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The Crosby Group Acquires Blokcorp, Launches Technology Solutions Business Unit

The Crosby Group, a global leader in lifting, rigging, and load securement hardware, today announced that it has acquired BlokCorp Ltd (“BlokCorp”). UK-based BlokCorp designs and manufactures innovative camera and alert systems for tower and mobile cranes. These advanced systems provide crane operators with critical visual and audio capabilities that enable safer and more productive lifting operations. The transaction marks The Crosby Group’s fifth investment since 2019. With a growing platform of technology-centric products and solutions, The Crosby Group has announced the formation of its Technology Solutions business unit. This new division, inclusive of BlokCorp, Crosby Straightpoint, and the strategic collaboration with Verton, will enable a heightened focus on creating disruptive and
Construction Machines & Vehicles

A New Bobcat at the Zoo: Showing that Bobcat Loaders are True All-rounders with many Bobcat Attachments on Offer

A new Bobcat compact loader is keeping things tidy at the Essehof Zoo in Lower Saxony in Germany. The Bobcat machine was chosen by the zoo owner, Gregor Wilhelm, for its compact dimensions, the high hydraulic performance and the excellent lifting forces, as well as the large portfolio of available attachments, that make Bobcat compact loaders like this, the perfect machines for use in zoos. With its 300 animals and 40 different species living on a ten hectare outdoor area, the Essehof Zoo is a real favourite with the public in Lower Saxony. Gregor Wilhelm is from the second generation of his family to run the zoo, and he is personally responsible for its development, maintenance and operations. Commenting on the new Bobcat A770 compact loader and its range of Bobcat attachments, he said:

MHWirth Pile Top Rigs for Boone Dam Repair Project

Early 2021, a milestone was reached in the restoration of the 70 years old Boone Dam in Tennessee, USA: The last pile for the new underground cut-off wall was successfully installed. During the past 18 months, three MHWirth pile top drill rigs Wirth™ PBA 818 have been executing more than 300 drillings to a depth of 80
Building Products & Equipment

The Age of True Lies and the 2021+ Color Trends

After last year’s success with our Limited Edition Trend Forecast, we are now excited to launch a second and more exclusive edition of the trend book – NCS Colour Trends 2021+. Featuring in-depth insights about the colour trends for coming years and its drivers. Complete with colour movements from today and onwards, trend stories, unique image collections and international relevant colour palettes, which makes the trends applicable cross industry. The NCS Colour Trends 2021+ comes in a pearlescent cover, one of the effects that is important for the colour palette for 2021+. This year the Trend 2021+-package also includes a separate colour trend fan deck with pocket-sized NCS QL1 samples to bring with you on the go. THE COLOURS The colour directions of 2021+ are very clear. Emphasised and

Thriving in the New Normal The Global Aluminum Industry

Market uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the high number of developed countries, and because emerging markets have yet to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus, is driving the surplus of aluminum stocks in Y2020. Global aluminum consumption in Q1 2020 fell by 8 percent; China’s consumption dropped by 10

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
Digital Construction Techs

Shell Deepwater Selects Bentley’s iTwin Platform for Project Delivery

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure today announced that Shell’s Deepwater business has selected Bentley’s digital twin approach to streamline its capital projects process and accelerate time to first oil. With a plan to deliver several subsea tie-back projects over the next 10 years, Shell Deepwater Projects has recognized a significant opportunity to accelerate capital project delivery and cut project delivery time by implementing an integrated digital project & engineering environment. The solution spans project conception in the early phase design through to handover. “Shell Deepwater Projects is developing an integrated Workflow and
Interviews & Profiles

Banizaman Lari: Growth within the Industry of Using New Technologies Is Captivating For All Those Involved

constructionHQ conducted an interview with Eng. Rahim Banizaman Lari the managing director and founder of Abdul Rahim Architectural Consultants (Araco). The company is one of the well-known Engineering Consultants in design, supervision and project management in the UAE, it has industry experience spanning over thirty years. A diversified portfolio covers a number of successful developments, including residential buildings and villas, commercial buildings, hospitals, and industrial projects.

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
Power Sector

Global wind power capacity will double by 2027

MAKE forecasts annual wind power capacity additions to average more than 65GW from 2018 to 2027, resulting in a Compounded Annual Growth Rate of 4% over the period. Incentive expirations and markets adjusting to new auction mechanisms influence a run-up to 2020, with a more than 30% increase in annual capacity additions from 2017 to 2020. The realization of offshore ambitions and sustained momentum from emerging markets globally contribute to a second 30%+ period of growth from 2023 through 2027. Success over the next 10 years will depend on the global wind power industry’s ability to continue winning capacity awards at auction, and even more so to execute awarded capacity on time and within budget. The precipitous drop in pricing globally over the last year, particularly in the offshore
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

Adaptable Spaces, Flexible Leases, Tech Adoption And Sustainability To Drive The Regional Property Market In 2021

JLL, one of the world’s leading real estate investment and advisory firms, has shared insights on the property trends expected to drive Middle East’s real estate industry in 2021 at its annual outlook event hosted virtually in Dubai. At the virtual event, Dana Salbak, Head of Research at JLL MENA provided an overview of critical themes such as sustainability and tech adoption which have been accelerated during the pandemic and are likely to drive the real estate industry forward. Salbak commented: “The year 2020 and the pandemic have reminded us of the fragility of our society and ecosystem, and have increased the focus on tech adoption, as well as, sustainability and Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG). To ensure business success, these elements must be at the heart of

The Evolution of Real Estate in 2021: A Market Response

Matthew Sexton, Managing Director at SAY Studio, the Dubai based design firm discusses the impact the past twelve months have had on the UAE’s real estate landscape and what key dates in 2021 have done to industry projections. The primary trends we saw as a design firm, in Q4 of 2020’s tenders, were a dramatic increase

Dubai Identified As A Business-Friendly Partner For Real Estate Investors

JLL’s latest research with The Business of Cities explores the role city governance plays in location decisions by real estate investors, developers and corporate occupiers. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how vulnerable cities are to external shocks. As choices are made between and within cities, looking at the way

Ziehl-Abegg Expands Production for Energy-Saving Fans In Kupferzell

“The global markets will continue to need high-quality electric motors and fans in the future,” says CEO Peter Fenkl. That’s why the Künzelsau-based company is now investing 16 million euros in the expansion of its production buildings at the Kupferzell site. Minister for Economic Affairs Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut praises the investment in Baden-Württemberg at the official groundbreaking ceremony. “The new construction project is a clear commitment to Baden-Württemberg as a location for manufacturing and innovation. Our state needs companies like Ziehl-Abegg SE that take on a leadership role in our economy, particularly during difficult times,” says Minister for Economic Affairs Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut. The Hohenlohe industrial company has also been affected worldwide by the corona

The Big 5 To Gather Global Construction Leaders at Its Digital Festival

The Big 5, the international event accelerating growth in the construction industry for the past four decades, is launching the first Big 5 Digital Festival - Global this year. The event, which will run completely online from 23 to 26 November, will gather the global construction community to build resiliency and empower industry professionals to grow their businesses, learn from the world’s top experts, and be ready for the post Covid-19 world. “Sharing knowledge, and maintaining and building connections with industry peers, partners, and experts are paramount for construction industry players to successfully navigate through these challenging times”, says Josine Heijmans, Vice President – Construction at dmg events, the organizers of The Big 5. “This is why we decided to run a completely

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


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