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BRE finds a cladding system that is safe

14 Aug 2017: Government-commissioned tests of cladding systems have finally found one that passes fire safety standards. more »

Insulation innovation in offsite construction

14 Aug 2017: Knauf Insulation has launched what it says is the UK’s first automated system for the installation of blown glass mineral wool during offsite manufacturing. more »

Single materials supplier for £1.5bn A14 project

14 Aug 2017: Building products outlet Keyline has beaten off competition from merchanting rivals to secure a £15m contract to supply the Highways England’s A14 contractors. more »

Lafarge to use water treatment residuals in cement

9 Aug 2017: Lafarge Canada has come up with a way of using the waste minerals and chemicals removed during drinking water filtration. more »

App for selecting concrete bridge beams

4 Aug 2017: Nottinghamshire’s ABM Precast has developed an app that helps designers and estimators select pre-stressed concrete bridge beams. more »

Construction materials prices up 4.7%

3 Aug 2017: The ‘All Work’ construction material price index increased by 4.7% in June 2017 compared to June 2016. more »

Materials trade deficit hits £2.5bn in the first quarter

3 Aug 2017: Britain’s trade deficit in building products and materials widened by 7.4% in the first quarter of 2017 to reach £2,498m. more »

SIG sells plastics and windows businesses

2 Aug 2017: Blackburn-based General All-Purpose Plastics Ltd has bought SIG Building Plastics and SIG Windows from SIG UK Exteriors. more »

Forterra grows 11%

1 Aug 2017: Brick and block producer Forterra, formerly Hanson Building Products, has reported 11% growth in revenues for the first half of 2017 on the back of growth in the house-building sector. more »

Bolt-on acquisition for Breedon

1 Aug 2017: Breedon has taken over Humberside Aggregates Ltd for £9m. more »

Air quality plan 'ignores' photocatalytic technology

1 Aug 2017: The UK government’s Air Quality Plan, published last week, missed a trick by ignoring the opportunities offered by pollution-eating photocatalytic technology in building materials, according to one manufacturer. more »

SIG opens Trafford Park super depot

31 Jul 2017: Building products supplier SIG Distribution has opened a 144,000 square foot distribution branch in Manchester – its biggest trade branch in the UK. more »

Breedon profits rise strongly despite Hope impacting on margins

20 Jul 2017: Integration of the Hope Construction Materials business has resulted in Breedon Group doubling its revenues, leading to a 50% rise in half-year profits. more »

FM Conway expands materials offering

14 Jul 2017: Highways contractor FM Conway has begun producing its own polymer modified bitumen. more »

Worker credentials embedded in helmet QR code

12 Jul 2017: Construction workers with a Croydon civil engineering contractor now have a QR code printed on their hard hats that contains their qualifications and credentials. more »

CET opens Colnbrook testing lab

12 Jul 2017: Construction materials testing specialist CET has opened a new testing laboratory near Heathrow, its sixth lab around the UK. more »

Michelmersh wins Battersea brick deal

10 Jul 2017: Michelmersh Brick Holdings has been chosen to supply 440,000 purpose-made, wire-cut bricks to the Battersea Power Station project in London. more »

Product manufacturers report confidence ebbing away

10 Jul 2017: Construction product manufacturers once again saw growth during the spring, but gloominess is starting to spread. more »

AkzoNobel buys out Flexcrete

7 Jul 2017: UK concrete repair and protection manufacturer Flexcrete Technologies Ltd has been taken over by global paints and chemicals giant AkzoNobel. more »

Kijlstra widens culvert range

29 Jun 2017: Civil engineering contractors can now get a wider range of precast concrete culverts after precast specialist Kijlstra invested in new moulds at its UK factory in Somerset. more »

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