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Metabo HPT’s New 18V MultiVolt Cordless 18-Gauge Brad Nailer
10.10.2021 The Pro Preferred Brand of Pneumatic Nailers*, Metabo HPT announced the newest addition to its cordless nailer lineup with the 18V MultiVolt 18-Gauge Compact Brad Nailer (model NT1850DF). This brushless cordless nailer is 30% more compact and 31% lighter than its predecessor (model NT1850DES) at only 4.4 lbs., making it easier to fit into tight spaces and to nail crown overhead for hours without getting fatigued. It can deliver a driving speed of 3 nails per second with zero ramp-up time saving valuable time and increasing productivity. read more

Previewed at MINExpo, the new Cat D10 dozer offers more productivity
10.10.2021 The Cat D10 series dozers have a well-earned reputation for delivering the right balance of power, comfort, durability and versatility. Previewed at MINExpo 2021, the new Cat D10 dozer continues this tradition and is designed to do more with less. Improvements to the drivetrain, hydraulic and cooling systems reduce fuel consumption by up to 4% while increasing productivity by up to 3%. Greater component durability, service improvements and technology integration deliver a reduction in overall owning costs. read more

Satellite use service demonstration to monitor ground movements
10.10.2021 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Synspective have started a satellite use service demonstration to monitor ground movements in Guatemala City, Guatemala, as part of an information gathering and pilot project. Guatemala is a Central American country, and is about 1/3 the size of Japan. Spanish is the official and most spoken language. Similar to Japan, Guatemala is prone to earthquakes and other disaster risks such as heavy rains due to hurricanes, landslides, and volcanic disasters. Japan, which is also a volcanic country, read more

armourEDGE protection for wind turbine blades
09.10.2021 INEOS Styrolution and Edge Solutions dedicated to the optimisation of wind energy generation, announced the development of armourEDGE protection for wind turbine blades based on a customised version of INEOS Styrolution's Luran SC material. 'Leading edge erosion' is a serious issue with large commercial wind turbine blades. It is caused by environmental impacts including rain, hail, ice, salt and UV. Such damage of the blade surface leads to increased drag and ultimately to reduced energy production. It also drives operating cost up due to increased maintenance, read more

Engineering, on-site services and DokaMT – the overall package scores
30.09.2021 Construction is underway on a tunnel as part of a bypass to relieve traffic for communities in Toggenburg in Switzerland. For Doka's formwork experts the conditions of this particular project have been a baptism of fire for their new, rentable Tunnel system DokaMT. At the entrance to the tunnel, between bench and calotte, like something out of Star Wars, it immediately catches one's eye – the Tunnel system DokaMT; a preconfigured formwork traveller, with vibrator, concrete placing boom, pipework and filler necks; including carpenter-friendly bottom read more

Komatsu WE-series wheel loader with Generation 3 hybrid technology
30.09.2021 For mine operators with a focus on sustainable operation, Komatsu's new WE1850-3 wheel loader, part of the new Generation 3 series, is a versatile loading tool that can be used for main line production and shovel backup as well as cleanup and ramp building. Komatsu is rebranding all of its hybrid wheel loader products, as part of its ongoing process to integrate its legacy brands into One Komatsu. This rebranding transitions legacy brands, such as the P&H L1150, P&H L1350, P&H L1850 and P&H L2350 loaders to Komatsu. read more

InsulPure Fiberglass Building Insulation
30.09.2021 CertainTeed broadens its collection of high-performance insulation products with the introduction of InsulPure Fiberglass Building Insulation. With a newer, more efficient fiberglass binder formula, InsulPure offers better performance and increased quality with the same dependable ease of installation that CertainTeed aims for in all its building products. Lightweight and easy to cut and handle, InsulPure is virtually effortless to place. It recovers quickly and returns to full shape after shipment, and it offers improved rigidity to help the insulation stay in read more

Smartest university campus in the world
30.09.2021 The University of Birmingham, in partnership with Siemens, is combining digital sensor and analytics technologies, artificial intelligence, decentralized energy generation and storage, renewable energy and concepts that help change users' behaviour to transform the university's Edgbaston and Dubai campuses into the world's smartest global campus, creating a 'Living Lab' where research, teaching and learning all benefit from access to new data and connectivity. The 'Living Lab' will capture data from the university's building technologies, read more

Signify new easy-to-use WiZ smart lighting products
30.09.2021 Signify announced a new range of WiZ smart lighting products for daily convenience. With WiZ's ecosystem and newest product range — consisting of smart table lamps, ceiling lamps, and accessories — it's easier than ever to make your home all connected with smart lighting. The new products are available from September 1, 2021 onwards. Want to transform stark corners into cozy reading nooks? The new WiZ Hero is a compact, versatile table lamp that can create the prefect ambience for you to read, work or relax, with one simple tap. read more

exhibitions and other events

EXPO REAL 2021: new start successful
14.10.2021 It was the first EXPO REAL under COVID-19 conditions. From October 11 to 13, 2021, the real estate industry came together at the most important European industry meeting in Munich—and the great joy over the reunion could be felt. The participants particularly appreciated the many, high-quality contacts. The hottest topics were the challenges posed by the coronavirus, climate change and digitalization. "In all exhibition halls, you sense the atmosphere of confidence. 1,198 exhibitors and over 19,200 participants made intensive use of the three days at EXPO REAL to drive future projects, gather information and maintain their networks, " explains Klaus Dittrich, CEO of Messe München. read more

