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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 »

Swedish JV targets fossil-free steel production

28 Jun 2017: A trio of Swedish companies has formed a joint venture to target the production of steel without the use of fossil fuels. more »

L&G’s first housing pod revealed

28 Jun 2017: Richmond Housing Partnership has developed a modular housing prototype, designed by architect Wimshurst Pelleriti and produced in Legal & General's new factory in Yorkshire. more »

Grenfell cladding taken off the market for tower blocks

27 Jun 2017: The US manufacturer of the cladding panels used to refurbish Grenfell Tower has said that it will no longer make the product available for high-rise buildings. more »

Michelmersh takes over Carlton Brick

26 Jun 2017: Stock-market listed brickmaker Michelmersh has bought out Barnsley-based Carlton Main Brickworks for £31.2m. more »

Flexcrete’s new crack-bridging filler

26 Jun 2017: Mortar and coatings manufacturer Flexcrete Technologies Limited has a new elastomeric, intermediate crack-bridging filler and coating for use on concrete structures and buildings where enhanced cracking-bridging properties are required. more »

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