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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

Al Masaood Commercial Vehicles & Equipment closes mega deal with Gulf Ready Mix

Al Masaood Commercial Vehicles and Equipment, part of Abu Dhabi’s leading conglomerate – Al Masaood Group, has sealed a mega contract with Gulf Ready Mix LLC (GRM) to provide the UAE-based ready-mix company with eight units of UD Trucks’ Quester CGE 420 – 8X4 equipped with concrete mixer with a capacity of 12 cbm. Quester is the first in a new generation of UD Trucks specifically developed for the world of heavy-duty transportation. It is designed based on the Japanese quality heritage with insights from the local markets. The agreement is a significant milestone for Al Masaood and UD Trucks, as it formally marks their strong entry into the booming local construction segment. It is also the first deal by UD Trucks through its Abu Dhabi Dealer - Al Masaood - that involves one of the

Smooth Slopes Standout Features for a Safer, More Efficient Compaction Roller

Crewmember safety is the highest priority in road construction. However, traditional compaction machines are about as rigid as it gets. Every degree of slope is felt by operators as they sweat through the sloping road shoulders and ditches, risking a rollover but hoping for the best. OSHA investigations have shown the
Building Products & Equipment

Problems and Solution to prevent the theft of manhole covers

The theft of manhole covers affects worldwide, causing severe damages such as: Car dagames. Exposed underground services which can be potentially tampered with. Legal claims and lawsuits for property damage and personal injuries being lodged against municipalities, utility companies, etc. Possible terrorist attacks that could accessed through sewers. Theft of cable, electric panels, toxic substances… Fundilock: The anti-theft solution for manhole covers designed by IVERNA In Iverna we were aware of the problems that this issue can reach. That is why we have developed the new anti-theft system designed to secure any manhole cover, thanks to its geometry and availability of diameters and qualities. This patented and innovative product is being installed in many countries around the globe to

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,
Digital Construction Techs

Smart Cities Pivot to Water, Reports IDTechEx

Water is the elephant in the room. As the IDTechEx report, “Smart Cities Market 2021-2041: Energy, Food, Water, Materials, Transportation Forecasts”, explains, cities increasingly and massively depend on water technology as sea levels rise and for other reasons. They will eliminate sewage systems by treating it where it is produced. Gone are thirsty, traditional agriculture systems, and their global supply chains. Stop killing the sea Currently, cities are killing the sea that is increasingly near to them. Dead ocean areas are spreading. They do this with untreated sewerage, salt from desalination plants, chemicals from factories, leisure activities, marine vessels, and farm runoff of toxins and fertilizer. Instead, they must farm the sea and maintain biodiversity and create benign marine

Middle East Smart Homes Boost Wi-Fi Market To USD 16 Billion By 2022

The Middle East’s smart homes and smart cities are helping to boost the global Wi-Fi market to USD 16 billion by 2022, according to Linksys, the connected home division within the newly merged Belkin International and Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) entity. One of the biggest tech trends for the 2020s will be the
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

Fire Doors: The Difference between EN and UL Standards & Why You Should Care

Fire doors are installed in designated locations where a fire hazard exists in order to prevent it's propagation from one area to another. They allow the structure to maintain its integrity in order to protect occupants who are not close to the initial fire and help them have some sufficient time to evacuate, relocate or defend in place. In general, and as per international norms, Fire doors are required to be present where medium and high hazards exist.

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
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