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Innovations for a sustainable Future: Volvo CE reveals Prototype autonomous Machines ESKILSTUNA/SWEDEN, September 28, 2016 – Volvo Construction Equipment showcased a range of futuristic concepts and innovations from electromobility to intelligent machines and total site solutions at the company’s Xploration Forum. Prototypes of the electric hybrid wheel loader LX1, the L120 autonomous wheel loader, the A25F articulated hauler as well as the HX1 autonomous battery electric load carrier were shown in action. >more
Herrenknecht Rig helps building a speedy Pipeline Connection in Australia ANGLESEA/AUSTRALIA, July 8, 2016 – In just three months Australian drilling contractor Dunstans Construction Group installed a 700-meter-long pipeline in Anglesea (Victoria). A 250 tonnes HDD Rig from Herrenknecht played a key role in the achievement. Within a very short time the construction crew built a sea outfall with the machine, as well as pulling in the pipeline all the way back to the local water treatment plant. >more
Pirtek gloves: Protection against hydraulic fluid COLOGNE/GERMANY, April 28, 2016 – Special caution is necessary while working at hydraulic hoses: In the case of tiny brakes in the conduit, hydraulic fluid is ejected at a high velocity, possibly causing severe injuries. The new protection gloves from Pirtek are supposed to prevent this. >more
Zoomlion: The roaring Lion is hungry MILAN/ITALY, March 8, 2016 – In English, Zoomlion means roaring Lion. Since 2011, the Boston Consulting group lists Zoomlion – as the only construction equipment manufacturer in China – in its ranking of the „Global Challengers“. The company is growing faster than the competition and the consultants believe Zoomlion may master the challenging ascend towards a global market leader. >more
LiuGong takes the next step ALMERE/THE NETHERLANDS, March 1, 2016 – Wheel-loader specialist LiuGong from Southwest China advances further and further in its internationalization drive. As market shares in Balkan countries touch 30% and news of increasing UK sales make the headlines, LiuGong says they’re just about to be ready for Germany, which they consider the ultimate challenge. >more
Excon 2015: India is finally Back on Track BANGALORE/INDIA, December 23, 2015 – After a long period of stagnation, India is finally back on the growth track. For the construction machinery industry, this meant a very busy and successful Excon 2015, South Asia’s biggest construction equipment trade fair. But the best part of the story is that this is likely just the beginning of good times ahead in the Indian market. >more
Sany: Chinese Entrepreneurial Spirit Goes Global BEDBURG/GERMANY, December 17, 2015 – Sany, who spectacularly acquired Putzmeister in 2012, is one of China’s largest four construction machinery equipment manufacturers besides Zoomlion, XCMG and LiuGong. It was long silent around Sany in Europe. But now the foundation is laid and Sany is ready for the European market. >more
Construction of World’s Largest Fusion Energy Facility in Full Swing MARSEILLE/FRANCE, December 11, 2015 – In Southern France, nothing less but the future of clean energy is being researched at ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). The construction of the complex structure to host the Tokamak-shaped fusion reactor requires a massive amount of material, which is to be handled by six Potain tower cranes on site. >more
French-Belgian Gas Pipeline Progressing DUNKIRK/FRANCE, November 9, 2015 – In northern France, just south of the port of Dunkirk, work on a new natural gas pipeline from France to Belgium is in full swing. The construction is helped by a Volvo PL4809D rotating pipelayer, which proved its worth in the international project. >more
Berlin’s New U-Bahn: East-West Gap Closed BERLIN/GERMANY, November 4, 2015 – The tunnel boring machine (TBM) “Bärlinde”, a Herrenknecht Mixshield, has successfully reached its target at Berlin’s touristic Brandenburg gate. The undercutting of the river Spree and the Spree Canal with overburdens of sometimes only five meters was a challenge. Thanks to modifications to the machine, elaborate ballasting of the river and canal beds with steel plates was not required. >more
Crushing without Crusher FARA VICENTINO/ITALY, October 28, 2015 - Rising costs for disposal and increasingly strict environmental regulations make construction waste and excavated material an ever growing problem. Hence, why not re-use the material on-site? MB Crusher, the inventor of the crushing bucket for excavators, has widened and completed its product portfolio and is all lined up to fundamentally challenge mobile crushers. >more
American government strives for speeding up infrastructure Projects WASHINGTON (DC)/USA, October 12, 2015 - As reported by truckinginfo.com the approval process for infrastructure projects in the USA costs more than twice as much as it would to only fix the infrastructure itself. >more
Sennebogen is extending its plant II at Straubing STRAUBING/GERMANY, October 7, 2015 - Sennebogen is extending its production and warehouse areas at its site at Straubing-Sand by around 35,000 m². In addition, a new 6,700 m² production shop is being built for the assembly and painting of large components and for finishing work and quality control. >more
Variable Density Technology: A Game Changer for Kuala Lumpur KUALA LUMPUR/MALAYSIA / August 13, 2015 - The seven million inhabitant metropolis of Kuala Lumpur has a huge traffic problem. At peak hours citizens and visitors in the Malaysian capital stand in traffic jams for hours. To provide relief, the public transport system is being expanded. Under the name of Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Project three new metro lines are planned with sections above and below ground. >more
German Equipment Industry: Light and Shade for 2015 FRANKFURT/GERMANY, July 28, 2015 – German construction equipment manufacturers are more optimistic at the middle of the year than they were at the beginning. However, the positive trend is not shared across all regions of the world and by manufacturers of building material facilities. >more
Eight Herrenknecht Tunnel Boring Ladies Master London’s Ground LONDON/ENGLAND, July 13, 2015 – Eight Herrenknecht tunnel boring machines quickly completed 42 kilometers of Europe’s largest infrastructure construction site. As London’s underground is already fairly crowded through existing infrastructure, this was one of the most challenging tunnel boring operations to date. >more
Ayrton Senna Highway rehabilitated with Cold Recycling SAO PAULO/BRAZIL, July 2, 2015 - The SP-070, also known as the Ayrton Senna Highway, is another motorway in Brazil where the time-saving, cost-efficient and eco-friendly benefits of the cold recycling process have been put to the test. >more
3D Pipe Run Survey – Simpler Sewer Rehabilitation NASSAU/GERMANY, June 30, 2015 – In a complex of small villages in South-West Germany, a survey and inspection of the sewer system was overdue. Nobody knew where exactly the sewer lines were running underground. For a comprehensive rehabilitation plan, the condition of the mainline and lateral sewers was to be ascertained and the run of the pipes with width, length and elevation data (xyz coordinates) was also to be surveyed. >more
Automation Advantages: Concrete pre-mixing reigns in Italy PESCANTINA(VR)/ITALY, June 16, 2015 – What are the advantages of premixing concrete instead of using dry concrete? Italian Concrete specialist CIFA stresses the superior efficiency, safety and environmental effects. Besides, premixing enables high degrees of automation: One supplier can remotely coordinate its batching plants to serve almost all of North-East Italy. >more
“One Belt, One Road”: XCMG Advances Westwards XUZHOU (JIANGSU)/CHINA, June 10, 2015 – Envoys from 18 countries gathered at XCMG’s headquarters in order to launch the “New Silk Road, New Service” campaign. XCMG’s advance is closely related to the government’s new campaign, which aims to develop countries along the traditional Silk Road and open new markets for their local equipment manufacturers. >more
Hybrid "Energya" for New Railway Tunnel SIGIRINO/SWITZERLAND, June 9, 2015 – CIFA’s Energy, the world’s first plug-in hybrid truck mixer, is currently helping out to build one of the largest railway tunnels in the world. While its hybrid technology means less pollution and lower fuel consumption, the new technology is put to a tough test underground. >more
Background Knowledge: Building Information Modeling Q&A EXTON (PA)/USA, June 1, 2015 – What is Building information modeling (BIM)? And how is it different from CAD? Andy Smith, Solutions Executive at Bentley systems, talks to bi-ConstructionNews about the benefits of BIM and how it helps to solve problems even before they occur. >more
Steep Nevada mine challenges dump trucks CARSON CITY (NV)/USA, May 28, 2015 – The gypsum mine in Western Nevada outputs more than 5 million tons per year. This translates to more than 150 dump truck loads a day, which need to take the steep lane to the top of the pit. There, they meet their ultimate challenge. >more
LiuGong is Challenging the Slowdown PARIS/FRANCE, May 21, 2015 – After three years of successive contraction of the global construction machinery markets, LiuGong is not willing to accept this as the “new normality”. Instead, the earth moving specialist proclaims a new era, which leaves one full of expectation. >more
Double pendulum with splitted cables BAKU/AZERBAIJAN, May 16, 2015 – How does one build a skyscraper in a seismic area in the shape of two burning flames? And how do you fit a 10m pendulum in a 7m space? The Munich expert of structural protection systems devised a unique solution. >more
Hitachi showcases first Hybrid Wheel Loader PARIS/FRANCE, May 8, 2015 – Hitachi showcased its first mass-produced Hybrid wheel loader at this year’s Intermat. The ZW220HYB-5 was designed and engineered in Hitachi’s plant in Ryugasaki (Japan). It will be introduced exclusively in the Japanese market for a start. >more
Hong Kong Pigments for Sandy Look of Belgian Pier OSTEND/BELGIUM, May 07, 2015 - Hong Kong based Cathay Industries, which consider itself to be one of the world’s leading manufacturers of synthetic iron oxide pigments, have aided the Belgian Ostend authorities to achieve the exact colour of beach sand in construction of two new piers at the part. >more
Italian Design Lives up to Its Reputation SENAGO/ITALY, May 6, 2015 – Cifa’s Coguaro, a gutsy looking concrete mixer, was awarded with the red dot design award. It’s the company’s second strike in a row and the successful designers are willing to share some of their secrets. >more
Jordan’s Minister for Water and Irrigation: “Germany is our most important partner” BERLIN/GERMANY, April 29, 2015 - At the Wasser Berlin International, bi-ConstructionNews partner bi-UmweltBau had the chance to interview Jordan’s minister for water and irrigation, Dr. Hazim El-Naser. He commented on the current water supply situation in his country and spoke about the value of know how and technology from Germany to tackle these issues of vital importance for the population. >more
Cranes Work on Europe’s Top Roof BERGAMO/ITALY, April 28,2015 – Europe’s highest mountain, the Mont Blanc, receives a new Cable-Car System. This €105m project has taken four years to construct and connects a departure station at Pontal d'Entrèves, close to the motorway, with the arrival station at Punta Helbronner at an altitude of 3,466 meters up in the mountains. >more
European Construction Industry confident for 2015 PARIS, April 27, 2015 – The European Construction Equipment sector is picking up. While 2015 is expected to finally bring back growth to Southern European markets, the equipment manufacturers demand help from the European Commission. >more
Spectacular Bridge in St. Petersburg: Premiere for Doka’s Heavy-Duty Bracket ST. PETERSBURG/RUSSIA, April 23, 2015 - Currently, the 46.6 km Western High Speed Diameter is the largest infrastructure project in St. Petersburg, Russia. The highway will create a quick connection between the northern and southern parts of the city and the Vasilievsky Island and improve traffic conditions. At the centre of the project is the 620 m long bridge across the Korabelny channel. Doka is the supplier of an adaptable formwork solution for constructing both pylons and main piers. >more
