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Alstom's concrete rail track gets German approval

2 Dec 2016: The German rail authority has approved Alstom’s concrete slab track system for both high-speed and conventional rail services. more »

Another acquisition for Breedon

30 Nov 2016: Building materials group Breedon has agreed the purchase of Sherburn Minerals Group for £15.7m. more »

Steel fabricator boosted by new water regs

30 Nov 2016: A steel fabricator is expecting a surge in orders for manhole covers as new regulations on the ownership of private water pumping stations come into force. more »

Builders' merchants enjoy third-quarter growth

25 Nov 2016: Sales of building materials through UK builders’ merchants rose by 3.8% in the three months after the EU referendum, compared with the same period of 2015. more »

Former Amey boss steps in to steady SIG

11 Nov 2016: Building materials group SIG has ousted its chief executive and is reviewing its UK operations after a disappointing performance that it partially blames on Brexit. more »

New material simplifies asphalt sealing

8 Nov 2016: Aggregate Industries has developed a single polymer modified bitumen (PMB) bond coat that replaces the two products traditionally used in a two-stage manual application for sealing asphalt pavement layers and joint overbanding. more »

Entu sheds Astley Facades already

28 Oct 2016: Roughly 18 months after buying it, building products group Entu has sold Astley Facades after deciding it is not a core business. more »

Amey trials flood sensors in gullies

20 Oct 2016: Amey is trialling the use of sensors in gullies in Hampshire to prevent roads flooding. more »

Wood you believe it?

18 Oct 2016: Scientists have developed a method of making wood transparent. David Taylor reports more »

Pop-up office block

18 Oct 2016: One of the world’s largest port developments has been equipped with modern offices in just 30 days using prefabricated units sourced from China. Jim Simpson reports more »

Kingspan colour coding aids assembly

14 Oct 2016: Kingspan Steel Building Solutions has introduced colour coding to its steel framing systems to simplify site installation for contractors. more »

Mick George opens Northants batching plant

13 Oct 2016: Mick George has opened a concrete batching plant in Great Billing, Northamptonshire. more »

Spinnaker Tower debut for metallic coating

11 Oct 2016: Flexcrete Technologies has launched what it believes is the world’s first metallic anti-carbonation coating. more »

No Brexit blues for construction product manufacturers

10 Oct 2016: Despite reports of a construction industry slowdown before and after the EU referendum, sales of building products appear to have continued growing unabated. more »

Brick producers keep up with demand

10 Oct 2016: The Brick Development Association (BDA) has reported that UK production is continuing to increase in line with demand. more »

Cemex starts Cromwell quarrying

7 Oct 2016: Cemex has opened a new sand and gravel quarry at Cromwell in Lincolnshire to supply the area around north Nottinghamshire. more »

Tarmac improves cement packing capacity

4 Oct 2016: Tarmac has a new cement packing facility at its Tunstead cement site, near Buxton, Derbyshire. more »

Plasterboard now available in the size house-builders actually want

29 Sep 2016: After years of having to trim down plasterboard and chuck away all the offcuts, Britain’s biggest house-builders are finally able to buy plasterboard in the size that they actually require. more »

Branches to close and jobs to go in Wolseley restructuring

27 Sep 2016: Builders’ merchant group Wolseley has announced plans for a £100m restructuring, involving the closure of 80 branches and the loss of 800 jobs. more »

William Hare deal secures Scalpel and Bishopsgate for British Steel

16 Sep 2016: Structural steelwork contractor William Hare has struck a supply chain deal with British Steel. more »

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