construction and maintenance news
building materials and technologies

Ultimate Color Neutral Laminated Glass
04.11.2020 Continuing demand for superior low-iron glass products in both the premium commercial and residential markets is being met with an innovative collaboration between Eastman and Guardian Glass. Eastman and Guardian are jointly announcing Eastman's new Saflex Crystal Clear PVB interlayer, which is designed to produce one of the most color neutral, brilliant laminated low-iron glass products available today: Guardian UltraClear LamiGlass Neutral. "Until now, laminating low-iron glass was challenging because traditional interlayers tend to reduce read more

Bring your home to life with the latest Philips Hue products
04.11.2020 Bring your home to life with the latest Philips Hue products and updates: larger Filament bulbs, Philips Hue Iris limited edition and more. Signify expands the Philips Hue portfolio with new and updated products, further broadening the possibilities for customers to create their own unique and personal lighting experience. These new products include new sizes and shapes of the Philips Hue Filament bulbs, an updated Philips Hue Iris table lamp with limited edition colors, the Philips Hue Ensis pendant light in black, the Philips Hue White luster bulb, read more

UK’s first online search engine for development finance
04.11.2020 Brickflow is a property technology platform which aims to revolutionise the property finance sector by digitally connecting borrowers and lenders in seconds. The company's mission is to empower property developers by opening up the market and providing the quickest and easiest way for them to secure trusted finance. Available online, Brickflow's technology offers wide market visibility and provides instant access to 18 lenders (and counting). All applications are made online and in real-time, with applicants able to build out their developer track record read more

World's first flame retardant aviation carpet using a recycled binder
04.11.2020 Anker, Devan and Shark Solutions teamed up to create the world's first flame retardant aviation carpet using a recycled binder. Inspired by the knowledge and the needs of the aviation market, Anker motivated to achieve this new goal together. The PVB binder reuses laminated glass, from windshields and architectural/building glass, that otherwise would go to landfill. German carpet manufacturer Anker is the first company to offer flame retardant carpets for aviation that are made with a recycled binder. In the search for a more sustainable binder, read more

Unique combination of formwork and scaffold systems
30.10.2020 Thanks to a competent support service and well-thought-out system utilisation, PERI is successfully constructing the complex building geometry of the three TrIIIPle residential towers on the Danube Canal in Vienna, which is subject to stringent requirements. Safe working processes, optimised construction site logistics and cost-effective solutions see demanding building schedule adhered to. With a project volume of over 300 million euros and usable floor space of around 70,000 m2, TRIIIPLE is making residential history in Vienna. read more

BerryAlloc is reinventing parquet with new Ultimtec technology
30.10.2020 BerryAlloc is launching a completely new oak parquet collection. It is an eloquent illustration of the two principles that define its brand: very high quality coupled with state-of-the-art technology. This vision is acclaimed every day by clients, interior designers and fitters. The collection has been entirely rethought, as the fruit of two years of research by the R&D department and various partners (colours and finishes co-created by a team of architects, colourists and designers). As such, it is a remarkable demonstration of this French manufacturer's savoir faire. read more

oneM2M global standard for Internet of Things development in India
25.10.2020 The development of smart cities in India has been given a boost after the decision of the national government's Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) in making the oneM2M specifications as national standard. It will enable greater collaboration between Internet of Things (IoT) solution developers which will reduce the time to bring innovation to market. The standard, developed by a joint global collaborative effort, has already been transposed in India by the Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI). read more

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

exhibitions and other events

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

More than 2,800 exhibitors to participate in bauma China
12.11.2020 Preparations for bauma China 2020, which takes place from November 24 to 27 in Shanghai, are in full swing. More than 2,800 exhibitors will participate in Asia's leading trade fair for the construction and mining machinery industry. Despite the challenges due to Covid-19, the show will fill all 17 halls and the outdoor area at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC): in total 300,000 sqm of exhibition space. Despite the challenging circumstances, many international companies have been looking for ways to exhibit again this year. For example, companies with subsidiaries or dealers in China are planning to have their Chinese colleagues on site in case employees cannot travel from Europe, the US, Korea, Japan etc. read more

Equal Engineers virtual careers fair
28.10.2020 Award winning apprenticeship provider, BAM Nuttall, is sponsoring and taking part in Equal Engineers virtual careers fair. Only half of women with an engineering and technology degree work in the industry compare with 2/3 males. Education people on why a successful business should have a diverse range of employees could help to close this gap. On 23 October Schools and colleges are invited to join the Equal Engineers virtual careers fair. read more

industry news

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

Strategic R&D cooperation agreement between Lextan and Bouygues Construction
16.11.2020 Lextan, a specialist in remote driving systems, and Bouygues Construction have signed a three-year cooperation agreement to carry out a Research & Development programme on remote and assisted driving of construction site machines. In parallel with this agreement, Lextan is raising seed capital through Construction Venture, Bouygues Construction's investment vehicle for start-ups, alongside CAAP Création, a subsidiary of Crédit Agricole Alpes Provence, and the French Tech Seed fund managed by Bpifrance on behalf of the French government, which will enable it to increase its equity and reinforce its R&D team. read more

Skanska signs additional contracts for office improvements in western USA
16.11.2020 Skanska has signed additional contracts with an existing client for improvements to their corporate office in the western USA. The contract is a joint venture with Skanska Balfour Beatty, and is worth USD 395 M. Skanska's part is worth about USD 198 M, about SEK 1.7 billion, which will be included in the US order bookings for the fourth quarter of 2020. Construction is underway and is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2023. read more

Work begins on section of new Dawlish sea wall which will help protect vital rail artery for next 100 years
12.11.2020 Network Rail has started work on the second section of the new, bigger sea wall at Dawlish, Devon, to protect the railway and town from rising sea levels, and extreme weather, for generations to come. Construction of this next section of the £80 million upgrade will take around two years to complete and follows years of detailed studies, designs and joint working between world-leading marine, coastal and railway engineering experts. read more

Bouygues Construction invests in a specialist in autonomous hydrogen-based energy production
28.10.2020 Bouygues Energies & Services, a partner in the energy and digital transformation of regions, industries and buildings, and Construction Venture, a Bouygues Construction investment vehicle for start-ups, announced they have signed an agreement to purchase a stake in PowiDian, a specialist in "green" hydrogen solutions for regional energy self-sufficiency. read more

Sedgman wins $166m in operations contract extensions in QLD
28.10.2020 CIMIC Group's minerals processing company, Sedgman, has been awarded two contract extensions by QCoal to continue to operate and maintain its Sonoma and Byerwen mines processing plants in Queensland. The three-year extensions will generate revenue of $166 million for Sedgman. read more

Vinci will build a recycling centre in north London
28.10.2020 Vinci Construction, through its UK subsidiary Taylor Woodrow, signed a contract with the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to build recycling facilities, as part of the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP). The construction will begin in January 2021 after an Early Contractor Involvement phase during which preliminary works will be carried out and the design finalised. The project is scheduled for completion in October 2022 and worth a total £78.9 million (€87.4 million). read more

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

press room
press service
useful links
construction and maintenance news

2005 construction and maintenance