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Caterpillar to showcase mining technology solutions at CES
11.01.2021 For the first time ever, Caterpillar Inc. will showcase its mining offerings at CES (Consumer Electronics Show). But it won't be trucks, dozers and mining shovels that take center stage. It will be the mining technologies that are helping Caterpillar customers take the productivity and safety of their operations to unprecedented levels. CES is billed as a proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), CES features every aspect of the tech sector. read more

Smarter lighting, better driving on Gran Canaria’s main highway
11.01.2021 Signify is transforming Gran Canaria's most important highway, known as GC-1, into a smart highway with Interact City. The Cabildo (council) of Gran Canaria has upgraded the lighting system to LEDs that provide a 2700K color temperature. This supports its main objective of preserving the outstanding conditions for viewing the night sky as required by the Canarian Observatories. It also helps to respect the island's biodiversity and reduces CO2 emissions and the island's carbon footprint without compromising road safety and driving experience. read more

Smarter lighting, better driving on Gran Canaria’s main highway
11.01.2021 Signify is transforming Gran Canaria's most important highway, known as GC-1, into a smart highway with Interact City. The Cabildo (council) of Gran Canaria has upgraded the lighting system to LEDs that provide a 2700K color temperature. This supports its main objective of preserving the outstanding conditions for viewing the night sky as required by the Canarian Observatories. It also helps to respect the island's biodiversity and reduces CO2 emissions and the island's carbon footprint without compromising road safety and driving experience. read more

John Deere 700L PL40 Crawler
11.01.2021 Purpose-built with customer needs top of mind, the John Deere 700L PL40 Crawler provides a powerful solution for pipelaying applications. Offering a lift capacity of 40,000 pounds, the John Deere-designed and -manufactured 700L PL40 model provides customers with operating ease and exceptional durability. "Our customers face a multitude of challenges, from tight deadlines and budgets to adverse conditions, making it critical to have a dependable solution that can withstand the demands of the application," said Matt Goedert, solutions marketing manager, read more

Clariant’s “New Freedom” Decorative Color Trends for 2021
11.01.2021 As 2020 has seen us all spending more time in our homes, there has been a huge growth of interest in decorating and re-imagining how we want our living, and now working, environments to look and feel. To help us make the most of our spaces, Clariant's latest 'New Freedom' Decorative Color Trends 2021, is full of creative colors to capture our imaginations. At a time when we are all adjusting to the new normal they give us the freedom to discover what is important: the freedom to do something creative for ourselves and our loved ones, and; the freedom to read more

New Cat 317 and 317 GC 17-ton class Next Gen excavators
29.12.2020 The new Cat 317 and 317 GC 17-ton class Next Gen excavators boast improved machine performance, increased efficiencies and lower owning and operating costs than previous models. Offering more power and performance, the new 317 excavator features multiple standard Cat technologies to boost operating efficiencies by up to 45%. The versatile new 317 GC lowers maintenance costs by up to 20%. Three available engine operating modes are available to match performance to the job, resulting in significant fuel savings potential. read more

Unique lighting installation with Color Kinetics in domed ceiling
29.12.2020 Signify has completed the installation of Color Kinetics luminaires and Color Kinetics Luminous Textile panels in the 'Guanyin Altar' Buddhist temple on Mount Putuo in Zhejiang Province, China. It's the first time Luminous Textile panels have been installed in a domed ceiling, creating a unique representation of skylight using dynamic color lighting, dynamic video content, and music. The lighting concept, introducing 'skylight' and a 'world in a bottle,' was designed by ATL Lighting. The inner space of the Guanyin temple building is shaped like a vase, read more

John Deere's New Rubber Tracks for G-Series Compact Track Loaders
29.12.2020 John Deere unveils improved rubber tracks for its lineup of compact track loaders, providing a more durable solution for customers. The new rubber tracks feature improvements to the construction and design, boosting performance and durability even when navigating challenging terrain and conditions. "Machine uptime and durability are critical for owners and operators, and we are committed to providing our customers with proven solutions that are designed with their needs in mind," said Austin Verbeck, aftermarket marketing manager, John Deere. read more

The Cat Trial #9: PAC-MAN
16.12.2020 Continuing the company's successful Cat Trials series, a total of eight videos which have logged more than 18 million views, Caterpillar released its first new Cat Trial video in four years. The Cat Trial #9: PAC-MAN takes on the video-gaming world to celebrate Caterpillar's 95th anniversary, while PAC-MAN celebrates its 40th anniversary, by showcasing Cat products, technology and services. "These trials are designed to surprise and delight our customers and prospects, as well as people outside our industry," says Victoria Keese Morrissey, global marketing and read more


exhibitions and other events

First anniversary of the FCC corporate university: Campus FCC, a virtual space connected to talent
07.01.2021 FCC Corporate University successfully celebrates its first anniversary. This virtual learning platform responds to the company's commitment to promoting people and consists of three schools of knowledge: Dispatch, Values, Digital and Compliance; it also contains a training space for each business area with a catalogue of courses that are organised by language and subjects including skills, security, office automation and security, health and well-being. Deployed in 25 countries and available in 8 languages, Campus FCC has closed its first year with very good figures, 8,700 users connected, 120 courses launched and 370 calls. read more