Herrenknecht wins two awards for microtunneling projects BERLIN/GERMANY, April 21, 2015 – Two sewage projects in Saudi Arabia and Germany were awarded by the German Society for Trenchless Technology (GSTT). Herrenknecht received the special award "International Project" and the GSTT Award “Gold”. >more
Fourth Overseas Factory: LiuGong Invests in Brazil SAO PAULO/BRASIL, April 17, 2015 – LiuGong, one of China’s large construction machine manufacturers, announced it will spend R$ 120 million (37 million Euro) in the country during the opening ceremony of its first factory in Brazil. The plant is located in Mogi Guaçu, a city located in the countryside, 180 km from São Paulo. LiuGong plans to deliver the first equipment from April 2015. >more
Evidence from Sweden: Pipe Express Handles Ground Water Well STOCKHOLM/SWEDEN, April 15, 2015 – Just a few miles south of Stockholm, the semi-trenchless pipeline installation method Pipe Express saw its only third application worldwide. The special ground conditions made this still young method a economical alternative to an open-cut method of laying the pipe. >more
Eurasia Tunnel: Bauer Installs Diaphragm Wall on the Bosphorus ISTANBUL/TURKEY, April 14, 2015 – The 5.4-kilometer-long twin-deck Eurasia tunnel, a large part of which will cross the Bosphorus under the seabed, will connect the Asian part of Istanbul with its European part. >more
Volvo: Hauling up Hours in Central Indonesia KALIMANTAN/INDONESIA, April 09, 2015 - PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) relies on a fleet of 73 Volvo machines at one of world’s largest coal reserves in a remote part of East Kalimantan. Some of them have accumulated more than 100,000 operational hours. >more
Innovative Transport in Tunnels: CargoCap Presented at the United Nations GENEVA/SWITZERLAND, April 07, 2015 – Have you ever considered sending your cargo underground instead of over ground? The innovative idea of transport pipelines dates back to the 90s. >more
Energy-saving Mobile Cranes Conquer The Port of Neustadt NEUSTADT/GERMANY, 03.04.2015 – Europe’s largest port for conventional freight makes use of the latest crane technology from Sennebogen. A mobile undercarriage and an intelligent energy recovery system spell a happy logistics client. >more
No Shadow Towers: British Architects Fight Dark City Spaces LONDON/UK, March 30, 2015 – Wouldn’t it be great if the space between tall office and residential towers was light and welcoming when you move in or out of the building instead of dark and dusky? A British team of architects has come up with a solution to tackle the dark side of skyscrapers, by creating a design which redirects the sun’s beam to the base of the buildings. >more
Egypt Aims at New Capital City Built from Scratch SHARM EL-SHEIKH/EGYPT, March 25, 2015 – Egypt’s president Al-Sisi has announced the country will build a new capital city in the desert east of Cairo. While the dimensions and aspirations with regards to quality of life are ambitious, serious questions concerning the feasibility of the project stay unanswered. Funding and sustainable economic success remain doubtful. >more
World's largest all-terrain crane works at 3,000m XUZHOU/CHINA, March 21, 2015 – XCMG’s XCA5000 is the world’s largest all-terrain crane in terms of tonnage. Recently, it succeeded in hoisting a 2MW wind turbine in Yunnan province, China. XCA5000 became the first 2,000-ton all-terrain crane applied in construction around the world and a milestone in the portfolio of its ambitious manufacturer, XCMG. >more
CECE: European construction equipment market was the second most dynamic region in 2014 BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, March 17, 2015 - The Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) released its annual economic report. The European market saw some remarkable, yet unevenly distributed growth. While Germany and the UK continue to boom, southern Europe and Russia remain difficult markets. >more
Spectacular new terminal in Azerbaijan: American white oak welcomes travellers in Baku BAKU/AZERBAIJAN, March 12, 2015 - The new terminal at Azerbaijan’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport recently opened its doors to travellers in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The landmark terminal features interior architecture and experiential design by the Istanbul-based Autoban studio, which has developed a reputation for its imaginative, human approach to design. The contemporary interiors overturn the traditional airport conventions of cavernous space and impersonal experience. >more
New Life for Kolkata’s Sewers KOLKATA/INDIA, February 23, 2015 - Once a pioneer in the development of sewer systems, the Indian city of Kolkata has struggled in recent decades to maintain its collection system network. Rapid population growth and inadequate maintenance led to chronic sanitation and drainage problems. >more
bC India 2014 review – fresh hopes after another year of stagnation – Part THREE DELHI/INDIA, January 28, 2015 - For the first time, the bC India opened its gates in Northern India. Near Delhi, 635 exhibitors from 25 countries welcomed 26,000 business visitors. And, hopes are that India’s new government will be able to pass more laws in less time. Yet in 2014 the new government was only able to change the business sentiments in India: Many exhibitors at bC India reported they had left crisis mode and were feeling the country’s new, fresh momentum which sparks solid hope for the future. >more
bC India 2014 review – fresh hopes after another year of stagnation – Part TWO DELHI/INDIA, January 26, 2015 - For the first time, the bC India opened its gates in Northern India. Near Delhi, 635 exhibitors from 25 countries welcomed 26,000 business visitors. And, hopes are that India’s new government will be able to pass more laws in less time. Yet in 2014 the new government was only able to change the business sentiments in India: Many exhibitors at bC India reported they had left crisis mode and were feeling the country’s new, fresh momentum which sparks solid hope for the future. >more
bC India 2014 review – fresh hopes after another year of stagnation – Part ONE DELHI/INDIA, January 23, 2015 - For the first time, the bC India opened its gates in Northern India. Near Delhi, 635 exhibitors from 25 countries welcomed 26,000 business visitors. And, hopes are that India’s new government will be able to pass more laws in less time. Yet in 2014 the new government was only able to change the business sentiments in India: Many exhibitors at bC India reported they had left crisis mode and were feeling the country’s new, fresh momentum which sparks solid hope for the future. >more
Efficient Concrete Formwork for Climbers SUESSEN/GERMANY, January 11, 2015 - Europe's largest climbing centre is due to open in early 2015 in Munich. The works included 15 m high fair-faced concrete walls cast in one pour. This was possible by using NOEtop, thewall formwork system manufactured by NOE-Schaltechnik, Süssen, Germany. >more
Bauma China 2014 – exceeding expectations SHANGHAI/CHINA, January 9, 2015 - The trade fair bauma China 2014 took place in November and was praised once again for its internationality as well as quantity and quality of visitors. The Chinese equipment manufacturers showed their improved performance and capabilities. And it was obvious that they are likely going to expand their export efforts. >more
Woven Sun Protection for new Headquarter of Turkish Contractors Association ANKARA/TURKEY, December 22, 2014 - As an independent, non-profit making association, the Turkish Contractors Association (TCA) represents the interests of the tradition-steeped Turkish construction industry. Turkish building contractors are well-known far beyond national borders and the TCA is one of the world’s most powerful associations in this area. >more
Herrenknecht Teamwork ensures swift Pipe Jacking under the Elbe SCHWANAU/GERMANY, December 16, 2014 - Breakthrough by a micro-tunnelling machine from Herrenknecht in a pipe-jacking project near Hamburg has closed a decisive gap in the construction of two new gas pipelines. The 1.5 kilometer route runs up to 35 meters under the Elbe through various, partially complex geological zones. >more
Vibrations under Control? TIRSCHENREUTH/GERMANY, December 9, 2014 - When it comes to compaction in city areas Hamm completely relies on its VIO- drum. Compactors are also considered a good thing at Hamm – if they are mounted on a Hamm drum roller. >more
India’s Infrastructure & Construction Equipment Industry – an Overview DELHI/INDIA, December 2, 2014 - A well-developed infrastructure is a foundation for growth in any country, paving the way for a better quality of life and a rapid rise in gross domestic product (GDP), especially for developing countries such as India. Construction sector in India is considered to be the second largest employer and contributor to economic activity, after agriculture sector. >more
How to make new Precast Companies succeed in India DORMETTINGEN/GERMANY, December 1, 2014 - When entering precast for the first time, new precast companies already in the planning phase get to feel that precast is much more about industrialized planning and processing than traditional construction. Many questions and challenges are raised already before and during the project implementation, questions new companies often cannot answer by themselves due to a lack of internal know-how and experience. >more
Liebherr at the bC India 2014 Trade Fair BIBERACH/GERMANY, November 24, 2014 –Tailor made solutions for the construction industry of the Indian market are the focus of the Liebherr showcase at bC India 2014. The trade fair is held from December 15-18, 2014 in the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida / Delhi. >more
Foreign Construction Companies vs Ebola and other nightmares KIEL/GERMANY, November 18, 2014 - The outbreak of Ebola, Boko Haram rampaging, political unrest, expatriates being killed or kidnapped – while Sub Sahara African economies are fast growing, crisis management of foreign construction companies participating in the region is at its peak. >more
Financially viable Alternative: Deep based Sinking Shafts twice as valuable BOCHUM/GERMANY, November 11, 2014 - Sinking shafts from prefabricated concrete elements are increasingly used at canal, rehabilitation and construction projects by municipalities. Especially in critical traffic areas this is a favorable alternative to conventional construction measures. >more
Wirtgen Road Technology Days – New solutions for Road Construction WINDHAGEN/GERMANY, October 28, 2014 - The Technology Days organized by the Wirtgen Group are an international industry rendezvous at which the Group presents its extensive range of products and services, as well as application technologies meeting practical needs and gives an exclusive preview of the latest machine highlights. >more
Most powerful Drilling Rig in the UK OLPE/GERMANY, October 27, 2014 – At the start of 2014 at Prime Drilling in Olpe the time had come: Tim O'Connor received the key for the new drilling rig PD 400/150 RP-C. The pipeline construction company O'Connor Utilities now is the owner of the most powerful horizontal drilling rig in the United Kingdom. >more
How to build a Tunnel to Sky Larvik/Norway, October 23, 2014 - Famous for its fjords, vast supply of oil and being a great place to watch the Aurora Borealis – more commonly known as the Northern lights – Norway also has an impressive network of tunnels. Close to Larvik in the Vestfold County, around 80 km south of Drammen, two tunnels are currently under construction as part of a state funded infrastructure development program. >more
Automation boosts World’s best selling Backhoe Loader BIRMINGHAM/UK, October 17, 2014 - JCB, the world’s number one manufacturer of backhoe loaders, is improving fuel efficiency, improving productivity and boosting operator control through the use of automation on its 3CX and 4CX models. >more
