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Wood grain finishes
04.05.2016 Achieving the look of wood without the maintenance, Linetec has teamed with Decoral System USA to offer new, decorative, wood grain finishes for architectural aluminum products. These finishes are available in a vast variety of different options, colors and species. The high-quality appearance lends the finishes to interior surfaces, such as for window frames, door panels, column covers, shutters, furnishings and hardware. The coatings' durable performance also makes them suitable for exterior applications, such as garage doors, fencing and soffits. read more

Newly Redesigned Direct Bagging Industrial Vacuum Line
29.04.2016 Ruwac USA is launching its latest innovation in industrial vacuum technology with its newly redesigned Bagger Vac line. Featuring an easy-to-use direct bagging system, the Bagger Vac emits zero dust, minimalizes any contact with its contents, and keeps users safe from exposure to harmful materials during the collection and disposal process, such as crystalline silica dust. At the center of the Bagger Vac is its state-of-the-art internal counter-weighted drop system. This fully gasketed, air-tight system entails a gravity discharge plate that read more

New database provides overview of Passive House components
29.04.2016 Whether just browsing or to find a specific product – a new online database provides a detailed overview of components for Passive House construction. All of the products, which have been independently tested and certified with reference to their energy-relevant qualities, are listed together with relevant technical information; triple-glazed windows and ventilation systems with heat recovery as well as insulation systems and balcony connections, to name a few. The scope for creative design in the planning of a Passive House building is growing. read more

John Deere G-Series Wheeled Harvesters Make North American Debut
29.04.2016 John Deere made headlines with the introduction of the G-Series harvesters to the European market in 2015, and the new series models are now available to loggers in North America. Perfect for final felling and late thinning, the John Deere 1270G and 1470G Harvesters combine high productivity with excellent fuel economy. "Designed based on customer feedback, the updated G-Series harvesters build upon the popular features of previous models to create a powerful and efficient machine, ideal for all types of terrains. read more

Floodlight 20 Maxi LED: light for areas and sports
29.04.2016 Osram is expanding its LED floodlight range with a further large construction size in the form of the Floodlight 20 Maxi LED. As a result, the flexible floodlight series is now available in four sizes and with luminaire luminous flux levels from 3,000 to 100,000 lumens. The lens optic ensures precise light control, minimises glare and also achieves best results with quality of light and efficiency. The Maxi version with a connected load of 875 watts and 100,000 lumens is suitable for illuminating wide areas and designed for mounting heights from 14 metres upwards. read more

DLC qualified HID replacement universal voltage lamps
25.04.2016 GREEN CREATIVE announces the launch of its HID LED 45W and HID LED 27W universal voltage lamps. The HID LED lamps run on universal voltage 120-277V and replace various HID lamp types, including metal halide (MH), mercury vapor (MV) and high pressure sodium (HPS). The HID LED lamps' high lumen output, exceptional efficacy, fully omnidirectional beam angle and enclosed fixture rating make them an ideal choice for post top lighting. "With the addition of these new HID replacements, we are now able to provide a more extensive range of lighting retrofit solutions," read more

Exemplary interior work in the new Halifax Central Library
21.04.2016 Tartan Interiors will represent Canada at the 10th Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy Awards ceremony this June in Prague after winning top honors at the inaugural CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Trophy event in Vancouver. Hailed for their creative use of CertainTeed Gypsum products in the construction of Halifax Central Library, the Nova Scotia finishing contractor is one of only three companies selected to represent North America in the prestigious international ceremony. "The CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Trophy expresses read more

New Pacific reveal edge ceiling panels offer high value
21.04.2016 New ROCKFON Pacific reveal edge, acoustic stone wool ceiling panels help budget-conscious projects rethink value with appealing aesthetics, easy installation and proven performance combined into a cost-effective solution. Providing low maintenance and long-term durability, ROCKFON products supplied in North America are supported with a 30-year warranty. The smooth, white surface of ROCKFON Pacific reveal edge ceiling panels presents an attractive, clean, uniform appearance. No fissures, perforations or holes are visible on the panels' non-textured surface. read more

Planostile metal ceiling panels now offered with flush reveal profile
21.04.2016 ROCKFON Planostile lay-in metal ceiling systems now include aluminum panels with a flush reveal profile. These durable metal panels support design flexibility, easy integration and installation, acoustic and long-term performance, sustainability and economic goals for commercial ceiling projects. The aesthetic versatility of ROCKFON Planostile ceiling panels includes painted, metallic and wood-look finishes. Choose either smooth, solid surface or specify perforation patterns for visual variety and increased acoustical performance. read more

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British Antarctic Survey seeks construction partner
03.05.2016 An opportunity to partner with British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to deliver a construction programme to modernise UK Antarctic and other research facilities is announced in the Official Journal of the European Union. Construction companies with a strong track record of high-quality engineering and technology expertise are invited to submit expressions of interest in a 10 year modernisation programme that is associated with the UK Government's recent £200+ million investment in Antarctic and Arctic science infrastructure. Potential bidders are invited to a Construction Partner Open Forum Industry day to be held in June 2016. read more

