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Tarmac faces more strike action

Tarmac faces more strike action

21 Feb 2018: The industrial dispute at Tarmac Building Products in Essex has escalated with further strike dates announced by the Unite union. more »

Nuttall impressed by smart ear defenders

Nuttall impressed by smart ear defenders

20 Feb 2018: Civil engineering contractor BAM Nuttall has been trialling a new type of ear defenders that block out background noise but still allow workers to talk to each other. more »

Breedon hovers over Lagan Group

Breedon hovers over Lagan Group

19 Feb 2018: Building materials group Breedon has confirmed that it is in talks to take over Northern Ireland’s Lagan Group. more »

Cladding sector remains in post-Grenfell confusion

Cladding sector remains in post-Grenfell confusion

15 Feb 2018: The cladding sector remains in confusion eight months after the Grenfell Tower fire and the risk of specification errors is worryingly high, according to one supplier. more »

Aggregate sales indicate official data on construction output is wrong

Aggregate sales indicate official data on construction output is wrong

8 Feb 2018: Producers of construction mineral products saw no growth in sales in Great Britain in 2017. more »

Wade takes Alumasc from rain to drain

Wade takes Alumasc from rain to drain

1 Feb 2018: Gutters and drainpipes producer Alumasc has taken over drains firm Wade International for £8.0m. more »

Quarry firms slam 'blinkered' infrastructure commission

Quarry firms slam 'blinkered' infrastructure commission

26 Jan 2018: The government’s National Infrastructure Commission has been labelled ‘blinkered’ by building materials suppliers for failing to understand or recognise the role of the supply chain in the construction industry. more »

Brick-laying robot reaches the UK

Brick-laying robot reaches the UK

23 Jan 2018: A UK start-up company has secured exclusive distribution rights to the US-made SAM 100 brick laying robot. more »

Building products sector braced for slowdown

Building products sector braced for slowdown

9 Jan 2018: Sales of construction products slowed in the fourth quarter of 2017 and a further slowdown is expected in 2018. more »

SigmaRoc snaps up Poundfield

SigmaRoc snaps up Poundfield

13 Dec 2017: Construction materials group SigmaRoc has agreed a deal to acquire Poundfield Products for £10.25m. more »

Timber frame maker heads for £100m turnover

Timber frame maker heads for £100m turnover

21 Feb 2018: Building timber frames for house-builders has put Stewart Milne Timber Systems on course to hit its five-year targets. more »

Harmful gloves still reaching the market

Harmful gloves still reaching the market

20 Feb 2018: A leading PPE supplier is warning that carcinogenic safety gloves that irritate the skin are still being sold to UK construction workers. more »

Timber sector consolidation begins

Timber sector consolidation begins

16 Feb 2018: Thornbridge, a Scottish timber processing and distribution company, has merged with timber merchant North Yorkshire Timber. more »

Cement deliveries threatened by strike

Cement deliveries threatened by strike

15 Feb 2018: Delivery drivers working for Castle Cement are preparing to take strike action over a two-year pay deal offer described as ‘very unsatisfactory’ by their union. more »

CMA invites comments on Tarmac-Breedon asset swap

CMA invites comments on Tarmac-Breedon asset swap

2 Feb 2018: The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) is considering calling in an asset swap deal announced in December by Tarmac and Breedon. more »

Catseye firm responds to Highways England’s loose way with words

Catseye firm responds to Highways England’s loose way with words

31 Jan 2018: Highways England has received a rap on the knuckles for its apparent failure to respect intellectual property. more »

Cementitious coating passes 29-year test

Cementitious coating passes 29-year test

26 Jan 2018: Flexcrete’s Cementitious Coating 851 has received the thumbs up from scientists at the Vinci Construction Technology Centre in Bedfordshire, who have confirmed that it provides an effective barrier to chlorides for at least 29 years. more »

Marshalls maintains momentum

Marshalls maintains momentum

10 Jan 2018: Paving and landscaping products supplier Marshalls grew its revenues by 8% in 2017 on the back of continued growth in new build housing. more »

GRS takes over Walsh

GRS takes over Walsh

8 Jan 2018: Aggregates supplier GRS Roadstone has taken over London-based S Walsh & Sons. more »

Breedon and Tarmac trade assets

Breedon and Tarmac trade assets

13 Dec 2017: Construction materials giant CRH has agreed to sell four quarries and an asphalt plant from its Tarmac subsidiary to Breedon for £16.5m. more »

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