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INEOS Styrolution and Edge Solutions sign exclusive supply agreement
30.06.2024 INEOS Styrolution has announced that the Scottish wind energy specialist Edge Solutions has signed a ten-year exclusive supply agreement for an ultra-tough Luran SC thermoplastic product, designed specifically for wind turbine blades. Edge Solutions, based in Edinburgh has developed a patented system, called Armour Edge, which repairs and protects the leading edge of wind turbine blades from erosion – a significant issue for operational onshore and offshore windfarms. Their product is a custom-fitted modular shield which uses a bespoke version of an read more

Negative bidding continues to burden offshore wind development
30.06.2024 Germany and the Netherlands have recently issued the results of their latest offshore wind auction. They awarded a total capacity of 6.5 GW. That's good for Europe's energy transition. But the auction design in both countries included negative bidding. This puts unnecessary additional pressure on offshore wind developers – with adverse consequences for the wider wind energy supply chain and Europe's electricity consumers. Germany and the Netherlands have recently awarded 6.5 GW of new offshore wind projects. Germany awarded 2.5 GW and read more

Dutch crane company goes XL with Grove to boost growth
30.06.2024 Dutch crane rental and transport company, Kraanverhuur T. Pater, has replaced its older five-axle Grove crane with a newer, stronger option, and has enjoyed immediate returns. The Company upgraded to the higher capacity 150 t GMK5150XL all-terrain crane. The Company opted for a stronger five-axle all-terrain crane because its customers in the construction sector are increasingly looking to lift bigger loads. A lot of this is driven by the growing preference for prefabricated construction, where typical loads can weigh from 15 to 20 t. read more

WiZ launches Music Sync feature and expands LED strip portfolio
30.06.2024 Signify is introducing new a Music Sync feature and expanding LED strips offering, to complement its WiZ smart lighting system, so users can apply creative and entertaining lighting to any space. This new feature enables users to have their lights change brightness and color with the rhythm of music. Also launching is the Smart Fairy Light, for indoor or outdoor use, the Smart Dial Switch as well as the outdoor Wall Light. Users can now set their Connected by WiZ lights to change brightness and color with the rhythm of the music. The new Music Sync feature read more

Versatile new Cat Grading Beams deliver high productivity material grading
30.06.2024 New Cat Grading Beams for Cat Tiltrotators allow contractors to take on dynamic and efficient grading and compaction work using excavators. Pairing with Cat Tiltrotators enables 360˚ bidirectional and 40˚ left-and-right rotation of the grading beam to increase attachment versatility. The grading beams' mechanically adjustable roller – from 10 mm (0.40 in) below frame to 20 mm (0.79 in) above – flexibly tailors the desired level of compaction based on material type. Preventing material from sticking to the roller, the adjustable roller scraper allows read more

John Deere debuted five new P-Tier SSL and CTL models
30.06.2024 New to its line-up of P-Tier machines, John Deere debuted five new P-Tier Skid Steer Loader (SSL) and Compact Track Loader (CTL) models. Entering the market, the 330 and 334 P-Tier SSLs and the 331, 333 and 335 P-Tier CTLs boast a brand-new one-piece cab design with premium options, enhanced technology features, and an overall increase in operating power. With the introduction of new CTLs and SSLs also comes the debut of three brand new attachments, including the MK76 and MH72D mulching heads and the CP40G cold planer. Expanding offerings in read more

New high-power horticulture LED from ams OSRAM
31.05.2024 Energy-efficient LED solutions are important levers that greenhouse operators can use to save energy. Upgrading to LED lighting pays off, leading to significant efficiency enhancements and thus cost benefits. ams OSRAM launched its OSCONIQ P 3737, a high-power LED equipped with state-of-the-art chip technology that offers industry-leading performance with an overall wall plug efficiency (WPE) of 83.2% in Hyper Red, outstanding robustness and a long lifetime. With the new OSCONIQ P 3737 from ams OSRAM, energy costs in read more

Powerful and efficient MDLT 1109, Europe’s largest Potain tower crane
31.05.2024 Crane manufacturer Manitowoc has introduced the MDLT 1109, the largest and most advanced Potain tower crane designed specifically for the European market. Manufactured primarily at the Manitowoc factory in Moulins, France, this innovative crane combines exceptional lifting capacity with compact transport dimensions and a streamlined erection process. The Potain MDLT 1109 top-slewing crane addresses the rising demand in Europe for larger capacity cranes due to the increasing use of heavier prefabricated elements in construction, read more

Komatsu's battery-electric versions of drilling and bolting rigs
31.05.2024 Komatsu introduced the second generation of the company's Z2 product line of small-class development drill and bolting equipment with unique enhancements and additions, including the first battery-electric offerings within Komatsu's underground hard rock portfolio, an innovative pumpable resin system solution, optimized ergonomics and more. The small-class ZJ21 jumbo drill and ZB21 bolter initially launched in 2020 with a common platform. The new Z2 bolters and jumbos also feature optimized operator ergonomics designed to maximize comfort read more

exhibitions and other events

Chillventa 2024: Platform for innovations
13.06.2024 The world's leading exhibition for refrigeration technology is almost booked out. Between 8 and 10 October 2024, trade visitors to Chillventa can look forward to a wide-ranging programme covering refrigeration, air-conditioning, ventilation and heat pumps. The latest industry trends will be on show at the exhibition. International start-ups and young, innovative companies are among the exhibitors industry professionals can seek out to discover the innovations. Chillventa provides the perfect opportunity to establish contact with industry professionals, manufacturers and potential customers. read more

