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Even zoos can be built sustainably!
06.08.2020 German climate researcher and author Professor Stefan Rahmstorf will give a speech at the launch of the 24th International Passive House Conference. His lecture titled "Climate Crisis: What we know and what we can do about it" will take place on Sunday 20 September 2020. The oceanographer has been pointing out the consequences of climate warming for a long time. A welcome address to the conference held under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Economics will be held by Thorsten Herdan, Head of the Department of Energy Policy. read more

Reconstruction of the “Terfener Innbrücke” bridge
31.07.2020 The Terfener Innbrücke reconstruction project on the A12 motorway in the Inntal valley is one of largest bridge construction projects currently being carried out in the west of Austria. With PERI by their side, the client has been successful in implementing the project according to the demanding construction schedule since construction began in 2018. In addition to providing comprehensive planning services and on-site support during the project, PERI has also made use of the VBC Balanced Cantilever Carriage for the first time in Central Europe. read more

Osram supplies interior lighting for the Shenzhen World exhibition center
31.07.2020 The Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center (Shenzhen World) has resumed its work under strict security precautions and launched an innovative platform for the presentation of digital exhibitions and congresses. Shenzhen World serves as a venue for events and has space for restaurants, shopping and offices. With a total area of around 1.48 million square meters, including 500,000 square meters of indoor space, Shenzhen World has broken eight world records as the world's largest exhibition and convention center. read more

UK’s first Grove GMK5200-1 all-terrain crane
31.07.2020 (Mobile crane hire and contract lifting specialist John Sutch Cranes is the first Manitowoc customer in the UK to receive its new Grove GMK5200-1 all-terrain crane.) (Attracted by the GMK5200-1 crane's versatility and compact size, the Liverpool-headquartered business purchased the five-axle all-terrain crane based on its previous success with the GMK5250L.) (John Sutch Cranes already has a first job lined up for the GMK5200-1 and expects it to be a busy addition to the company's 36-strong fleet, particularly for assembling small tower cranes.) read more

Leica Geosystems BLK247 Wins SIA’s Best New Product Award
30.07.2020 Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, announced its 3D surveillance product, the Leica BLK247, won the Security Industry Association's (SIA) 2020 Best New Product Award. The BLK247 was demonstrated as part of SIA's annual New Product Showcase Awards competition held at this year's virtual ISC West tradeshow. Since its inception in 1979, the SIA New Product Showcase has been the security industry's premier product awards programme. New products are reviewed by a panel of judges with extensive industry experience, and in 2020, read more

John Deere's New E-Series Cold Planer Attachments
30.07.2020 Expanding on its established lineup of attachments, John Deere unveiled its new CP18E, CP24E and CP30E cold planers. These new attachments offerings help operators who work on street repairs, leveling uneven pavement, texturing pavement and cleaning around larger milling machines. The CP18E, CP24E and CP30E are compatible with John Deere skid steers and compact track loaders, as well as equipment offered by competitors. "The E-Series cold planers are new solutions for our customers seeking more efficiency on the job by enabling all cold planer functions read more

The smallest platinum RTD
30.07.2020 BondSens - Platinum Temperature Sensors are manufactured according to DIN EN 60751 and have an operating temperature range of -50 °C to +150 °C. The miniaturized RTD is designed for automatic placement in high volume applications in DIE packages where long-term stability, a good thermal transfer, at low cost are important. This sensor is typically used in energy management and thermal compensation for consumer, industrial and medical devices. It features a very small size of 0.75mm x 0.75mm with very low drift and can be packaged read more

Construction Begins on Casal España Arena in Valencia, Spain
30.07.2020 HOK and Spanish architecture firm ERRE have designed the new arena, which will host up to 18,600 spectators and open in 2023. The €220 million venue for the city of Valencia will include unique premium spaces that embrace the Mediterranean climate. With connections to a new park, the leisure destination will host top national and international sports, cultural and entertainment events. Casal España Arena is the name of the new multipurpose pavilion that LICAMPA 1617 S.L., holding company of Juan Roig that was founded to promote read more

An architectural symbol of hospitality
30.07.2020 Timed to be ready for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a new luxury hotel complex is emerging on Qatar's coast: Katara Towers. In addition to hotel rooms, the towers, which are just over 200 m high, will also contain apartments, offices, leisure facilities and restaurants. For erecting the core walls in the towers, climbing formwork systems from Doka were used. The completed silhouette of Katara Towers, rising from the southernmost point of the 38 km² planned city of Lusail, Qatar, will be a distinctive landmark for the nation. read more


exhibitions and other events

Digital launch of Chillventa eSpecial in October
28.07.2020 Between 13 and 15 October, the Chillventa eSpecial will offer the international refrigeration, air-conditioning, ventilation and heat pump community three days of industry knowledge, dialogue and innovation – this year, for the first time, in the form of a virtual event. As the world's leading exhibition for refrigeration technology, it will carry the spirit and drive of the event over to the digital world. As usual, participants at the Chillventa eSpecial will be able to establish contacts, cultivate their networks, share knowledge, and discuss new products, projects and developments in the sector. Here, too, the focus will be on the theme of "Chillventa Connecting Experts". read more

bauma CHINA 2020 will take place as planned
15.07.2020 The 10th international trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles will take place as planned from November 24 to 27, 2020 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). More than 3,000 exhibitors are being expected. China's economy is recovering apparently from the coronavirus shutdowns, and trade fairs are key to rebuilding economies. China unveiled a series of economic stimulus policies and the investment in infrastructure is expected to increase by 10%. read more

