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Wind adds 13GW new capacity in 2015: 44% of all new power
09.02.2016 Across the 28 EU member states, wind accounted for 44% of all new power installations, connecting a total of 12.8GW to the grid – 9.766MW in onshore and 3,034MW offshore. The volume of new installations was 6.3% up on 2014. Total wind capacity in Europe now stands at 142GW and covers 11.4% of Europe's electricity needs. Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: "These numbers show that wind is the driving force behind the EU's energy transition. Wind energy is a mature industry. read more

Avery Dennison EU HQ is awarded a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM certificate
09.02.2016 Avery Dennison has brought its sustainability vision to life at its new EU headquarters and Research & Development center in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. The long-term leased building acts as the European hub for the global Avery Dennison Materials Group business. A BREEAM 'Very Good' certificate was awarded at a ceremony on December 10, during a celebration for all of the partners involved in the building's design and construction. The building is located in the BioScience Park in Oegstgeest, which is among the top five science parks in Europe. read more

Record 13bn euro invested in offshore wind in 2015: 3GW new capacity
09.02.2016 Offshore wind investments in Europe doubled in 2015 to €13.3 billion in a record year for financing and grid-connected installations. A total of 3,019 MW in new offshore wind capacity came online in European waters in 2015, more than double what was connected to the grid in 2014. Europe's total offshore wind capacity is now 11,027 MW. A further 3, 034 MW of capacity - spread across ten projects - reached final investment decision last year, a twofold increase on 2014. Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of the European Wind Energy Association, read more

11 GREEN CREATIVE products selected for the IES 2015 Progress Report
04.02.2016 GREEN CREATIVE announces the selection of 11 products by the Illuminating Engineering Society for the 2015 Progress Report. This year GREEN CREATIVE saw a combination of incandescent, halogen and fluorescent lamps and fixtures chosen. Each year the Illuminating Engineering Society's (IES) prestigious Progress Report showcases unique and innovative products significant to the lighting industry. The IES Progress Committee is dedicated to following developments in the art and science of lighting throughout the world read more

All-inclusive, user-friendly curtainwall Revit model
02.02.2016 Wausau Window and Wall Systems significantly expands its 3-D building information modeling (BIM) tools with the addition of a new unitized curtainwall Revit| project file. This single file is pre-loaded with Wausau's INvision family of unitized curtainwall profiles allowing architects, designers, engineers and contractors to easily choose different widths, depths and sightlines. This all-in-one approach automatically updates to the selected parameters without repeating steps or requiring multiple files. read more

Colorful palette of ceiling solutions
02.02.2016 ROCKFON presents a broad palette of colorful ceiling solutions to inspire creativity in commercial interior design. A full spectrum of hues now is offered for stone wool acoustic ceiling panels, specialty metal ceiling panels and ceiling suspension systems. The variety of colors and finishes are showcased in "Ceiling Solutions that bring color to life," a new brochure available free for download at ROCKFON's 34 exclusive Color-All colors have been harmonized across its stone wool acoustic panels, specialty metal panels read more

Xylem is launching several new energy efficient system solutions
02.02.2016 Xylem is launching several new energy efficient system solutions for residential and commercial building applications at Europe's leading exhibition for global comfort technology – Mostra Convegno Expocomfort 2016, 15-18 March 2016 in Milan, Italy. Highlights include the Next Generation Hydrovar, an advanced variable speed drive (VSD), and the new Lowara brand "Smart Pump" range, equipped with a highly compatible motor and integrated VSD that can be coupled with nearly every Lowara pump. All Xylem products on display at MCE 2016 read more

Ultra-miniature dry-break quick disconnect
02.02.2016 The ultra-miniature Beswick M3 threaded dry-break quick disconnect is precisely manufactured from corrosion resistant stainless steel and is rated to 500 psig when connected. Buna-N is the standard seal material. Viton and EPDM are optional and can handle many types of fluids. Other elastomers are available upon request. It is a finalist in the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards. Take advantage of Beswick proprietary technology and experience to improve the performance of your products. The dry-break, some refer to it as "no-spill" (however there are read more

Nimbus precision balance is the perfect solution for materials testing
01.02.2016 Adam Equipment will be spotlighting its Nimbus precision balance at World of Concrete in Las Vegas, February 2-5. Balances, like the Nimbus, are used in materials testing applications including unit weight test and density determination. There's no hard and fast rule that applies when creating the perfect concrete, but Adam Equipment's Nimbus precision balance can help pave the way to a better quality product. Concrete is a composite material. That means it comprises several ingredients, including fine and coarse aggregates, read more

exhibitions and other events

€70 million order for modernization of Messe Essen exhibition grounds
29.01.2016 On behalf of Messe Essen, engineering and services group Bilfinger will modernize large sections of the city's exhibition grounds. The contract was signed last week. The total investment amounts to approximately €90 million with Bilfinger accounting for a construction volume of about €70 million. read more

