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Manitowoc in China launches largest Potain topless tower crane
31.01.2023 Manitowoc has announced the launch of the Potain MCT 1005 M50, the largest topless tower crane to be manufactured at its Zhangjiagang facility in China. Designed for use in emerging markets and Southeast Asia, and boasting a huge 50 t capacity, the crane is available with a choice of three counterjib options that will further enhance its seamless integration into confined jobsites. The MCT 1005 M50 allows for the handling of an impressive 8 t at the end of its maximum 80 m jib, which is configured from 11 sections of either 5 m or 10 m in length. read more

Quality control for highly energy-efficient refurbishments
31.01.2023 The EU project outPHit has now made three concepts for quality assurance in renovations available. The aim is for retrofits to reliably achieve a high level of energy efficiency. The three concepts cover the entire refurbishment process: from planning through preparation for execution to verification of actual energy consumption upon completion. The concepts will be presented in a webinar on 19 January 2023. The energy efficiency of refurbishment projects is typically only independently certified upon completion. Yet the success of such projects can read more

EU wind installations up by a third
29.01.2023 The EU installed 15 gigawatts (GW) of new wind farms in 2022. That's one third more than 2021. This increase in new installations is an encouraging result given the overlapping challenges the industry faced in 2022. And the 15 GW installed are an important contribution to strengthening Europe's energy security ahead of next winter. But Europe must continue to simplify permitting and invest heavily in its wind energy supply chain to deliver its energy and climate targets. The EU installed 15 GW of new wind farms in 2022. That's a third more than 2021. read more

Digitalized aspirating smoke detectors suited for large protection areas
29.01.2023 Siemens has introduced two new aspirating smoke detectors (ASD), FDA261 and FDA262, catering to particularly challenging fire safety installations that extend over wide areas, such as large data centers, e-commerce warehouses, or industrial manufacturing sites. A single device can cover up to 6,700 m2, currently the largest coverage area available on the market. Even for Class A installations with the highest sensitivity requirements, up to 2,000 m2 of detection coverage is feasible with a single ASD+ detector. read more

First fully hydraulic tunnel formwork carriage with caterpillar drive
29.01.2023 The A26 project is one of the most important infrastructure projects in the Austrian city of Linz and the surrounding area with the goal to ease congestion on its urban transport network. The key to success during the project implementation stage was a PERI engineering solution that was innovative, safe and efficient in equal measure, coupled with comprehensive project support. The highlight: The first fully hydraulic tunnel formwork carriage with a caterpillar drive in Austria. Tunnel construction work to the north and south of the Danube for the access and read more

Broadband operators urged to use existing infrastructure to connect flats
25.01.2023 Broadband operators have been advised to use existing infrastructure when installing ultra-fast broadband to flats following a change to UK Law. According to InCoax Networks, this is a crucial opportunity to use existing coaxial infrastructure when responding to a tenant's request to upgrade their broadband connection. Millions of UK tenants will no longer be prevented from receiving a broadband upgrade due to the silence of their landlords, following the enforcement of the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Act (TILPA). read more

Hexagon opens advanced heavy construction test site
07.01.2023 Hexagon's Geosystems division announced the opening of its newly enhanced test site where customers, partners and employees will be able to experience the company's heavy construction solutions in a real-world environment. The "T-Site" is located at Hexagon's machine control facility in Odense, Denmark. Demonstration sites are a great way for customers and employees to assess and test new technology under real-life conditions. The new testing ground synthesises research and cutting-edge product development into an experiential read more

John Deere Debuts Next Phase of Performance Tiering Excavators
07.01.2023 Aimed to deliver a range of products at different levels of capability and user experience, John Deere debuts its latest P-Tier and G-Tier excavator models to its portfolio of mid-size machines As part of its Performance Tiering Strategy, John Deere has added the 135, 210, 245, 250, 300 and 345 models to its lineup of P-Tier excavators. In addition, John Deere is introducing a brand-new model to its family of G-Tier excavators: the 200 G-Tier. Every job site is different, and our customers want excavator options that can be personalized by performance, read more

New 18V Cordless MultiVolt Drywall Cut Out Tool - from Metabo HPT
26.12.2022 Metabo HPT announced the launch of the new 18V Cordless Brushless Drywall Cut Out Tool (model M18DYAQ4) that offers drywallers, remodelers, and general contractors a high capacity, powerful, fast, light, and ultra slim grip tool for their needs. This cordless drywall cut out tool is part of the expanding MultiVolt System of 18V and 36V power tools from Metabo HPT. As an 18V bare tool, the user can go lighter by using a compact 18V battery or go longer with the flexible 18V/36V MultiVolt battery to double runtime per charge* for more power on the GO. read more

exhibitions and other events

GWEC will be hosting the Global Markets Theatre in Copenhagen
26.01.2023 WindEurope's annual event, which this year is in Copenhagen, begins on 25 April. At this year's conference, WindEurope will be looking at how to deliver a rapid buildout of wind and exploring how to tackle the major obstacles to delivering REPowerEU on the ground to ensure wind is on the path to growth. read more

Construction proves to be robust in the medium term
26.01.2023 The ifo Institute presented the results of the industry outlook for the German and European construction sector in the period up to 2025 during the BAU consultations. BAU, the world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, will take place in Munich from April 17 to 22, 2023. Increasing construction loan interest, high realization costs and economic slowdown—there are many challenges facing the construction industry. How will the situation develop for manufacturers and providers of materials and systems in the construction sector in the medium term? read more