Revolution or Flop? SCHWALMTAL/GERMANY, October 15, 2014 - With their mounted compactor SBV 240/02 Stehr Special Machines have begun another chapter in the never ending story of „accessory equipment versus special machine“ - with the promising title: Revolution of base course compaction. Once again the prospects of mounted equipment do not look so bad. >more
CAT went Hybrid: Excavators need less Fuel PEORIA(ILLINOIS)/USA – October 14, 2014 - Caterpillar introduced the first hydraulic excavator in the company's history at Bauma 2013. According to the manufacturer the 336 E hybrid consumes less fuel than its conventionally driven equivalent. The surprise came off perfectly when Caterpillar at their headquarters in Peoria, Illinois (USA) showcased the machine exclusively to a group of international journalists. >more
Highest Concrete Bridge Pier in the World with Peri ACS self-climbing Formwork ISTANBUL/TURKEY, October 8, 2014 - In the north of the Turkish metropolis, the third and largest bridge is currently being built across the Bosphorus. The suspension bridge is supported by two A-shaped pylons and reaches a height of around 330 m thus making it one of the highest in the world. >more
Wirtgen integrated "S-Pack" Spreader Module in Recycling Machinery WINDHAGEN/GERMANY, October 2, 2014 - In its recycling and soil stabilization product division, Wirtgen provides an unrivaled range of mobile machines and systems for a whole variety of applications. The "S-Pack" (spreader pack) allows binding agent to be spread without generating clouds of dust; this addition to the construction machinery manufacturer's product range creates new opportunities for optimizing the range of applications and cost-efficiency. >more
Fair-faced Concrete to highlight a Diamond ANTWERP/BELGIUM, September 1, 2014 - Soon the Antwerp cityscape will be enriched by an architectural jewel. With its light reflections, the new head office of the port authority, the “New Port House” designed by Zaha Hadid Architects pays homage to Antwerp as the centre of the diamond trade. The steel structure is supported by a column with the most beautiful fair-faced concrete look - a special challenge for the Doka Competence Center Fair-Faced Concrete. >more
Martin Herrenknecht supports Technology Education and calls for its Expansion SCHWANAU/GERMANY, August 27, 2014 - Entrepreneur Martin Herrenknecht sees a huge need for action to increase education and the promotion of young talent in the areas of science and technology. Germany needs to much more intensively provide for new technological advances and the young talent needed for this in all major engineer-driven areas such as energy, environmental and medical technology and infrastructure development, he says. >more
German Manufacturer supplies special Pumps for draining Hongkong Railway Track HONGKONG/CHINA, August 19, 2014 - The MTR Corporation is currently building a new overground and underground high-speed rail network to improve the infrastructure linking up Hong Kong’s outlying districts and connect the center with the New Territories. >more
Quickly and Safely to the Top with adapted Climbing Technology WARSAW/POLAND, August 11, 2014 - The Warsaw Spire office complex is currently being constructed. The 220 m high, waist like office tower complete with elliptical ground plan characterizes the appearance of the building ensemble; the tower is flanked by a 55 m high building on each side. >more
Telescopic Crawler Crane in special underground construction Implementation in Singapore STRAUBING/GERMANY, August 7, 2014 - Telescopic cranes from Sennebogen are to find anywhere in the world. It is likely that there is nowhere on earth where the density of these cranes is as high as it is in the huge metropolis of Singapore. For example this is where the firm, Guan Chuan Engineering & Construction relies on a Sennebogen 683 R-HD for sheet pile wall construction. >more
World Cup Final with MC-Bauchemie BOTTROP/GERMANY, July 22, 2014 - The Maracanã in Rio is one of the most famous football stadiums in the world. Last Sunday it again took centre stage as it hosted the FIFA 2014 World Cup Final. It was extensively refurbished specifically for this huge event, with the clients and planning engineers opting for product systems from MC-Bauchemie as part of the solution. >more
Ruukki delivering Steel Frame for Terminal at Oslo Airport in Norway OSLO/NORWAY, July 17, 2014 - Ruukki is delivering and installing the steel frame for a new extension at Oslo Airport in Norway. Ruukki's delivery for the new North Pier includes the steel frame, as well as design and structural steel fire protection. In terms of passenger numbers, Oslo Airport is the second largest airport in the Nordic countries. >more
Premiere in the Baltics TARTU/ESTONIA, July 14, 2014 - The bypass round the city of Tartu is a large-scale infrastructure project now under construction. In terms of formwork engineering, bridging the Emajõgi River is one of the project's biggest chall >more
Arena da Amazônia in Manaus: Kick-Off at the Equator MANAUS/BRAZIL, July 2, 2014 - The final stage of the FIFA World Cup has never before been held as close to the equator as it will be in 2014. The latitude of the venue in Manaus is a mere 3 degrees south. Making use of lightweight textile architecture, the newly constructed Arena da Amazônia provides the best possible protection from the sun and optimum ventilation. >more
OMA's De Rotterdam awarded Best Tall Building in Europe ROTTERDAM/THE NETHERLANDS, June 30, 2014 - OMA’s recently completed tower, De Rotterdam, has been awarded Best Tall Building in Europe by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). >more
Scheuerle’s Widening Trailer proves itself in the toughest of Conditions in Australia PFEDELBACH/GERMANY, June 26, 2014 - Statutory provisions regarding load distribution on roads and bridges vary considerably depending on country or state-specific legislation. For example, in Australia or North America, it is not unusual that a transport has to cross several state lines and it is possible that the axle spacings or vehicle width must be changed immediately on crossing the border. >more
Nordpipe as pull-in Version for trenchless Rehabilitation of Drinking Water Pipes SCHIEDER-SCHWALENBERG, June 23, 2014 – The challenges often involved in drinking water rehabilitation projects are the available time window, residual flow capacity after the rehabilitation, diameter and length to be renewed. Other factors are the capacity to negotiate bends and local contruction site conditions. >more
Melodious Première for DokaShape HELSINKI/FINLAND, June 19, 2014 - The Sibelius Academy has created more space for students in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. An additional building at the Academy of Music will soon shine in renewed splendour after renovation. A special feature is the entrance to the cafeteria, formed in a dome shape made from architectural concrete. >more
Rehabilitating Roads for the World Cup in Brazil by Cold Milling WINDHAGEN/GERMANY, June 16, 2014 - The rehabilitation work must proceed speedily and economically, minimizing the obstruction to traffic. To meet these requirements, the contractor Fremix Engenharia e Comércio Ltda. elected to use a Wirtgen cold milling machine W 200 with super-fine milling drum. >more
Sennebogen 835 Crawler in demanding Port Implementation STRAUBING/GERMANY, June 13, 2014 - Situated on the Turkish Aegean coast, the Izmir region is home to Turkey's second-largest harbor. Here the company, Yüksan & Prolojistik Ltd, relies on Sennebogen materials handling machines for demanding port handling. Recently a new 835 R of the E-series has been loading and unloading the arriving ships in a significantly shorter time than was previously possible. >more
A Comansa Jie Tower Crane in the Pool HONGKONG/CHINA, June 11, 2014 - Luxury hotel "The Royal Garden" in Hong Kong is located in Kowloon, an urban and modern district with one of the highest densities of population of the world. This 5-star hotel is a haven of peace in a full-of-life atmosphere, with narrow streets crowded of people and traffic. >more
Surface Mining in India with ten 2200 SM WINDHAGEN/GERMANY, June 2, 2014 - India is the third largest coal supplier in the world. The Indian mine operator „Sainik Mining and Allied Services Ltd.“, contractual partner of the country’s largest coal producer “Coal India”, operates a total of 21 Wirtgen surface miners. >more
Volvo plays Lead in German Ring Cycle BÖSINGEN/GERMANY, May 28, 2014 - Gebrüder Bantle GmbH is working on a large congestion-busting ring road project in Bösingen, Germany, excavating and building six kilometres of highway and nine bridges. >more
Terex Crossover 6000 Truck Mounted Crane provides Versatility in Canadian Oil Fields CLAIRMONT(ALBERTA)/CANADA, May 26, 2014 - When purchasing lifting equipment for use in the western Canadian oil and natural gas industry, there are many factors to consider besides picking distance and capacity alone. Among the most critical factors include the increasingly stringent safety requirements on work sites and the need to adhere to strict road regulations when travelling on Canadian highways. >more
Raise Boring Rigs for Shafts up to 2,000 Meter Depth SCHWANAU/GERMANY, May 22, 2014 - With growing demand for raw materials, mines are applying increasing effort and expense to open up deep and difficult to access resources. With this in mind, the new Herrenknecht product portfolio of Raise Boring Rigs allows the optimal drilling of shafts with larger diameters at depths of up to 2,000 meters. In the new and further development of Raise Boring Rigs, Herrenknecht draws on proven technologies and components as well as on extensive knowhow in the area of mechanized tunnelling technology. >more
Fleet of 40 Liebherr Tower Cranes at “aspern+Vienna’s Urban Lakeside” Project BIBERACH/GERMANY, May 15, 2014 - Over 40 Liebherr tower cranes from the EC-B and EC-H crane systems are being used for the first phase of the “aspern+ Vienna’s Urban Lakeside” construction project in Austria. >more
Bentley Civil Software powers Foth’s Design of Multi-Lane Roundabouts in Iowa JOHNSTON(IOWA)/USA, May 14, 2014 - DuPont Pioneer retained Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, to secure funding for widening and reconstructing nearly 1.5 miles of NW 62nd Avenue in Johnston, Iowa, where the company’s world headquarters is expanding.The initiative led to design and construction of a series of four multi-lane roundabouts—the first in the state—to address challenging traffic conditions. >more
Trick of Demolition Crew removed Bridge in Hours ESSEN/GERMANY, May 12, 2014 - When the Colorado Department of Transportation needed to improve operations at Denver’s Pecos Street and Interstate 70 interchange, it chose an Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) approach to minimize interference with traffic flow. A replacement bridge was built near the site to be moved into place on tracked carriers as soon as the existing bridge was down. >more
New Stadium races toward Super Bowl 50 SANTA CLARA (CA)/USA, May 12, 2014 - The race is on at the new Levi’s Stadium under construction in Santa Clara, California. After breaking ground in April 2012, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers was awarded the Super Bowl for 2016 – the 50th anniversary of the NFL’s biggest game. >more
Multifunctional Tunnel for Wuhan KUNSHAN/CHINA, May 5, 2014 - In the course of the visit to China by the German Minister of Economy and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, a contract was signed on April 23, 2014 in Kunshan (Jiangsu Province) for the delivery of two tunnel boring machines for a large multifunctional tunnel in Wuhan (central China). >more
Two Liebherr cranes involved in remarkable Construction Project on Saint Helena NENZING/AUSTRIA, May 5, 2014 - Two Liebherr machines, one LR 1200 crawler crane and one HS 895 HD duty cycle crawler crane, are currently employed in the construction of an international airport on Saint Helena. The island’s seclusion poses a particular challenge for this project. >more
