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OSHA Compliant Industrial Vacuums for the Safe Removal of Silica Dust
16.09.2017 Ruwac knows how important safety and cleaning up the job site is, especially for those working in factories with fine, irritating dust and powders as well as hazardous silica dust. All Ruwac vacuum cleaners recommended for silica dust removal comply with the latest OSHA standards for worker safety while featuring industry-leading filtration innovative technology that can be custom tailored to suit your individual needs. These industrial vacuums are ideal for use with vacuum-assist tools. Ruwac takes pride in its ability to provide the factories with read more

Ruwac USA’s FA3100 Silo Central Vacuum System Series
13.09.2017 The FA3100 Silo central vacuum system series by Ruwac USA is a specially designed vertical filtration solution for removing large quantities of fine dust. It features high performance, oversized pleated filtration, and innovative reverse pulse filter technology to ensure long filter life and easy operation. The FA3100's advanced filtration design has been proven to keep filters cleaner while offering longer run cycles with less filter changes. It is also fully grounded and sealed to protect against static build-up, as well as NFPA compliant for the safe collection of combustible dust. read more

Hitachi's New Series of Cordless Framing Nailers
11.09.2017 Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.) announced the newest additions to its Cordless Nailer lineup with a New Series of Battery Powered Cordless Brushless Framing Nailer models; NR1890DR 18V Plastic Strip Framing Nailer and NR1890DC 18V Paper Strip Framing Nailer. This series combines Hitachi's reputation as the Pro Preferred Brand of Pneumatic Nailers* with its unique Lifetime Tool Warranty on Cordless tools to deliver the quality and performance expected from a Hitachi framing nailer. Recently, these cordless framing nailers won a 2017 Innovation Award read more

Complex curved façade on Hamburg’s new stunning concert hall
07.09.2017 Located on the Elbe River, on the western tip of the HafenCity in Hamburg, Germany, the Elbphilharmonie is one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world and an outstanding example of modern architecture. The Elbphilharmonie boasts stunning architecture in the mixed-used facility. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the building is not just a site for music; it is a fully-fledged residential and cultural complex. The 108-metre-high building, which officially opened in January 2017, accommodates a philharmonic hall, read more

Dazzling LED make-over for Karachi’s iconic new shopping mall
07.09.2017 Philips Lighting announced the illumination of one the largest shopping malls in Pakistan – LuckyOne in Karachi – with architectural LED lighting technology. The dynamic LED lighting, which can create stunning light effects, transformed the mall into one of the city's most iconic new landmarks. The new mall has been designed by Pakistan's renowned architecture firm Arcop Associates Private Limited. The façade lighting concept, undertaken and managed by Philips Lighting including installation, commissioning and programming, read more

Doka forms new airport in Istanbul
07.09.2017 After only two and half years of construction, parts of Istanbul's new airport will open next year. For rapid progress on this build, the contractor is relying on the formwork solution from Doka. A total of 30,000 load-bearing tower frames will be used. 35 km north of Istanbul, on the European side of the Bosporus, a new airport is in the making. Covering 76.5 km2, it will be one of the largest in the world. In terms of passenger capacity too, it will be one of the biggest: when fully operational on completion in 2028, it will be able to handle more than 150 million passengers a year. read more

China’s latest engineering marvel makes the Yellow River sparkle at night
07.09.2017 Philips Lighting announced the illumination of the Binhe Yellow River Bridge in Yinchuan, China. The stunning double-cable suspension bridge has been spectacularly illuminated using dynamic LED lighting by Philips Lighting, and spans the entire width of the Yellow River – the sixth longest river system in the world. At night, citizens can be amazed by a water curtain that is illuminated in rainbow colors, giving the impression that a waterfall is running right under the bridge. The iconic new landmark connects the city center of northern China's Yinchuan City with the Binhe New Area. read more

Siemens advances the digitalization of the real estate industry
07.09.2017 At this year's Expo Real in Munich, Siemens will present solutions and services for the real estate industry under the motto "#CreatingPerfectPlaces." Combining the latest building technology with advanced analytics and digital services opens up a new dimension of building performance. Used consistently, the capabilities offered by digitalization meet all the requirements for sustainable, energy efficient, safe and comfortable buildings. This results in perfect places which increase the value and competitiveness of properties. read more

Siemens advances the digitalization of the real estate industry
07.09.2017 At this year's Expo Real in Munich, Siemens will present solutions and services for the real estate industry under the motto "#CreatingPerfectPlaces." Combining the latest building technology with advanced analytics and digital services opens up a new dimension of building performance. Used consistently, the capabilities offered by digitalization meet all the requirements for sustainable, energy efficient, safe and comfortable buildings. This results in perfect places which increase the value and competitiveness of properties. read more

exhibitions and other events

Atkins welcomes its most diverse intake of young engineers
15.09.2017 More than 350 graduates and apprentices have kick-started their design, engineering and project management careers after joining Atkins. The new intake represents the company's highest ever proportion of female graduates and apprentices. read more

Precise specialist knowledge on all aspects of heat pumps
30.08.2017 The fifth European Heat Pump Summit – powered by Chillventa – will take place on 24-25 October 2017. Once again this year it will provide an opportunity to share knowledge at the highest professional level. The event gives heat pump experts from around the world a first-class platform to share know-how, discuss research outcomes and garner information about new trends and developments. Accompanying the congress is the European Heat Pump Summit, with an equally high-quality Foyer Expo. The European Heat Pump Summit – powered by Chillventa – will once again offer pump experts a fascinating, top-quality programme on the use of commercial and industrial heat pumps and detailed descriptions of the various applications. read more