Nigerian president inaugurates Lekki Deep Sea Port
25.01.2023 President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday officially inaugurated the Lekki Deep Sea Port located in Itoke village, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos. As part of the ceremony, the cargo ship Mozart, owned by French shipping company CMA CGM, unloaded its containers. read more

Pritzker Prize Laureate Arata Isozaki Passes Away at the Age of 91
02.01.2023 2019 Pritzker Prize laureate Arata Isozaki passed away this Thursday, December 29, at the age of 91, as reported by the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. His prolific and varied career of more than 100 built projects on virtually every continent is now a reminder of his life dedicated to architecture. Considered the first Japanese architect to develop his work on a truly global scale, Isozaki took special care to respond to the specific requirements of each project, expanding the heterogeneity of his work and resulting in a variety of styles ranging from vernacular to high-tech. read more

industry news

Indonesia set to begin construction on new capital in Q2
27.01.2023 Indonesia expects to begin construction in the second quarter on apartments worth $2.7 billion for thousands of civil servants due to move to its new capital city on Borneo island, Reuters said. read more

BAM takes big step with new sustainability strategy
23.01.2023 Ambitious, transparent and realistic. That characterises Royal BAM Group's new sustainability strategy. BAM sees this sustainability strategy as a crucial addition to its 'Building a sustainable tomorrow' strategy, because the company believes there is only a future if it continues to build and maintain sustainably. The strategy is also crucial for its clients and society to be able meet sustainability challenges together. The company is launching ambitious targets, aiming to become an industry leader. read more

KCAP, Kraaijvanger Architects transform iconic Stationspostgebouw The Hague
23.01.2023 KCAP and Kraaijvanger Architects transformed the Stationspostgebouw, a former postal sorting centre next to the Hollands Spoor train station in The Hague, into a sustainable and social work environment for the 21st century while respecting the original architecture. Renovation of the national monument was commissioned by LIFE, SENS real estate and PostNL, the national postal service and former occupant. The building is home once again to PostNL, now serving as its headquarters. read more

The Kaiserslautern ACC battery cell plant is now legally and technically separate from the Opel site
23.01.2023 It has been clear for almost two years that one of Europe's largest factories for battery cells and modules to be installed in electric cars is being built in western Kaiserslautern. In the first few months of 2020, prominent politicians such as the then Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier and the Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate Malu Dreyer were in each other's hands read more

Skanska builds multi-family houses and premises in Kristianstad
18.01.2023 Skanska has signed an agreement with AB Kristianstadsbyggen to build six multi-family buildings with 137 apartments and three premises in Östermalms Park, Kristianstad, Sweden. The agreement is worth about SEK 380 million, which will be included in the order bookings for Skanska Sweden in the first quarter of 2023. The construction project is the second stage of a strategic partnership between Skanska and AB Kristianstadsbyggen to transform the old hospital area into an attractive new district with housing and a park. read more

Webuild Group wins highway contract in Florida, USA
18.01.2023 The Webuild Group's U.S. subsidiary Lane has won a $218-million (more than €202 million) contract to increase the capacity and improve the safety at an interchange at Interstate 4 (I-4) and Sand Lake Road (State Road 482) in Orange County, Florida. The interchange is part of the county's corridor connecting tourist attractions such as Universal Studios Orlando, International Drive, Sea World, and Walt Disney World. Improvements to the interchange will contribute to the local economy by easing traffic flow, cutting travel times and reducing excess emissions of CO2. read more

Foster + Partners completes first office tower in Suhewan, Shanghai
18.01.2023 Foster + Partners has completed the first office tower in the newly regenerated Suhewan area of Shanghai. The Suhe Centre for China Resources Land forms the centrepiece of the Suhewan East Urban Complex, which introduces a rich mix of functions to the predominantly residential area. The 200 metre, 42-storey signature tower is part of the city's vision to draw development towards the eastern quarter. The Suhe Centre has obtained LEED Platinum certification and has a Green Building 2 Star rating. read more

The 18 best architect firms invited to submit proposals for Sarasota Performing Arts Center
04.01.2023 Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles was designed by architect Frank Gehry, whose firm is one of 18 invited to submit proposals for the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center. The companies selected include Adjaye Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Foster + Partners, Gehry Partners, Henning Larsen, Renzo Piano, Safdie Architects, Saana, Shigeru Ban, Snøhetta, Steven Holl Architects, Studio Gang and Zaha Hadid Architects. read more

"Lilia" TBM ready for mechanical excavation in one of the two longest sections of Brenner Base Tunnel
02.01.2023 The TBM named "Lilia" is ready to start mechanically excavating one of the longest sections of the main tunnels of the Brenner Base Tunnel on Austrian territory, after having successfully completed the Factory Acceptance Test, the final customary test, at the Herrenknecht workshops at Schwanau, in Germany. It is one of the two TBMs (Tunnel Boring Machines) that will be used to build Lot H41 Gola del Sill-Pfons. With its twin sister "Ida", with a cutting-head over 10 metres in diameter, it will face approximately 8.2 km separating the assembly cavern, at the southern end of the lot. read more

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