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Rental option for proximity warning system

06/03/2014: The SiteZone proximity warning system is now available for hire as well as sale after its developer, OnGrade, signed up ESS Safeforce as its SiteZone rental partner. more »

Android version of foundations app now available

26/02/2014: A smart-phone application to help builders calculate the appropriate depths of foundations is now available in an Android version. more »

Storage system for pick-up trucks makes UK debut

25/02/2014: A storage system for pick-up trucks that made its debut on the US version of Dragons’ Den is now available in the UK. more »

Kingspan sales up 10%

24/02/2014: Kingspan, the Irish manufacturer of building panels, saw its sales up 10% to ,1.79bn for the year ended 31 December 2013. more »

Miller has Hope on its side in Newcastle

20/02/2014: Hope Construction Materials has signed an unusual supply deal with Miller Construction that commits Miller’s entire supply chain to using only Hope ready-mixed concrete on a major northeast development. more »

Prefab wiring saves time for M&E contractor

18/02/2014: An M&E contractor working on a central London office upgrade is reporting a 70% time-saving in electrical installation by using a prefabricated wiring system. more »

Aggregate sales start to recover

18/02/2014: Construction aggregate and concrete sales rebounded in 2013 but remain 30% below pre-recession levels. more »

Highway authorities approve new waterproofing system

17/02/2014: A new bridge deck waterproofing system from Switzerland has been officially approved by the highway authorities' product certification scheme more »

Polystyrene platform for Peterborough station

14/02/2014: Carillion has cut the time taken to extend a station platform from 20 weeks to 20 days by using polystyrene blocks more »

Packaging foam finds new role in Finnish rail tunnels

11/02/2014: Sealed Air Europe has won a €2.2m deal to provide Finland’s biggest infrastructure project with packaging foam for use as a construction material. more »

Competition Commission steps in on Breedon's Scottish deal

06/02/2014: Breedon Aggregates may have to sell asphalt and ready-mix concrete (RMX) operations in three areas of northeast Scotland, the Competition Commission (CC) has provisionally ruled. more »

Low & Bonar seeks new CEO

04/02/2014: Geotextile producer Low & Bonar has begun the search for a new chief executive after Steve Good announced his retirement. more »

New chair for builders merchants

03/02/2014: Peter Hindle of Saint Gobain has been elected the next chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). more »

Leica extends Rugby laser family

28/01/2014: Leica Geosystems has introduced the Rugby 600 Series of professional rotating lasers as a lower cost option to the Rugby 800 range that came to market last year. more »

Lafarge buys Canadian ready-mix plants

27/01/2014: Lafarge Canada has completed the acquisition of eight ready-mix concrete plants from James Dick Construction. more »

Study shows benefits and viability of low temperature asphalt

27/01/2014: Researchers claim to have come up with a new way of reducing the energy required for road-building materials. more »

Market conditions force Heidelberg's closure of Belgian cement plant

24/01/2014: HeidelbergCement subsidiary CBR has announced its intention to close a clinker and white cement plant in Harmignies, Belgium, after attempts to make it profitable failed. more »

Building board producer breaks its sales records

24/01/2014: UK sales of Fermacell building boards reached a record high in 2013 thanks, its says, to keen pricing. more »

Builders warned of risks with natural materials

16/01/2014: The National House-Building Council, which provides warranties for new homes, is warning builders that using hemp and straw as building materials is fraught with risk. more »

Lafarge Tarmac says cement shake-up is flawed

14/01/2014: Lafarge Tarmac, one of the big four UK cement producers, has hit out at the Competition Commission’s plan to shake up the market by creating a fifth producer. more »

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