Climate-friendly construction—key topic of BAU 2025
12.06.2024 Preventing and adapting to the consequences of climate change in the face of extreme weather events is a task for society as a whole. What does climate-friendly construction mean specifically for buildings and urban districts? This is a question that needs to be addressed not only by the legislator, but also by all those involved in construction. These questions will also be discussed and possible solutions presented at BAU 2025 in Munich from January 13 to 17, 2025. read more

FACHPACK 2024: trailblazer and driving force for the industry
29.05.2024 When FACHPACK takes place in Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 24 to 26 September, the long-standing trade fair will once again provide a compact yet comprehensive insight into all relevant issues in the packaging industry. FACHPACK is set to be the key gathering in Europe this year for the packaging industry and its users. When it takes place in Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 24 to 26 September, the long-standing trade fair will once again provide a compact yet comprehensive insight into all relevant issues in the packaging industry, in keeping with its theme "Transition in Packaging". read more

Transform & Beyond by Expo Real: Future topics all together in one place
09.04.2024 The real estate industry faces key challenges in view of the requirements for decarbonizing the property portfolio, digitalization and demographic changes. Transform & Beyond by EXPO REAL now provides an area dedicated to these future and transformation topics in Hall A3 of EXPO REAL, taking place in Munich from October 7 to 9, 2024. Transform & Beyond by Expo Rea is THE place at Expo Real that brings together the future topics of the construction and real estate industry. There is also a new design with different stand packages and individual stand spaces, panel participation, pitches, and special themed days. read more

industry news

BAM reports €44 million adjusted EBITDA in first quarter
10.05.2024 Royal BAM Group nv reports an adjusted EBITDA of €44 million in the first quarter 2024, reflecting an adjusted EBITDA margin of 3.1%. BAM's cash position remains solid and the capital ratio further improved. The order intake was strong. For the full-year 2024, BAM expects to deliver an adjusted EBITDA margin within the strategic range between 4 and 6%. read more

Chinese firm builds $2.4 billion power project in central Vietnam
20.03.2024 A joint venture between China's Huadian Group and Vietnam's Minh Quang Technology has proposed the development of a hydrogen production plant in combination with a 1,200 MW wind farm and an 800 MW solar farm in the central province of Quang Tri, with a total investment of nearly $2.4 billion. Investors will research the possibility of developing a plant to produce hydrogen through water electrolysis, along with storage sites, transportation, shared facilities, and related auxiliary systems. Other developments include a 1, 200 MW wind farm and an 800 MW solar power plant. The project will cost about $2.39 billion. read more

Putin to give start to building Moscow-St. Pete high-speed railway
20.03.2024 Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the ceremony of launching construction of the Moscow-St.Petersburg high-speed railway (HSR) on March 14, 2024 via video link, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. read more

10 Design unveils plan for Yantian Old Market Town
15.03.2024 International architecture practice 10 Design (part of Egis' Architecture Line) has unveiled its latest winning proposal for the Yantian Old Market Town Urban Renewal Project in Shenzhen, China. Embracing Yantian Old Market Town's rich history and natural beauty, the design sets out a captivating blueprint for a world-class waterfront destination, as well as setting a new standard for sustainable coastal living. Nestled along the tranquil inner bay of Starling Inlet, Yantian Old Market Town boasts a prime waterfront location near Shenzhen's Yantian Container Terminal. read more

Chinese contractor to build soccer park in Guangzhou
15.03.2024 A Chinese state-owned construction contractor will build China's largest soccer park in Guangzhou on the site where struggling Chinese property developer China Evergrande Group was supposed to build its soccer stadium. China Construction Fourth Engineering Division won the engineering procurement construction contract to build the Guangzhou Football Park with a CNY2.4 billion (USD328 million) bid, the unit of China State Construction Engineering announced on its official WeChat account yesterday. read more

The consortium led by Strabag wins contract to build tunnels in Toronto
21.02.2024 Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have awarded a fixed-price contract of $255 million to Strabag Inc. to design, build and finance the second underground segment of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, which includes a 500-metre tunnel from east of Jane Street to Mount Dennis Station. read more

BAM delivers adjusted EBITDA of €304 million in 2023
20.02.2024 Over 2023, Royal BAM Group nv delivered a strong performance with an adjusted EBITDA of €304 million, reflecting a margin of 4.9 per cent. The liquidity position and order backlog are at a good level. BAM proposes to pay a dividend over the year 2023 of €0.20 per share. read more

Implenia wins large projects in Switzerland and Germany
07.02.2024 Implenia, Switzerland's leading construction and real estate service provider, has won two civil engineering projects in Switzerland, as well as new building construction contracts in Germany. Implenia's highly specialised teams will be able to make full use of their many years of experience and extensive expertise in the planning, coordination and implementation of challenging projects. In total, the contracts are worth more than CHF 110 million to Implenia. The "Niesen" joint venture, consisting of partners Walo Bertschinger AG, Kästli Bau AG, Weibel AG and Implenia, each with a share of 25%, has been awarded a contract by the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) for the complete renovation of the N06 motorway between Thun Süd and Spiez. read more

Sports Boulevard launches Riyadh’s immersive cycling experience
07.02.2024 The Sports Boulevard has launched Riyadh's immersive cycling experience, RIYDE, in partnership with global technology company the pioneering virtual cycling simulator and sports technology innovator, to develop a cycling experience aimed at increasing fitness rates in Riyadh. The Sports Boulevard is one of Riyadh's mega projects launched on March 19th, 2019. The project extends more than 135km through a grid of safe green pathways for pedestrians, cyclists, athletes, and horse-riders. The project includes more than 4.4 million square meters of greenery and open spaces, and up to 50 multidisciplinary sports facilities. read more

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