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Python Safety's Small Parts Pouches
24.07.2015 Designed with Drop Prevention in mind, the patented Python Safety Small Parts Pouch stops accidental drops the moment something is put inside. With an innovative self-closure system that traps objects inside, the Small Parts Pouch makes it nearly impossible for objects to fall out once placed in the bag, while making it easy for retrieval by the user since no opening or closing is necessary. Product highlights: innovative self-closure system, can be used from a belt or harness, made from 18 oz duck canvas, extra deep design provides additional read more

Compact, economical and safe fall protection self retracting lifelines
23.07.2015 Capital Safety has announced the launch of their new PROTECTA Rebel Personal Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL) range, an update of their trusted economical and versatile Rebel Compact range. The latest update to the Rebel compact SRL line up involves a refreshed and updated look, along with product enhancements to increase value for users. Models within the Rebel Personal range are available from 1.8 to 6 metres and include a 4.5 metre 'Hot Work' model. With Rebel Personal SRLs you get an economical fall protection solution in a compact read more

China’s first Passive House office building now certified
23.07.2015 The Passive House concept has reached yet another milestone in the growing market of China: The countries' first office building designed to this highly energy efficient standard has been certified in the city of Zhuozhou. The building owner and occupant is the company Hebei Xinhua Curtain Wall Co. Ltd., which will produce high-quality Passive House windows under license for the local construction industry. The actual energy consumption of the new company headquarters will be measured through monitoring. Even though read more

Komatsu's new WA380-8 wheel loader
23.07.2015 Komatsu America Corp. introduced the new WA380-8 wheel loader. With a 6.69 liter, 191 HP Komatsu SAA6D107E-3, variable geometry turbo charged and after cooled Tier 4 Final certified engine, the WA380-8 uses up to six percent less fuel than its Tier 4 Interim predecessor. Komatsu's SmartLoader Logic software combines with a lockup torque converter, which activates in second, third and fourth gears. Together, the system provides optimal engine torque for improved acceleration, hill climbing, a higher top speed and fuel savings. read more

No wind in sails of EU's flagship climate policy - deep ETS reform needed
23.07.2015 The EU Emissions Trading System must focus on modernising Europe's energy systems to foster a larger integration of renewable energy rather than upgrading antiquated fossil fuel plants, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Kristian Ruby, Chief Policy Officer at EWEA, said: "The ETS needs root and branch reform. The instrument must be realigned with Europe's political ambition on climate change. The removal of surplus permits and the elimination of free allocation would be the first steps to achieving this." read more

CityCenterDC office towers feature Valspar's Fluropon PVDF finishes
21.07.2015 CityCenterDC offers a transit- and pedestrian-oriented neighborhood experience in downtown Washington, D.C., that blends 2.5 million square feet of shops, restaurants, apartments, condominiums, offices, a hotel and public spaces. One of the largest urban infill projects ever undertaken in the city, this 10-acre, mixed-use, LEED-certified development occupies 3.5 city blocks and eight buildings. For the two office towers, Valspar's Fluropon coating systems were selected to meet the project's aesthetic, performance and sustainability goals. read more

CLICK design 6'' and 4'' inch surface mounted HIGH CRI downlights
21.07.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announced the release of its CLICK design 6'' and 4'' surface mounted high CRI downlights. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new TITANIUM LED CRISP SERIES 4.0, the 6" 14.5W SMDL and 4" 10W SMDL feature the innovative CLICK design for dual installation in both recessed housings and J-boxes. Each product comes with quick-connect accessories to make installation fast and easy with no rewiring. By using driver-on-board technology, these slim profile downlights take up next to no space inside cans and J-boxes. read more

Dropped object prevention solutions for tools and equipment
02.07.2015 Capital Safety has announced the launch of their new DBI-SALA range of Python Safety Fall Protection for Tools, a collection of dropped object prevention solutions for tools and equipment. The Fall Protection for Tools range is third-party tested and is ideal for use in applications that that involve work being performed at height and anywhere dropped or lost objects are a concern; the tools are tethered to prevent them from being dropped. Fall Protection for Tools make work environments safer and more productive by drastically read more

AAMA releases updated aluminum finishes documents
01.07.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum finishes: AAMA 612-15, "Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements, and Test Procedures for Combined Coatings of Anodic Oxide and Transparent Organic Coatings on Architectural Aluminum," and AAMA 2603-15, "Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Pigmented Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels (with Coil Coating Appendix)." read more

exhibitions and other events

European Heat Pump Summit: High-calibre congress programme finalised
27.07.2015 International heat pump experts will be gathering for the fourth time for the European Heat Pump Summit at Nuremberg Exhibition Centre on 20 and 21 October 2015, where speakers will present a large number of lectures on all aspects of industrial and commercial heat pump applications. The event will also look at application scenarios for heat pumps in housing construction, hybrid systems or the development of components and the integration of heat pumps into smart grids. In addition, the Foyer-Expo will give participants the opportunity to find out about the latest products and innovations from exhibiting companies. read more

Scenario 4.0: New Office Working Environments
16.07.2015 The digitization of our living and working environment is unfolding ever more rapidly. But exactly what does this working environment look like and what changes does this imply for office properties? This question is the nub of the podium discussion "Scenario 4.0: the office of the future is not an office" at EXPO REAL 2015. Laptops, tablets and smart phones already make it possible to work not just at set times in the office or at home but at any time, wherever and whenever. This increasing flexibility may have its advantages and disadvantages but in any case the structures of the (office) working environment are changing in consequence. read more