Transportation of Seawater Desalination Plant on K24 Modules from Kamag ULM/GERMANY, May 4, 2014 - Weighing 6,000 tonnes, 150 metres long and 60 metres wide: the desalination plant module manufactured by the South Korean company Doosan, which was moved by Dongbang, KCTC and Korea Express using Kamag K24 transporters, was a structure with enormous dimensions. >more
Nigeria’s very own Atlantis LAGOS/NIGERIA, April 29, 2014 - About 50 Volvo machines are being used in Nigeria to work on the Eko Atlantic Project - the biggest land reclamation project in the world. >more
Yanmar’s Mini Excavator SV26 meets Requirements of Rental Companies SAINT-DIZIER/FRANCE, April 25, 2014 – Yanmar Construction Equipment Europe presented the new 2.6-ton mini excavator SV26 in Berlin, on April 15, 2014. As the first machine that has been completely constructed and designed in France, the SV26 has been especially developed to meet the needs and requirements of rental companies. >more
BKT as official Tire Manufacturer of Monster Jam SEREGNO/ITALY, April 24, 2014 – On the occasion of the Monster Jam World Finals, which took place in Las Vegas (Nevada) from March 20-22, BKT (Balkrishna Industries Ltd.) officialized the sponsorship agreement that will exclusively tie the Off-Highway tire manufacturer to Feld Motor Sports through 2018. >more
Terex Finlay introduce 893 Tracked Mobile Heavy Duty Screener OMAGH, CO.TYRONE/NORTHERN IRELAND, April 22, 2014 - The new Terex Finlay 893 is a highly versatile and aggressive machine engineered and built for working in quarrying, mining, construction and demolition debris, topsoil, recycling, sand, gravel, coal, ore and aggregate applications. >more
Kobelco Construction Machinery expands its European Range ALMERE/THE NETHERLANDS, April 17, 2014 - As part of its long-term business commitment within Europe, Kobelco Construction Machinery has introduced three new excavators to market. The new Japanese-built SK260LC-9, SK350LC-9 and SK500LC-9 are the second wave of machines released this year by Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe B.V. (KCME) and further extends its range of specialist earthmoving and construction excavators. >more
Customized Tunnel Formwork Carriage allows both Construction and Utilization WEISSENHORN/GERMANY, April 15, 2014 - A Variokit tunnel formwork solution accelerated construction progress for the 228 m long Marchlehner gallery, situated at a height of 1,800 m above sea level. The planning took into account all possible project requirements which ensured on-schedule completion before the onset of winter. >more
New EU Project to enhance CD&E Waste Recycling Infrastructure COOKSTOWN/NORTHERN IRELAND, April 11, 2014 - A new project, backed by the Eco-Innovation Fund from the European Union will be operating in Germany from May 2014 with the aim of enhancing the infrastructure for the recycling of construction, demolition and excavation waste in Europe. >more
Atlas Copco Breakers go beneath the Surface to demolish Dams ESSEN/GERMANY, April 9, 2014 - The final stages of returning the once-polluted Cuyahoga River in Ohio to its pre-industrial splendor included the removal of the Sheraton Mill Dam and the LeFever Dam that once provided hydroelectric power for thriving local industries. RiverReach Construction, specialists in environmental stream and wetland restoration projects, peformed the demolition task using Atlas Copco hydraulic breakers equipped with underwater kits. >more
Cleaning the Cleaners with Flexco ROSENFELD/GERMANY, April 8, 2014 - When it comes to the aggregates business, where equipment is subjected to harsh materials and weather, Flexco belt cleaners are an important part of keeping systems clear and running. But while the cleaners are busy maintaining the belt, what could you do keeping cleaners running smoothly? >more
Powerscreen honours Top 3 Distributors DUNGANNON, CO. TYRONE/NORTHERN IRELAND, April 7, 2014 - Powerscreen, one of the world’s leading providers of mobile crushing and screening equipment, presented awards to their distributors. >more
A Sennebogen 640 HD duty Cycle Crawler Crane for Pakistan Railways STRAUBING/GERMANY, March 31, 2014 - The Pakistani dealer, AJCL, was able to deliver a new Sennebogen 640 HD to the state railway company, Pakistan Railways, at the end of 2013. The robust duty cycle crawler crane is used to perform maintenance tasks on the railroad network and for numerous lifting tasks. >more
Los Angeles: Guinness World Records for largest continuous Concrete Pour AICHTAL/GERMANY, March 28, 2014 - At 73 stories and 335m in height, the new Wilshire Grand project in downtown Los Angeles will be the tallest structure west of the Mississippi when its doors open in 2017. Following deconstruction of the existing Wilshire Grand Hotel in 2013, construction of the new mixed-use building, designed by AC Martin Partners, Inc., commenced in February 2014 with the world’s largest continuous concrete pour. >more
New 5 and 8 Liter Engines from Volvo Penta GOTENBURG/SWEDEN, March 26, 2014 - Versatility, reliability and greater power density are the hallmarks of Volvo Penta’s new line of Stage II, Stage IIIA and Stage IV-compliant 5- and 8-liter engines. >more
New Holland Machines at work in Storm battered Europe TURIN/ITALY, March 25, 2014 - A wide range of new Holland machines from large excavators to small compact machines, have been hard at works in across Europe as they repair and clean-up towns and cities affected by the recent storms and floods. >more
Atlas Copco adds Drum Cutter Range ESSEN/GERMANY, March 24, 2014 - Atlas Copco introduces a range of eight Drum Cutter attachments to its range of Construction Tools. The DC Drum Cutter range is available with service weights from 200 kg to 2900 kg, suitable for carriers of 1-50 tonnes. >more
Cat 834K Wheel Dozer enhanced with new Features PEORIA(ILLINOIS)/USA, March 21, 2014 - The Cat® 834, introduced in the mid-1960s, has set the standard for wheel-dozer design and performance for almost 50 years. The new 834K now builds on the strengths of its predecessors with engine choices that tailor it for use worldwide, a completely new cab, drive-train refinement, new monitoring and diagnostic features, new safety features and structural enhancements. >more
LiuGong unveiled its large Tonnage Excavator 950E at Conexpo LAS VEGAS(NEVADA)/USA – March 20, 2014 – LiuGong, a global leader in manufacturing a full line of extreme duty equipment, has unveiled one of its largest crawler excavators, the 950E, at this year’s Conexpo-show. >more
HDD Long Distance Record in Scandinavia at -27 Degrees NORRTÄLJE/SWEDEN, SCHWANAU/GERMANY, March 19, 2014 - Top performances can be achieved with the trenchless installation method, even in icy temperatures well below the freezing point. A Swedish drilling team demonstrated this last winter. Using a horizontal drilling rig from Herrenknecht, the team installed three pipelines under a frozen lake within a very short period of time and as a pleasant side effect – set a Scandinavian long distance record. >more
Doka awarded Formwork Contract for highest Residential Building in North India NOIDA/INDIA, March 17, 2014 - The Spira Tower will be the first residential highrise building project in North India. With its comprehensive know-how Doka managed to impress and will supply its formwork technology for this outstanding project. >more
Wacker Neuson: Product Strategy for North America MUNICH/GERMANY, March 14, 2014 - At the Conexpo in Las Vegas, USA, Wacker Neuson introduced a wide variety of new products in the fields of compaction, worksite technology, and compact equipment. The focus of the show was the introduction of the company’s new line of skid steer and compact track loaders, which has been designed specifically for the needs of the North American market. >more
“Bären” Hotel new Pearl for the Black Forest's Tourist Sector STEINACH/GERMANY, March 13, 2014 - When forming the shell of the new hotel building and extension, the building contractors running the project tested Paschal's Logo.3 wall formwork system measuring 270 x 340cm. >more
Hydro Magnet picks up Profit from Demolition Waste ESSEN/GERMANY, March 11, 2014 - The latest complement to Atlas Copco’s range of hydraulic attachments is the Hydro Magnet, a range of profitable tools for recycling plants, scrapyards and the demolition industry. Hydro Magnets enable valuable iron and steel to be separated quickly and easily from concrete waste for subsequent recycling. Simply installed on the existing grapple or shear installation, they require no extra generator or electro cable on the carrier. >more
Surface Heater HSH: Available in two new Model Versions MUNICH/GERMANY, March 7, 2014 - Thaw frozen soil or treat concrete with extremely high heat efficiency: Wacker Neuson has offered the only hydronic surface heater available on the market since 2006. >more
Carbon instead of Steel – Textiles revolutionize the Construction Sector BERLIN/GERMANY, March 5, 2014 - Ailing Bridges, buildings in need of rehabilitation and aged optics are due to weather and time. Relentlessly, both are gnawing at concrete and steel until they crumble, rust or become unstable. While searching for alternative construction materials for reconstruction and maintenance, more and more attention is drawn towards the textile industry, which, with their materials, has already shaken up the aircraft and automotive industries. >more
Largest Liebherr Concrete Mixing Tower installed at Alfons Greten GmbH & Co. KG BAD SCHUSSENRIED/GERMANY, March 4, 2014 – A Liebherr Betomat V 1010 mixing tower has recently been commissioned at Alfons Greten GmbH & Co. KG in Essen/ Oldenburg, Germany. Featuring a diameter of 10.5m and an overall height of 32 m, the Betomat V 1010 is Liebherr's largest concrete mixing tower. >more
Potain Tower Cranes building huge cable-stayed Bridge in China MANITOWOC(WISCONSIN)/USA, March 3, 2014 - Potain tower cranes are building one of the world’s longest cable-stayed bridges in China. Thrashed by high winds and monsoon conditions, the cranes are working 1,500 m above sea level in the mountains of southern China to build the Duge Beipanjiang Bridge, which will span 720 m on completion. >more
Modern Metro System for Qatar's Capital SCHWANAU/GERMANY, February 28, 2014 – The State of Qatar is pursuing a large and ambitious vision destined to provide the highest standards of living to the country and its citizens by the year 2030. An important component for this is a modern transport infrastructure. Consequently the capital Doha, chronically plagued by congestion, is to receive a completely new, very efficient metro system. The company Herrenknecht was charged with the delivery of 15 high-tech tunnel boring machines for this purpose. >more
Hydraulic Attachment Tool Manufacturers join Forces BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, February 26, 2014 - CECE, the European Construction Equipment Committee has broadened its portfolio. The recently established new product group “hydraulic attachment tools” serves as a communication and information platform for companies operating in this field of business. Companies active include Arden Equipment, Atlas Copco, Caterpillar, FRD, Indeco, Montabert, NPK, Okada, Sandvik, Simex, Socomec, Soosan, Tabe, Toku and VTN. >more
Efficiency in Materials: Kramer launches three new Telehandlers PFULLENDORF/GERMANY, February 24, 2014 -. In the spring of 2014, Kramer-Werke will launch three new telehandlers onto the market: the three models 4407, 5507 and 5509 handle payloads between 4.3 tonnes to 5.5 tonnes and achieve lifting heights from 7 to 9 metres, therefore making them the strongest telehandlers made by the southern German construction machine manufacturer. >more
Eko Atlantic – An ingenious Engineering Thing LAGOS/NIGERIA, February 19, 2014 - An ultra futuristic city is being built on the shores of Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria. Under the project management of David Frame, the British lead engineer and Managing Director of South Energyx Nigeria Ltd., a subsidiary of Chagoury Group, Eko Atlantic City is being constructed on 9 million square metres of reclaimed land from the sea and protruding 2.5 kilometres into the Atlantic Ocean. >more
