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Complete Philips Hue range to be compatible with Matter
30.05.2021 Signify announced all existing and new Philips Hue smart lights and accessories will be compatible with Matter via a software update to the Hue Bridge. Matter (previously known as Project CHIP - Connected Home over IP) announced by the Connectivity Standards Alliance (formerly Zigbee Alliance) on May 11, is a new industry-unifying standard that enables smart devices to work together seamlessly. Philips Hue users will therefore benefit from greater interoperability — making organizing an innovative smart home easier than ever before. read more

Komatsu's expanded range of hydraulic breakers
30.05.2021 Breakers are a flexible and crucial attachment used for a wide variety of jobs, including tunneling, trenching, foundation removal, dredging, bridge demolition, quarry excavation, mining and more. To meet growing demand in North America, Komatsu is expanding its product line of hydraulic breakers. Designed and tested for compatibility with Komatsu excavators from the PC78 up to the PC490, the high-percussion efficiency and unique variable energy technology of these breakers are built to provide high production in multiple applications. read more

Manitowoc launches new carrier cab on four- and five-axle Grove cranes
29.05.2021 In December 2020, Manitowoc launched a new driver's cab on Grove three-axle all-terrain cranes. After the successful introduction of this new generation cab on the GMK3050-3, GMK3060-2 and GMK3060L-1, it is now being added to specific four- and five-axle GMK cranes up to 150 t capacity. The new cab is now available on the Grove GMK4090-1, GMK4100L-2, GMK5150-1 and GMK5150L-1 all-terrain cranes. The new carrier cab has a modern design, which meets the latest crash-test requirements in Europe and is ECE R29-3 approved. Crane operators benefit read more

Fresh, locally produced salads all year round
29.05.2021 More than 70% of the fruit and vegetables consumed in Sweden today are imported by truck, ship or plane from other countries. With the aim of making food production more sustainable, Swedish vertical farmer and salad producer Ljusgårda, plans to increase its production 20-fold and expand its cultivation capacity to produce at least 60 tons of salads a month, which is the equivalent of around 1 million bags. In April, the first batch of salads was harvested in the company's new premises – and already now, Ljusgårda can deliver significantly more read more

Simply flexible with MevaDec
29.05.2021 The new MevaDec generation stands out due to rapid reusability, simple handling, flexibility and optimised on-site material requirements. EMR Murer & Entreprenør A/S was convinced of these benefits during the construction of a parking deck. The slab of the single-storey parking deck presented a number of challenges due to the limited space in the built-up area in the suburbs of Copenhagen. With numerous columns and inclined walls, a labyrinthine floor plan and, in some cases, sloping surfaces, this project was an ideal candidate to put the new slab formwork read more

Quick and easy payback solutions with Philips TrueForce LED highbay
16.05.2021 Signify has introduced its new Philips TrueForce LED highbay universal lamps that are easy to install, save energy with low initial investment and are particularly suitable for industrial use, in warehouses, and retail areas. As such, LEDs can have a meaningful contribution to the European Green Deal and accelerate the adoption of more sustainable technologies. The lamp is the first universal HID replacement product in the market enabling installers to switch to LED without worrying about the type of installation or ballast, resulting in a fast and hassle free installation. read more

Komatsu’s PC5500-11 excavator delivers high productivity
16.05.2021 Surface mine operators need machines that deliver productivity and longevity. The robust steel structure and intelligent excavator solution of the Komatsu PC5500-11 is designed for precision, productivity and longevity. A rugged excavator weighing 533-552 mt (588-608 st) depending on configuration, the twin-engine PC5500-11 offers a combination of sturdy construction and advanced technology to match with 150-240 st trucks. With 179 sold and a total of 7,878,910 operating hours, the PC5500 has become one of the most popular hydraulic excavators with read more

3DNL - innovative 3D data product
15.05.2021 Hexagon's Geosystems division announced that Dutch company Cyclomedia uses HxDR, Hexagon's cloud-based visualisation and collaboration platform for geospatial data and services, to host 3DNL, a complete digital twin of the Netherlands. HxDR allows users to unlock the data within 3DNL and take advantage of HxDR's range of functions and features to explore and utilise 3DNL. Hexagon provided a wide range of technology that helped Cyclomedia to create 3DNL, the most realistic digital 3D geographic representation of the entire nation. read more