BAU to expand its network in Asia
15.07.2020 World-leading trade fair BAU expands its network in Asia: Messe München acquired Glasstech Asia / Fenestration Asia—the leading trade fair for glass manufacturing, processing and machinery in the ASEAN region. The first edition directed by Messe München will take place in November 2020 in Bangkok. And the cooperation between BAU China and the China National Building Waterproof Association (CWA) is of equal strategic importance: the agreement provides that CWA's China Roofing & Waterproofing Expo will be integrated into BAU China from 2020. read more

New dates announced for Stone+tec 2021
02.07.2020 Good news for the stone industry: a new date has been set for Stone+tec, the key meeting point for the stone industry in Central Europe that offers a comprehensive range of products and services for all aspects of natural stone used in construction, gravestones, monuments and design. In consultation with the advisory board, NürnbergMesse is announcing that the next International Trade Fair for Natural Stone and Stone Technology will be held at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 12 to 15 May 2021. Plans are now in progress for a successful event next year. read more


industry news

Iberdrola advances its plans in Extremadura: it has obtained environmental permits for another 300 MW
28.07.2020 Iberdrola is making progress on the most ambitious renewables investment plan in Extremadura and Spain, after obtaining the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for four photovoltaic plants in the province of Cáceres, with a total capacity of 300 MW: three of them are part of the Arañuelo Complex and amount to a total of 150 megawatts (MW) and the fourth, also located in the province of Cáceres, is the Arenales photovoltaic facility, with another 150 MW of installed capacity. Located in the Almaraz region, the Arañuelo I, II and III plants, with 50 MW each, will consist of 12,514 fixed structures and 366,180 solar panels. The project also includes an energy storage system involving the use of an innovative battery. read more

Natural Power appointed as owner’s engineer for Llwyndyrus solar
27.07.2020 Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has been appointed as owner's engineer following completion of the EPC contract procurement services which it delivered for the 6MW Llwyndyrus solar farm in conjunction with (and on behalf of) the project owner, Blackfinch Energy. The project is located near Pwlheli in Gwynedd, Wales. Natural Power was responsible for the preparation of the technical documentation for the EPC contract, engagement with each of the tendering contractors and management of the tender process. Following selection of the preferred bidder, Natural Power acted as technical advisor to Blackfinch Energy throughout the contract negotiation process which culminated in appointment of the EPC contractor. read more

CIMIC's UGL secures maintenance services contracts
27.07.2020 UGL, a CIMIC Group company, has secured new contracts and extensions for maintenance and turnaround services contracts in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. read more

Vinci will design and build the southern segment of the West Calgary Ring Road in Canada
27.07.2020 Alberta's Ministry of Transportation selected the consortium comprising Vinci (65%) and Graham (35%) to design and build the southern segment of the ring road around Calgary. Vinci is involved via Carmacks (a Eurovia subsidiary serving as lead contractor) and Vinci Construction Terrassement. This highway section will span 5 kilometres and include 4 interchanges, 7 bridges and a tunnel for pedestrians. The works encompass earthworks, drainage, paving and public lighting. The contract is worth €183 million (C$277 million). read more

BAM announces to wind down BAM International
03.07.2020 The extraordinary circumstances caused by the Covid-19 crisis have a considerable impact on Royal BAM Group nv. In addition, the company's performance in the first half year is impacted by continued losses at BAM International, the recently announced Cologne metro settlement and to a lesser extent by underperformance of the German construction and Dutch civil engineering business. read more

Settlement North/South metro project, Cologne (2009)
30.06.2020 The City of Cologne, Cologne Public Transport (KVB) and the joint venture ('Arge') that constructed a section of Cologne's North/South metro line have reached an agreement to settle all outstanding claims with regard to this project, including damages caused by the collapse of the building of the City archives on 3 March 2009. read more

BAU 2021 still on track
29.06.2020 BAU 2021 is on track to offer the industry an attractive platform at the Munich Exhibition Center from January 11 to 16. This is the result of the latest meetings of the Advisory Board and Board of Trustees with representatives from leading exhibitors and trade associations. In view of the falling rates of infection and easing of travel restrictions throughout Europe, Messe München believes that the prospects are good for a successful BAU 2021. A 15 percent Corona bonus on the participation price should help the exhibitors with the acquisition of visitors. Developments over the past few weeks and the positive feedback from the Advisory Board make Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Messe München, very confident: read more

Iberdrola is stepping up its investment in renewables in Castilla y León
22.06.2020 Iberdrola is stepping up its strategy for the consolidation of an energy model for the future with a boost in its renewables investments in Castilla y León. The company's plans will contribute towards the green recovery and create opportunities for sustainable economic growth in the area, and the transformation of the Velilla region. Iberdrola is to develop more than 1,800 MW in the community over the coming years in renewable projects - wind and photovoltaic - for which it will allocate investments in excess of €1.3bn. read more

Groupama launches construction with Vinci of Total’s new head office in Paris
11.06.2020 Groupama Group and Total signed an off-plan lease on 14 March 2020 covering the construction of The Link, Total's new head office in Paris La Défense. The project was designed by architects Pca-Stream for Groupama, owner of the site, and will be built by Vinci, through subsidiary Vinci Construction France. At the end of the works and fitting out, scheduled to take five years, Total will take delivery of the building and lease The Link for a 12-year renewable period. read more


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