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New Cat 816 Landfill Compactor
29.04.2021 Building on a nearly 50-year legacy of delivering maximum compaction performance and rugged durability, the new Cat 816 Landfill Compactors features improved guarding and structure engineering to optimize uptime availability. New grouping of service points reduces time spent on maintenance, while the compactor's updated cab design increases operator comfort and productivity. Alleviating potential damage, new frame deflectors divert trash away from the frame and hood enclosure. A new captive hinge on the service doors prevents read more

John Deere's Precision Construction
29.04.2021 Advancing its commitment to delivering smart technology solutions to its customers, John Deere unveils Precision Construction. Paving the way for the future of construction, Precision Construction provides customers with a suite of technology solutions focused on maximizing uptime and delivering increased productivity. This shift aligns the brand's overarching strategic direction, which aims to provide intelligent, connected machines and applications that help unlock increased value. "Since the beginning, delivering innovative solutions to read more

Komatsu’s PC88MR-11 excavator delivers higher productivity
29.04.2021 Contractors looking for a machine with performance and versatility in an easy-to-transport package, will want to take a look at the Komatsu PC88MR-11 excavator. The reduced tail swing radius on the PC88MR-11 makes it ideal for work on roadways, bridges, urban areas, or anywhere space is limited. The 67.7 HP (50.6 kW) excavator has standard high flow auxiliary hydraulics with proportional joysticks that offer incredible job versatility, while providing precise attachment control. Standard grading blade with new moldboard profile improves backfilling read more

Diving in Poland: PERI constructs the deepest diving pool in the world
28.04.2021 Far away from the world's well-known diving paradises, the Polish city of Mszczonów has become home to what is currently the deepest diving pool in the world. Numerous PERI systems were used for the construction of the pool, which has a depth of up to 45.50 metres. The special highlight was the dismantling of the ST 100 Stacking Towers used: for reasons relating to the static requirements, the stacking towers could only be dismantled after the pool had been filled with water – not by the company's own construction site staff, but by specially trained divers. read more

John Deere's Slope Control as a factory option for its K-Series dozers
28.04.2021 John Deere debuts Slope Control as a factory option for its K-Series dozers, including the 450K, 550K and 650K models. With Slope Control, John Deere provides its customers with an entry-level integrated grade control solution. Slope Control assists operators in grading smooth planar surfaces and is ideal for applications, such as small site development, road building, forestry and agriculture. Using the integrated Slope Control system, operators can view real-time cross-slope and main fall-slope percentages through the in-cab monitor. read more

Grove GHC130: strength and precision in ecologically sensitive job
28.04.2021 Wisconsin-based Terra Engineering & Construction's website proudly proclaims that the company actively "seeks out the difficult watercourse projects that may discourage other contractors" — and while this is largely due to Terra's skilled workforce and years of experience in that sector, having access to a Grove GHC130 telescopic crawler crane also proved crucial in helping it meet the strict deadline imposed on one of its most recent environmentally sensitive projects. Following a spate of flooding that led to the collapse of the embankment of a read more

New Cat 815 Soil Compactor
26.04.2021 The new Cat 815 Soil Compactor features technology upgrades to help increase productivity and efficiency, so more area is compacted in less time on large earthworks projects. New machine designs and revised service groupings combine to cut maintenance costs up to 9%. With all components relocated from the cab roof to lower overall transport height, the redesigned operator's cab upgrades the steering and climate controls to elevate comfort. The Cat 815 is built for high-speed, high quality soil compaction with its four 39-in (991-mm) wide steel drums. read more

Water-resistant floors for moments of joy
26.04.2021 BerryAlloc brought hydro+ to the market way back in 2008, making the company a pioneer in 100% water-resistant laminate. Ocean+ is the latest laminate collection to take advantage of the hydro+ technology, making this an easy-maintenance floor for general residential and commercial use. Hydro+ is a hydrophobic coating that BerryAlloc applies to all sides of the plank during the laminate manufacturing process. Repelling water away from joints and combined with a secure locking system, hydro+ makes Ocean+ completely water resistant read more

New Cat 992 Wheel Loader
04.04.2021 Building on a more than half-century legacy that includes the best-selling large mining loader model of all time, the new Cat 992 Wheel Loader sets a new standard by offering up to 32% greater productivity. This new large mining loader reduces maintenance costs by as much as 10% and offers up to 48% greater payload-per-fuel efficiency than the earlier model 992K. Powered by the new Cat C32B engine with U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V and Tier 2 equivalent emission engine options, the new 992 meets the global industry's demand for read more

exhibitions and other events

bauma to be postponed to October 2022
26.04.2021 bauma—the World's Leading Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles and Construction Equipment—is postponed to autumn 2022. That is the result of many discussions between Messe München and top industry representatives as well as the Advisory Board. New date is October 24–30, 2022. Considering the particularly long planning times for exhibitors and organizers at the world's largest trade show, the decision had to be made now. This provides exhibitors and visitors a secure planning basis for preparing the upcoming bauma. read more

bauma Conexpo Africa cancelled
15.04.2021 Messe Muenchen South Africa, organisers of bauma Conexpo Africa, have announced that this key pan-African trade show for construction, building material, mining, agriculture & forestry machinery and vehicles, will not take place in 2021 as planned. The event had been scheduled to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from October 13 – 16, 2021. The decision was made after in-depth consultations with industry stakeholders and comes amid ongoing bans and restrictions on international travel to and from South Africa. read more