United Technologies, Otis donate elevators to new exhibit at Space Center Houston
28.01.2016 United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) and its Otis Elevator Co. unit donated two Otis Gen2 elevators, valued at $325,000, for the new Independence Plaza at the nonprofit Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of the NASA Johnson Space Center. read more

Turner Construction Company Named among Glassdoor's Top 50 Best Places to Work for 2016
17.12.2015 Turner honored by Glassdoor's annual Employees' Choice Awards, which recognize the firm's strong company culture based on respect for people, and vision to make a difference for employees, partners, clients, and communities. Turner Construction Company is pleased to announce that Glassdoor named Turner among the winners of their annual Employees' Choice Awards, recognizing the company as one of the Best Places to Work for 2016. read more

New ideas in transmissions for wheeled loaders
10.12.2015 Low-emissions, low fuel consumption and energy-efficient: All these qualities are becoming ever more important to the building industry and to manufacturers of construction machinery. So, what progress has been made? What new developments are there, and what can these machines still do? Less or more? Answers to these questions will be given at bauma, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles and Construction Equipment, which takes place from April 11 to 17, 2016 at the Messe Mnchen exhibition center. read more

industry news

Swedish town moves as iron mine looms to swallow it
12.02.2016 Europe's biggest iron ore mine – the mine behind the town of Kiruna's very existence - is now endangering it. With help from Ramboll, the town is moving two miles to the East to avoid being absorbed. Cracks are appearing in the Swedish town of Kiruna that was built around an iron mine more than 100 years ago. As extractions for the giant iron ore extend under the centre of town, waste rock causes the ground to shift. If Sweden's northernmost town does not move, it will simply sink into the earth. read more

FCC Aqualia awarded in Saudi Arabia for contribution towards modernising water sector
10.02.2016 The Governor of Riyadh (H.R.H Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud) presented the Award for Water to Javier Díaz, manager of FCC Aqualia in Saudi Arabia, during the Saudi Water Electricity Forum (SWEF) held in Riyadh this week. The award pays recognition to the work carried out by FCC Aqualia over the last five years, including the sectioning and leakage project in the city of Riyadh, as well as the operation and maintenance of the wastewater treatment plants in Mecca (Hadda and Arana Plants). With this activity the company has become the "Best Performer of the Year in the Kingdom". read more

Bilfinger sells Water Technologies division to Chengdu Techcent Environment Group
10.02.2016 The engineering and services group Bilfinger is selling its Water Technologies division. The buyer is Chinese company Chengdu Techcent Environment Group which has been active in the water technology sector for many years. read more

ABB delivers HVDC interconnector to integrate Baltic region and enhance power security
10.02.2016 LitPol link with Poland brings Lithuania into the Baltic grid enabling power trading, improved reliability and security of supply. ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has commissioned and handed over the LitPol Link to the Lithuanian transmission system operator Litgrid. read more

Pöyry and Dentons to develop the rules for a new electricity market in Oman
10.02.2016 Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has awarded Pöyry and Dentons a consulting services assignment to help create the detailed framework for a new spot electricity market. The electricity sector in Oman is evolving quickly with demand expected to grow at 9% per year, doubling the size of the system by the early 2020s. read more

Ferrovial consortium chosen for Bratislava beltway in Slovakia
10.02.2016 Ferrovial, through subsidiary Cintra, heads the consortium chosen as Preferred Bidder by the Slovakia Ministry of Transport to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the beltway around Bratislava, for 1.01 billion euros. Other consortium members include Australian group Macquarie and Austrian construction company Porr. The design work is for the construction of a new 27 kilometre highway (two lanes each way) around Bratislava (D4), creating a beltway to the east of the city and a connection with existing radial roads. read more

SNC-Lavalin awarded contract for operations support services by Emirates Global Aluminium
05.02.2016 SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) has been awarded an engineering services contract by Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) to provide operations support services to EGA's two aluminium smelters in the United Arab Emirates – namely Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) and Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL). read more

Strabag awarded road construction contracts in Poland
04.02.2016 The publicly listed construction group Strabag, via its Polish subsidiaries, has been awarded two contracts totalling PLN 484 million (approx. € 108 million) from Poland's General Directorate for National Roads and Highways (GDDKiA). As part of the overall works on the S17 between Warsaw and Garwolin, Strabag will design and build a 15.2 km long section from the Lubelska junction near Warsaw to Kołbiel, including four junctions, for PLN 301 million. read more

Roger Bayliss new Senior Vice President Operational Efficiency at Skanska
01.02.2016 Roger Bayliss has been appointed Senior Vice President Operational Efficiency at Skanska. Roger will begin his new position February 1 and will report to Mats Williamson, Executive Vice President Skanska AB. Roger Bayliss has held different positions within Skanska since 2007, among others Project Director for the Barts & The London hospital project, EVP Business Improvement and CFO, all for Skanska UK. In the newly created position he will focus on how projects and the project organization can become more efficient, profitable and customer oriented. read more

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