Mic Patterson gives keynote address at 2015 AAMA Summer Conference
14.07.2015 Author and researcher Mic Patterson addressed the audience at the 2015 American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle. Patterson's keynote address at the event reviewed the recent evolution in façade technology and applications. He identified current and emerging drivers that are powering this change and discussed the challenges and opportunities now facing the glass industry. Patterson discussed some of the drivers of change, such as geometric complexity, material and process diversity, and acoustical performance. read more

AAMA announces 2015 scholarship winners
14.07.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) celebrated 15 consecutive years of furthering the careers and education of students pursuing a degree related to the building products industry by awarding seven AAMA scholarships to children of employees of AAMA member companies. The scholarship award winners were announced during the 2015 AAMA Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle. The recipients of nine partner scholarships also were announced. read more

industry news

Heidelbergcement and Italcementi to create the second global player in the cement sector
29.07.2015 HeidelbergCement AG announced that it has entered into a purchase agreement with Italmobiliare S.p.A. about the acquisition of a 45% shareholding in Italcementi S.p.A. The purchase price amounts to €10.60 per Italcementi share. This represents a total purchase price of approximately €1.67 billion for the 45% stake, which will be paid in cash and up to 10.5 million HeidelbergCement shares resulting from a capital increase against contribution in kind. The closing of the acquisition is subject to customary conditions including approval by the competition authorities, particularly in Europe and the United States. read more

Genoa-Milan high speed high capacity railway line “Terzo Valico”
29.07.2015 Breakthrough occurred on Monday, July 27 in the Campasso tunnel (total length 600 metres), the first of the new Genoa - Milan high speed high capacity railway line. The event was attended by Giovanni Toti, President of the Liguria Region and Giacomo Giampedrone, the Councillor for Public Works, Infrastructures and Roads, who were received by Giovanni Costa, Head of Investments for the client "Rete Ferroviaria Italiana", by Daniele Scataglini, North Area Manager and Arturo Turi, Project Manager for Italferr, whose task is to supervise the works, read more

Strabag widening A3 in southern Germany
29.07.2015 Strabag has been awarded the contract to widen two sections of the A3 motorway in Germany with a total contract value of about € 90 million. "In the past few years, we have already been working on the expansion of the motorway between Frankfurt and Nuremberg. I am therefore especially pleased that Strabag – the Number 1 in the German construction sector – again was the best bidder", says Thomas Birtel, CEO of the Strabag Group. Contract section EO 287 foresees Strabag expanding the federal motorway to six lanes along the 5.7 km from the Heidingsfeld interchange in Bavaria to Randersacker Bridge. read more

Flatiron to design and build interchange in Manitoba
27.07.2015 Flatiron, one of the largest infrastructure contractors in North America, has secured a contract to design and build a new CA$203.9 million interchange at Provincial Trunk Highway 59 and PTH 101 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Flatiron brings experience building major infrastructure across Canada and the U.S. to this job, which is the company's first in Manitoba. read more

Vinci wins four road infrastructure contracts in Florida
27.07.2015 Eurovia's U.S. subsidiary Hubbard Construction recently won four road infrastructure contracts in Florida with a combined value of nearly $200 million (€185 million). These contracts are part of the State's $10 billion (over €9 billion) Florida Transportation Plan unveiled in January 2015, which will help accelerate the State's economic growth. Eurovia's expertise will make a significant contribution to these Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) infrastructure projects, which are designed to refurbish and expand the State's roads and highways to accommodate traffic growth. read more

1st Touch appoints new CEO
24.07.2015 1st Touch, the UK's leading developer of mobile systems for the social housing sector, has appointed Greg Johns as CEO. Johns, who previously headed the company's sales operation replaces Robert Dent who, having joined as MD in 2007, successfully guided the company through its acquisition by Aareon AG in July 2012. Whilst Dent leaves to follow other business interests and ventures he will still be involved with the company to offer his support. read more

SNC-Lavalin awarded Keys Energy Project in Maryland
24.07.2015 SNC-Lavalin, Canada's largest engineering and construction company, (TSX:SNC) has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the Keys Energy Center project, a 755-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas-fired power project located in Prince George's County, Maryland. read more

Pöyry sells shares in South Korean operation
24.07.2015 Pöyry has sold all of its shares in Korea District Heating Engineering Co Ltd Ltd (KDHEC), an engineering and consulting services company based in Seoul, South Korea. All shares held by Pöyry Finland Oy, amounting to 50% of shares in the company, have been sold to KEPS Calista Private Equity Fund. Calista is a wholly owned subsidiary of KEPS Co Ltd, a Korean energy engineering consulting company. read more

Management buyout of Ramboll Estonia AS
24.07.2015 Ramboll has sold its subsidiary Ramboll Estonia AS to its management team in Estonia. Ownership of Ramboll Estonia AS has been transferred to the operating management, and the laboratory services employing four people remain within Ramboll. The rest of the employees of Ramboll Estonia AS have been transferred along with it to the new company. The Estonian market situation has been particularly challenging for the past few years, and the business has not been profitable. read more

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