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Sustainable resins for decorative paints and coatings
22.01.2019 "We at DSM are proud of our sustainable solutions for the coating industry. We take our responsibility for this matter seriously and that is why we work with our customers and other players in the value chain. Together, we develop and implement solutions that benefit society. Being sustainable means safeguarding healthy living, by reducing hazardous substances and VOCs released in the environment; combating climate change, by limiting energy use and carbon emissions; and creating circular solutions, by using renewable raw materials and read more

New Rapid Attach Platform for NBT boom truck series
22.01.2019 National Crane has announced a new Rapid Attach Platform for its NBT boom truck series previously unveiled at Crane Days 2018. The completely redesigned platform will replace previous iterations and comes in two styles: yoke style (Y-RAP2) and rotating style (R-RAP2). The yoke style is available now and the rotating style will be available this year. "The creation of the new Rapid Attach Platform was brought about by Voice of the Customer feedback, part of The Manitowoc Way," said Bob Ritter, engineering manager for boom trucks. read more

Growing cucumbers with Philips LED lighting installations in France
22.01.2019 "We have experience growing high-wire cucumbers under LED lighting in other parts of the world, and can predict quite well how much production will increase after installing our LEDs. In general, cucumber production goes up with increased light levels. But with LEDs we can truly optimize production by steering light and heat separately. The Philips LEDs have the right spectrum for cucumber growth – the plants use this color spectrum for optimal photosynthesis, resulting in greater production of a high-quality crop," says Udo van Slooten, Business Leader Horticulture at Signify. read more

Cat 990K Aggregate Handler
11.01.2019 Caterpillar introduces the 990K Aggregate Handler, designed to handle greater payloads in aggregates yard applications. With as much as a 25 percent payload increase, as compared to the standard 990K, the new Aggregate Handler enables customers to load trucks and railcars faster and to move more material in load-and-carry and stockpile management tasks. The Cat 990K Aggregate Handler has a payload of 22 tons (20 tonnes) and a full turn static tipping load of 96,426 lb (43 738 kg). Additional counterweight maintains machine stability, and read more

Philips Hue and Google Assistant sleep and wake up feature
11.01.2019 "Sleep plays such an important role in our health and well-being, so we're pleased to be adding yet another option for our users to help them relax before bedtime and wake up in a way that prepares them well for the day ahead," explains Duncan McCue, Head of Partnerships for Philips Hue at Signify. Signify has collaborated with Google to bring consumers the ability to use voice commands with the Google Assistant to activate sleep and wake light effects, using Philips Hue functionality, that replicate the optimum light performance for winding down read more

New John Deere L-Series Utility Wheel Loaders
11.01.2019 After much anticipation and countless hours of product development, John Deere unveils three powerful and productive L-Series utility wheel loaders. The 524L (see picture), 544L and 624L offer customers an intuitive solution, ideal for projects that require agility and versatility on the job site or farm. Designed with the operator in mind, the L-Series machines incorporate several new features, including improved cabs for more comfort and visibility, electrohydraulic (EH) loader controls for easier operation and redesigned near-parallel linkage, and enhanced performance buckets. read more

C by GE Triples Portfolio in 2019, Adds First Made-for-Google Full Color Bulbs
11.01.2019 GE Lighting is deepening its C by GE portfolio in 2019, adding new platforms to help consumers realize more benefits across the home, including families of smart wall switches, full color lights and accessories. The company also will leverage industry-leading partnerships to extend adoption, ease of set-up and every-day control, including launching its new color bulbs with Made for Google status. This industry-first designation means without an extra hub and in just one app, you can use the Google Home, Google Mini, Google Max or Google Home Hub to read more

Innovative BIM scaffolding concept in industrial construction
31.12.2018 At BASF SE in Ludwigshafen, a new state of the-art acetylene plant is currently being built. The basis for the construction of the facility is an innovative, BIM based scaffolding concept as well as the PERI UP scaffold system with its high level of flexibility for ensuring consistently safe work operations. With a capacity of 90,000 tons per year, the plant is scheduled to replace the current facility at the end of 2019 and will operate in accordance with the world's most efficient production processes. Acetylene is an important intermediate product and read more

John Deere Makes Snow and Debris Cleanup Easy
31.12.2018 John Deere is updating its line of Worksite Pro attachments with three new angle and five new pickup brooms. The BA72C, BA84C and BA96C angle brooms and the BP72C, BP84C, BR60C, BR72C and BR84C pickup brooms were designed for effortless cleanup in turf, snow and construction applications. Like all Worksite Pro attachments, these angle brooms are optimized to work with John Deere skid steers and compact track loaders. They're also compatible with most competitive models. "With new OSHA silica dust exposure rules, contractors are in need of attachments with options that read more

exhibitions and other events

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins wins prestigious HKILA Landscape Award 2018
18.01.2019 Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, won the Silver Award for the Gamuda Cove masterplan project, in the Landscape Planning & Master Planning category of the HKILA Landscape Award 2018. The HKILA Awards seek to promote excellence in landscape planning, design, management and research, to recognise outstanding achievements by landscape architects. Christian Dierckxsens, Senior Associate Director and Head of the landscape architecture practice at SNC-Lavalin's Atkins in Asia Pacific, said: "I'm extremely delighted that our project was recognised by the leading award of the industry. read more

