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John Deere's New Mulchers and Brush Cutters for Excavators
13.01.2022 John Deere introduced new additions to its attachment family for excavators with the ME36 and ME50 Mulchers, and the RE40 and RE50 Rotary Brush Cutters. The ME36 and ME50 mulchers are equipped with knife-style cutting teeth on a split ring rotor. The spiral, double helix tool pattern and innovative tool shape allow for fast, efficient cutting for mulch up to 5-inch material. A controlled and metered cutting depth allows the operator to maintain high rotor revolutions per minute (RPM) and a productive mulching rate. The teeth may be sharpened and read more

Xwatch and Leica Geosystems
13.01.2022 Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, announced an integration partnership with Xwatch Safety Solutions Ltd, a UK based manufacturer for safety solutions, to transform jobsite safety by interconnecting excavator height control and slew control with Leica Geosystems 2D and 3D machine control and safety awareness solutions. Heavy construction consistently ranks in the top three industries worldwide for serious injuries and fatalities. Whether you're operating heavy equipment or working around the machinery, keeping everyone alert on read more

JWST Keeping Cool with Ultra-thin DuPont Kapton Polyimide Films
13.01.2022 After 30 years in development, the National Aeronautics Space Administration's (NASA) James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was launched on December 25, 2021, from the European Space Agency's launch site at Kourou in French Guiana. DuPont technology, in the form of ultra-thin Kapton polyimide films, is the crucial material protecting the JWST from the light and the heat of the sun, enabling it to function properly in space. Space is one of the most hostile and extreme environments imaginable. Above the insulating atmosphere of the Earth, read more

Foundation formwork made simple
13.01.2022 40 years ago in 1981, MEVA caused a sensation with a new aluminium formwork system. Christened "Alu-Wand + Decke" ("Alu Wall + Slab"), the novelty combined unusually low weight with nonetheless high stability. After various refinements in the early 1990s, the universal hand-set formwork was given the name it has kept to this day: AluFix. Consisting of only a few standard components, the system simplifies operations on site while shortening assembly times. Even today, these merits are greatly appreciated by builders working on residential, read more

Caterpillar relaunches signature Cat 651 Wheel Tractor Scraper
31.12.2021 The new single engine Cat 651 Wheel Tractor Scraper (WTS) reenters the market with upgrades to the powertrain, controls, hydraulics and structure, designed to deliver superior levels of productivity and a high return on investment. Offering 33.6 m3 (44 yd3) heaped capacity and 46.4 tonnes (52 tons) rated load, the new WTS shares the same bowl design and many components as the 657, allowing companies with mixed fleets to stock fewer repair parts and lower owning costs. The scraper's new Advanced Productivity Electronic Control System (APECS) read more

Clariant's Color of the Year & new decorative color trend palette “golden”
31.12.2021 Looking forward to a year of love, joy, mindfulness and making memories. Clariant pays an advance tribute to the year to come in its new Decorative Coatings Trends for 2022 – "golden". Consumers are invited to take inspiration for decorating their rooms, spaces and furniture from the palette's 40 new shades that reflect 4 different phases of natural human behaviors in the new world in which we live. "Now close to the end of another slowed-down year, we're really craving what comes next, for the chance to move forward and re-experience life following read more

New Guardian SunGuard SNX 70 glass
31.12.2021 Guardian Glass Europe has launched the latest product in their leading SunGuard eXtraSelective range – Guardian SunGuard SNX 70. SunGuard SNX 70 is a new triple silver-coated glass that boasts outstanding solar control and light transmission approaching 70% – plus high thermal insulation. Yet it also has a uniquely clean, natural appearance and a subtle reflective quality that achieves a strikingly uniform aesthetic across design contours and different viewing angles. This means SunGuard SNX 70 offers architects the opportunity to introduce read more

Cat Self-Service Options
29.12.2021 With new Cat Self-Service Options (SSO), Caterpillar simplifies the repair process for customers who prefer to complete their own routine maintenance and minor repairs on equipment in their fleet. The customizable SSO solutions include the parts, instructions and recommended tooling for completing specific service work on hundreds of Cat Building & Construction Products (BCP) machines. The new solutions are designed for a range of common repairs for Cat equipment. Each SSO starts with a predefined list of genuine Cat parts, new and remanufactured, read more

Potential of anodizing aluminum
29.12.2021 Clariant has been providing dyes and colorants for finishing anodized aluminium for more than half a century and a unique three-way partnership is highlighting the design possibilities using this special process. Almost one-hundred years ago aluminum revolutionized the world with the discovery of new manufacturing processes and strong alloys that were lighter than steel. Today, its properties make aluminum attractive for many industries including transportation, electrical and packaging, architecture, and food. As it's recyclable it also has read more

exhibitions and other events

Fensterbau Frontale and Holz-Handwerk 2022 to be held in July
18.01.2022 The trade show pairing of Fensterbau Frontale and Holz-Handwerk 2022 has been rescheduled in close consultation with exhibitors: To meet multiple requests from registered exhibitors and enable all participants to plan with confidence, NürnbergMesse and VDMA Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen, as the organizer of Holz-Handwerk, have jointly decided to postpone the combined event until Tuesday 12 – Friday 15 July 2022. read more

