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SABIC launches STADECK heavy-duty panels
10.08.2018 SABIC announced the launch of STADECK, its new heavy- duty panel for the building and construction industry. Made from glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic resin, the panel is extremely lightweight and offers significant advantages across a wide range of construction applications and building techniques where weight saving is important. Although the panels are low weight, their innovative construction and design makes them remarkably strong. Additionally, STADECK panels have great weather- and chemical resistance, have anti-slip properties and excellent fire behavior. read more

Caterpillar Delivers 50,000th Cat Articulated Truck
10.08.2018 In a year of multiple significant milestones for Cat mining and infrastructure trucks, Caterpillar announces delivery of its 50,000th articulated truck from its Peterlee, U.K. manufacturing facility. Since the start of Cat branded articulated truck manufacturing in 1985, Caterpillar has become an industry leader of the articulated truck design. "The articulated truck has been a key member of Caterpillar's core product line since it was developed in Peterlee, which has always been its proud home. I thank the entire team for their focus and dedication to continually improve the design, read more

New Coating Resins website
10.08.2018 Royal DSM has launched its new Coating Resins website at with the aim of giving the coating industry a greater insight into the bright science and application expertise driving new levels of performance in coatings. Resins are an essential part of any coating, representing the backbone of any paint, lacquer or ink. The new website therefore delves into the entire DSM technology toolbox, including waterborne and powder coating resins; energy cure and plant-based resins; and solid acrylic and solvent borne resins. It also provides an insight into read more

Canary Islands city gets astronomy-friendly smart street lighting
30.07.2018 People on the Canary Islands will get an even better view of the stars thanks to new astronomy-friendly street lighting from Signify. In Puerto de la Cruz, a city on the north coast of Tenerife, the company is installing smart LED street lights that can be dimmed remotely and which use special optics to reduce light spillage that could interfere with nearby observatories. The project is an example of how we're pushing the boundaries of LED lighting technologies. Sky glow caused by light spilling from cities into the night sky is an issue for astronomers the world over. read more

Credit Union’s Modern Interior Transformation
30.07.2018 With a commitment to its 20,000 members and their communities, Travis Credit Union of California helps underserved populations to achieve financial wellbeing and to acquaint them with its philosophy of "people helping people." As part of its massive branch transformation project, the credit union systematically is renovating each of its branches to align members' banking experiences with today's technological trends, to modernize the aesthetics, and to standardize its presence with a dynamic branding scheme for the retail facet of the organization. read more

WCL Solution offers intelligent identity capturing
29.07.2018 WCL Solution, a specialist in business process optimization, has launched an innovative identity capture solution for enterprises to fully utilize the latest breakthrough in artificial intelligence. One of the challenges facing enterprises today especially in the service industries is how to capture the identity data of customers. For example, a bank needs to record the identity card number of its customer to complete a loan application, an insurance company needs to verify the driving license of its applicant for car insurance, a real estate developer needs to confirm read more

New nLight AIR Adapter from Acuity Brands
21.07.2018 Acuity Brands, Inc. announced the launch of a new nLight AIR wireless lighting controls adapter that can unite both wireless and wired lighting controls devices and systems. The resulting nLight AIR platform can also connect with an nLight ECLYPSE controller, optionally leveraging BACnet/IP and WiFi networks to seamlessly integrate lighting controls with other building management systems to help create an intelligent, connected building. The AIR adapter easily penetrates through obstructions common in commercial buildings and enhances wireless coverage read more

Envenio launches BIM and CFD Survey
21.07.2018 Engineering software developer, Envenio, has launched an online BIM (Building Information Modeling) and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) Survey. The 5-6 minute survey has been designed to collect baseline data directly from industry, and aims to find out more about BIM and the role for CFD in building design and HVAC system optimization. "The results will enable us to better understand how BIM and CFD tools are being used, and identify new areas where they could be used" says Scott Walton, VP of Envenio. read more

New functionalities for Synco IC
18.07.2018 The Siemens Division Building Technologies adds new functionalities to the Synco IC cloud platform for remote HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) control. From July 2018 onwards, Synco IC includes remote meter reading for energy billing, remote monitoring of energy key performance indicators (KPIs) and remote intervention to reduce energy consumption. Synco IC, introduced to the market in 2015, is a cloud-based system for the cost-efficient operation and management of HVAC plants in small and medium size buildings. read more

exhibitions and other events

BAU 2019: presents architecture, materials and systems for commercial and residential construction
21.08.2018 BAU 2019 is bigger than ever. On 200,000 square meters exhibition space the BAU presents: Roof building materials / Bricks In view of climate change and the increasingly frequent and heavy storms entailed by it, resistance against weather extremes—large amounts of precipitation, strong wind suction or hail—continue to gain importance. Particularly at the edge of the roof, wind suction forces cause enormous damage read more