Woodworking Events from NürnbergMesse: Working together to develop new markets
18.01.2019 Things are still buzzing at NürnbergMesse even during the gap year for Holz-Handwerk. While the leading European exhibition for machine technology and manufacturing requirements works toward its 20th anniversary event in 2020, there is a highlight in the NürnbergMesse Group's international event calendar to look forward to in March 2019. Delhiwood is one of three trade shows in India that NürnbergMesse acquired in 2018; together with Holz-Handwerk, they make up the "Woodworking Events" family of products, collectively accounting for about 2,000 exhibitors and 200,000 trade visitors. In parallel with these, NürnbergMesse has a number of orders for German state pavilions in two other highly promising growth markets, China and Vietnam. read more

European Coatings Show Conference: International expert dialogue on coating trends
15.01.2019 The European Coatings Show Conference is the leading dialogue platform for experts in the international coatings community. On 18 and 19 March 2019, it will bring prominent specialists from around the world together at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, and will partly overlap with the European Coatings Show, the leading international trade show in this sector, which begins on 19 March. In 24 sessions and a total of 144 presentations the European Coatings Show Conference will offer an insight into the latest research results from scientific institutes and universities and information on changes in the market for raw materials, and will also provide an ideal opportunity to network with the recognised heavyweights in the sector. read more

Parsons Wins Prestigious Business Honors at the 2018 Middle East Consultant Awards
21.12.2018 The annual Middle East Consultant Awards recognize innovation and achievements in the industry, rewarding outstanding individuals and companies. Parsons was named Technology Champion of the Year as well as Multi-discipline Consulting Company of the Year. The Technology Champion of the Year award honors a consultant that has developed or deployed a new technology that has enabled it to better serve client requirements. The Multi-discipline Consulting Company of the Year award celebrates a firm that has made a significant contribution to the region's built environment within the past year. read more

industry news

FCC wins the remodeling contract for the Plaza de España in Madrid
22.01.2019 The construction area of FCC Group, together with the company PACSA, have been awarded the contract for the complete remodeling of the Plaza de España in Madrid. The project has a budget of 62 million euros and a deadline of 21 months. The remodeling of the Plaza de España has been designed by the architects Fernando Porras Isla-Fernández, Aranzazu La Casta Muñoa and Lorenzo Fernández-Ordóñez Hernández, whose project was the winner of the ideas competition organized by the City Council read more

Hines Completes Logistics Acquisition on Behalf of its European Value Fund
10.01.2019 Hines, the international real estate firm, has acquired Cribbs Causeway Distribution Centre, a value add-profile logistics investment located in Bristol, a key United Kingdom distribution hub, on behalf of the Hines European Value Fund (HEVF). Hines' UK team advised HEVF on the fund's first logistics acquisition, which was acquired off market from M&G Real Estate and is HEVF's fourth acquisition in the last 12 months. read more

Balfour Beatty appointed to the North West Construction Hub framework
10.01.2019 Balfour Beatty has been appointed to Lots 2 and 3 of the North West Construction Hub (NWCH) High Value framework. Lot 2 of the framework covers schemes valued between £15 million and £35 million while Lot 3 covers schemes of over £35 million. read more

Sedgman wins coal contract in Queensland
09.01.2019 CIMIC Group's mineral processing company, Sedgman, has been awarded a contract at the Byerwen Coal Mine in Central Queensland, continuing CIMIC Group's long standing relationship with QCoal Group. read more

Vinci Airports to finance the expansion of Lisbon’s airport capacity
09.01.2019 ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, concessionnaire of 10 airports in Portugal and 100% subsidiary of Vinci Airports, signed on 8 January 2019 an agreement with the Portuguese governement on the main principles for the extension of the airport capacity in the Lisbon Region. The event took place on the Montijo military Air Base, in the presence of the Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Pedro Marques and the Chairman and CEO of Vinci, Xavier Huillard. read more

Large Hydropower Operator in SE-Europe adopts Climate Risk Management Plan developed by Pöyry
21.12.2018 Pöyry has developed a Climate Risk Management Plan for Albania's state-owned hydropower operator Korporata Elektroenergjitike Shqiptare (KESH), which was approved by KESH's supervisory board last week in Tirana. It is a strategic approach to address the challenges posed by rising temperatures and increasing hydrological variability. Implementation of the Climate Risk Management Plan will start in January 2019. The adoption of the plan is part of the terms of a €EUR 218 million loan by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to KESH read more

SNC-Lavalin awarded $36 million US FDOT services contract
21.12.2018 SNC-Lavalin's (TSX: SNC) Atkins business was selected as prime consultant under a contract for more than $36 million US to provide construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services for the new Howard Frankland Bridge in Tampa, Florida. read more

Fluor to design and build Chicago Transit Authority's largest capital project in history
21.12.2018 The joint venture team of Walsh Construction Company and Fluor has been selected as the preferred partner to design and build Phase One of the Red and Purple Line Modernization Program for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). The $2.1 billion project will be the largest capital project in CTA's history, read more

Mass Equities and AECOM Capital Appoint Leasing Agent for 2900 Brighton Boulevard
21.12.2018 Mass Equities, Inc. (MEQ), a private equity real estate investment firm based in Santa Monica, California, and AECOM Capital, the investment arm of AECOM, have announced the appointment of JLL as leasing agent for 2900 Brighton Boulevard in RiNo, Denver's hip, arts and culture-focused River North Art District. read more

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