CDC and LafargeHolcim launch ‘14Trees’ – Joint venture to bring low-carbon, affordable housing materials to developing countries

14Trees will benefit from the expertise of LafargeHolcim’s R&D centre, the world’s leading building materials research centre, to help address the growing demand for affordable housing for some of the nearly 3 billion people around the world living in earth-based houses.

Many African countries face the effects of climate change as a result of widespread deforestation that is driven by the demand for wood used in the production of clay burnt bricks. An expanding construction sector boosted by population growth and urbanisation also puts pressure on resources and increasingly fragile ecosystems.

Durabric offers a solution to address these challenges, as the bricks are produced from a mixture of earth and cement, compressed in a mould, and left naturally to cure without firing, in the process saving up to 14 trees per house. By avoiding this firing phase, Durabric reduces greenhouse gas emissions tenfold compared to traditional fired bricks.

Bronze Artwork Honours ‘Mr JCB’ on the Centenary of his Birth

The centenary of the birth of JCB’s Founder has been marked with the unveiling of a specially commissioned bronze bust.

Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE was born on June 21st, 1916 at the family home, The Parks, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of Cyril and Dolores Bamford. As a youngster playtime was spent building cars and boats – early signs of an inventive flair which would see him become one of Britain’s most celebrated engineers.

Yanmar Take Over Terex compact construction equipment

Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. concluded a final agreement with Terex Corporation to acquire Terex Corporation’s German compact construction equipment business for approximately US $60 million. Terex carries out the production and sale of wheel loaders, midi/mini excavators, wheel excavators, and other products in Europe through this business. Included in the acquisition is the manufacturing facility located in Crailsheim, Germany and the parts distribution center located in Rothenberg, Germany.

This acquisition will allow Yanmar to further actively develop their business in the small to medium sized construction machinery market in Europe by collectively utilizing the sales and service networks, and industry product development and production knowhow of both companies.

Arcadis : Global Infrastructure Investment Index 2016

Singapore remains most attractive country for investment in infrastructure, according to the latest report Arcadis.

  • Long-term political stability and economic is essential for the investment in infrastructure
  • United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands recorded an increase in rankings
  • Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Australia are among the countries that recorded a decrease
  • Poland promoted the 30th to 29th position

DEUTZ to supply engines to Japanese construction machinery manufacturer Takeuchi

DEUTZ has signed up Takeuchi Mfg. Co., Ltd as a new collaboration partner in the construction machinery segment.

From mid-2016 Takeuchi will be equipping its new TB295W wheeled excavator and its new TB2150 tracked excavator with DEUTZ’s TCD 3.6 diesel engine. The engines meet the Stage 4 emissions standard that currently applies in Japan as well as EU Stage IV and US EPA Tier 4 Final.

The standard exhaust aftertreatment system features a diesel oxidising catalytic converter (DOC) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR). For more strictly regulated markets such as Switzerland and for municipal applications in Germany, a diesel particulate filter (DPF) is used. With DPF the machines also meet EU Stage V, which will come into force in 2019.

Rolls Royce To Supply MTU Engines for New Kato Crane

Rolls-Royce is to supply MTU-branded engines to crane producer Kato for the first time. The Japanese company’s SL-500Rf PREMIUM rough-terrain lifting crane, which weighs 50 tonnes, is to be powered by a 6-cylinder in-line Series 1000 engine delivering 254 kW of power. Equipped with an SCR unit, the MTU engine meets the new Japanese Heisei 26 emission level requirements which came into force in 2016. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.