Powtech 2019 – mechanical processing technology for tomorrow’s megatrends
21.08.2018 The next Powtech will take place from 9 to 11 April 2019 at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, where innovations and new approaches for the processing industries take centre-stage in six exhibition halls. Powder and bulk solids experts from around the world are invited to see the technology and solutions offered by exhibitors live in action. Two forums and an interactive knowledge zone provide expert knowledge for the food, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, glass and ceramics, non-metallic minerals and recycling segments. Here, and in the course of professional-level dialogue at the trade fair stands, visitors will get reliable answers to the challenges they face. Partec, the international congress for particle technology, will run parallel to Powtech 2019 under the theme "Particles for a better life". read more

Caravan Salon 2018: International Hot Spot of the Caravanning Industry
16.08.2018 Düsseldorf invites you to participate again in the major industry event of the caravanning scene, held in late summer! Caravan Salon, scheduled from 25 August until 02 September 2018 (trade visitor day on 24 August), plans to offer visitors a program second to none. More than 600 exhibitors will show 130-plus caravan and motorhome brands as well as over 2,100 leisure vehicles at the largest international trade fair for motorhomes and caravans in 13 halls as well as on the outdoor exhibition space, covering an overall exhibition area of 214,000 m². Caravan Salon is unique in offering visitors a complete market overview, read more

How can learning be promoted with colors? HEI Schools and Tikkurila give hints for the fall
16.08.2018 The HEI Schools pre-schools concept is based on high-quality, creative and play-oriented interior design. The first HEI Schools pre-school opened last year in northern China; this year, new schools are opening in Helsinki and Guangzhou. "We have been designing a color palette for our day-care centers to create diverse learning environments, so that everybody can find a suitable place for playing and learning. Because schools and kindergartens are often very busy, including visually, it is essential to create harmonious spaces read more

industry news

Turner begins construction on Istanbul’s Ziraat Bank Headquarters
16.08.2018 Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the Ziraat Bank Headquarters complex is situated in the heart of the new Istanbul International Financial Center (IIFC), a development master planned by HOK. The IIFC district will house the head offices of Turkey's financial governing bodies, state-owned and private banks, and related businesses. "Ziraat Bank Headquarters is another important win for our regional operations, " said Project Director Mehmet Genc, adding that local talent who have been trained read more

thyssenkrupp ensures comfortable travel through Stockholm’s artistic metro stations
16.08.2018 Using the ‚Stockholms tunnelbana', the capital's metro system, may be daily routine for the local residents, but it is definitely a fascinating experience for tourists and visitors: The stations are well known for their unique collection of sculptures, artworks and exhibitions and are often considered to be the world's longest art gallery. To enjoy the experience – as well as to catch their subway – passengers need reliable and efficient elevators and escalators. That's why Stockholm's public transportation company Storstockholms Lokaltrafik has signed a contract with thyssenkrupp Elevator to maintain all of the approximately read more

Second quarter 2018: Bilfinger completes stabilization phase
15.08.2018 In the second quarter of the current financial year, industrial services provider Bilfinger substantially increased orders received, revenue and earnings. Adjusted EBITA amounted to €12 million (previous year: -€43 million), net profit was €12 million (previous year: -€7 million). read more

Balfour Beatty lands luxury residential scheme in London
15.08.2018 Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been selected by Brockton Capital to deliver the new, luxury 60 Curzon Street residential scheme. Located in the heart of London's exclusive Mayfair district, read more

Strabag consortium awarded large contract for the Oldenburg–Wilhelmshaven rail upgrade line
15.08.2018 A consortium consisting of Strabag AG, Ed. Züblin AG and Strabag Rail GmbH has been hired by Deutsche Bahn AG to upgrade a 5.7 km railway line within the municipal limits of Sande in the district of Friesland, Lower Saxony. read more

Vinci Energies signs a new contract for future Gothenburg Central Station in Sweden
15.08.2018 Vinci Energies, via its subsidiary Eitech, one of the Swedish leading specialists in electrical works and engineering, has signed a contract with NCC Sverige AB regarding responsibility for all technical installations to the partial project E02 Central Station in Gothenburg. read more

BAM appoints Director Human Resources
14.08.2018 The Executive Board of Royal BAM Group nv has appointed Mr S.J.J. Van de Wynkele, MSc as Director Human Resources with effect from 20 August 2018. Sven Van de Wynkele (1969) will succeed Rob Zuidema, who has accepted a position outside the Group. read more

CIMIC's CPB Contractors preferred for Metro Tunnel works
16.07.2018 CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, as part of the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA), has been named as the Victorian Government's preferred proponent to deliver a $1 billion package of works in support of the $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project. read more

Bouygues Construction finalises the acquisition of AW Edwards
16.07.2018 Bouygues Construction completed the closing of the acquisition of all the shares of the Australian company, AW Edwards Pty Limited. With this acquisition, Bouygues Construction is pursuing its development strategy in Australia and strengthening its position on the construction market. read more

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