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Germany´s first printed house officially openend
31.07.2021 Weißenhorn/Beckum. Germany's first printed house is ready for occupancy. Today, the single-family house printed by PERI using a COBOD BOD2 printer was officially opened in Beckum, North Rhine-Westphalia, by Ina Scharrenbach, Minister for Home, Municipal Affairs, Construction and Equality of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia subsidized the project as part of its "Innovative Building" funding program. "The three Ds - digital, dynamic, print-ready - have been implemented in Beckum. With the first 3-D printed read more

UV-C helps Dutch theaters to reopen with peace of mind
31.07.2021 Signify is helping theater goers in the Netherlands to again do what they love most: view top performances in some of the nation's most renowned theaters. Signify is equipping Royal Theater Carré in the center of Amsterdam and Theater De Ruchte in Someren with almost 100 Philips UV-C disinfection upper air luminaires. The Netherlands is gradually lifting COVID-19-related lockdown measures, including reopening of cultural venues to the general public, while still taking the 1.5-meters guidance into account. By installing UV-C disinfection read more

New 3D machine control solution for backhoe loaders
31.07.2021 Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, announced a new collaboration with Huddig AB, a Swedish manufacturer of backhoes, to offer 3D machine control solution for Huddig backhoe loaders. For over 60 years, Huddig has supplied versatile and agile backhoes specialised for city, cable, and rail projects, performing the same job as three other machines with only one operator. Huddig backhoe loaders can replace larger traditional machines on a heavy construction site and are built for the harsh Scandinavian climate. read more

Air conditioning upgrade and new UPS room at a data centre in Wales
31.07.2021 Secure I.T. Environments Ltd announced the completion of a new UPS room, Air Handling Unit (AHU) and air conditioning upgrade at Principality Building Society in Cardiff, Wales – A mutual building society with over 500,000 members and 160 years' experience. With existing AHU and sensing equipment approaching end of life, Principality wanted to upgrade to equipment that would offer improved efficiency and resilience for the decade ahead. A phased approach was adopted, with the individual removal and replacement of each of the four AHUs. read more

Fully approved 3D-printed house project in the USA
10.07.2021 PERI prints the first residential building in the USA in Tempe (Arizona). After the first two printed residential buildings in Germany, which PERI realised at the end of 2020, this is another important step in the market development of this new technology for the Bavarian family-owned company. It is one of the first 3D-printed housing projects in the USA to date that has fully and successfully passed all regulatory approval processes. PERI is printing a single-storey detached house with approx. 160 m² of living space in Tempe. The total printing time is estimated at around two weeks. read more

MultiVolt System of Cordless Power Tools Where Versatility Is Key
10.07.2021 The Pro Preferred Brand of Pneumatic Nailers, Metabo HPT, presented the expansion of the MultiVolt System that finally gives users the added versatility they want in cordless tools! Go with 18V cordless tools and nailers for everyday trade applications using a lightweight 18V battery OR double the runtime and go longer with the universally compatible 18V/36V MultiVolt battery. Go for the most power with Metabo HPT's 36V cordless tools and nailers. Amp up with the MultiVolt battery or attach the unique AC Adapter (ET36A) for all day runtime in 36V tools, read more

Doka invests in production of the future
09.07.2021 The new powder coating plant is one of the most modern plants of its kind in Europe and one of the largest production investments Doka has made in decades. The plant also confirms Doka's clear commitment to environmentally friendly industrial production based on state-of-the-art digital technologies and to meeting its customers' needs: soon all frames from the Framax product range can be powder coated quickly and flexibly in a wide range of colours. In early June, Doka commissioned the new powder coating plant in St. Martin, close to the company's corporate headquarters read more

Wind-based electrification will drive Europe to net zero
09.07.2021 Electrification is the most cost-effective way to decarbonise Europe's economy according to a report from ETIPWind and WindEurope. Wind energy will lead the process: the EU sees it being half of Europe's electricity by 2050. With the right investments in grids and technology, the combined rate of direct and indirect electrification will be 75% of Europe's energy demand. And with further cost reductions in wind energy, a net-zero energy system will cost no more than our energy system costs today. read more

Industry’s Only 36V MultiVolt Cordless Metal Connector Nailer
09.07.2021 The Pro Preferred Brand of Pneumatic Nailers*, Metabo HPT announced the newest addition to its cordless nailer lineup with the 36V MultiVolt Cordless Metal Connector Nailer (model NR3665DA). This brushless nailer is engineered specifically for installing joist hangers and metal connectors to wood by using the Strap-Tite Probe Tip for precise placement of every nail, while offering the freedom and efficiency of being able to work cordless on any residential framing jobsite. It can easily drive 900 nails per charge** while delivering the "feel" of read more

exhibitions and other events

Expo Real: broad-based confidence
22.07.2021 Expo Real points the way to new beginnings: from October 11 to 13, 2021, the real estate industry will come together face to face in Munich again. A sophisticated protection and hygiene concept ensures that participants can experience a safe trade show in the five halls. The successful pilot trade fair TrendSet showed how much the personal exchange is coveted. "The importance of Expo Real as an international trade fair for property and investment is unbroken. We witness a huge demand for face-to-face encounters and have taken every precaution to ensure a safe stay for everyone involved, " read more

