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Significant move away from phthalates to a more sustainable additive
10.10.2019 RENOLIT has completed the switch of all its US production for signage and graphics market product range to the leading non-phthalate plasticizer Pevalen, produced by Perstorp. It is the first company in this sector to make this significant move away from phthalates to a more sustainable additive. Ralph Gut, Business Unit Manager RENOLIT commented: "We believe this switch is well-timed both from an environmental and safety aspect. It takes our compliance beyond the tough existing safety regulations and responds to the increasing consumer demand for read more

Caterpillar's RM400 Rotary Mixer
08.10.2019 Caterpillar Inc. announces the availability of the RM400 Rotary Mixer. The new RM400 replaces the RM300 Rotary Mixer and offers many new features and enhancements including 19% more power, an enhanced operating environment, and better maneuverability. These features help contractors achieve the demanding job specifications in both full-depth reclamation and soil stabilization applications. The machine delivers a 2.4 m (8 ft.) cutting width and weighs in at 23 500 kg (51,809 lb.). read more

Manitowoc MLC300 helps accelerate bridge replacement in Washington
08.10.2019 Ceccanti, a Tacoma, Washington-based construction company, needed a crane with superior maneuverability that could handle heavy loads at great heights to assist with the replacement of an old wooden bridge in Ridgefield, Washington. The contractor found the MLC300 crawler crane had the right features to get the job done in the shortest time possible. "We chose the MLC300 because of its superior capacity at radius and its maneuverability when compared to similar cranes in its range, and even larger cranes," said Jake Brockmoller, project manager at Ceccanti. read more

Caterpillar's updates to the PM310, PM312 and PM313 Cold Planers
08.10.2019 Caterpillar Inc. announces new updates to the PM310, PM312 and PM313 Cold Planers. The PM300 Series is ideal for small-to-medium job sites where compact dimensions, optimum maneuverability and high production capabilities are required. Wheel or track undercarriage designs are available for each model. The Cat C9.3 engine is now available with 249 kW (334 hp) of power, a 3% increase. Along with additional power, these machines also meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage V emission standards. read more

Orange Velodrome has become largest 100% LED stadium in France
08.10.2019 Signify has provided Marseille's Orange Velodrome with LEDs, making it the largest 100% LED stadium in France. The Orange Velodrome stadium, home to legendary Olympique de Marseille, has a capacity of 67, 000 seats. By connecting the lights to Signify's connected lighting system Interact Sports, the spectators can enjoy the next generation immersive fan experience as it integrates light, sound and animations. Signify's Philips ArenaVision LEDs were installed in the stands (terrace lighting) and on the field (pitch lighting) meeting the latest standards read more

Grove TMS500-2 assists helicopter to install antenna on radio tower
08.10.2019 Digging and Rigging, a crane and rigging company based out of Mount Airy, Maryland, deployed a Grove TMS500-2 truck crane to assist a helicopter with the installation of a new radio tower in Clear Spring, Maryland. The helicopter air-lifted the 5-USt tower antenna while the truck crane helped tail it until it was in a complete vertical position. The company decided to use the TMS500-2 in this unique job site application because of its lightweight, versatility and excellent taxi capabilities. "It was an exciting job because this truck crane was just acquired by read more

Manitowoc's new National Crane NBT60L boom truck
27.09.2019 The Manitowoc Company has launched the NBT60L, the latest addition to its National Crane boom truck product line. This 60 USt product offering now features the longest boom length in its tonnage class with 151 ft of main boom and a maximum main boom height of 161 ft. It can be equipped with an optional 36 ft off-settable lattice jib that reaches a 196 ft maximum tip height, providing a winning combination of exceptional capacity and reach that is unmatched in the industry. The NBT60L is ideal for work in the oil and gas industry, read more

Building over, under and through: Bypasses for the Voest Bridge in Linz
27.09.2019 Linz may be known as the Steel City, but concrete will also play a vital supporting role in the refurbishment and expansion of this strategically important traffic route. The construction firms involved in the work are on the right track: in Doka, they have chosen a formwork supplier with the necessary construction expertise and the ability to deliver. The Voest Bridge has been in use as part of the A7 Mühlkreis Autobahn for more than 40 years, with around 100,000 motorists using it to cross over the Danube each day. However, the time has come to renovate this heavily used road. read more

Komatsu's PC2000-11 hydraulic excavator
27.09.2019 Komatsu America introduces its PC2000-11 hydraulic excavator. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine, the PC2000-11 has more horsepower and a new engine-pump control for faster cycle times and improved multifunction performance. "The PC2000-11 is designed to load 70- to 200-ton rigid frame haul trucks and is an excellent tool for stripping overburden, loading coal, and loading shot rock," said Robert Hussey, product marketing manager, Komatsu America. "The PC2000-11 has a simplified power module (cooling package, engine, PTO, and hydraulic pumps) read more

exhibitions and other events

Expo Real 2019 and real estate—strong showing by both
09.10.2019 Despite all the talk about a possible downturn, the international real estate sector is expecting 2019 to be another successful year. And it has turned out in even greater numbers at this year´s Expo Real, to push ahead with future real estate projects. One engine for growth at the show are technology companies, and a central theme is affordable housing. "2,190 exhibitors from 45 countries, more than 46,000 participants from 76 countries, and an additional exhibition hall: In 2019 Expo Real was bigger and more international than ever, " read more

MaterialDistrict Expo: Material Innovation
01.10.2019 During the UK Construction Week 2019, will take place a MaterialDistrict Expo on 8, 9, and 10 October, with the theme "Material Innovation". This exhibition is entirely dedicated to materials for the building industry. MaterialDistrict has created the exhibition with 60 international materials that show the important role of future materials in our built environment. Future material issues will have to do with energy, available resources, and our general health. Titled "Material Innovation", MaterialDistrict's exhibition will inspire visitors with materials and tools to deal with these issues. read more

