USA: ‘Green Roads Summit’ at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011

Increased interest in green highways is a natural extension of the fast-growing green building movement in construction. A new ‘Green Roads Summit’ at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 will offer attendees ready-to apply green construction techniques and the latest environmental information affecting jobsites, including green roads programs.

The daylong event, which includes a closing reception, is March 24, 2011 and is open to all show attendees. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 will be held March 22-26, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA.

The Green Roads Summit is a collaboration between CONEXPO-CON/AGG and Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA), U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

ROMANIA: 1,000th special from Hitachi delivered

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV has manufactured its 1,000th special application excavator for delivery to its Romanian dealer, Powertek Equipment S.R.L. The ZX250LC-3 material handling machine has been bought by Ductil Steel, a subsidiary of the Russian Mechel Group, one of the five largest steel companies in the world.

“The production of the 1,000th Hitachi special application machine in Europe is a great achievement for both HCME and Powertek,” says HCME Product Sales Representative for Special Equipment Mark Burghoorn. “It highlights Powertek’s strong focus on special application machines, and their positive and aggressive approach to this sector. Its established network will help Hitachi material handling machines to be successful in the growing Romanian market.”

SWEDEN: Powerscreen appoint Anboni as dealer

Powerscreen, the Northern Ireland based manufacturer of mobile crushing, screening and washing equipment, has appointed Anbioni as the new dealer in Sweden.

Anboni is a Swedish company established in 2003 by Anders Nilsson. It has seen six consistent years of growth in sales and market share in the concrete batching plants line they provide. Anders Nilsson also brings a wealth of crushing and screening experience to the business making the addition of Powerscreen products a natural fit.

QATAR/GERMANY: Qatar Holding to become major shareholder of Hochtief

Qatar Holding LLC (Doha) has become a major shareholder in the German contractors, Hochtief Aktiengesellschaft.

After acquiring all new shares, Qatar Holding will, as soon as the capital increase is registered with the commercial register, hold almost 9.1% of the new capital stock. The Ad-hoc Committee of the Hochtief Supervisory Board has approved the capital increase. Qatar Holding LLC is the strategic and direct investment arm of Qatar Investment Authority

GERMANY: Züblin and VMT establish JV for infrastructure projects

German companies Ed. Züblin AG, Stuttgart, and VMT GmbH – Gesellschaft für Vermessungstechnik – Bruchsal, are to combine their know-how in the area of software-based process steering for tunnelling in a joint-venture.

Headquartered in Stuttgart, the newly established company, ITC Engineering GmbH & Co. KG, will jointly market efficient software systems for Process Data Management (PDM) in the construction sector. Further developments will focus on the web-based expert system for infrastructure projects IRIS (Integrated Risk and Information System).

India/Australia – Multi-billion dollar mine contracts for Hochtief

Mine contracts in India and Australia for combined total of EUR 4.16 billion including production at Indian coal mine for period of 22 years.

Via its Group companies, HOCHTIEF subsidiary Leighton secured new mining contracts worth approximately EUR 4.16 billion (AUD 5.66 billion): Thiess as member of a joint venture will develop the Pakri Barwadhi coal mine in India, operate it for a period of 22 years and produce some 300 million tons of coal there.

Over the 22-year contract duration, the project has a volume of EUR 4.04 billion (AUD 5.5 billion) on total. The Leighton Group’s share of this is almost EUR 3.64 billion (AUD 4.95 billion).

Only recently did Leighton Contracts also win a mining contract: The company will undertake coal mining at the Dawson Mine in Australia for a period of two years. The contract is worth nearly EUR 119 million (AUD 159 million).

For the Pakri Barwadhi Mine, Thiess will first build the required infrastructure, including coal processing plants. The company shall subsequently mine coal, remove overburden and operate processing and rail loading facilities. The client is NTPC, India’s largest electricity generator and a Government of India enterprise. The company plans five more coal mines.