bauma 2025 organizers open Innovation Awards call for entries

Source: VDMA and Messe München, Munich bauma organizers are accepting Climate Protection, Digitalization, Mechanical Engineering, Construction and Research category entries through August 23 for an award program timed with the April 2025 installment of their global concrete, aggregate, construction and mining trade fair in Munich. The program is open to equipment, machinery, material and technology innovations that have premiered commercially…

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Analytics, carbon, electric power, hydrogen frame record ConExpo-Con/Agg

Sources: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee; CP staff ConExpo-Con/Agg and International Fluid Power Exposition 2023 booked attendance of nearly 140,000 over a March 14-18 window at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The record-setting events saw 2,400-plus exhibitors from 36 countries present on-, on/off- and off-road fleet or plant equipment and machinery, engine and other vehicle component, plus lubricant and material…

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Infrastructure Solutions chief van der Merwe leads Astec Industries

Sources: Astec Industries Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn.; CP staff The board of concrete and aggregate plant giant Astec Industries has promoted Jaco van der Merwe to president, chief executive officer and director. He shifts from Infrastructure Solutions Group president, a post he has held since 2019, and succeeds Barry Ruffalo, who has left the company.  Astec Chairman William Gehl credits van…

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Steering Committee calls for donations to 2022 CIM Auction pool

Organizers of the 2022 Concrete Industry Management Auction welcome donations of plant or construction equipment, tool, material, service, travel packages and other candidates for silent and live bidding, January 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. “Proceeds will benefit the CIM National Steering Committee and support degree programs at Middle Tennessee State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Texas State…

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Cemex and Volvo Group pursue zero-emissions fleets the world over

  Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Volvo Trucks and Volvo Construction Equipment have reached a memorandum of understanding to develop electromobility solutions for on-, on/off- and off-road vehicles, including uptime services. Replacement of diesel-powered trucks and construction equipment with battery-equipped alternatives will advance the quest for a zero carbon dioxide emissions fleet and Future in Action climate program, where Cemex sets…

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OSHA revisits principal reference in silica standard for construction

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration 

OSHA is soliciting industry perspective and comments on Table 1 of the agency’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction through October 14. Officials seek information on a) additional engineering and work practice control methods to effectively limit exposure to silica for listed equipment and tasks; and, b) other silica-generating construction equipment and tasks that the agency should consider adding to the table.

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Economist: Construction equipment sales bode well for nonresidential market

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Weighing new Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) data, ABC reports that nonresidential fixed investment—a gross domestic product category embodying nonresidential construction activity—expanded at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.2 percent in the second quarter, following a 7.2 percent jump in Q1. The expansion contributed more than 0.6 percentage point to GDP growth, due in large measure to increased construction equipment investment. The other two nonresidential fixed investment components—structures and intellectual property—also expanded, but at a slower pace.

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Green Building Standard factors projects’ life cycle carbon, construction equipment idling-rooted diesel emissions


New requirements to further reduce energy and environmental impacts in buildings’ construction and operating phases—site vehicle idle time thresholds and stormwater management guidelines among them—are detailed in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council, and Illuminating Engineering Society.

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Construction equipment industry: $57 billion, 370K jobs


A new Association of Equipment Manufacturers report highlights the construction equipment industry’s link to hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs and billions in economic activity. Authored by Inforum, a University of Maryland research organization, “The Economic Footprint of the Construction Equipment Industry on the U.S. Economy” underscores business growth over the last decade, plus threats posed by diminishing government investment in infrastructure projects and eliminating support for manufacturing exports.

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