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Crushing the Old Method

When resisting change stunts your company’s growth, MB Crusher is the solution. Is using old methods the easy way out? Old methods feel comfortable and safer, save you hours of research, and appear to be cheaper on your budget. After using the method for years, you know the ins and the outs of the procedure and have a solution for its problems. Or are those tried and tested processes starting to cost you money? As jobs become more complex and bidding more competitive, could your unwillingness to discard outdated practices be harming your company’s growth? A simple way of keeping up with new and complex projects is to embrace the change you’ve been resisting and look for new methods or equipment that help get the job done and will give your company’s chances to grow and expand your

Introduction of Water-Resistant Paper Bags for The Australian Cement Industry

Mondi has partnered with Adelaide Brighton Cement and Pope Packaging on the development of a new water-resistant paper bag called ‘Rain Barrier,’ made out of Mondi’s Advantage Protect White sack kraft paper, for the Australian construction market. Standout characteristics include its water repellent surface and high

Cathodic protection goes wireless

Remote monitoring specialist Omniflex has launched iGAL, the world’s first battery powered instrument for remotely monitoring and testing galvanic cathodic protection (CP) installations wirelessly via the web. The new technology is designed to help asset managers monitor the corrosion of embedded metal structures while
Construction Machines & Vehicles

Mega Project Brenner Base Tunnel: First Milestone Achieved with Herrenknecht Tunnel Boring Machine

A first major step has been taken in the construction of the world's longest underground rail link with a length of twice 64 kilometers in total. On Monday, July 6, 2020, with the completion of the 16.7 km long exploratory tunnel, proud tunnelers at the Brenner Base Tunnel celebrated the first decisive breakthrough of a Herrenknecht tunnel boring machine. A key structure for sustainable trans-European freight and passenger transport is being built on the north-south axis from Helsinki to Valletta.

PHIL Introduces SSAB Hardox® Hiace Steels for Acidic Environments

Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc., a global leader in off-highway truck customization, introduces SSAB Hardox® HiAce steel for products operating in acidic environments. PHIL has used Hardox material exclusively in its range of custom products — including truck bodies, water tanks and trailers — since 1983. As technology has
Building Products & Equipment

Engineered Wood Products: The Best Choice for Use in Any Project

Engineered wood, also called man-made or composite wood, has become popular in construction as it is used as a substitute to hardwood and concrete. It is also used as an alternative to steel beams in many building projects. Thus, the global market for engineered wood, is expected to grow steadily in the forecast period. Engineered wood products are a good choice for use in construction as it they are made of recycled wood, thus serving as an environment friendly option. They are manufactured for years of trouble free and for dependable use. It helps to reduce waste by decreasing disposal costs and product damage. It is referred to as one of the best materials of choice for last few decades for residential and non-residential infrastructure due to its modern enhancement on a construction

Interior Architectural Coatings Market to Register A Burgeoning Growth

Interior architecture includes technically and scientifically managing the interior space of a building while considering several construction aspects, such as finishes, plumbing, lighting, materials, electrical requirements, and smart use of the available space. Architectural coatings typically consist of organic

Best Practices for Marble and Granite Protection

Marble and granite have been used for thousands of years in both interior and exterior applications. Their unique aspect and distinct shades make them choice material for prestigious architectural projects and they are extremely popular in the Middle East region. Both natural stones are significantly more expensive
Digital Construction Techs

GE Renewable Energy, COBOD and LafargeHolcim co-develop record-tall wind turbine towers with 3D-printed concrete bases

COBOD and LafargeHolcim announced today that they will partner to co-develop wind turbines with optimized 3D printed concrete bases, reaching record heights up to 200 meters. The three partners will undertake a multi-year collaboration to develop this innovative solution, which will increase renewable energy production while lowering the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and optimizing construction costs. The partners will produce ultimately a wind turbine prototype with a printed pedestal, and a production ready printer and materials range to scale up production. The first prototype, a 10-meter high tower pedestal, was successfully printed in October 2019 in Copenhagen. By exploring ways to economically develop taller towers that capture stronger winds, the three partners aim to generate

Leveraging Digital Twins from Concept to Operations in the Road Industry

Digital twins are becoming one of the most important technology trends for transportation infrastructure because of their potential to improve design, visually enhance collaboration, and increase asset reliability and performance. Digital twins can be considered the backbone of infrastructure decision-making as they
Interviews & Profiles

