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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

Komatsu's new WA470-8 wheel loader
25.06.2015 Komatsu America Corp. introduces the new WA470-8 wheel loader. With a 272 HP Komatsu SAA6D125E-7, variable geometry turbo charged and after cooled Tier 4 Final certified engine, the wheel loader uses up to six percent less fuel than its Tier 4 Interim predecessor. The WA470-8 is a utility performer featuring Komatsu's SmartLoader Logic, combined with a lockup torque converter that activates in second, third and fourth gears. Working together, the system provides optimal engine torque for improved acceleration, hill climbing, read more

Maryhurst Hosts Grand Opening for ‘Madeline’s Cottage’
25.06.2015 Maryhurst hosts a grand opening and ribbon cutting for 'Madeline's Cottage', which will provide housing and treatment space for 14 adolescent girls and is designed for youth with the highest therapeutic needs in Kentucky's child welfare system. Through the successful start of Maryhurst's Stand Up For Girls Campaign, Madeline's Cottage is named after long-time board member and Maryhurst advocate, Madeline Abramson. The opening culminates a 3-year comprehensive campaign raising nearly $7 million for the children read more

Philips says goodbye to watching movies in the dark
25.06.2015 Royal Philips has launched a new digital projection technology that removes the need to turn off the lights or close the curtains. Philips ColorSpark is three times brighter than existing LED projector technologies and provides sharp pictures and vivid colors on big screens in any environment. Philips ColorSpark High Lumen Density (HLD) LED is a user friendly technology that powers up and down instantly, requiring no start-up or cool-down time, and provides the ideal color representation for home entertainment, as well as classrooms, read more

Hitachi's New 18V Cordless Brushless Oscillating Multi-Tool
23.06.2015 Hitachi Power Tools announced the launch of its new 18V Brushless Lithium Ion Oscillating Multi-Tool, model CV18DBLP4. This tool can cut, scrape, grind or sand just about anything with the appropriate accessory. It is sold as a tool-body only, however it is compatible with any Hitachi 18V slide-type battery and charger system. This cordless tool is convenient for quick transition between jobs and has the power to accomplish most any task. The CV18DBLP4 achieves an impressive oscillation speed of up to 20,000 RPM with the use of read more

Sixth video instalment in the Cat’s “Built For It” Trials series
23.06.2015 In the sixth video instalment in the "Built For It" Trials series, two Japanese golf pros take the sport to a whole new level – with moving Cat mining equipment! Erimo and Marimo Ikeuchi, twin sisters and members of the Ladies Professional Golfers' Association of Japan, take their best shots on this one-of-a-kind course. Will they be able to score a hole-in-one? You'll have to watch and find out! To watch the video, please click on this link: Additional resources on "Driving Range" read more

New Cat MH3027 wheeled material handler
23.06.2015 The new Cat MH3027 is the fourth and smallest in the series of new wheeled material handlers that Caterpillar is introducing to global markets in the greater than 25-metric-ton size class. At 28,500 kg, the MH3027 delivers superior performance in a smaller package—specifically a swing radius that is 213 mm less than the Cat MH3037. The new Cat material handlers are purpose-built from the ground up to work productively and reliably in solid waste and scrap recycling. The MH3027 is available in configurations for waste handling, read more

X – the new international hub in Abu Dhabi
20.06.2015 The Midfield Terminal Complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport is currently one of the Emirate's most impressive construction projects. At the same time it represents the core of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. Once completed, the expected number of passengers processed at the complex is between 27 and 40 million annually. Doka is on-site with its high-performing formwork systems to support the air traffic hub expansion. The new terminal complex is erected between the airport's take-off and landing runways and expected to open read more

exhibitions and other events

BAU Congress China—the success story continues
01.07.2015 BAU Congress China, which took place on June 23 and 24, 2015 in the China National Convention Centre (CNCC) in Beijing, has continued its story of success. The exhibition space available at the CNCC for BAU Congress China has been fully booked. 1200sqm cross have been covered by 53 exhibitors from China and Europe. Including world leading companies like Dorma, GEZE, Hörmann, Jansen, Schüco and others. On the visitor side the BAU Congress China could attract 3, 023 trade visitors. That's again more than 3, 000 visitors (2014: 3, 094 visitors). The two-day congress with highly reputed international speakers was fully booked. read more

Stone+tec 2015 a big hit with exhibitors and visitors
19.06.2015 Stone+tec 2015 closed its doors on Saturday 16 May after welcoming a total of 15,162 trade visitors. Over a period of four days, the trade fair presented the entire spectrum of modern natural stone processing, from traditional natural stone and innovative materials through machinery, tools, chemical care products and cleaners to gravestones and religious masonry. "Stone+tec 2015 was able to create a positive outlook for the industry, " says Petra Wolf from the NürnbergMesse management team. "The booths were well frequented and the mood in the halls signalled much more confidence than in previous years. In particular, the new compact hall layout was very well received by exhibitors and visitors." A total of 446 companies from 31 countries exhibited in Nuremberg. read more

