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Brick shortages 'worst in living memory'

21/07/2014: The rising price of bricks helped producer Michelmersh Brick Holdings to increase its profits in the first half but there is little happening there to aid shortages in the construction industry. more »

Wienerberger ramps up UK brick production by 200 million a year

18/07/2014: Mothballed brick factories in Worcestershire and Surrey are to be reactivated to help meet UK brick shortages. more »

Breedon grows 25% in first half

17/07/2014: Breedon Aggregates, supplier of raw materials to the construction industry, saw its revenues grow 25% in the six months to 30 June 2014. more »

Tensar gets a new owner

14/07/2014: Geosynthetic manufacturer Tensar Corporation has been bought by Castle Harlan, a New York-based private equity firm. more »

RMD Kwikform helps Mall of Egypt take shape

10/07/2014: Besix Orascom JV is building the Mall of Egypt using formwork and shoring supplied by RMD Kwikform. more »

Bison floors specified for Wolverhampton school

10/07/2014: Bison Manufacturing has won the contract to supply hollowcore flooring and precast concrete staircases to a new school development in Wolverhampton. more »

Boffins produce MDF from shredded paper

08/07/2014: Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have developed a new building material which is as strong as MDF but is made from shredded paper. more »

Fire certification for Profab panels

08/07/2014: Profab Access has secured Certifire certification for two of its product series. more »

Steel prices stay steady

08/07/2014: Steelwork contractors are hoping for a pick-up in business by being able to offer developers reasonable lead times and competitive pricing. more »

Lafarge Tarmac put up for sale for £1.6bn

07/07/2014: The UK’s biggest building materials group has been put up for sale just 18 months after its creation. more »

Marley Eternit's BIM tutorial

04/07/2014: Marley Eternit has produced a video tutorial showing how to find, download and use BIM objects for its range of clay roof tiles. more »

Energy-efficient ‘micro-city’ opens in Paris

27/06/2014: A temporary micro-city has been built in Paris to demonstrate the state of the art in energy-efficient homes. more »

Arup unveils tower made from mushrooms

26/06/2014: Arup has provided the structural engineering for the first tower to be built from mushrooms. more »

Bentley launches integrated software for managing utilities

26/06/2014: Bentley has launched a new utility engineering system that brings together data from multiple sources to allow integrated 3D subsurface modelling. more »

New MD for Tarmac Building Products

25/06/2014: Lafarge Tarmac has appointed Mark Joel as managing director of its building products business. more »

Hanson products on the block again?

16/06/2014: HeidelbergCement is reportedly planning a sale of its building products division to tighten its focus on aggregates, concrete and cement. more »

Venture capitalists take over Ballast Phoenix for £30m

16/06/2014: Ballast Nedam has agreed a deal to sell its UK materials recycling subsidiary Ballast Phoenix to a venture capital firm for £30m. more »

Distribution deal adds corrosion control systems to Sika range

11/06/2014: Sika has struck a deal with Vector Corrosion Technologies to become the UK’s sole supplier of its Galvashield and Ebonex range of embedded galvanic and impressed current cathodic protection anodes. more »

Construction collaboration app goes live

06/06/2014: A web and tablet app that has been tested on the HS2 and Crossrail projects has now been launched for the wider construction industry. more »

Deadly building materials deal ends with a death and a jail sentence

05/06/2014: A man who sold second-hand roofing panels containing asbestos has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after a construction worker was killed installing them. more »

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