SMOPYC 2014 – Preview and Diagnosis of the Sector ZARAGOZA/SPAIN, February 11, 2014 - The preparations are well underway for the SMOPYC 2014, which is to take place at the Zaragoza Exhibition Center from 1st to 5th April. The main associations in the sector are to attend the show, completing the agenda of parallel activities, including the organization of reverse trade missions from international markets such as the United Arab Emirates, India, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Belarus, Turkey and Iran, among others. >more
Bagela 100 t Pipe Renewal Winch in long term Use OSWESTRY/ENGLAND, February 10, 2014 - Bagela Baumaschinen generated a new pipe pulling winch with a pulling force of 100 tons. The winch is in operation on a long-term project between Oswestry in Shropshire and Malpas in Cheshire. >more
Over 6,000 Slab Tables in use at the Midfield Terminal Project ABU DHABI/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, February 7, 2014 - Peri has provided yet another performance by the construction of the Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport, delivering enormous amounts of materials at short notice as well as competent engineering for the related formwork and scaffolding planning. >more
Launch of three new Powerscreen Machines at Conexpo DUNGANNON, CO. TYRONE/NORTHERN IRELAND, February 3, 2014 - Powerscreen, one of the world’s leading providers of mobile crushing and screening equipment, will attend Conexpo 2014. The manufacturer will be exhibiting on the Terex stand at booth #1047 in the outdoor Gold Lot at the Las Vegas Convention Centre from March 4th -8th, 2014 and will exhibit three new machines: the Powerscreen® Premiertrak™ 300 jaw crusher, Powerscreen® Trakpactor™ 320SR impact crusher and the Powerscreen® Warrior™ 2100 screen. >more
Corridor Vc: High-performing Wagon for High Speed AMSTETTEN/THE NETHERLANDS, January 31, 2014 - In the future, travelling between Budapest and Southern Dalmatia will take less time thanks to the Pan-European Corridor Vc. Numerous tunnels and bridges are erected along the 397 km route through Bosnia owing to the difficult topography. Doka's contribution to the infrastructure initiative is a formwork solution including a total of ten Cantilever forming travellers for the Studenčica and Trebižat bridges crossing the valleys. >more
Lebanese Road Project provides Path for Investment LONDON/UK, January 30, 2014 - NAH is undertaking two extensive infrastructure projects in Mount Lebanon Province using Volvo construction equipment to improve tourism and middle-eastern investment. >more
First Grove GMK6400 arrives in Germany KEHL/GERMANY, January 28, 2014 - MSG Krandienst GmbH has taken delivery of the first Grove GMK6400 all-terrain crane to arrive in Germany. The 400 t capacity GMK6400, which is the strongest six-axle crane on the market, has been in near-constant use since its delivery in September last year. >more
Caterpillar rolls out new M Wheel Loaders Series PEORIA, ILLINOIS/USA, January 27, 2014 – Caterpillar recently launched its new Wheel Loaders, which represent latest technology levels of the company’s market leading quality. The new 980M and 982M Wheel Loaders have EU Stage IV Acert engines equipped with a combination of proven electronic, fuel, air and after-treatment components. >more
Wirtgen HT22 Quick-Change Toolholder System for efficient Milling Performance WINDHAGEN/GERMANY, January 23, 2014 - Cutting technology is a core competence of Wirtgen and the heart of its cold milling machine technology. With its HT22 quick-change toolholder system, Wirtgen has launched a new development onto the market that minimizes downtimes and increases the service life of the milling drum. >more
Linden Comansa Tower Cranes build the "Nhat Tan Bridge" in Hanoi HANOI/VIETNAM, January 22, 2014 - The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, will have by the end of 2014 a new road connection between the city centre and the Noi Bai International Airport. The pathway of this new 8-lane-road, four for each direction, crosses the Red River. To save its 1,200 meters of width, Vietnam’s Ministry of Transportation launched a project of a spectacular cable-stayed bridge and approach viaduct of 3.080 meters in total length. >more
Aveva E3D Insight continues Future of Plant Design CAMBRIDGE/UK, January 21, 2014 - Aveva launched of Aveva E3D Insight, the Windows 8.1 App that enables project decision makers in the power, process plant and mining industries to view and approve Aveva Everything3D (Aveva E3D) designs from a mobile tablet device. >more
Co-operation Agreement between Liebherr and Kamaz BIBERACH/GERMANY, January 20, 2014 - The Liebherr Group and the Russian company Kamaz OJSC have signed a contract to develop and manufacture a range of 6-cylinder diesel engines with 12 litre displacement. The engines are tailored by Liebherr to meet specific requirements from Kamaz. At the same time, the contract includes a complete solution for the construction of an engine production and assembly line as well as respective quality assurance within Kamaz's production. >more
Eric Lepine is new President of CECE BRUSSELS/BELGIUM, January 17, 2014 - Eric Lepine, General Manager of Caterpillar France SAS in Grenoble, is presiding CECE, the Committee for European Construction Equipment, for the coming two years. Eric Lepine took over the presidency from Johann Sailer, who has been chairing the association during the last two years. >more
Formwork Solution for Smithland Hydroelectric Power Plant SMITHLAND, KENTUCKY/USA, January 15, 2014 - For the Smithland hydropower station, Peri provides a customized formwork and shoring solution. The extremely tight construction schedule, massive structural elements and in part multi-curved surfaces required a huge number of specially-made 3D formwork units in addition to large quantities of system equipment. >more
Komatsu donates HB215LC-1 Hybrid Excavator to the International Polar Foundation VILVOORDE/BELGIUM, January 14, 2014 – Komatsu Europe International announces the donation of a new HB215LC-1 hybrid excavator to the International Polar Foundation. BIA n.v., the official Komatsu distributor for Belgium, provided free attachments for the machine, which will be transported by sea to Antarctica, to work at the Princess Elisabeth Station. >more
Liebherr Derrick 200 DR 5/10 Litronic removes Jib Crane from Hotel Roof BIBERACH/GERMANY, January 8, 2014 - The Liebherr Derrick 200 DR 5/10 Litronic carried out a job at an extreme altitude on the roof of the newly built Courtyard Marriot Hotel in Montreal, Canada. The derrick crane operated in a very constricted space on the hotel roof to remove the Liebherr 355 HC-L 12/24 Litronic luffing jib crane safely and reliably. >more
Driving a Highway through the Desert RUB’ AL KHALI DESERT/SAUDI ARABIA, January 7, 2014 - Saudi Arabia has built the first ever highway through the world’s largest and most barren desert – the Empty Quarter – built with the help of a fleet of 95 Volvo machines. >more
Full Speed ahead for the Volvo Express LONDON/ENGLAND, December 30, 2013 - About 400 Volvo machines are being used at the South Europe Atlantic high-speed rail (SEA HSR) development in France, that will run for 188 miles from Tours to Bordeaux. >more
Perfect Pipeline Premiere: Herrenknecht Direct Pipe for the first Time in Canada BONNYVILLE/CANADA, SCHWANAU/GERMANY, December 23, 2013 - A smooth success right from the beginning: For the first time, a Canadian construction company has installed a pipeline using the Direct Pipe® technology from Herrenknecht. Crossing beneath the Beaver River in the province of Alberta with a 42 inch pipeline (1,067mm) was successfully completed in two weeks. >more
Mobile Harbor Crane as most important connecting Link: 680 HMC on Alderney STRAUBING/GERMANY, December 17, 2013 - Between France and England in the English Channel, you will find Alderney the third-largest British Channel Island. The Braye harbor in St. Anne has particular significance as the only maritime connection to the mainland. A new Sennebogen 680 has been at work there since mid 2013 as the only harbor crane, it ensures the supply of goods for the island populace. >more
Building Houses from Plastic Waste STUTTGART/GERMANY, December 16, 2013 - Low-cost dwellings made from a wire mesh framework filled with recycling material are the latest project to be developed by international installation artist, Markus Heinsdorff, as a vision for developing countries. His new concept is currently on show at the Haus der Architektur in Munich as part of the "Low Cost Houses and Pavilions” exhibition. >more
Liebherr 1000 EC-B 125 Litronic Flat-Top Crane undergoes intensive Test Program BIBERACH/GERMANY, December 12, 2013 - An intensive series of tests is being carried out at the Liebherr-Werk Bib-erach GmbH test site with the new 1000 EC B 125 Litronic Flat-Top crane which was unveiled at the Bauma 2013. This program is designed not only to test the completely new climbing equipment but also includes dynamic and static overload tests. >more
Terex agrees to sell Truck Business to Volvo for $160 Million WESTPORT,CT/USA, December 10, 2013 - Terex Corporation today announced that it has agreed to sell its truck business to Volvo Construction Equipment for cash proceeds of approximately $160 million. >more
Gripper TBM "Buddelbär XL": A tough Hard Rocker FUSCH/AUSTRIA, December 9, 2013: With an extremely strong drive of 1,400kW, the Herrenknecht S-800 tunnel boring machine excavated a new headrace tunnel for the "Bärenwerk" hydropower plant in Fusch in record speed. In just six months it drilled through 2.8km of solid rock in the Austrian Alps. >more
Formwork Solution for Bridge over Drava River WEISSENHORN/GERMANY, December 6, 2013 - The bridge over the Drava river is part of the realization of the 90 km long A5 motorway development in eastern Croatia. Peri planned and delivered a climbing formwork solution for the construction of the up to 75 m high bridge pylons. The concept for the creation of the piers and the parapet solution for the foreshore bridges was the responsibility of the company’s team of Croatian engineers. >more
OMA completes De Rotterdam ROTTERDAM/NETHERLANDS, December 5, 2013 – OMA these days marked the completion of De Rotterdam, a mixed-use, 160,000m2 slab-tower conceived as a ‘vertical city’ on the river Maas. >more
Successful Use of Formwork in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia MEDINA/SAUDI ARABIA, December 4, 2013 - After Mecca, the City of Medina (Al Madinah Al Munawwarah – which non-Muslims are prohibited from entering) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is regarded as the second most important city in all of Islam. It is an up and coming metropolis of 1.7 million residents. As a means to protect the environment, the City is building a sewage treatment plant for 1 million people. It cleans waste water in three steps to a level of clarity that permits the use of the water for agricultural irrigation. The project is budgeted at 300 million Riyal (61 million Euros). It is the largest sewage treatment plant planned in all of Saudi Arabia. >more
John Deere displayed Final Tier 4/Stage IV Engine Technology at Agritechnica 2013 HANOVER/GERMANY, December 3, 2013 - John Deere Power Systems has exhibited its whole Final Tier 4/Stage IV diesel engine range featuring the Integrated Emissions Control system at Hanover’s Agritechnica in November. In addition to powering a large variety of John Deere equipment, the company also develops, designs and manufactures engines for a wide diversity of agricultural applications: spreaders, feeder mixers, vineyard tractors, harvesters, sprayers… For each type of agricultural equipment, JDPS can offer the engine adapted to the manufacturer's requirements and the needs of the end buyer. >more
Sochi’s Tunnel – an Olympic Architectural Highlight GÖTTINGEN/GERMANY, December 2, 2013 - The aluminium cladding of the tunnel entrance made from Novelis pre-painted aluminium ff2® looks like filigree ornaments and is reminiscent of the snowy mountains found at the Black Sea no matter what the season. The Russian City of Sochi is scene of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2014, as well as the location for the FIFA World Cup in 2018. >more