Businesses turn to wind power
15.06.2015 As the global climate crisis deepens, and political attention to climate increases in the run up to the Paris Climate summit in December, on Global Wind Day we celebrate the fact that more and more companies are turning to clean, reliable and cost-effective wind energy to power their businesses. Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. read more

Engineering News-Record names Balfour Beatty US Southeast Contractor of the Year
10.06.2015 Balfour Beatty US has been named Southeast Contractor of the Year by Engineering News-Record (ENR), the preeminent magazine for the construction industry. The recognition is based on the combined performance of Balfour Beatty's U.S. business units in the Southeast region, read more

industry news

FCC & Bankia sell Globalvia to the Malaysian fund Khazanah Nasional Berhard
01.07.2015 FCC and Bankia have reached an agreement with the strategic investment fund of the Malaysian Government, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, for the sale of 100% of their shares in Globalvia Infraestructuras for a figure that could reach 420 million euros. FCC and Bankia are joint owners of the concession management firm, each with a 50% stake. The agreement consists of an initial payment of 166 million euros and another deferred payment that could reach 254 million euros, including the interests corresponding to this deferment. The transaction is subject to a series of conditions that could result in the suspension of the agreement, conditions that include the attainment of certain third party approvals and authorisations, as well as the approval of the current 750 million euro bondholders: USS, OPTrust and PGGM. read more

Tubelite names Jim Conte as client development manager in the Mid-Atlantic territory
01.07.2015 Jim Conte joins Tubelite Inc. as a client development manager in the Mid-Atlantic territory concentrating on clients in Maryland, Delaware, northern Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. A resident of Maryland, Conte will report to Tubelite's eastern regional sales manager, Jim Oberlin. They work closely with glazing contractors and architectural teams across the region to provide assistance with storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems. read more

Strabag SE upgraded from BBB- to BBB by S&P
29.06.2015 The international rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) has raised the credit rating of publicly listed construction group Strabag SE by one level from BBB- to BBB. The outlook remains at "stable". read more

New CFO at Hochtief Solutions
29.06.2015 The Supervisory Board of Hochtief Solutions AG, Essen, has appointed Peter Sassenfeld as a new member of the Executive Board and CFO of Hochtief Solutions. read more

Vinci acquires the HEB Construction company in New Zealand
29.06.2015 Vinci has just finalised the acquisition of the HEB Construction company in New Zealand. Founded more than 40 years ago, HEB Construction is a leader in the New Zealand construction market. The company offers a broad array of expertise in civil engineering, engineering structures, hydraulic engineering, roadworks, earthworks, marine and port works, pre-casting and transport. The company employs 750 people and generated revenue of about €230 million in 2014. read more

Skanska renovates and expands Tampa International Airport in Florida, USA
Skanska has signed a supplemental contract to renovate and expand the Tampa International Airport (TPA) Main Terminal building in Tampa, Florida. The contract is worth USD 60 M, about SEK 500 M, which will be included in order bookings for Skanska USA Building for the second quarter of 2015. When completed, the project will add 5,000 square meters to the terminal's third-floor transfer level, with nearly 1,400 square meters of indoor public seating and large outdoor terraces. read more

ABB: top innovator for the marine industry in 2015
26.06.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won the "Innovation of the Year" award recognizing the company's new Azipod D electric propulsion system for its important contribution to advancing modern shipping. read more

Kentz awarded mechanical and piping contract by Sasol
26.06.2015 Kentz, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded the mechanical and piping (M&P) contract by Sasol's Group Technology on Work Pack 3 of Phase Two of the Fischer-Tropsch Wax Expansion Project (FTWEP) in Sasolburg, South Africa. The value of the contract is circa C$30 million. read more

FCC intends to reduce debt to recover its financial strength
26.06.2015 FCC has held its first Annual General Meeting following last year's capital increase, which led to Control Empresarial de Capitales entering the Group's shareholding with 25.64% of the share capital. At the Meeting the shareholders approved the appointment, in representation of the Mexican conglomerate, of Carlos Slim, Juan Rodríguez Torres, Alejandro Aboumrad and Gerardo Kuri as directors, who belong to FCC's main governing body since last January. The Shareholders' Meeting, held in Madrid, and which henceforth will be held alternatively in Barcelona and in the Spanish capital, also authorised the possibility of further capital increases and the issuing of debt instruments, if the Group deems it necessary. read more

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