Tubelite promotes Cheol Ro to operations manager
27.04.2016 Tubelite Inc. promoted Cheol Ro to operations manager of the facility in Walker, Michigan. Reporting to vice president of operations Steve Jaskolski, Ro oversees the facility's plant and maintenance supervisors, manufacturing engineer, production assistants, schedulers, and materials management team. read more

Major research study reveals how to enhance urban liveability through Blue-Green Infrastructure
15.04.2016 World-leading researchers within urban development have completed a major research project aimed at improving life in cities. The study was initiated in response to rising concerns over the impact of climate change coupled with increasing stress from living in dense urban environments, which have prompted a clear need for more liveable and healthier cities. Whilst the benefits of Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI) are widely recognised and the technology to deliver such solutions is available, widespread implementation of BGI has yet to materialise. read more

ConMin West Africa starting in 2017 in Nigeria
13.04.2016 For 2017, IMAG (a subsidiary of the bauma-organizer Messe München) and Nigerian Afrocet Montgomery are organizing the first trade fair for construction machinery and mining in Nigeria: the ConMin West Africa. The trade fair will take place from April 25th to 27th at the International Convention Centre in the capital Abuja. "We are pleased that we will now also be able to expand our commitment in Africa in the western part of the continent with the ConMin West Africa; Nigeria particularly has great potential for the construction industry, " read more

industry news

Skanska builds corporate headquarter in Tennessee, USA
02.05.2016 Skanska has signed a contract with Lifeway Christian Resources to manage the construction of its new corporate headquarters in Tennessee, USA. The contract is worth USD 70M, about SEK 590M, which will be included in the order bookings for Skanska USA Building in the second quarter 2016. read more

CIMIC's CPB Contractors wins Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Two
02.05.2016 CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, has been selected by GoldLinQ Pty Ltd to design and construct Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail project. The contract will generate revenue of approximately $200 million for CPB Contractors, with construction scheduled to commence in April 2016 and conclude in late 2017. read more

Waste-to-energy plants can help Beirut
29.04.2016 After the closing of its primary landfill in July 2015, Beirut is struggling to find out what to do with its waste. Presently, the Lebanese capital is storing waste in the streets while trying to find a permanent solution to its waste management problems. For more than half a year, the city has been working on a waste export scheme, but this collapsed in February. Now it is looking for suitable sites for a new landfill to relieve the immediate crisis and avoid illegal and health hazardous waste burnings and dumping of waste in the river. read more

Mott MacDonald appointed on Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework, UK
29.04.2016 Mott MacDonald has been appointed on lots one and two of the new Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS) framework in the United Kingdom. Under these lots, public sector organisations such as schools, emergency services, central government departments and devolved administrations will be able to commission a wide range of services from the consultancy's digital specialists. read more

Aker Solutions and ABB join forces to propel and power subsea production
29.04.2016 Aker Solutions and ABB agreed to build on their combined strengths in subsea, power and automation technologies to develop solutions that will improve oil and gas production for the global energy industry. read more

BAM acquires contract for subway tunnel in Frankfurt
29.04.2016 Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau, the German tunnel specialist of Royal BAM Group, has been awarded the contract for the construction of a subway tunnel in Frankfurt. The two-kilometre double-track tunnel will be constructed in the city centre, in the new Gateway Gardens district. The contract value is approximately €220 million. The client is rail infrastructure manager DB Netz AG. The cut and cover tunnel is approximately eleven metres wide and six metres high. read more

Strabag subsidiary Züblin building Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven (OTB)
27.04.2016 Ed. Züblin AG of Stuttgart, in a joint venture with Heinrich Hirdes GmbH, has been selected to build the Offshore-Terminal Bremerhaven (OTB). The construction contract, with a value of approx. € 120 million, comprises the terminal (quays and hinterland), terminal access and retrofitting of the corresponding levees. "In Züblin and Hirdes, we have found two strong partners with all the right prerequisites to realise this very challenging contract according to our needs, " says Robert Howe, managing director of bremenports. The heart of the project is the construction of the approximately 500 m long OTB quay. read more

Balfour Beatty VINCI announces Mott MacDonald SYSTRA joint venture as design partner
25.04.2016 Balfour Beatty VINCI, the long-established joint venture between two global infrastructure leaders, today announces a Mott MacDonald SYSTRA joint venture as its design partner for its bid for the delivery of High Speed 2 (HS2). read more

GRAHAM-BAM appointed to deliver Ulster Hospital’s Acute Services Block
25.04.2016 South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has appointed the GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership, a joint venture between GRAHAM Construction and BAM, to deliver Ulster Hospital's new £95 million (approximately €120 million) Acute Services Block – currently the largest live healthcare project in Ireland. The Acute Services Block is part of the Trust's wider redevelopment plan for the Belfast hospital, replacing the outdated existing main ward block and other specialist acute services within the wider hospital estate. read more

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