22nd WFBSC World Congress takes place in Berlin, Germany
28.08.2017 The World Congress of Building Services Contractors (from 18 September to 20 September, together with the CMS17 in Berlin) is – under the leadership of the German Federal Guild Association of the Cleaning Trade – going a few steps further to find solutions to the challenges posed. The future itself will be at the focus of the summit, which will be asking, 'How will digitalization affect our sector?' Though it is still hard to tell just how the countless impressive developments to come will affect our lives and enterprises, one thing is certain: no other trend is likely to influence life as lastingly and substantially as this one in the foreseeable future. read more

FCC-constructed Almonte Viaduct recognised as a Global Best Project for 2017
28.08.2017 The Almonte viaduct, built by FCC, has been recognised by Engineering News Record (ENR) as a Global Best Project for 2017 in the Bridges and tunnels category. The fifth edition of the awards will be presented officially on 24 October at a ceremony during ENR’s Global Construction Summit in New York. The viaduct, with a detailed project design and build led by FCC, crosses the mouth of the river Almonte where it meets the Alcántara reservoir, in Cáceres province (Spain), where the river bed is nearly 400 metres wide. With a length of nearly one kilometre, the Almonte viaduct sets a new world record for railway-viaduct spans read more

industry news

ABB completes acquisition of KEYMILE’s communication networks business
15.09.2017 ABB today announced it has completed the acquisition of the mission-critical communication business of the KEYMILE Group, a leading manufacturer of mission-critical and broadband telecommunication solutions, with installations across 100 countries. read more

Nordic market design forum - enhancing the world's first regional electricity market
15.09.2017 Electricity markets worldwide are changing rapidly in the face of increasing renewable generation, technological developments that empower the customer, digitalisation, as well as new technologies such as storage. The cross-border Nordic electricity market, which is the world's first regional market and which served as the inspiration for the European 'Target Model', is being affected by these trends. read more

BAM wins large scale city redevelopment project in Amsterdam
13.09.2017 Royal BAM Group's area and property developer AM will acquire the former Bijlmer prison in Amsterdam from the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (the Central Government Real Estate Agency). AM – as leading partner in a consortium with AT Capital, Cairn and the designers OMA and LOLA Landscape – will develop a new, low traffic district (Bajes Kwartier) with approximately 1,350 homes. read more

UGL awarded $1.9bn Melbourne suburban network O&M contract
12.09.2017 CIMIC Group company, UGL, as part of the Metro Trains Melbourne joint venture, has been awarded a contract to continue the operations and maintenance of the Melbourne suburban train network for a further seven years. read more

Vinci announces new appointment for Leonard, the company's innovation and foresight platform
12.09.2017 Philippe Dewost has been appointed director of Leonard, Vinci's new Group-wide innovation and foresight platform. He took up his duties on 1 September and reports to Pierre Coppey, Executive Vice-President of Vinci. read more

Ferrovial remodels Denver International Airport’s main terminal
28.08.2017 Ferrovial Airports, which heads Great Hall Partners, has signed the contract for remodelling and commercial operation of the Jeppesen terminal at Denver International Airport. The 34-year concession represents an investment of 650 million dollars. The other members of Great Hall Partners are Saunders Construction and JLC, an investment fund created by Loop Capital and Magic Johnson Enterprises. Ferrovial Agroman will participate in the construction work. Jorge Gil, CEO of Ferrovial Airports, said, "We are very happy to have successfully achieved commercial closure of the project and to be able to continue working on the development and implementation of a new Great Hall that will provide numerous benefits for Denver and its community." read more

Skanska invests in land in Mölndal, Sweden
28.08.2017 Skanska has signed a contract with Aspelin Ramm Fastigheter for the acquisition of four properties in Mölndal, Sweden, with about 350 building rights for housing in total. The property value amounts to about SEK 280M. The properties are part of the Pedagogen Park development area in the city of Mölndal, which will consist of around 1,000 new homes. read more

BAM acquires contract for medical research centre for Cologne University Hospital
03.08.2017 BAM Deutschland AG (the German operating company of Royal BAM Group nv, specialised in general building projects) has been awarded a contract for a laboratory and research building for the Centre for Molecular Medicine Cologne (ZMMK). The contract value is more than €35 million. The medical research centre has a gross floor area of over 12,000 m² and was designed by medfacilities GmbH, a subsidiary of the University Hospital of Cologne which specialises in the development, planning, building and operation of real estate for health care, research and education. The works start this month and are expected to be completed by the end of 2019. read more

Zumtobel Group starts construction of new production plant in Serbia
01.08.2017 Representatives of the Austrian lighting group Zumtobel Group and of the government of Serbia marked the start of construction work on a new production plant at a groundbreaking ceremony in Niš. Within the next two and a half financial years the plant is to be built on a site in the southern industrial zone of Niš. When the facility is complete, it will cover 40,000 square metres at a cost of EUR 30 million. The first products are due to come off the production line at the new factory in the 2018/19 financial year. The plant will be built in two phases covering the next two and a half financial years. read more

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