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Plumbing problems weigh on Travis Perkins

2 Mar 2017: Builders’ merchant group Travis Perkins saw its profits nosedive in 2016 after reorganisation of its plumbing & heating operations. more »

Dense concrete dampens Crossrail noise

27 Feb 2017: Track slab construction on the Crossrail project is seeing the use of an innovative heavyweight concrete mix to minimise noise and vibration. more »

RMD’s Paraslim makes Irish debut

24 Feb 2017: RMD Kwikform’s Paraslim cantilever formwork system is being used on the Gort to Tuam Bypass in Galway. more »

Hanson reopens Teesport plant

21 Feb 2017: Hanson has re-opened its ground granulated blast furnace slag grinding plant at Teesport Docks in Middlesbrough. more »

Record year for Kingspan

17 Feb 2017: Kingspan, manufacturer of building panels, has reported annual revenue of more than €3bn for the first time ever. more »

Warwick NAIC pioneers Bubble Deck void forming system

17 Feb 2017: Contractors building the National Automotive Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick are saving on concrete by making the biggest UK use of the Danish Bubble Deck void former system. more »

Wates agrees £6m PPE deal

16 Feb 2017: Construction group Wates is set to spend £6m a year on personal protective equipment (PPE) after agreeing a three-year supply deal with Arco. more »

BAM Nuttall trials tiredness detector tech

16 Feb 2017: Civil engineering contractor BAM Nuttall is trialling new technology to monitor tiredness levels in its construction workers. more »

Window firms merge

16 Feb 2017: Windows and doors manufacturer Polyframe has taken over Customade Group, its third acquisition since a management buyout last year. more »

TRL and Qatar launch building blocks made from cooking oil

14 Feb 2017: TRL has teamed up with the Qatar government to launch the 'VegeBlock', which is made from recycled cooking oil and said to have similar properties to low-strength concrete. more »

Hanson begins dredger fleet renewal

7 Feb 2017: Hanson is investing £60m in a pair of aggregate dredgers, the first new additions to its UK marine aggregate fleet for more than 25 years. more »

Weak pound softens Alumasc margins

31 Jan 2017: Building products firm Alumasc has grown its half-year earnings for the fifth consecutive time but the weakness of sterling impacted on its profit margins as the cost of imported materials went up. more »

Tracking device for remote workers

30 Jan 2017: A new GPS tracking device has been launched to enable lone workers to raise an SOS alarm in the event of an emergency. more »

Ibstock offers plastic chimneys

25 Jan 2017: The drive for prefabrication, speed and cost reduction in house-building has prompted brick maker Ibstock to develop a chimney stack that looks like brick but is actually plastic. more »

Industry bodies cooperate on BIM product data process

23 Jan 2017: Three leading construction industry bodies have teamed up in an attempt to bring some clarity to the process of standardising product information for use in Building Information Modelling (BIM). more »

New batching plant for Eastern Concrete

23 Jan 2017: Eastern Concrete has opened its fourth batching plant on the edge of Stowmarket in Suffolk. more »

Solution at hand for MDF recycling

18 Jan 2017: The ability to recycle medium-density fibreboard (MDF) appears to have moved a step closer with the appropriate technology now ready for commercialisation. more »

GRS buys two bagging plants from Aggregate Industries

18 Jan 2017: Building materials merchant GRS has completed its second acquisition of the month with the purchase of two bagged aggregate operations from Aggregate Industries, part of LafargeHolcim. more »

US sales lift Ibstock

16 Jan 2017: Brick and block maker Ibstock saw its group revenue rise 5% in 2016, mainly because of a lift in its US operations. more »

SIG disappoints in 2016

13 Jan 2017: Building products distributor SIG saw flat like-for-like sales in 2016, in what chief executive Mel Ewell described as a disappointing year. more »

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