Getting Special: Sennebogen Duty Cycle Crane 6100 XLR-2 STRAUBING/GERMANY, November 29, 2013 - Special tasks require special machines: this is the motto of the Dutch BAM. With its own developed Sennebogen 6100 XLR-2, the underground construction company performs challenging foundation work worldwide. >more
Potain’s new self-erecting Tower Crane makes its Mark in Europe MANITOWOC(WISCONSIN)/USA, November 28, 2013 - Manitowoc’s self-erecting tower crane, the Potain Igo M 14, was introduced at Batimat 2013 in Paris, France. The 1.8 t capacity crane took center stage on the company’s booth and was praised for its flexible configurations and class-leading 19 m lifting height. Batimat is this year’s largest construction equipment trade show in France and took place November 4 through 8. >more
Doosan Machines pave the Way for new Shopping Center in Erfurt ERFURT/GERMANY, November 20, 2013 - The Gebrüder Kirchner GmbH Company of Elxleben in Germany is relying on Doosan machines for the demolition of a cultural and recreational center on the Moskauer Platz in Erfurt, Germany. Three crawler excavators, a wheeled excavator and a wheel loader from Doosan are being used for the job. >more
Powerscreen launches Premiertrak 300 Jaw Crusher DUNGANNON (CO. TYRONE)/NORTHERN IRELAND, November 18, 2013 - Powerscreen has launched the new Premiertrak 300 jaw crusher. In advance of its launch, the Premiertrak 300 crusher received extensive testing in sites in the UK. One of the test sites was J. Gourley and Sons in Northern Ireland who crush medium hard quarry rock for local building contractors and farmers. >more
Neo-Involvement of European Companies in Africa KIEL/GERMANY, November 14, 2013 - The initial reluctance of being frontrunners put up by European companies towards the emerging markets of Africa seem to be subsiding. Wacker Neuson, Herrenknecht, Sandvik, Doka, Geda, Goldhofer or Bauer – European construction companies are gaining grounds on the African Continent. >more
Wacker Neuson reports highest 9M Revenue since the Merger MUNICH/GERMANY, November 13, 2013 - Despite the difficult economic climate, Munich-based light and compact equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson reported an upturn in business in the third quarter of 2013. The Group remains committed to its forecast for 2013. >more
India's Water Sector needs innovative and adapted Solutions BERLIN/GERMANY, November 11, 2013 - At the 1st German Water Partnership Day on 22 October in Bangalore (Federal State of Karnataka in south-western India) and at IFAT India in Mumbai German and Indian experts discussed the challenges facing the Indian water sector but also opportunities of cooperation. >more
Pumping Concrete while protecting the Environment BRANDENBURG/GERMANY, November 8, 2013 – A unique task for Putzmeister: a pump is currently delivering concrete along a pipeline across the Spreewald biosphere reserve to a construction site 450 m away. The installation of a sluice was designed to overcome the difference in level of the watercourse. >more
Pilosio lands Major Deal in South Africa TAVAGNACCO(UDINE)/ITALY, November 6, 2013 – Pilosio, a company that manufactures scaffolding and formwork for the construction industry with a strong presence on international markets, has announced it has won an order worth around 1.5 million euros with the construction company CMC of Ravenna, which has operated for a long time in South Africa and has branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. >more
Desalting Sea Water with Ritmo’s Delta 630 Machine KAVARATTI ISLAND/INDIA, November 5, 2013 - One of the main challenges of water treatment is to desalt sea water, so to give more potable fluid to those countries that have little of it, but plenty of the other resource. Until now, the extremely high costs linked to this operation obstructed the development of such a procedure. A Delta 630 machine from Ritmo Palstic Welding Technology is seen at work in Agatti, a long and narrow strip of sand of Kavaratti, one of the Laccadive islands positioned in the Indian Ocean. Ritmo’s machine is pictured welding in a low temperature thermal desalination (LTTD) facility. >more
Optimum Result on sub-optimum Subgrade: Big Sonic-Ski now with four Sensors LIMBURG/GERMANY, November 4, 2013 - Unevenness and road waves pose a hazard to road users. They are also one reason why asphalt roads need to be repaired or resurfaced after just a few years, which is expensive and leads to traffic jams. >more
Grove GMK5220 gets to Play(mobil) at first Job in Germany HERRIEDEN/GERMANY, October 30, 2013 - German crane operator Rachinger has completed its first job using its new Grove GMK5220 all-terrain crane. The 220 t capacity crane, which arrived in June, built a new warehouse in Herrieden for German toymaker Playmobil. >more
Boxco transports 880 ton Splitter Column to Mumbai Port ULM/GERMANY, October 28, 2013 - Boxco Logistics has set the bar high yet again, by roll on-roll off of the longest column ever that was transported in and out of Mumbai port on Scheuerle-Kamag K25 self-propelled modular transporters. >more
bauma Africa opens new Doors for Linden Comansa and Tower Crane Services JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, October 25, 2013 - Linden Comansa has closed the first edition of the bauma Africa tradeshow with a good feeling. "The quality and quantity of the visitors have been better than expected, and we have made many new contacts with African companies and contractors. It has been our first participation in a tradeshow with our distributor Tower Crane Services and the experience has been very positive, as it allowed us to strengthen ties with our customers in the area as well as to meet new potential customers", said Martín Echevarría, Linden Comansa’s Sales Director after his return from Johannesburg, South Africa. >more
Culvert Rehabilitation under the Danube SCHIEDER-SCHWALENBERG/GERMANY, October 24, 2013 - From mid-February to mid-March 2013, Sekisui SPR Europe rehabilitated two parallel-running culverts underneath a branch of the Danube in a water protection zone of Bratislava, Slovakia. The type of water pipe and in particular the special location made it necessary using a trenchless rehabilitation technology. >more
SMOPYC and the Construction Crisis: An Interview with Josè Antonio Vicente ZARAGOZA/SPAIN, October 23, 2013 - The International Show of Public Works, Construction and Mining Machinery (SMOPYC) will hold its 16th show from 1 to 5 April 2014 at Zaragoza Exhibition Centre. To give an overview of the sector and its expectations regarding this year's show, Alarcon & Harris agency interviewed José Antonio Vicente, director of Zaragoza Exhibition Centre. Mr Vicente is an authority in trade show circles as well as chairing the Spanish trade show association (AFE). He also has expertise in public works machinery thanks to his close ties with this sector. >more
New Cat D Series Compact Track Loaders feature Cab with enhanced Operator Environment and Controls PEORIA(ILLINOIS)/USA, October 22, 2013 - Caterpillar is introducing three new Cat® D Series Compact Track Loaders and three new Cat D Series Multi Terrain Loaders as well as two updated D Series Compact Track Loaders. The new and updated machines feature a completely new cab with first-in-class designs that enhance operator comfort and control, new lift arm design for improved sight lines, and increased engine performance for greater productivity. The six new D Series models are replacements for their B3, C and C2 Series predecessors. >more
“Red Square” Triflex Marking brings a Dash of Red to Köpenick Old Town DORTMUND/GERMANY, October 21, 2013 - It is the range of application options which makes products from Triflex, the renowned specialist for waterproofing with liquid applied waterproofing and cold plastics, appealing to many planners and architects. The “Red Square” in Köpenick provides an example. >more
Bomag articulated Tandem Rollers: The new 5th Generation BOPPARD/GERMANY, October 18, 2013 – At Bomag Asphalt Days 2013, being held at the main plant in Boppard at the beginning of September, Bomag also marked other machine premières. The company presented the new 5th generation articulated tandem rollers in the 10-11 t class as the new BW 161 ADO, BW 161 AD-5 and BW 190 models. With these 5th generation tandems the company becomes the only manufacturer on the market offering machines that use all three compaction systems - double vibration, oscillation and Asphalt Manager 2. >more
Ammann’s Asphalt Mixing Plant for demanding Projects LANGENTHAL/SWITZERLAND, October 17, 2013 - Ammann is focused on driving the further development of process engineering and process technology to meet the ever-growing demands from markets in various regions with regard to the use of reclaimed asphalt, emission reductions and plant mobility. Today, the world market leader is the only manufacturer with the plant technology to produce new asphalt from 100% recycled asphalt. Ammann also offers appropriate recycling upgrades for every specific demand raised by customers and the markets. >more
World Cup’s Manaus Stadium under Construction with Terex Cranes MANAUS/BRAZIL, October 17, 2013 - For the construction of Manaus’s “Arena da Amazonia” stadium, three different companies - Andrade Guitierrez, Entec, and Tomiasi - combined their expertise and Terex equipment to work on one of the world’s most innovative stadiums. They used Genie aerial working platforms and Terex tower, crawler, all terrain, rough terrain and truck cranes. >more
Egyptian Minister Abdel Nour on official Visit to Marmomacc VERONA/ITALY, October 14, , 2013 – For his first international mission after the appointment of the new Government, Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, the Egyptian Minister for Industry and Trade, travelled to Verona to attend Marmomacc, the exhibition dedicated to natural stone and related technologies, and asked for a personal meeting with construction industry entrepreneurs. During this meeting, the Minister clearly explained the political situation in Egypt and the conditions of security and stability essential in the future to attract foreign investments. >more
Bilfinger Real Estate wins Management Contract for "Metropol Istanbul" FRANKFURT/GERMANY, October 11, 2013 - As of October 1, 2013, Bilfinger Real Estate has taken over the management of the retail space for Turkey’s major "Metropol Istanbul" project. As part of the EUR 960 million construction project, several residential and office towers, a three-story shopping mall with a 400-meter-long shopping street for international luxury brands, an entertainment area including a cinema complex, restaurants and cafés as well as a parking garage with 3,000 parking spaces are to be built by the end of 2016 on a site measuring 10 hectares in Istanbul's Ataşehir district. >more
bauma Africa: A Construction Industry Trade Fair of international Standard JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, OCTOBER 10, 2013 - “Yes, we can!” This must have been the attitude with which the Messe München International decided to organise the first International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles in Africa. 14,700 registered trade visitors from more than 110 countries came to this year’s premiere the trade fair, which took place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from September 18 to 21, 2013. All in all, 754 exhibitors – 123 from South Africa and 631 that are headquartered abroad – from 38 countries attended bauma Africa. >more
Tata Steel announces realigned European Distribution Service at Blechexpo 2013 LONDON/ENGLAND, October 7, 2013: Tata Steel will be at Blechexpo in November to outline how major changes to its distribution and service centre network in continental Europe will improve its customer offering. Europe’s second largest steelmaker will use the major sheet metal processing exhibition, which runs from 5-8 November in Stuttgart, Germany, to demonstrate how its realigned organisation is even better focused on delivering customer value. The transformation of its distribution network will enhance the service offering and give European customers local access to Tata Steel’s comprehensive product range. >more
