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No rise in construction steel demand means job losses at Tata

30/10/2013: A decline in demand for constructional steelwork has prompted Tata Steel to lay off 500 people in its Long Products business. more »

Aggregate sales up 10%

30/10/2013: Sales of aggregates, asphalt and ready-mixed concrete continued to grow strongly in the third quarter of 2013. more »

Secondary aggregate plant opens at Drax

29/10/2013: Specialist lightweight aggregate producer Lytag has opened a new manufacturing facility within the grounds of Drax power station in North Yorkshire. more »

Vibrating hard hats protect Carillion roadworkers

25/10/2013: Carillion is going the extra mile to protect its workers on the A23 Handcross to Warninglid road widening project. more »

Insulated retractable tagline

24/10/2013: The manufacturer of a retractable tagline has added a new variant with a built-in insulating block to protect the user from electric shocks in the event of contact with power cables. more »

Quarry firms push for aggregates levy axe

21/10/2013: The aggregates levy could be on the verge of being scrapped, following a European ruling. more »

Pro-Teq trials glow-in-the-dark surfacing

18/10/2013: Pro-Teq is carrying out trials of a surfacing system that absorbs energy from ambient light during the day, then releases this energy at night allowing the particles to glow. more »

Cement sector gets water-saving tool

17/10/2013: CH2M Hill has worked on the development of a new global water tool (GWT) launched last week to help cement companies use water in a more sustainable way. more »

Bovis to develop brick factory site

17/10/2013: Bovis Homes has completed a deal to buy an old brick factory site from Michelmersh Brick in Telford, Shropshire. more »

Fatalities prompt quarry owners to call safety summit

10/10/2013: Mounting concern over public safety at disused quarries has prompted site owners to call a summit meeting. more »

Nicholls & Clarke takes over Colchester Tile

09/10/2013: Tile company Nicholls & Clarke has acquired Essex builders merchant Colchester Tile Supplies. more »

Lafarge deal aims to reduce emissions from precasting

09/10/2013: Lafarge has signed a partnership agreement with a US start-up to industrialise a technology that could reduce the environmental footprint of precast concrete. more »

Lafarge Tarmac says watchdog's cement proposals are flawed

09/10/2013: Leading producers have criticised the Competition Commission’s proposals to intervene in the cement industry. more »

Competition Commission sets out plans for cement market reform

08/10/2013: The Competition Commission is stepping in to create more competition in the cement market and opening the way for a new independent producer. more »

New screed for rough floors

27/09/2013: Flexcrete Technologies has launched a new rapid curing, self-levelling cementitious mortar for rough and uneven concrete floors. more »

Brick chooser app

27/09/2013: The UK’s largest brickmaker has developed a iPad and iPhone app for customers to match and select bricks. more »

OFT refers Breedon's Scottish deal to the Competition Commission

25/09/2013: The Office of Fair Trading has referred the completed acquisition by Breedon Aggregates of certain assets of Aggregate Industries to the Competition Commission. more »

Cemex resumes Woodbridge production

24/09/2013: The recent upturn in construction activity across central England has promtpoed materials giant Cemex to resume production of readymix concrete at its Woodbridge plant just outside Ipswich. more »

Lignacite sees sales soar

16/09/2013: Masonry products manufacturer Lignacite has notched up a 40% increase in sales of its masonry block products since the start of 2013. more »

Low & Bonar buys Slovakian geotextile producer

06/09/2013: Performance materials group Low & Bonar is buying Texiplast, a Slovakian producer of high-strength geosynthetic products serving the civil engineering market. more »

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