Tatra’s new Phoenix Euro 6 truck had its world premiere at the recent Bauma trade show.The brand-new vehicle features a 10x10 all-wheel-drive and rear steering axle. It combines the PACCAR MX-13 Euro 6 engine with an output of 510 horsepower, 7-speed automatic Allison transmission, all-wheel-drive air-suspended Tatra chassis with hub reduction gears and an optional central tyre inflation system, which provides the vehicle with enhanced traction for operation on the most difficult terrain.Tatra’s other attractions at the show included a mobile Phoenix Euro 6 concrete mixer with an all-wheel drive and the Liebherr HTM 604 superstructure that can cope with traffic on local roads and endure the challenging conditions of construction sites. Everyone at the trade show also had the opportunity to test not only the construction vehicles, but also the Dakar racing special, Tatra 815.
Volvo has internationally launched a new co-pilot onboard services display at Bauma 2016.The Volvo co-pilot is designed to be used on machines as varied as excavators and pavers. It features a tablet computer that delivers intelligent machine services — the Load Assist, Dig Assist, Compact Assist and the soon-to-be-launched Pave Assist. Especially built for the construction environment, the display produces higher quality outcomes in less time and with less effort.Besides the tablet computer display, other products launched in Munich include the Proactive Monitoring system, which utilises innovative technology that enables Volvo dealers to remotely monitor alarms and fault codes on customers’ machines.These products are part of the new approach developed by Volvo on how to offer services and solutions to customers.
A new truck-mounted concrete pump was presented by Putzmeister at Bauma, which took place in Munich in April.Named BSF 47-5, the new truck features a five-arm placing boom mounted on a four-axle chassis and weighs less than 32t, including the reserves for payload, water, fuel and other functional fluids. It is one of the most lightweight machines in its class, says Putzmeister.The flexible five-arm boom with the roll-Z fold system has excellent slip characteristics; it can be deployed quickly and makes optimal use of the available space, thanks to its new flexible support, a base structure that follows the new I-frame concept. An 800l water tank can be easily attached to it. Vibrations in the boom remain at a low level, achieved through an intelligent laying of the delivery line and a balanced progression of stiffness in the steel structure. The concrete distribution is then safer and more efficient. In addition, the machine operator is provided with an image of the working area live on display of the remote control. The improved S transfer tube bearing, the heart of the machine, has a delivery rate of up to 160m³/h.The Ergonic 2.0 control system, an upgraded version of the Ergonic Boom Control system (EBC) used to control the placing boom, was also presented to the public in the trade show. The truck’s operation costs have been reduced, as its components are highly resistant with some being maintenance-free.
ThyssenKrupp launched its biggest gyratory crusher, which the company says is the world’s largest, at Bauma in April. The German-based engineering, construction and service provider welcomed visitors to the 220sq m booth with numerous 3D models and a virtual stimulation of the brand-new gyratory crusher.The crusher’s throughput can go up to 14,000t/h, 30% higher than the previous version, and has a driving rate of 1,500kw. It is also much lighter than its predecessor, despite being 130 inches in diameter. These changes are expected to increase its performance at a lower weight.Other products shown by ThyssenKrupp at the trade show included the modernized and standardised cone crushers, RollSizers, and the Barracuda and Mine Shark compact bucket wheel excavators.
Caterpillar’s CEO Doug Oberhelman introduced “The age of smart iron” at Bauma last month.“The age of smart iron” describes Caterpillar’s strategy to be the industry leader in digital solutions designed to improve productivity, efficiency, safety and profitability.The company’s main attractions at the trade show were the Cat Connect technology, hardware and software for Cat or competitive equipment to help optimise operations; the Cat 360° Advantage, which delivers a full complement of expertise, technology-enabled equipment and support services; and Leverage Every Litre, an educational initiative that helps improve the fuel efficiency of their products.Caterpillar’s Group President Rob Charter said: “While we always love to showcase our machines and engines, we’re equally excited about what’s at the center of our exhibit: Caterpillar technology.“This is not technology for technology’s sake. It is technology that’s focused on solving, and even anticipating, customer problems. “We’re taking the machines, locomotives, engines and parts we’re so well known for and making them smarter, while also equipping the people who operate them with data that makes them more productive, enhances safety and improves sustainability.”Caterpillar also showcased more than 60 products, a large selection of work tools and support services in the 12,000sq m exhibit space shared with Zeppelin Cat.