Tremendous response to new trade fair format
26.09.2019 The new digitalBAU trade fair format, which in future will always take place in the interim year between two editions of BAU, the world's leading trade fair for the construction industry, bridges the gap between trend-setting technology and the innovative construction industry. digitalBAU from February 11 to 13, 2020 is already a success. read more

Expo Real 2019—a strong show yet again
17.09.2019 Whether as exhibitors or visitors—the number of Expo Real's participants from the international property industry is once again high. A main focus of the fair is the subject of innovation, which is centered on the newly opened Hall NOVA3. The overall conference program again reflects current trends and challenges—from Brexit to interest rate policy to the necessity of affordable housing. "We are once again seeing a slight increase in exhibitors with 2,127 currently registered and we will thus attain a new record participation. The number of pre-registrations by visitors is also shaping up well", read more

industry news

Second caisson new sea lock in IJmuiden successfully immersed
11.10.2019 Rijkswaterstaat has achieved an important milestone in the construction of the new sea lock in IJmuiden. The second caisson of the sea lock has reached its final position. The doors of the lock will slide in and out of the caisson on the canal side (inner lock head) and it will also include the spare door. read more

Vinci Energies acquires OFM group in Germany’s telecommunications infrastructure sector
30.09.2019 Vinci Energies has acquired the German telecommunications infrastructure company OFM. In operation for over 50 years, OFM has built up expertise in telecoms infrastructure, where it provides services in engineering, installation and maintenance of fixed-line networks. The development of fibre optic networks currently accounts for the major part of its business activities. OFM is the sector's main player in Bavaria and neighbouring Länder in eastern Germany. The company employs close to 270 people in the country and generated revenue of €78 million in 2018. read more

Iberdrola and Heineken sign a partnership that will make the brewer the first to produce its products using only renewable energy
23.09.2019 Iberdrola and Heineken España have added to their commitment to sustainability as a strategic thrust in their businesses by signing the first long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) in Spain between an electricity supplier and a brewing group. The agreement signed by the two companies will contribute to the construction of a new photovoltaic plant in Andévalo, which will guarantee the supply of green electricity for at least 11 years to the four factories and offices of Heineken España. The plant wwill become operational in 2020, read more

FCC Construcción joins the #aliadosdelosODS campaign
23.09.2019 On the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the approval of the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FCC Construcción joins the #aliadosdelosODS campaign to work on the dissemination of these United Nations Objectives, in collaboration with the Spanish Network of the Global Compact, initiative to which it belongs. read more

Ferrovial consortium inaugurates Toowoomba bypass in Australia
23.09.2019 Ferrovial, via subsidiary Cintra Infrastructure and in a consortium with Plenary Group and Acciona Concessions, has cut the tape on the final stretch of the Toowomba Second Range Crossing, in the Australian state of Queensland. The project, which represents an investment of over 1.6 billion Australian dollars (1.1 billion euros), is now open to traffic. In July 2015, the Nexus consortium, comprising Cintra, Plenary and Acciona, was chosen to design, finance, operate and maintain the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, the largest road projects ever implemented in the state of Queensland. Financial completion of the project was attained in August of that year. read more

Eurovia wins the contract to upgrade a railway line south of Prague in the Czech Republic
16.09.2019 Eurovia, as part of a joint venture with Strabag Rail and Elektrizace železnic Praha, has signed the contract to upgrade the 8.7 km section between the Smíchov station in Prague and the city of Èernošice southwest of the capital. This section, which lies along a very busy line, is part of the Czech Republic's third railway transit corridor. The €120 million contract covers refurbishment of the track sub-structure, read more

VINCI Construction delivers the Atlantic Bridge in Panama
09.09.2019 On Friday, 2 August 2019, Panamanian President, Laurentino Cortizo, and Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge Quijano, unveiled the Atlantic Bridge in Colón. This exceptional 4.6 km structure, including 3.1 km of exceptional engineering structures, located 3 km from the Gatun and Agua Clara locks, creates a new link between the North American and South American continents that can be used whether the canal locks are in operation or not. Due to the adversity of the Panamanian tropical climate on the Atlantic side, a technical solution entirely made of reinforced concrete was chosen by the Panama Canal Authority rather than a metal structure. read more

Iberdrola moves forward with its renewables strategy in Spain
05.09.2019 Iberdrola continues to move forward with its renewables strategy in Spain with four new photovoltaic projects, with an installed capacity of 250 megawatts (MW), already submitted for official approval in Castilla-La Mancha, as stated in the Official State Gazette (BOE) and the Official Journals of the Castilla-La Mancha regional government. Two of the projects, Romeral and Olmedilla, each with a capacity of 50 MW, are located in Cuenca province, in the towns of Uclés and Valverdejo, respectively. In Toledo province, Iberdrola is planning the Barcience photovoltaic plant (50 MW) in Bargas; and read more

Bouygues Construction to build Issy Cœur de Ville, a new eco-neighbourhood in Issy-les-Moulineaux
02.09.2019 Altarea Cogedim has awarded a contract for the construction of the new Issy Cœur de Ville eco-neighbourhood under development in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris, to Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France and Bouygues Energies & Services, two subsidiaries of Bouygues Construction.spliter The contract is worth €258 million. The project is aiming to reshape urban living by providing inhabitants with a new connected, environmentally responsible lifestyle. The new eco-neighbourhood, a connected block located right in the heart of Issy-les-Moulineaux, will be largely landscaped and totally pedestrian. read more

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