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Industry’s 1st Cordless Plunge Router
09.12.2022 Metabo HPT announced the launch of the tool body only model for the Industry's First Cordless Plunge Router that offers complete freedom to tackle woodworking jobs on the GO! The 36V MultiVolt ½" Plunge Router (Tool Body Only) model M3612DAQ4 is part of the expanding MultiVolt System of power tools from Metabo HPT. It accepts any MultiVolt battery for extreme power and runtime AND accepts the unique AC Adapter (model ET36A) to plug in for all day runtime offering ultimate versatility and extending battery life. It's backed by Metabo HPT's read more

New OSLON P1616 LEDs with new camera-optimized emitters
09.12.2022 ams OSRAM extended its OSLON P1616 family of small, high-power infrared LEDs, launching emitters which produce a field of illumination optimized for the square or rectangular field of view (FoV) of IR cameras. The OSLON P1616 products, which have a footprint of 1.6mm x 1.6mm, are among the industry's smallest high-power IR LEDs. The new products have a low profile which makes them ideal for use in the face recognition camera system mounted in the thin bezel of a laptop computer, or in smart doorbells. read more

New 18V MultiVolt Cordless 2,000 Lumen LED Work Light from Metabo HPT
09.12.2022 GO illuminate your life with Metabo HPT's latest addition to the MultiVolt System that gives users the added versatility they want in cordless tools. The 18V MultiVolt 2,000 Lumen LED Work Light (model UB18DBQ4) is perfect for use on the jobsite to brighten targeted areas or around the home or campground when extra light is needed. With an IP54 rating, neither water nor dust will keep you in the dark - despite the weather. As an 18V bare tool, the user can decide to GO lighter by using an 18V battery or GO longer with the flexible read more

New copolymer resin for PV connectors
25.11.2022 SABIC launched a breakthrough polycarbonate (PC)-based copolymer resin, well-suited for photovoltaic (PV) connector bodies, that meets stricter performance and regulatory requirements for emerging 1.5Kv solar systems. The new LNP EXL9334P copolymer resin achieves the highest comparative tracking index (CTI) level (UL PLC0) and IEC as Material Group 1 (IEC MG 1). It also delivers low-temperature ductility, good dimension stability, excellent heat resistance, good durability and weather resistance and flame retardance. read more

New high-sensitivity three-channel CMOS sensor
25.11.2022 ams OSRAM has introduced a three-channel UV-A/B/C sensor, the AS7331, which brings UV dosage and exposure monitoring within reach of cost-sensitive devices for home use. The AS7331 is the first CMOS sensor from ams OSRAM to measure radiation at UV-C as well as UV-A and UV-B wavelengths. The AS7331, which is aimed at the consumer and industrial markets, offers very high sensitivity and high dynamic range. Customers also benefit from the cost efficiency of CMOS device fabrication. High sensitivity of up to 421 counts/(µW/cm2) in the read more

Philips Ultra Efficient range expands into luminaires
24.11.2022 Signify will help customers manage their energy expenditure with a new range of Ultra Efficient lights and, for the first time, Ultra Efficient integrated luminaires. The new, more diverse product range offers customers even more opportunities to integrate the most efficient energy-saving LED lighting into their homes. The new lights and luminaires join the Ultra Efficient A-class Philips LED bulb, which was the first light bulb to meet the new A-class standard in Europe in 2021. At a time of raised public awareness of energy costs, these lights consume at least 50% read more

Alliance formed to implement new road-laying technology
24.11.2022 Hanson Contracting and Leica Geosystems have formed a strategic alliance to improve road construction and maintenance safety, quality and efficiency through the use of the latest technology. The two companies are working together to share knowledge and experience to enhance the adoption of modern road construction methods. Together with key clients, they are working towards creating a connected and autonomous construction site. Hanson Contracting will look to integrate Leica Geosystems' 3D machine control solution on both read more

New BricsCAD Version 23 and updated Bricsys 24/7
11.11.2022 Bricsys held its annual Digital Summit to showcase the launch of the new BricsCAD Version 23 and the updated Bricsys 24/7. The new release of BricsCAD Version 23 for the Bricsys computer aided design (CAD) product family, available to watch [], has added more intuitive, AI-driven CAD tools for design, construction, engineering, and manufacturing workflows. At the Digital Summit, the teams from Bricsys addressed the challenges for design, construction and engineering professionals to invest in business and read more

Technology-neutral connected streetlight platform
29.10.2022 Telensa, now a Signify company, announced the launch of its new 'hybrid' network architecture from which its connected streetlight solutions will be supported. Telensa enhances its UNB radio technology network with cellular connectivity to offer customers a highly versatile solution supported from a single management system and user interface. Telensa's hybrid approach meets the demands of different applications, service levels and network architectures. Customers no longer need to compromise by being forced to select a single technology for read more

exhibitions and other events

Laos: All systems go for construction of logistics park project in Vientiane
29.11.2022 Construction of the logistics park, a central component of the Thanaleng Dry Port and Vientiane Logistics Park Project, has begun following an official groundbreaking ceremony on Friday (Nov 25). read more

