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The CAT Trials Are Back!
20.10.2020 "Boys with big toys. Loved the video." - Julie, Cat Trials fan. Julie isn't the only one! To celebrate our (Caterpillar) 95th year, we're bringing back something you loved and have been asking for: The Cat Trials! You know there's a challenge around every corner and our products and services allow you to rise above them and do the work. The Cat Trials have documented some incredible feats… from a gigantic game of Jenga to an outrageous setup of dominoes. From a mountain of a man taking on bulldozer to twin pro golfers aiming for a hole-in-one on a moving green. read more

Industry’s First Battery-Only Cordless Duplex Nailer
20.10.2020 Metabo HPT announced the newest addition to the MultiVolt system, the industry's first battery-only cordless Duplex Nailer (model NR3675DD). The Duplex Nailer combines Metabo HPT'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 Metabo HPT nailer. This unique tool immediately increases jobsite efficiency, saving money and valuable time when concrete forming or building temporary scaffolding. The MultiVolt Duplex Nailer comes read more

John Deere's new E-II Articulated Dump Trucks
20.10.2020 Designed with the demands of today's job site in mind, John Deere introduces the new E-II Articulated Dump Trucks (ADTs). The models, including the 410E-II and 460E-II, incorporate customer-driven features, resulting in greater operator comfort, reduced fuel burn, increased uptime and lowered daily operating costs. With a redesigned dump body, updated operator station, and new drive and transmission retarder modes, the John Deere-designed and -built E-II models deliver ultimate productivity on the job. read more

Dismantling the "Deutsche Welle"
10.10.2020 One of Cologne's landmarks will be gone by 2021: originally, the towers of the former "Deutsche Welle" studio were to be blasted into the ground. However, for various reasons, the plan was changed: the 138 m high towers would be dismantled from top to bottom. Work began in mid-May 2019. In order to ensure that the dismantling could progress in an orderly, and – most importantly – safe way, the contractor called on Doka's expertise. The Doka specialists planned and assembled the protective screen enclosure and trained the team from BST read more

Grove GMK6400 erects two Potain MDT 319 cranes in Salerno, Italy
10.10.2020 Two Potain MDT 319 top slewing cranes have been commissioned to work on the Porta del Mare project in Salerno, Italy. The 44,000 m2 development will provide a new neighborhood in the city of Salerno by redeveloping a neglected, yet prestigious, area a short walk from Marina d'Arechi Port Village on the Amalfi Coast. The project will consist of 183 apartments across three residential towers, five commercial units, 125 garages, a parking lot with space for 800 cars, and a restaurant. The area will be surrounded by landscaped gardens, including a playground, read more

PERI builds the first 3D-printed residential building in Germany
10.10.2020 PERI GmbH is building Germany's first 3D-printed residential building in Beckum, North Rhine-Westphalia. The two-storey detached house with approx. 80 sqm of living space per floor is not being constructed in the conventional manner, it is being printed by a 3D construction printer. This construction technique, which is being put into practice in Germany for the first time, has come through all of the regulatory approval processes over the last few weeks and months. The engineering office Schießl Gehlen Sodeikat supported the development of the concept read more

The Tank - the Industry’s First 200 PSI High Capacity Pancake Compressor
26.09.2020 Metabo HPT announced The Tank - the industry's first 200 PSI High Capacity Pancake Compressor (model EC 914S). With class leading PSI, this lightweight compressor packs 25% more pressure* into a smaller body. It is engineered with the power to run a framing, roofing, or siding crew, and is versatile enough to run a team of five 18-Ga nailers at a time. The Tank offers serious professionals a next level compressor with ultimate versatility. The Tank has the capacity and PSI to simultaneously run (2) framing nailers, siding nailers or roofing nailers at read more

New Cat D9 Dozer replaces the D9T model
26.09.2020 The new Cat D9 Dozer replaces the D9T model and offers customizable configurations to meet application needs around the world. Built on a legacy of longevity and proven reliability in the field, the new Cat D9 lowers overall costs per unit of material moved by up to 3%. Efficiencies gained through a new torque converter with stator clutch reduce fuel consumption by as much as 5%, and the new dozer reduces maintenance and repair costs by as much as 4%. The new dozer features the proven Cat C18 engine, which has a range of read more

America's longest cable-stayed bridge
26.09.2020 Traffic in the USA has increased by 38.4% in the last 25 years, and along with it the importance of measures to create and maintain safe, efficient transport links. The city of Corpus Christi in Texas is rising to this challenge with the new US 181 Harbor Bridge, which will have a considerably higher capacity than the structure it is replacing. Doka's formwork expertise was called in to help build the 164 metre high pylons and over 100 piers. The Texas Department of Transportation called for improvements to the transport corridor infrastructure in Corpus Christi, read more

exhibitions and other events

Chillventa eSpecial was a resounding success
20.10.2020 The international refrigeration, AC, ventilation and heat pump community just wrapped up three days packed with fascinating presentations, new products and intense interactions. The Chillventa eSpecial, which was accompanied by the Chillventa CONGRESS, featured many highlights from 13 to 15 October: 30 presentations at the Chillventa CONGRESS, 75 product presentations, over 300 roundtables held by 207 exhibitors and altogether more than 6,800 active participants from 113 countries who engaged conversations at the highest professional level in over 100,000 instant messages and 1,200 video calls. All of this shows that the industry very much needed an event of this kind. The feedback has been incredibly positive. read more