Messe Frankfurt restructures its Textile Business Unit with personnel changes for the Texpertise Network
14.10.2021 With its Texpertise Network, Messe Frankfurt leads the world market in events for apparel fabrics, fashion, home textiles, technical textiles and textile processing. Now, there have been a number of personnel changes in the business unit, a division of Messe Frankfurt that includes the Frankfurt Fashion Week and is headed by Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies. read more

Digitalisation, infrastructure expansion and the pandemic: upheaval in the planning and construction sector
22.09.2021 From planning and building to the operating phase, numerous people work together over the life cycle of a construction project. Throughout, digital technologies have an enormous potential for exactly coordinated timing, improved quality assurance and cost reductions. Building information modelling (BIM) depicts the complete life cycle of a construction project: from the design and planning of a 3D model, via construction and operation, to final demolition. Thanks to the model, everyone involved in the project has access to digital plans, control of the various processes involved and extensive databases. read more

Exponatec Cologne – International trade fair for museums, conservation and cultural heritage
16.09.2021 The trade world will once again finally meet in Cologne in the autumn of 2021 for the 10th edition of Exponatec Cologne. The years 2020 and 2021 have confronted cultural institutions and their partners with unprecedented challenges: the cultural institutions remain closed in many places, exhibitions have had to be postponed or transferred to the digital realm, as is also the case with academic teaching and training. Nonetheless, time does not stand still in the culture and training institutions. Restoration and conservation projects, for example, are being tirelessly advanced, if also under more difficult conditions. Many museums are thus using the time with few visitors to restructure collections, carry out upkeep work or undertake renovations. read more

industry news

Iberdrola to electrify Leroy Merlin shop car parks in Spain
22.09.2021 Iberdrola and Leroy Merlin join forces to promote sustainable mobility. The energy company will be responsible for installing charge points for electric cars in the car parks of all the shops of the leading home improvement company in Spain, which can be used by its customers, employees and suppliers. The installation of the chargers will begin in Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia and each shop will have at least four spaces with charge points, which will include fast chargers of between 50 kW and 350 kW for recharging in approximately 15 to 30 minutes with 100% green energy from renewable sources and with Guarantee of Origin (GoO) certificates. read more

Management appointment BAM Nuttall
16.09.2021 The Executive Board of Royal BAM Group nv has appointed Ian Parish as Interim Managing Director of BAM Nuttall Ltd, effective 1 October 2021. Ian Parish rejoined BAM Nuttall in 2020 as Managing Director, Major Projects, and has more than 37 years combined experience during his three periods with the company. read more

Bouygues Construction builds an innovative sustainable neighbourhood in Geneva, Switzerland
16.09.2021 Losinger Marazzi, the Swiss subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, has finalised its proposal to build a highly innovative complex for the Petit-Saconnex retirement home in Geneva, Switzerland, involving extensions, elevations, construction and the demolition of existing buildings. read more

Skanska builds 121 apartments in Bærum, Norway
09.09.2021 Skanska has signed an agreement with OBOS to build 121 apartments in Bærum, Norway. The contract is worth approximately NOK 480M, about SEK 475M, which will be included in the Nordic order bookings for the third quarter of 2021. The project is a pilot in The FutureBuild program in Norway and has high environmental ambitions. There will be high use of eco-friendly solutions that consume little energy and leave as small climate footprint as possible (e.g. low carbon concrete). The overall goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by between 30 and 50 percent. read more

Amélie Quidor is appointed Bouygues Construction’s Director of Human Ressources
09.09.2021 Amélie Quidor has been named Director of Human Resources at Bouygues Construction, and in this capacity she will join the Executive Committee. Providing support for the transformation of Bouygues Construction, her mission will consist of implementing a responsible and attractive HR policy that is unequivocally open to change, read more

London Gatwick Airport: waiver agreement on financial covenants
09.09.2021 In August 2021, London Gatwick Airport, a 50.01%-owned subsidiary of Vinci Airports, entered discussions with its lenders with a view to obtaining a temporary waiver of financial covenants – relating to £2.8 billion of reference net debt (Senior Net Debt) at end-June 2021 – and to amending certain terms of those covenants. read more

BAM sells German building company BAM Deutschland to Zech Group and Gustav Zech Foundation
09.09.2021 Royal BAM Group nv has reached agreement to sell the shares of its German operating company BAM Deutschland (including subsidiaries BAM Immobilien-Dienstleistungen and BAM Sports) to Zech Group SE and Gustav Zech Foundation. The transaction, which is subject to approval of the competition authorities, is expected to close in October. read more

Iberdrola signs land lease agreement for Baltic Eagle operations building
01.09.2021 Iberdrola and the port of Sassnitz (Fährhafen Sassnitz GmbH) have signed the lease agreement for the new operations and maintenance building that will serve the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm, at a ceremony chaired by the Prime Minister of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig. The agreement delivers another important milestone in the offshore wind farm construction schedule. During the event, Iris Stempfle, Managing Director of Iberdrola Renovables Deutschland GmbH, also announced that, on 1st September, the company will submit a bid for the construction of "Windanker", a new offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. read more

CIMIC's UGL secures contract for Auckland Rail
01.09.2021 CIMIC Group's UGL has secured a contract for the operations of the Auckland passenger rail network in New Zealand. The contract will generate revenue to UGL of more than NZ$600 million over an initial term of eight years. read more

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