BAU 2023: Solutions for environment- and climate-conscious construction
24.11.2022 Across all its exhibition areas, BAU, the world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems that will be held from April 17 to 22, 2023, offers solutions for the energy refurbishment of buildings, as well as for their robust implementation through solid constructions and components. The presentations by the exhibitors will be supplemented by talks on the main topic "The challenge of climate change". Climate change affects all sectors of the economy, especially the construction industry in two regards. On the one hand, it must find solutions to make buildings and cities more resilient. On the other, it is required for the energy transition, which is to achieve climate neutrality by 2045. read more

Euroconstruct predicts that construction output growth will drop to 0% in 2024 across Europe
24.11.2022 New economic data points to a difficult two years for construction across Europe, with growth forecasts dropping to 0.2% in 2023 and a flat 0% in 2024 compared to 2% previously. Despite a more positive 2022 with 3.0% growth expected, construction output is likely to be weaker than previously thought, read more

MVRDV launches a new software to help reimagine Rotterdam’s rooftops
21.11.2022 At the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, MVRDV NEXT, Superworld, and the Municipality of Rotterdam presented RoofScape, a new software that provides a visualisation engine for Rotterdam's rooftops. Aimed at professionals and citizens alike, read more

industry news

Invesis presents their new sustainable prison, Poort van Dendermonde
08.12.2022 On 2 December 2022, the official inauguration of Dendermonde Prison in Belgium took place. Over the past two years, the Poort van Dendermonde consortium, consisting of lead partners Invesis, BAM Interbuild and BAM FM, worked hard to meet an ambitious deadline to create a prison centered around livability, sustainability and energy efficiency. Dendermonde prison was delivered according to the Master Plan 'Detention and internment in humane conditions', which was first approved in 2008 by the federal Council of Ministers. Every aspect of the project was specifically designed to assist the detainee with integrating back into society. read more

Vinci to acquire a motorway concessionaire in Brazil
05.12.2022 Vinci Highways, a Vinci Concessions subsidiary, announces signature of an agreement to acquire from the Patria fund a 55% majority stake in the Entrevias motorway concession, which crosses São Paulo State from north to south. The concession, with a remaining term of 25 years, includes two sections with a cumulative length of 570 km that recorded around 30 million transactions in 2021. The concession company is remunerated by collection of tolls (traffic risk concession). The contract covers: read more

Konsortium Gran to develop a “new cultural heart” in Helsinki
01.12.2022 Konsortium Gran, led by local K2S Architects and Gothenburg-based White Arkitekter, together with Swedish property consultant Niam, Danish engineer Ramboll and Finnish project manager Rakennuttajatoimisto HTJ, won the international quality and concept competition to develop Makasiiniranta in Helsinki with the proposal Saaret. The winner was presented during an event in Helsinki City Hall. Saaret was recognised as it respects the historical values and the cultural environment of the area as well as it will create a new unique layer to the national landscape. read more

China Harbour Engineering to build Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi
01.12.2022 AD Ports Group has signed a contract with China Harbour Engineering Company for the development of buildings and topside infrastructure for the cutting-edge CMA Terminals Khalifa Port, a joint venture owned by CMA CGM's subsidiary CMA Terminals (with a 70 percent stake) and AD Ports Group (30 percent stake). The agreement includes the development of the first net zero carbon administration building to be constructed for the joint venture, which is being developed in-line with the company's role as an official partner of World Green Building Council's Middle East & North Africa Regional Network. The award-winning administration building, read more

BMW Group to invest more than 2 billion euros in Hungarian Plant Debrecen by 2025
01.12.2022 The BMW Group is building a high-voltage battery assembly for the vehicles of the NEUE KLASSE at its site in Hungary. The battery assembly will be located on the site of the Debrecen vehicle plant, which started construction about six months ago. read more

CPB Contractors selected for major tunnelling projects in Sydney
29.11.2022 CIMIC Group's construction company CPB Contractors, in joint venture with John Holland and Ghella, has been selected by Sydney Metro to deliver the Sydney Metro West – Eastern Tunnelling Package. CPB Contractors is a 40 per cent joint venture partner delivering the $1.63 billion project. read more

Webuild: doors open to passengers on milan’s new m4 metro line
29.11.2022 With this opening, the public will be able to travel in a mere nine minutes the 5.4 kilometres between the Linate city airport and the Dateo station. This first section of an extremely complex engineering project is transforming the city and strengthening Milan's role in Europe. read more

Skanska Commercial Property Development divests Aqua in Malmö to internal property portfolio
24.11.2022 Skanska Commercial Property Development has divested the office building Aqua in Malmö, Sweden, to Skanska Investment Properties for about SEK 600M. The internal transaction has no effect on the cash flow and will be recorded in the fourth quarter 2022. The transfer will take place immediately. The office building Aqua in Malmö has a leasable area of approximately 9,900 square meters. The property, which is developed and built by Skanska, was completed in 2022 and is let to 94%. Among the tenants are the Swedish Transport Administration, Columbus, Axpo, Coolstuff, Agito, Nola and Aqua Sushi. read more

Laing O'Rourke invests in electric construction equipment
21.11.2022 Global engineering and construction company Laing O'Rourke has announced the acquisition of a series of electric plant and vehicles bound for local infrastructure projects. read more

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