Bosch’s futuristic driver’s cab has won the Bauma innovation award at the Bauma 2016 trade show, in Germany.
Orascom Construction has won two more contracts for the third phase of Cairo Metro Line III, to execute the civil and track work. Stretching across 18km of tunnelling and viaduct works, the third phase will include 15 elevated, grade and underground stations. The contracts, with a combined value of about €270M, will bring the company’s share of the third phase of Cairo Metro Line III to €375M.Orascom will deliver the civil package in a consortium with VINCI, Bouygues and Arab Contractors, and the track works package in a consortium with TSO — the railway subsidiary of NGE Group — and ETF, a subsidiary of Eurovia. Orascom Construction CEO Osama Bishai said: “We are pleased to expand our market share in the transportation sector and particularly the Cairo Metro program.“We remain focused on adding quality contracts to our backlog that will lead to healthy returns for our shareholders.”
High-tech components manufacturer SATA Group is set to construct an $114M machine plant in Brownsville, Texas. The 350-acre development will be located on newly designated Interstate 169 and will include a vertically-integrated machining-foundry-forging operation by 2020. Further plans include an aluminium die cast operation, a plastic injection molder, a distribution centre and an apprenticeship training centre.SATA’s USA vice president Pietro Cinotto said: “Our level of quality and superior manufacturing productivity created a global demand for our machined products and services.“It grew to the point where it made sense for us to enter the North American market and that’s when Brownsville, Texas came into our site selection process. The overwhelming support helped us make the decision to settle in Brownsville.”The project is expected to create 300 jobs in the region.
Spanish-based company Acciona Agua has completed construction and announced the opening of the wastewater treatment plant and underwater outlet of La Chira in Lima, Peru.The €97M project will treat the wastewater of about 3M people, representing around one-third of the population of Peru’s capital city.The plant features an advanced system to neutralise bad odours through biological bacterial treatment, reducing the atmospheric pollution created by the traditional use of chemicals in this kind of process. The plant is to be operated under a 25-year concession by a joint venture led by Acciona Agua and Graña y Montero.
Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership has secured a $330M contract to design, build, finance and maintain the new Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower Project in Ontario, Canada.The scope of the contract will include the construction of a new four-storey wing and will add about 23,225 sq m of space to the existing facility.The project will feature an emergency department, an ICU/CCU about four times larger than the current space, a maternal newborn unit and an ambulatory procedures unit.Designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification, the Phase 1 Patient Tower Project is expected to create 300 jobs at the construction peak. Infrastructure Ontario president and CEO Bert Clark said: "Infrastructure Ontario is proud to partner with William Osler Health System to deliver the Etobicoke General Hospital expansion — another great example of what can be achieved through public-private partnerships."Construction work will commence immediately and is anticipated to be complete in late 2018.
Mainstream Renewable Power has received an approval from the Service of Environmental Assessment for its 264MW Cerro Tigre wind farm in Chile.Located close to the town of Antofagasta in north Chile, the $630M project will include 80 wind turbines in an area of 1,131ha and will be connected to the northern grid. Mainstream Renewable Power Chile’s CEO Bart Doyle said: “This work will contribute to the development of a diversified, clean and reliable energy mix which will provide an efficient solution to the country and the people of this region.“We are a company that develops its own projects and we are always looking for new opportunities for solar and wind energy developments, and the region of Antofagasta has important attributes that enable this.”The company will also commence construction of two wind farms in Chile: the Sarco wind farm which is located in Atacama, and the Aurora wind farm, located in the region of Los Lagos.With a combined generation capacity of 300MW, the two wind farms will provide power to the Central Interconnected System.
Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA), a subsidiary of Enel, has begun construction on the $290M Aurora solar project in Minnesota. Aurora will feature 16 PV plants with a total installed capacity of 150MWdc and will be able to generate more than 210m kWh per annum, which is equivalent to the energy consumption needs of over 17,000 US households. It will also eliminate over 150,000t of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere each year. EGPNA’s CEO Rafael Gonzalez said: "The Aurora project marks a significant step forward in the growth of our solar portfolio“By maximising the distributed solar model, Aurora highlights how innovation and design are driving the future of renewables, while providing communities with access to energy that delivers both the biggest possible environmental benefits and the most economic value.”Construction work is set to create 400 jobs at its peak, and all 16 sites are expected to be operational by the end of 2016.