New date: Light + Building Autumn Edition 2022
12.01.2022 As the pandemic situation continues to develop very dynamically, Messe Frankfurt is postponing the world's leading trade fair for light and building technology to autumn 2022. Last December, intensive discussions with customers and cooperation partners had already led to the examination of alternatives to the original date in March. Now the new date has been set: Light + Building Autumn Edition will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 2 to 6 October 2022. read more

2022 AIA Gold Medal awarded to Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa
16.12.2021 The Board of Directors and the Strategic Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are honoring Angela Brooks, FAIA, and Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, with the 2022 Gold Medal. read more

Always knowing what’s coming next: Predictive Maintenance
13.12.2021 Whether in the healthcare, elevator and escalator or heating sectors, regular checks promise early detection of defects or impending failures. In the lighting and building sector, new technologies enable components to connect with each other and data to be collected continuously. This can be achieved through predictive maintenance – one of the top themes at Light + Building 2022. For instance, regular monitoring helps to estimate when hardware components need to be replaced or energy efficiencies are not being used optimally. The sustainability and climate debates entail higher technological and energy efficiency requirements for the systems in buildings. read more

industry news

South Gloucestershire Council invests in new low carbon primary school
18.01.2022 Work is underway on the development of a new £10 million, low carbon primary school in the village of Frenchay, near Bristol. The redevelopment of Frenchay Church of England Primary School is part of South Gloucestershire Council's largest ever investment into schools. Following a competitive process, BAM Construction has been appointed to deliver the scheme under the Southern Construction Framework (SCF). read more

CIMIC's CPB selected for Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport
28.12.2021 CIMIC Group's CPB Contractors, in joint venture with Ghella, has been selected by the NSW Government to deliver the Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport Station Boxes and Tunnelling Works (WSA-SBT). read more

Holcim to acquire Malarkey Roofing Products
28.12.2021 Holcim has signed an agreement to acquire Malarkey Roofing Products, a leading company in the US residential roofing market with projected 2022 Net Sales of USD 600 million and EBITDA of USD 120 million. Malarkey Roofing Products has a track record of double-digit growth in the highly profitable USD 19 billion US residential roofing market. read more

Vinci to prepare Noisy-Champs station for Grand Paris Express
28.12.2021 Société du Grand Paris has awarded the contract to upgrade the future Noisy-Champs station and ancillary facilities to Vinci Construction via its subsidiaries Chantiers Modernes Construction (lead) and CBI. This landmark in the Grand Paris Express will be the station connecting future Line 15 South and Line 16 with RER Line A. Straddling Noisy-le-Grand (in Seine-Saint-Denis) and Champs-sur-Marne (in Seine-et- Marne), it will will feature two monumental timber helixes, one emerging from each city, converging into a spiral at the top. read more

BAM sells operating company BAM Galère to Thomas & Piron Group
02.12.2021 Royal BAM Group nv has reached agreement to sell the shares of its operating company BAM Galère (including its subsidiary BAM Lux and BAM Galère's plant and equipment, managed by BAM Mat) to the Belgian construction company Thomas & Piron Group. The transaction, which is subject to approval of the competition authorities, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed. The transaction will have limited impact on the 2021 income statement, and will not change BAM's outlook for 2021. read more

King Felipe VI visits the Iberdrola technology centre in Bilbao that will define the electricity grids of the future
29.11.2021 This morning in Bilbao, King Felipe VI met representatives of companies collaborating in the Global Smart Grids Innovation Hub, a technology hub sponsored by Iberdrola and the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, which is equipped with the latest developments in digitalisation, artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics. A total of 50 companies, technology centres and universities are already working on 120 projects worth 110 million euros at the centre. spliterThe innovation centre in Bilbao is one of the company's strategic projects and is working to develop the electricity grids of the future, which will be the cornerstone of the energy transition for all international markets. read more

BAM implements new organisation structure to further improve effectiveness and growth
29.11.2021 Effective 1 January 2022, Royal BAM Group nv will implement a new organisation structure to further improve effectiveness and access to growth opportunities. The implementation of this new structure is the next step in realising the strategic agenda for 2021-2023 (Building a sustainable tomorrow), which was presented in February 2021. read more

EC imposes anti-dumping duties on imports of optical fibre cables from China
23.11.2021 Prysmian Group, the world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, welcomes the European Commission's decision to impose anti-dumping duties on imports of optical fibre cables from China. read more

Secure I.T. Environments Awarded Air Conditioning Upgrade Project for Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust Data Centre
16.11.2021 Secure I.T. Environments Ltd, one of the UK's leading design and build companies for modular, containerised and micro data centres, has today announced that it has been awarded a contract to upgrade the air conditioning units at a Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust data centre. read more

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