New Hostatint AU broadens architectural color palette
15.05.2021 Clariant's complete range of Hostatint AU aqueous pigment dispersions expands the color choice for exterior and interior architectural coatings. Giving North American and Latin American manufacturers the ability to offer the most expansive color palette possible. Created to meet industry color standards for point-of-sale and in-plant tinting systems, new low- VOC, APEO-free Hostatint AU vibrant colorants offer paint and coatings manufacturers of all sizes an economical way to broaden the color space and can be easily calibrated to any tint base or read more

exhibitions and other events

The Fundación Iberdrola España is launching its 2022 Social Programme
09.06.2021 The Fundación Iberdrola España announces its invitation to participate in its 2022 Social Programme, the aim of which is to assist in building a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable society committed to helping its most vulnerable members. This latest programme invites social entities to submit proposals that contribute to reducing inequalities and help to promote future opportunities for those groups at risk of social exclusion, with special emphasis on childhood, adolescence and women. read more

No European Coatings Show in autumn 2021 – next show in series scheduled for March 2023
09.06.2021 Vincentz Network, organizer of the European Coatings Show, and NürnbergMesse jointly inform that the leading exhibition for the international paint and coatings industry, previously scheduled for 14-16 September 2021, has been cancelled. The next European Coatings Show will take place according to its regular schedule from 28-30 March 2023. read more

Strong interest in digitalBAU
21.05.2021 With around nine months until the start of the event, numerous leading industry representatives have already confirmed their attendance to digitalBAU 2022. After its successful premiere last year, the meeting point for digitalization in the building industry is once again reporting strong interest. digitalBAU will address the various aspects of digital processes and solutions for the building industry from February 15 to 17, 2022 at the Cologne trade fair grounds. Because of the confirmation of key players at this point in time, Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München, is looking toward next February with confidence: read more

bauma to be postponed to October 2022
26.04.2021 bauma—the World's Leading Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles and Construction Equipment—is postponed to autumn 2022. That is the result of many discussions between Messe München and top industry representatives as well as the Advisory Board. New date is October 24–30, 2022. Considering the particularly long planning times for exhibitors and organizers at the world's largest trade show, the decision had to be made now. This provides exhibitors and visitors a secure planning basis for preparing the upcoming bauma. read more

industry news

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

Iberdrola wins wind turbine contract in Greece, including most powerful onshore wind turbine
01.04.2021 Iberdrola advances in the development of renewable projects in Greece, within the framework of its strategy to combat climate change. It has signed a 102 MW turbine supply contract for its Askio II, Askio III and Rokani wind farms. The Rokani project, in the Viotia region, will install three EnVentus V162-6.0 MW turbines, the most powerful onshore wind turbines in the market to be used for the first time in Greece. read more

BAM sells subsidiary BAM Swiss to Implenia
01.04.2021 Royal BAM Group nv has reached agreement to sell the shares of BAM Swiss AG (a subsidiary of BAM Deutschland AG) to Implenia AG. It is anticipated the transaction will close in May. Financial details of the transaction are not disclosed. read more

The Office Providers Discovers the Most Socially-Distanced Office…On Mars
01.04.2021 Office space search agency, The Office Providers, believes that they may have found the ultimate socially-distanced office location…on Mars. The Office Providers set off on the Perseverance Rover in July 2020 and landed 6 months later, a few weeks ago. read more

Hilltop Credit Partners completes £11.2m loan for redevelopment of Grade II listed hotel in Torquay, Devon
01.04.2021 Funds advised by Hilltop Credit Partners, a specialist funding partner for SME residential developers, have completed an £11.2m loan to Ascena Developments for the redevelopment of the historic, Grade II listed Bishop's Court hotel in Torquay, Devon. read more

Secure I.T. Environments extends relationship with University of Chichester
29.03.2021 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 extended its long-standing relationship with University of Chichester. A new multi-year maintenance read more

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