Expo Real Hybrid Summit conference program: Exciting topics and high-profile speakers
07.10.2020 The conference program of the Expo Real Hybrid Summit on October 14 and 15 features exciting topics and renowned speakers, including an economic scientist, a sociologist, a climate specialist and numerous experts from the real estate industry. The key theme of this year's Expo Real Hybrid Summit will come as no surprise as more than 50 events in five forums explore the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on real estate and investments. While COVID-19 is making the headlines, the real estate industry is also facing up to the challenges of environmental protection and digital change. read more

RIBA Awards judging postponed until 2021
30.09.2020 The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that the Stirling Prize, which is the UK's highest architecture award, will not be awarded as all judging of RIBA Awards has been stopped. read more

The key themes at BAU 2021: Homes of the future
02.09.2020 They set the pace and give structure to the wide range of products and services on show—the four key themes at BAU 2021. Many exhibitors will align their presentations with these themes and showcase solutions. In the forums at the fair, the key themes will be explored and discussed from a range of aspects. And in the special shows they will be illustrated using examples of products and projects. Below we present the fourth of those key themes: Homes of the future. The Corona pandemic is raising new questions as regards the homes of the future. One aspect that is being added to the already long list of demands placed on homes is: spatial distancing in public space. read more

industry news

Skanska renovates and expands historical library in Charlottesville, USA
20.10.2020 Skanska has signed an additional contract with University of Virginia to renovate and expand the historical Alderman library in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. The contract is worth USD 112 M, about SEK 990 M, which will be included in the US order bookings for the fourth quarter 2020. read more

Hochtief subsidiary CIMIC enters sale agreement with Elliott for 50% of Thiess
20.10.2020 CIMIC Group, in which Hochtief holds a 77.4% stake, announced that it has entered into an agreement with funds advised by Elliott Advisors (UK) regarding the acquisition by Elliott of a 50% equity interest in Thiess, the world's largest mining services provider. read more

BAM is asked to bring new life to Bath’s quayside heritage
07.10.2020 TCN has appointed BAM Construction to breathe new life into an historic landmark in Bath. The £7m contract for the development of Newark Works, is part of the Bath Quays South, which BAM is already delivering next door (valued separately at over £21 million). Newark Works was the old home of one of Bath's most famous industrial firms – Stothert and Pitt. The contract covers the full refurbishment of the historic buildings including new roof structures, replacement windows, and full internal reconfiguration to create 40,000 sq ft of workspace with ancillary retail and leisure facilities. read more

London Gatwick airport: waiver agreement on financial covenants
28.09.2020 In August 2020, London Gatwick airport, a 50.01% subsidiary of Vinci Airports, entered into discussions with its lenders, in light of the forecast impact on tis financial covenants. read more

Bouygues Construction to develop Build To Rent (BTR) in France
21.09.2020 Keys Asset Management, which specialises in real estate asset management, and Linkcity, Bouygues Construction's property development subsidiary, announce the creation of an investment vehicle dedicated to the development and acquisition of Build to Rent (BTR) buildings, a rental housing concept that offers homes with integrated services that are ready to move into. read more

Belen Marcos appointed President of Vinci Highways
08.09.2020 Belen Marcos has been appointed President of Vinci Highways, Vinci Concessions' road mobility subsidiary, and Executive Vice President of Vinci Concessions. She joins the Vinci Concessions Management Committee, directed by Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of Vinci Concessions. read more

Loughborough University gives green light for the industry’s COVID-19 response
27.08.2020 Balfour Beatty, GKR Scaffolding, Kier, Mace, Morgan Sindall, and Skanska today publish a new COVID-19 industry research report, conducted by Loughborough University: "COVID-19 and construction: Early lessons for a new normal?". The independent report, based on research conducted by Loughborough University experts into six UK major construction schemes, explores the industry's health and safety response to the COVID-19 pandemic and potential medium to long-term benefits arising from extending and embedding these new working practices. read more

ACS Group Net Profit reached € 361 million during 2020 first half
27.08.2020 Attributable Net Profit in H1 2020 accounted for € 361 million, showing a decrease of 30.9% compared to H1 2019 majorly due to Abertis' evolution, as traffic was strongly affected by lockdown measures implemented in the majority of the countries where it operates. read more

BAM and PGGM in discussion to extend their PPP partnership
14.08.2020 Dutch pension fund administrator PGGM and Royal BAM Group are discussing the extension of the current partnership between PGGM and BAM PPP. The parties aim to continue their strong track record and explore opportunities to extend their partnership outside BAM's European home markets to benefit from growth in the global PPP market. read more

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