Individual Project Solution with Construction Kit System LANAYE LOCK BRIDGE/BELGIUM, October 2, 2013 - The Variokit modular construction system is being used for the cost-effective realization of the steel composite bridge over the extended Lanaye lock facility in Belgium. Based on standardized, rentable system components, Belgian and German Peri engineers adapted the bridge solution to match the range of construction site requirements: in a combined application as a movable formwork carriage as well as a cantilever bracket. The Lanaye locks are located on the border between Belgium and the Netherlands and combine the Albert Canal with Juliana Canal, a side canal of the River Meuse. Through the construction of additional lock chambers, the capacity will therefore be quadrupled. Integral part of the complex building project is the new 200 m long road bridge which crosses the shipping channel at right angles. >more
Development of Rijnhaven Area in Rotterdam about to Start ROTTERDAM/NETHERLANDS, October 2, 2013 - One of the harbors of Rotterdam, the Rijnhaven, is available for re-development. The municipality of Rotterdam is putting out a tender to realize this development in a unique way: the party with the best plan can redesign the Rijnhaven for a period of thirty years. A professional jury, including the German scientist Michael Braungart, will evaluate the submitted innovative plans for a reuse. >more
Innovation that has transformed an Industry: The hydraulic Breaker turns 50 ESSEN/GERMANY, October 1, 2013 - This month Atlas Copco Construction Tools, Essen, Germany, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the hydraulic breaker. An innovative idea which originated in the German city of Essen half-a-century ago has transformed the construction and mining industries and is now a worldwide standard. Krupp Berco Bautechnik, acquired by Atlas Copco in 2002, developed the rig-mounted hydraulic breaker and took out a patent in 1963. The first machine, the HM 400, attracted huge interest at the Hannover fair in 1967 and more than 2,000 units were sold. >more
Japanese Minister awards Spiral-Wound Rehabilitation Project in Ansbach, Germany SCHIEDER-SCHWALENBERG/GERMANY, September 30, 2013 – Special requirements of the sewer rehabilitation in the city of Ansbach, Germany, made the SPR product a perfect solution. Sekisui SPR Europe was instructed by Awean, who is responsible for the wastewater disposal of Ansbach, to renew 220 m of an egg-shaped sewer with diameter of 1200/1600 mm. The project in Ansbach was now awarded with the 6th “Junkan no Michi Wastewater System Prize” by the Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. >more
bauma Africa delights the Industry JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, September 26, 2013 - bauma Africa has impressively entered the African market: The first edition of this International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles took up 60,000 square meters of exhibition space – 40,100 square meters net – which makes it the biggest industry event for the sector in Africa. >more
Meva Formwork help build Social Housing on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast HAITERBACH/GERMANY, September 24, 2013 - Colombia’s economic is growing fast and with it, the building industry is booming. Bridges, tunnels, high-rise buildings, shopping centres – the South Americans are building, renovating and rejuvenating their infrastructure and catching up to create mass housing so badly needed for the population. At Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast, the national housing ministry is building a new quarter called “Las Gardenias” with a total of 5,000 apartments for the poor. Traditionally, residential construction in Colombia has to do without a crane. In addition, walls and slabs are poured in one go to save time. And instead of plastering the walls, they are left as is. >more
A Herrenknecht Giant reaches its Target SPARVO/ITALY, September 19, 2013 - “Martina”, the largest tunnel boring machine manufactured by Herrenknecht so far, finished her large-scale project in Italy with final breakthrough. The EPB Shield with a diameter of 15.55 meters produced the shell of the dual-tube Sparvo Tunnel between Bologna and Florence in about two years. This will relieve Autostrada A1 considerably from traffic in the future. >more
Paschal Modular Formwork for Residential Area in Hyderabad HYDERABAD/INDIA, September 18, 2013 - One of the most important locations of the globally active Indian IT and software industry is Hyderabad, the city with 8 million residents in the south east of India. The largest concentration of IT companies is in the district of Madhapur. This is where the residential park Abhra is currently being built, initially with 387 upper class apartments in five residential blocks. >more
Solutions delivered for LNG Facility - The World’s first Project to turn Coal Seam Gas into liquefied natural Gas AICHTAL/GERMANY, September 17, 2013 - Upon completion in 2014, Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) will convert coal seam gas into liquefied natural gas (LNG), providing cleaner hydrocarbon energy for export markets, along with creating new jobs and boosting the local economy. The project is being developed by QGC Pty Ltd, a division of the BG Group, a leading player in the global energy market with operations in more than 25 countries across five continents. Equipment from Putzmeister has been working to place concrete at the site since last fall. QCLNG, located on Curtis Island in Gladstone Harbour, Australia, consists of the construction of a world-class LNG plant. >more
New Terex Crawler Crane performs in Trio Lift of Stör River Bridge ITZEHOE/GERMANY, September 16, 2013 - This past August was an important milestone for the region’s infrastructure: Crane service providers Ulferts & Wittrock, Wagenborg Nedlift, and Sarens worked together to lift a 120-meter-long tied-arch bridge onto 20-meter-tall piers, closing a gap in the expansion project for the A23 motorway between Hamburg and Heide. In order to perform this challenge over the river Stör, the companies relied on a trio of Terex crawler cranes: Wagenborg with its CC 2500-1; Sarens with its CC 6800; and Ulferts & Wittrock with its new Superlift 3800, which was on its first assignment for the company. >more
Las Bambas Copper Mine: Positive Outlook for Construction Progress in the Andes AMSTETTEN/GERMANY, September 9, 2013 - The site of the new Las Bambas copper mine is in one of the remotest regions of the Andes. The work on building the ore-extraction infrastructure is currently the biggest construction project in Peru, comprising several crushing plants, tunnels and a dam. Contractors Bechtel have taken up the manifold challenges of this vast new facility located at over 4000 m above sea level, with Doka at their side as their partner for formwork technology. >more
Brazil’s World Cup Stadium takes Shape with Grove Cranes SAO PAULO/BRAZIL, September 6, 2013 - Two Grove cranes are constructing a massive soccer stadium in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. The Arena Corinthians, located on the east side of São Paulo, will host some of the tournament’s games before becoming the new home of the Brazilian Club Corinthians soccer team. The World Cup is a high-profile event, watched around the world — and it’s no surprise that Grove cranes are playing a vital role in completing this high-profile job. >more
Pumped-Storage Powerplant Nant de Drance: Machine Trio from Herrenknecht on a successful Course NANT DE DRANCE/SWITZERLAND, SCHWANAU/GERMANY, September 3, 2013 - The construction of the Nant de Drance pumped-storage power plant in the Swiss canton of Valais seems to be groundbreaking for the country's energy policy. The share of electricity from nuclear power plants is to be gradually replaced by electricity from renewable energy sources. The Nant de Drance pumped-storage power plant will produce electricity from environmentally friendly hydropower from 2017 onwards, serving at the same time as a giant energy storage unit. Three Herrenknecht machines are creating key constructions of the underground infrastructure. >more
Panama Canal – Epoch-Making Project ESSEN/GERMANY, September 2, 2013 - The 81.6 kilometer long Panama Canal, one of the world’s most important waterways, is currently undergoing extensive civil construction, widening and deepening at a cost of around four billion Euros. A key element of the Expansion Program is the construction of two new lock complexes on the Atlantic and Pacific sides, each around 1,200 meters long. >more
Three Wolff Cranes in Action on Alpine Construction Site in Ischgl ISCHGL/AUSTRIA, August 28, 2013 - Ischgl – 2812 meters above sea level, the assembly of a tower crane quickly turns into a major challenge. A challenge that Wolffkran Austria faced in Ischgl, one of the largest ski resorts in the Alps. For the expansion of the ski lifts of Silvrettaseilbahn AG, the company assembled three Wolff WK 5015 cranes. These had to be flown to the construction site piece by piece and assembled with a heavy lift helicopter. The assembly by helicopter not only meant a huge logistical and planning effort for Wolffkran Austria, but also an out of the ordinary operation in a high Alpine landscape. >more
X-Seed 4000 Tower could house a whole Metropolis TOKYO/JAPAN, August 27, 2013 – Discussions around the world about what the tallest tower might be are well known. Some mention the Taipei 101, at 1671 ft to the tip of it’s spire, whereas others might argue that the Sears Tower, at a whopping 1731 ft (and 110 stories), wins the race. However, if the enormous, 13,000 ft X-Seed 4000 structure ever gets built in Tokyo it will win the worlds-tallest-building competition hands down and leave its puny competitors far behind. If. >more
MOBA Excavator System works in huge Chinese Construction Project LIMBURG/GERMANY, August 22, 2013 - Several billion cubic metres of earth will be moved and countless tons of concrete laid. The South-North water transfer is one of the largest infrastructure projects which have ever been realised in China. For the ambitious canal constructions MOBA’s excavator system Xsite Link is in use. >more
New construction of High Speed Railway Line from Tours to Bordeaux BORDEAUX/FRANCE, August 20, 2013 - The new railway line for France’s express train TGV between Tours and Bordeaux is one of the largest infrastructure construction sites in France. It will connect the Atlantic metropolis with the capital city in a 2.5 hours’ drive. >more
Herrenknecht delivers special Tunnel boring Machine for Bosporus Crossing ISTANBUL/TURKEY, SCHWANAU/GERMANY, August 19, 2013 - A large-diameter road tunnel will cross beneath the strait in Istanbul and expand the infrastructure bottleneck between Europe and Asia. The technical planning of the tunnelling operations poses complex challenges. Therefore, the construction consortium ordered a specially adapted tunnel boring machine from Herrenknecht. The 13.6 meter giant, a Mixshield, was completed in early July 2013 in Schwanau and is now on the way to the jobsite in Turkey. >more
Equipment Demonstration at Terex Finlay Open Event in Scotland ABERDEEN/SCOTLAND, August 5, 2013 - Terex Finlay held its largest ever Customer Open Event, at Jim Jamieson’s Quarry, Ellon near Aberdeen in Scotland. It was a demonstration on crushing and screening equipment of all of their new models for both Quarrying and Recycling applications. >more
Innovative Spiral-Wound Technology Solution for custom-shaped Storm Water Pipe SCHIEDER-SCHWALENBERG/GERMANY, August 14, 2013 – The local wastewater authority SIARE (Syndicat lntercommunal d'Assainissement de la Région d'Enghien) had instructed the rehabilitation of its custom-shaped storm water pipe with the Spiral-Wound product SPR after a collapse caused by material fatigue. 110 m of the broken water pipe was rehabilitated within seven weeks. The pipe, based on a box shape with a height of 1150 mm and a width of 2600 mm, is located beneath the road Rue d’Enghien in the French City of Eaubonne, a suburb of Paris. >more