Stone+tec: New organizer in Nuremberg
08.07.2021 Positive outlook for the natural stone industry in Europe: After a lengthy break, the industry platform Stone+tec will finally be held once again, and in its customary location in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg. With one change, however: Stone+tec will no longer be organized by NürnbergMesse but by AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH. AFAG will advise the exact dates for the trade fair in the near future. read more

Solid Main Award Digital & BIM for A10/A24
28.06.2021 HABAU Ges.mbH and Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG were awarded the main prize in the Digital & BIM category of the Solid BautechPreis Austria 2021 for the A10/A24 availability model project. Together with the partners of the Arge Havellandautobahn, Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau is constructing a total of around 64 kilometres of motorway between the Pankow interchange and the Neuruppin junction while the motorway remains in operation. The complexity of the PPP project in terms of structure, the communication as a private public partnership, the use of BIM and the further development together with the client tipped the scales for the award. read more

Messe München is restructuring its corporate communications organization as it reopens its trade-fair business in Bavaria
28.06.2021 The internal restructuring will integrate corporate communications even more closely into the company's strategy. Before the restructuring was initiated, Dr. Holger Feist, Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), oversaw company growth, organization, controlling, market research and business development. He is now adding the development of an innovation unit and the Central Division of Corporate Marketing & Communications to his areas of responsibility. Feist, who also serves as Chairman of Marketing Committee of the global association of the exhibition industry UFI, will become the company's Chief Spokesman as well. read more

industry news

Ventia awarded significant long-term primary maintenance master contract
20.07.2021 The following media release is issued today by Ventia; a 50/50 investment partnership between CIMIC and its co-investor. Essential infrastructure services provider Ventia Australia Pty Ltd has confirmed it has been awarded a significant, long-term maintenance master contract with Chevron Australia for works in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. read more

Iberdrola awards fabrication of Baltic Eagle foundations to EEW SPC and Windar
15.07.2021 Iberdrola has finalised the procurement process for Baltic Eagle with the award of the project's last key contract, the manufacturing of offshore foundations, to EEW SPC and Windar. read more

Building and Construction Industry Sees 40% Spike in Unplanned Absence throughout June
08.07.2021 Data from global absence management provider, Edays has revealed that the building and construction industry has seen a spike of 40% in unplanned absence throughout the month of June when compared to the preceding four months of the year. read more

Ferrovial Construction Awarded Norwich Western Link Project
28.06.2021 Ferrovial Construction has been awarded the contract to design and build the Norwich Western Link by Norfolk County Council. read more

Vinci Construction hands over the renovated buildings for La Samaritaine
24.06.2021 Petit, a Vinci Construction France subsidiary, handed over the La Samaritaine renovated buildings, a well-known Parisian landmark established in 1870 by Ernest Cognacq, to the LVMH group. The works began in 2015 and up to 700 employees daily, including experts in listed heritage renovation, were involved. The project encompassed stores 2 and 4, which are between the river Seine and rue de Rivoli, in Paris's 1st arrondissement. This 70,000 sq. metre operation involved a full revamp and the complex now houses the La Samaritaine Paris Pont-Neuf department store read more

Vinci will upgrade a major road link in Australia
20.05.2021 Seymour Whyte, a Vinci Construction subsidiary based in Australia, has won a road upgrade contract for one of the main routes through south-east Melbourne's fast-growing Dandenong South area, worth €86 million (A$134 million). The project aims at reducing traffic pressure by connecting South Gippsland Highway to Abbotts Road to improve access in and around the Dandenong South employment hub and therefore enhance productivity of the industrial precinct. The contract includes widening Pound Road West and Remington Drive from two to four lanes over 2km and building a new bridge over the Cranbourne rail line to connect Pound Road West and Remington Drive, read more

Iberdrola is looking for collaborative solutions to combine agriculture and livestock farming in photovoltaic plants
13.05.2021 Iberdrola takes another step forward in its commitment to preserve the biodiversity of the surroundings of its renewable energy projects. To this end, the company has launched a new challenge - through its international start-up programme PERSEO - to identify competitive and innovative solutions to combine solar photovoltaic generation plants with activities related to agriculture, horticulture, livestock raising, fish farming and beekeeping, in order to improve the use of the land. read more

Vinci Energies to build electricity infrastructures in Benin
28.04.2021 Vinci Energies has signed a contract worth €292 million with the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Benin for the construction of electricity transmission and distribution infrastructures. Its financing is supported by the French authorities. Overall, the works will involve more than 900 people and will last for three years. They cover the construction of 500 km of extra-high and high voltage overhead and underground power lines, more than 1,000 km of medium and low voltage distribution networks read more

Wallbox joins forces with Iberdrola for 100 % renewable energy consumption in its new factory and offices in Barcelona
23.04.2021 Wallbox and Iberdrola have signed a long-term on-site) Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to produce, consume and reuse 100 % of the energy produced at its plant and offices in Barcelona's Zona Franca. Iberdrola's investment in the photovoltaic installation will allow Wallbox to make savings in the production and consumption of green energy from day one. In this way, the energy company continues to highlight the competitiveness of renewables through bilateral contracts that promote energy supply at competitive and stable prices with large customers committed to sustainable consumption. read more

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