquire the civil engineering company TNT in Québec
18.04.2018 Eurovia, the Vinci subsidiary specialising in transport infrastructure and urban development, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Quebec civil engineering contractor TNT group, a subsidiary of Transelec Common Inc. TNT group employs 430 people, generated revenue of C$170 million (€112 million) in 2016 and operates large quarry in Laval as well as asphalt concrete plants in Montreal and Laval. read more

Skanska sells office building in Wroclaw, Poland
02.04.2018 Skanska has sold the office building Green2Day in Wroclaw, Poland to the real estate fund manager Niam for EUR 51 M, about SEK 510 M. The transaction will be recorded by Skanska Commercial Development Europe in the first quarter of 2018, with the transfer of the property scheduled for the third quarter of 2018. Green2Day in Wroclaw was completed in fourth quarter of 2017 and offers approximately 18, 000 square meters of GLA. It is leased to known companies such as ULTIMO, Tieto, Business Link and KPMG. read more

Air traffic control tower at Dublin Airport will be one of the tallest structures in Ireland
02.04.2018 The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has commenced the construction of a new 86.9 metre-high air traffic control (ATC) tower at Dublin Airport, which is required to facilitate parallel runway operations by 2021. Construction phase is expected to be completed by 2019, with handover then to IAA Technology and Operations, for the installation, commissioning and testing of associated air traffic management equipment and systems. read more

Thiess secures Mt Owen increase Sydney
02.04.2018 CIMIC Group's global mining services provider, Thiess, has secured a A$140 million increase to its contract with Glencore for coal mining services at Mt Owen in the Hunter Valley, Australia. read more

Tottenham Hotspur selects Schneider Electric as Stadium Energy Management Supplier
19.03.2018 Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has secured a long-term supplier contract with Tottenham Hotspur ('Spurs') to become the Official Stadium Management Supplier to the Club's new state-of-the-art stadium in North London. read more

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