How the EU Is In Danger of Making Construction Less Productive

Proposed European data privacy laws could hinder the flow of data around construction sites. In this article Riccardo Viaggi, Secretary General of the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) talks about how the EU can be both a force for good and ill when it comes to boosting construction’s output. While other industries have radically modernized their processes, construction remains one of the most stagnant major industries in the world, still using many of the same methods first used in the 19th century. As a result, productivity is falling, the construction workforce is shrinking, and demand for construction continually outpaces supply. So how can legislation help boost productivity? That was the theme of questions asked of CECE Secretary General Riccardo Viaggi.
Security & Fire Protection

Australian Fire Testing Laboratory Achieves Additional NATA Accreditation

Exova Warringtonfire Aus Pty Limited has received additional accreditation from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), the national accreditation body for Australia, to perform a broad scope of fire testing. Exova Warringtonfire is part of the Exova Group, which was recently acquired by Element Materials Technology (Element) to create one, world-class global testing services partner. The Melbourne laboratory has been accredited by NATA for many years but following a rigorous assessment, its scope was recently extended to include nine more tests and methods. The new accreditations cover testing, classification and fire performance for external walls, cladding, facades, and building materials and products, and also an extension to include approvals for testing of

Security & Fire Protection in Factories

Fire Protection is the study of alleviating the unwanted effects of fire and its potentially destructive hazards. The design of buildings and infrastructures, provision of isolating fires, firewalls and doors, use of fire resistant materials in construction, fire detectors, fire alarms, and automatic fire sprinklers
Real Estate

KSA residential sector is expected to see a shift towards rental says JLL

Saudi Arabia’s real estate sectors remained soft during quarter two, although the residential market remained somewhat active and saw several key projects delivered across the Kingdom’s major cities, according to JLL’s 2020 mid-year review report. The report, however, highlighted that in the short-to-mid-term, delays in the handover of projects can be expected, as the higher VAT imposed (effective 1st July) is expected to increase the cost of residential developments and sale prices. To counter the impact, the Minister of Housing has agreed to absorb the increased VAT for first time buyers on unit's worth SAR 850K or less, in an effort to stimulate demand for the affordable housing segment in Saudi Arabia. “A reprioritisation of household spending will continue, and we expect to see a
Countries

Mondi Acquires Two Paper Bag Lines and Signs Exclusive Supplier Agreements with Leading Cement Producers in Egypt

Mondi Paper Bags, part of Mondi Group has acquired two paper bag lines from Helwan Cement Company and InterCement Sacs, two major cement producers in Egypt. The acquired production lines will increase Mondi’s capacity by approximately 60-80 million bags annually and strengthen Mondi's position in the Middle Eastern bag market, particularly in supporting suppliers to the construction industry. Mondi Paper Bags, a global producer that operates two plants in Egypt, will also become the exclusive supplier of paper bags to Helwan Cement Company and InterCement Sacs. “We are excited to have signed long-term supply agreements with two of our biggest customers in Egypt further securing our position in the Middle Eastern market. These collaborations will offer Helwan and InterCement access to our

UK construction – is there a resurgence on the cards?

The UK construction industry has had a hard time over recent decades. After experiencing a period in the doldrums, it has since had to face the uncertainty of Brexit, as well as having to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. However, could brighter times now be on the horizon? While lockdown restrictions are eased and
Events

DEWA Organises Virtual WETEX And Dubai Solar Show

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will organize the 22nd Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and the 5th Dubai Solar Show virtually from 26-28 October 2020. The two exhibitions will provide a new experience for exhibitors to display their products innovatively, through 3D customizable stands to suit each company’s needs. They also will enable meetings, seminars, and workshops using the latest smart technologies. “For 21 years, WETEX has established its position as one of the largest and most important global water, environment, and energy exhibitions. From our wise leadership, we have learned the importance of turning challenges into opportunities. Due to the precautionary measures implemented in most countries because of COVID-19, WETEX and the Dubai

TRADE FAIRS - PIT-STOP FOR SAMOTER AND ASPHALTICA NEW DATES: 3-7 MARCH 2021

31st edition of SaMoTer and 9th edition of Asphaltica postponed to March 2021. Veronafiere’s two shows for the construction equipment and bitumen and road infrastructure value chains will meet exhibitors and operators next year, from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 7 March 2021. The decision was shared by the steering committee

The Big 5 Postponed to September 12-15, 2021

The Big 5, our annual trade event connecting the global construction community in Dubai, is moving dates from 23-26 November 2020 and will be held next on 12-15 September 2021, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The new dates also apply to the specialized events that are held alongside The Big 5 - The Big 5 Heavy, Middle