Customized Formwork and Scaffolding Solution for Nordhavnsvej Tunnel COPENHAGEN/DENMARK, August 14, 2013 - Around 620 m of the extensive Nordhavnsvej infrastructure project runs underground. The twin-tubed, rectangular tunnel is being realized using the cut-and-cover method – the walls with Trio panelized formwork in advance followed by the slab formed with the Variokit tunnel formwork carriage. With the customized project solution, the construction team has achieved a three week cycle for the 25 m long concreting sections. >more
Novelis Aluminium forms Architecture for Copenhagen`s Aquarium "The Blue Planet” COPENHAGEN/DENMARK, August 12, 2013 - From above it looks like a gigantic vortex: The Blue Planet, Northern Europe's largest and most modern aquarium is situated at the island of Amager, right at the coast of the Øresund and near the Copenhagen Airport. Even in the choice of cladding, the architects focused on quality materials with durability. They decided for Novelis pre-painted aluminum since it had proven itself for decades in extreme climates through features such as the seawater and corrosion resistant alloy C4S. The 1,2 mm thick facade sheet with a natural aluminum look is protected with a weathering clear lacquer coat and, thus ideal for forming, transport and installation. >more
OMA appointed to masterplan Morden Wharf on Greenwich Peninsula LONDON/ENGLAND, ROTTERDAM/NETHERLANDS, August 1, 2013 - OMA has been appointed by specialist mixed-use developer Cathedral Group PLC and joint venture partner Development Securities PLC as masterplanner and lead architect on the mixed-use development of Morden Wharf, a 19 acre regeneration site on London’s Greenwich Peninsula. OMA will now start work on plans for the site, which was acquired as a corporate transaction by the joint venture in March 2012 and has the potential to produce a £950 million, 2 million sq ft mixed-used scheme. >more
Caterpillar offers full Line of Satco Processing and Directional Felling Heads PEORIA, ILLINOIS/USA – July 31, 2013 - Caterpillar Forest Products and Satco Ltd. have signed an agreement that gives Caterpillar the rights to sell and support Satco harvesting attachments and parts worldwide. Caterpillar is the exclusive distributor everywhere except Australia, New Zealand and Brazil, where Satco products will be offered both through Satco distributors and select CatÒ dealers. >more
Start of Production for Rammax 1575 CI articulated Trench Roller LANGENTHAL/SWITZERLAND, July 25, 2013 - Following its introduction at the Bauma 2013, the latest generation of the articulated Rammax 1575 CI trench roller will go into production at Ammann’s Langenthal site in Switzerland. >more
Precise planning, reliable Equipment: ETAL moves Transformers with Scheuerle InterCombi PFEDELBACH/GERMANY, July 24, 2013 - Egyptian Transportation & Logistics (ETAL) transported six transformers from two Red Sea ports to the Giza North Power Station on Scheuerle InterCombi. Due to the precise project planning of ETAL and safe and reliable equipment, obstacles could be mastered and the transport arrived in time at its destination safely. >more
Preprufe Waterproofing System protects Dublin’s €410 million Aviva Stadium DUBLIN/IRELAND, July 15, 2013 - At the €410 million Aviva Stadium in Dublin, more than 8,000m2 of Grace’s Preprufe waterproofing membrane was chosen to deliver outstanding levels of watertightness – enhancing the company’s reputation and proven track record for delivering waterproof protection at the world’s most important structures. >more
100th Warrior 2400 delivered and making a Difference in Oman DUNGANNON, Co.TYRONE/NORTHERN IRELAND, July 14, 2013 - Powerscreen has delivered its 100th Warrior 2400 mobile screen to distributor General Engineering Services (Genserv) in Oman. One of Oman’s leading infrastructure companies, Galfar Engineering SAOG, originally requested a scalping plant from Genserv. The customer required machines capable of providing output capacities ranging from 700 - 900 tph and more importantly that were mobile as they planned to use them for roads and building projects all over Oman. The experienced team at Genserv recommended the Warrior 2400 scalping screen and Galfar Engineering ordered two of them to meet their requirements of the job. >more
Mission Possible: Terex Crane Superlift 3800 erects wind turbine GÖDENROTH/GERMANY, July 12 , 2013 - The crawler crane Superlift 3800, newest member of the Terex Cranes family, was able to demonstrate its performance characteristics while erecting an Enercon E101 turbine at the Gödenroth wind farm in the Hunsrück mountain range. >more
Grove Cranes Support demand in Turkey’s booming Construction Industry ISTANBUL/TURKEY, July 9, 2013 - Rental companies and contractors in Turkey added almost 30 new Grove all-terrain and rough-terrain cranes in response to a rising construction industry. Demand is high for versatile and innovative cranes in Turkey where the economy is booming. >more
Construction time savings for Vienna's North Station Residential Project VIENNA/AUSTRIA, July 4, 2013 - On the former North Station area of Vienna, the "Schwarzatal" non-profit real estate developer is currently realizing a very special housing project. Under the title "A residence with everything!", a total of 91 residential units are scheduled to be completed by autumn 2013 – located in a rental apartment facility along with a residential home for the "Association for a Sustainable Way of Life." The use of modern and efficient formwork systems for the walls and slabs ensured that the very tight completion deadline of only 10 months for the building shell could be met. >more
Deutscher Gründerpreis for Martin Herrenknecht BERLIN, SCHWANAU/GERMANY, July 3, 2013 - The Baden company founder and Chairman of the Management Board Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht has been awarded the Deutscher Gründerpreis 2013 in the category of Life's Work. He received the award, which is one of the most important award for outstanding entrepreneurs in Germany, at the ZDF television studios in Berlin. During the award ceremony in the presence of important guests from the world of business and politics, the expert jury acknowledged Martin Herrenknecht as a "true entrepreneurial personality who has accomplished a pioneering achievement." >more
JCB aims high with 45 Million Investment in Six Cylinder Engine BIRMINGHAM/ENGLAND, July 1, 2013 - JCB announced plans to begin production of six cylinder engines with the addition of the JCB Dieselmax 672 to its engine line-up. In eight years JCB has gone from a new entrant to engine manufacturing to a global producer with a reputation for fuel efficiency and innovation. The first engine rolled off the production line in the UK in November 2004 and since then production has also extended to JCB India’s HQ at Ballabgarh, where the first engine was manufactured in 2011. To date more than 250,000 engines have been produced globally. >more
Triflex Towersafe protects Wind Turbines in Poland MINDEN/GERMANY, June 25, 2013 - In the wind energy sector, Poland is the leading market in Eastern Europe. Every year, investment goes into numerous new wind farms – one such farm is located at Dygowo, where 25 new wind turbines have been constructed in the last year. >more
OMA and Oscar Properties win Tors Torn competition in Stockholm ROTTERDAM/NETHERLANDS, STOCKHOLM/SWEDEN, June 18, 2013 - OMA has won the design competition for Tors Torn in Stockholm. The project, led by OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf and OMA Associate Alex de Jong, and designed as the third tallest twin skyscrapers in Sweden, was selected from entries by four competing practices. >more
JCB marks Millionth Machine Milestone in Style ROCESTER/ENGLAND, June 13, 2013 - Hundreds of JCB employees have joined in the celebrations to mark the production of the company’s one millionth machine – enough diggers to stretch from the UK to Australia. >more
Sea Outfall in Sochi Breaks Record SOCHI/RUSSIA, SCHWANAU/GERMANY, June 13, 2013 - Preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are already in full swing. Russian infrastructure developers are relying on trenchless tunnelling technology made by Herrenknecht to install pipelines for an efficient wastewater system. >more
Nine Terex CTT Flat Top Tower Cranes For One Nation CLAYES SOUS BOIS/FRANCE, June 13, 2013 – Tower crane rental and service provider Loga is currently operating nine Terex CTT Flat Top Tower Cranes as part of the construction of the One Nation Paris project - in response to the needs of general construction company Spie SCGPM (Spie Batignolles Group). >more
Endless Stair to new Heights for the London Design Festival LONDON/ENGLAND, June 03, 2013 - Londoners and visitors will have a chance to experience the city in a new way this autumn, with the construction of the Endless Stair, a highlight of the London Design Festival which will see a series of interlocking timber staircases rising to a height of several storeys outside St Paul’s Cathedral, overlooking the Millennium Bridge and across to Tate Modern. >more
Incremental launching forming machine for the world´s longest underwater tunnel HONG KONG/CHINA, May 29, 2013 - With the help of PERI know-how, the longest underwater tunnel in the world is currently under construction in China. Two hydraulically-operated shuttering machines are being used for the efficient realization of 33 tunnel elements by means of the incremental launching method. Each standard element is an incredible 180 m long and weighs over 70,000 t. >more
Russia hits the gas! DÜSSELDORF/GERMANY, May 27, 2013 - Time and again, the media sets its sites on pipelines. Whatever the case, valve makers are always in the winning team. >more
Luxury vehicles perched on a parking system from Aitrach AITRACH/LONDON, May 23, 2013 The entire world is talking about the largest new project in Western Europe – the monumental skyscraper "The Shard". At a height of 310 meters, this newly opened glass tower dominates the London skyline, soaring over the city streets 95 stories below. >more
LiuGong signs dealership agreement with construction plant and machinery sales ALMERE/NETHERLANDS, May 16, 2013 LiuGong Machinery Europe B.V. and Construction Plant and Machinery Sales have signed an official dealership agreement. Construction Plant & Machinery Sales is now authorised to provide sales and after-sales support in the Southern Counties of England for the LiuGong brand. >more
Volvo ultra-reach excavators: High-flyers of demolition at bauma MUNICH/GERMANY, May 06, 2013 Demolition is one of the most demanding lines of work in the industry. Volvo Construction Equipment developed two ultra-high reach demolition-model excavators: the EC380DHR and the EC480DHR. >more
Evolution Tower, Moscow - Twisted floors in weekly cycles MOSCOW/RUSSIA, May 06, 2013 Every week, Moscow´s new landmark is gaining 4.30 m in height – with each completed floor twisted 3° in relation to the preceding one. For this, PERI engineers developed a crane-independent formwork concept on the basis of the RCS and ACS self-climbing technology. >more
Premier for Pipe Express SCHWANAU/GERMANY, April 08, 2013 Through the underground at high speed: Pipe Express exceeded the expectations of its developers during its first use on the jobsite. A smooth construction process and high tunnelling speeds provided for happy faces at the end of the 500 meter long installation route, causing optimism for the future of this new construction method. >more
Zech Group pushes ahead with Internationalisation BREMEN/GERMANY, January 3, 2013 - On the 5th of December 2013, all required parties signed the contracts of sale for the takeover of Alpine Mayreder Construction Co., Ltd. (AMCC) in China. The takeover became possible within the context of the insolvency proceedings of the parent company Alpine Bau GmbH in Austria. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding the purchase price. >more