ISH digital 2021: not just paying lip service but offering genuine solutions for the energy revolution
02.04.2021 Green Deal, life-giving air or the hygiene trend in the bathroom – the first digital edition of ISH, the world's leading trade fair for HVAC + Water, put the spotlight on themes of social, political and economic importance. A total of 373 companies presented their innovative products at ISH digital 2021. The importance of the top themes chosen was evident even at the official start of ISH digital 2021 on 22 March: Peter Altmaier, Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, discussed the foremost challenges of climate policy and emphasised in particular the great significance of one of them, the European Green Deal. read more

industry news

Vinci Energies to build electricity infrastructures in Benin
28.04.2021 Vinci Energies has signed a contract worth €292 million with the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Benin for the construction of electricity transmission and distribution infrastructures. Its financing is supported by the French authorities. Overall, the works will involve more than 900 people and will last for three years. They cover the construction of 500 km of extra-high and high voltage overhead and underground power lines, more than 1,000 km of medium and low voltage distribution networks read more

Wallbox joins forces with Iberdrola for 100 % renewable energy consumption in its new factory and offices in Barcelona
23.04.2021 Wallbox and Iberdrola have signed a long-term on-site) Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to produce, consume and reuse 100 % of the energy produced at its plant and offices in Barcelona's Zona Franca. Iberdrola's investment in the photovoltaic installation will allow Wallbox to make savings in the production and consumption of green energy from day one. In this way, the energy company continues to highlight the competitiveness of renewables through bilateral contracts that promote energy supply at competitive and stable prices with large customers committed to sustainable consumption. read more

Iberdrola wins wind turbine contract in Greece, including most powerful onshore wind turbine
01.04.2021 Iberdrola advances in the development of renewable projects in Greece, within the framework of its strategy to combat climate change. It has signed a 102 MW turbine supply contract for its Askio II, Askio III and Rokani wind farms. The Rokani project, in the Viotia region, will install three EnVentus V162-6.0 MW turbines, the most powerful onshore wind turbines in the market to be used for the first time in Greece. read more

BAM sells subsidiary BAM Swiss to Implenia
01.04.2021 Royal BAM Group nv has reached agreement to sell the shares of BAM Swiss AG (a subsidiary of BAM Deutschland AG) to Implenia AG. It is anticipated the transaction will close in May. Financial details of the transaction are not disclosed. read more

The Office Providers Discovers the Most Socially-Distanced Office…On Mars
01.04.2021 Office space search agency, The Office Providers, believes that they may have found the ultimate socially-distanced office location…on Mars. The Office Providers set off on the Perseverance Rover in July 2020 and landed 6 months later, a few weeks ago. read more

Hilltop Credit Partners completes Ł11.2m loan for redevelopment of Grade II listed hotel in Torquay, Devon
01.04.2021 Funds advised by Hilltop Credit Partners, a specialist funding partner for SME residential developers, have completed an Ł11.2m loan to Ascena Developments for the redevelopment of the historic, Grade II listed Bishop's Court hotel in Torquay, Devon. read more

Secure I.T. Environments extends relationship with University of Chichester
29.03.2021 Secure I.T. Environments Ltd, one of the UK's leading design and build companies for modular, containerised and micro data centres, has today announced that it has extended its long-standing relationship with University of Chichester. A new multi-year maintenance read more

Skanska improves the A428 road in the East of England region, UK
23.03.2021 Skanska has signed a contract with Highways England to improve the A428 road in the East of England region, UK. The contract is worth GBP 507M, about SEK 5.8 billion, which will be included in the order bookings for Europe in the first quarter 2021. Skanska will build a new 16-kilometer dual carriageway between the Black Cat roundabout at St Neots and Caxton Gibbet. A number of junction improvements will be made, including a new three-tier junction at the Black Cat roundabout allowing free flowing traffic onto the A1 and the new carriageway. It will also create better routes for walkers, cyclists and horse riders and deliver better connections to St Neots and its train station. read more

Hochtief masters unique maneuver in bridge construction
15.03.2021 It was a premiere in Germany—and Hochtief successfully mastered it: the almost one-kilometer-long Lennetal Bridge on the A45 highway is in its final position. The colossus made of steel and concrete, which weighs 30,000 tons, was previously moved 19.15 meters sideways in the course of precision work lasting 6,5 hours. It is located just a few centimeters way from a twin bridge, across which traffic is currently flowing in both directions. Never before has anyone in Germany attempted to move a bridge with this dimension in such a way. read more

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