VDMA reports orders down 20% in Jan-Sep 2020
03.12.2020 After 10 long years of growth, the sales boom for the woodworking machinery industry is coming to an end this year. In addition to the economic slowdown already indicated in 2019, the corona pandemic acts as a significant brake. By September 2020, around 20 percent less orders are on the books than in the previous year. "The pandemic has put an additional damper on those customer industries that were also previously in an economic downturn. However, we are also observing that some customer segments such as the small shop businesses, the sawmilling industry and the further processing businesses in the construction-related sector are still investing in times of the Corona crisis, " read more

Stone+tec will not take place in 2021
17.11.2020 Stone+tec, the International Trade Fair for Natural Stone and Stone Technology, will not take place as planned from 12 to 15 May 2021. The trade fair could have been held in compliance with the hygiene concept of the Bavarian State Government in principle, however the number of registrations did not develop as hoped due to the difficult worldwide situation currently. This decision is meant to enable all participants to plan with more certainty at an early stage. The organizer NürnbergMesse announces that Stone+tec cannot be held as planned in May 2021. read more

Ignacio Galán, Management Leadership Award by the AEC: “Today, quality is sustainable development”
12.11.2020 The Spanish Association for Quality (AEC) has given the Management Leadership Award to Ignacio Galán, the chairman of Iberdrola, to acknowledge his personal and professional commitment towards management excellence and a career that should inspire new generations and portray Spain as a benchmark for quality and excellence. The award was made this morning during a ceremony organised by the Association to celebrate World Quality Day. The main topic of the event was the potential for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to boost and bring about new business opportunities, enhance brand value and retain talent. read more


industry news

Skanska invests in rental apartments in Barkarbystaden, Sweden
08.01.2021 Skanska is investing about SEK 580 million in the multifamily project Parkkvarteret with 220 rental apartments in Barkarbystaden, Järfälla, Sweden. The project is developed by Skanska Rental Housing and the construction contract is worth approximately SEK 370 million, which is included in the order bookings for Skanska Sweden for the fourth quarter 2020. The project is located next to the new Veddesta bridge with direct connection to the commuter train station, future metro station and service as well as park environments. read more

Hochtief wins EUR 580 million contract for A7 tunnel Altona in Hamburg
07.01.2021 Hochtief has been awarded by DEGES (German Unity motorway planning and construction company) the contract for construction of the complex 2.2-kilometer-long noise protection tunnel Altona on the A7 highway in Hamburg including access and exit roads. The project has a total volume of around EUR 580 million (net). Hochtief will take on the technical lead and has a 65 percent share in a joint venture. read more

Vinci wins bridge replacement contract in Australia
23.12.2020 Seymour Whyte, a Vinci Construction subsidiary based in Australia, will build a new 349 metre bridge on the Kings Highway, above the Clyde River (New South Wales). The contract, worth 114 million AUD (€70 million), involves demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the new one, including abutment works. The project also covers an improved approach to the bridge, wider lanes and shoulders, safety barriers, and landscaping works on the riverbank. read more

Telensa deliveres smart streetlighting deployments in Poland & Czech Republic
14.12.2020 Telensa, the world's leading provider of networked street lights has extended its Central European footprint with its latest intelligent street light deployment in Poland. The smart streetlight company now provides intelligent lighting control to over 250,000 citizens. read more

Vinci signed the contract to build the Sambangalou dam in Senegal
14.12.2020 The consortium led by Vinci Construction signed a contract with the Gambia River Basin Development Organisation (which involves The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal) to build the Sambangalou dam located in the south-east of Senegal, close to the Guinean border. The €388 million contract follows on from an initial phase conducting studies and preparatory work, which took place over a period of 18 months. The 91 m high dam will have a capacity of 128 MW, generating renewable energy, improving irrigation of farm land and supplying drinking water for surrounding districts. read more

First motorway public-private partnership (PPP) awarded in the Czech Republic
07.12.2020 On 7 December 2020, the consortium consisting in equal parts of Vinci and Meridiam (50/50), led by VINCI Highways, was designated as preferred bidder by the Czech Republic's Ministry of Transport for the PPP contract for the D4 motorway linking Příbram (Central Bohemia) to Písek (South Bohemia). The project consists in designing, finance, build, operate and maintain a new 32 km motorway and converting 17 km of existing infrastructure into a dual two-lane carriageway. The new highway will provide an improved road connection between rural South Bohemia and Prague, read more

Hochtief wins contract awarded by state of Berlin
24.11.2020 Hochtief has won the contract for the refurbishment of a listed historical monument comprising four office buildings in Berlin. The contract has a total volume of around EUR 90 million. The building construction unit Hochtief Building will execute the project as total construction manager. The client is the federal state of Berlin. read more

Iberdrola and Bayer seal agreement for 100 % renewable electricity supply
17.11.2020 Iberdrola and Bayer in Spain are joining forces in the transition to a green economy with the signing of the first long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) between an electricity utility and a pharmaceutical company in Spain, generated by clean generation sources. read more

Hochtief listed in Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 15th time in a row
16.11.2020 Hochtief has been included in the internationally renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the 15th time in succession for its economic, environmental and social performance. The company is thus one of four infrastructure groups listed in the DJSI World Index. read more


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