US-based developer VanTrust Real Estate is set to construct the first phase of the $1bn Frisco Station mixed-use project in Texas
TransCanada has received the final permits from the BC Oil and Gas Commission for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project in Canada. The pipeline will be connected to the proposed LNG Canada natural gas liquefaction and export facility near Kitimat, British Columbia. Estimated to cost about $4.8bn, the project will create about 2,000-2,500 jobs during construction.TransCanada’s president and CEO Russ Girling said: "This is a significant regulatory milestone for our project, which is a key component of TransCanada's growth plan that includes more than $13bn in proposed natural gas pipeline projects which support the emerging liquefied natural gas industry on the British Columbia Coast."A final investment decision by LGN Canada and partners is expected in late 2016 and if the project is set to proceed, construction work will begin in 2017.
India-based Reliance Power has secured approval from the government of Bangladesh to develop a $1.3bn liquefied natural gas (LGN) power project.
Bayhealth Medical Center has received approval for the construction of a new health campus in southern Delaware, USA.The $300M project, designed by CannonDesign, will be developed on a 165-acre site and will offer inpatient and outpatient care services. CannonDesign’s senior vice president Troy Hoggard said: “Our team explored southern Delaware to learn more about the landscape and we used our findings as inspiration in developing a concept for the exterior façade of the hospital and outpatient centre.“What we found were sprawling farmlands, waves crashing onto the beaches, and sand rippled after a summer storm, and each is reflected in our design.”The work on the project is set to commence in spring 2016.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced a $357m Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for the construction of four new toll lanes on State Highway (SH) 288 in Houston, Texas.The project includes the construction of more than 10 miles of tolled lanes between US 59 and the Harris County line, including direct ramps to the Texas Medical Center, a new interchange with the Sam Houston Tollway and improvements to the Loop 610 interchanges.US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said: “The TIFIA loan program is designed to help communities like Houston begin projects like this — a project that they would have otherwise had to wait years to start.“The new tolls lanes will provide a more reliable commute in one of America’s most congested metro areas, and improve access to jobs and community services in neighborhoods there.”
UK-based construction firm Laing O’Rourke has secured a £76.2m contract from Imperial College London’s development management partners Voreda to build a residential tower.
CIMIC Group’s construction company CPB Contractors has won a contract from GoldLinQ Pty Ltd to design and build the $200m Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail project in Australia.Under the contract, CPB Contractors will construct a 7.3km northern extension of the Gold Coast light rail from Gold Coast University Hospital to Helensvale, to connect Stage 1 with the main Brisbane to Gold Coast rail line.CIMIC Group’s executive chairman and CEO Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “The Queensland government’s commitment to delivering state‐of‐the‐art public transport has provided us with the opportunity to design and construct this significant light rail infrastructure.“Our capability and major project experience in the rail sector provide the certainty of delivery that is necessary for the expansion of the transport network in one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.”CPB Contractors’ managing director Román Garrido said: “We continue to work with GoldLinQ to achieve innovative design and cost‐effective construction solutions for this project, to the benefit of the people of Queensland.“In addition, our team will engage with local workers and businesses to develop increased job and work opportunities as the project progresses.”Construction work on the project is set to start in April 2016 and will be complete in late 2017.
German automobile manufacturer Daimler has unveiled plans to build a new €500m production facility in Poland.The new plant will be located in Jawor, about 70km west of Wroclaw, and will manufacture four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. Markus Schäfer, member of the divisional board Mercedes-Benz Cars, production and supply chain management, said: “The planned establishment of a new engine plant in Poland is a further step in our global growth strategy.“Capacity expansion in Eastern Europe reflects the increasingly international orientation of our powertrain production compound. This will lead to more flexibility and efficiency in our worldwide production network.”Frank Deiß, head of production powertrain Mercedes-Benz Cars and site manager of the Mercedes-Benz plant at Untertürkheim, said: “With the new facility in Jawor, we want to start the second engine production of Mercedes-Benz Cars outside Germany.“This allows us to react flexibly to market changes across several plants. The powertrain production compound is managed by the lead plant in Untertürkheim.”The plant is scheduled to commence production in 2019.