Press Releases

    Linden Comansa Unveils Upcoming Cab

    New cab

    Linden Comansa, the tower crane manufacturer used Vertikal Days show in the UK to display for the first time its new cabin, scheduled to be launched in the summer.
    "The squared shape is new and ideal"; “It’s very spacious and bright"; "Uses flat glass, to avoid distortion and be able to easily replace it if necessary”…  These were some of the comments heard at the Vertikal Days show regarding Linden Comansa’s new cab, shown to the public for the first time. The presence of this new design at the UK’s most important show for the cranes & lifting business  was due a special request by Linden Comansa’s dealer City Lifting.
    “We already had the chance to see the prototype of the new can at the beginning of the year in Linden Comansa’s premises in Spain, along with other customers and dealers”, says Trevor Jepson, owner of City Lifting. “Our initial reaction was of surprise due to the absence of curved lines, quite common in the cab of most manufacturers. But we loved it right away, even before seeing the inside, which is very bright and spacious. We wanted to show it at Vertikal Days to see the reaction of our customers ourselves, and the truth is that we are very satisfied as they were all delighted with this new cabin”.
    The large amount of advantages of this new design would be announced as soon as Linden Comansa launches officially the new cab.

    Modern USD2.72 Million Alserkal Bridgestone Centre

    Breaking ground ceremony

    Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal Est., the sole importer and distributor of Bridgestone brand tires for Dubai and the Northern Emirates within the UAE, in partnership with Dubai Municipality, has successfully broken ground for the construction of a modern USD 2.72 Million Alserkal Bridgestone Truck Tyre Centre. The new facility, spanning across 52,000 sqf is part of Alserkal’s strategic retail expansion plan and will be built within the truck and heavy equipment market in the Al Ruwwaya area of Dubai. 
    Recent industry reports have shown that truck market sales in the UAE are expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 8% until 2021. The new centre, which is up for completion during the end of the first quarter of 2018, will be staffed with certified and highly- experienced trucking maintenance managers and technicians.
    “The centre is expected to add positive value in the continuing efforts to provide excellent, safe, healthy, environmentally friendly and accessible services,” said Ahmed Abdul Karim, Assistant Director General for public support, Dubai Municipality. 
    The centre will house a truck wash, repair facility and a registration & insurance counter--providing a complete solution to private, fleet and transport companies. The Alserkal Bridgestone Truck Tyre Centre will also be offering preventive maintenance services (PM) for trucks and trailers, which include oil, lube and filter service; DOT annual inspections; electrical repairs for lights, charging and starting; brake adjustments, repair and replacements; wheel-end work; and minor body repair services.

    IROCK Crushers Launches Finishing Screen

    IROCK TS-518

    IROCK Crushers’ new TS-518 mobile tracked screening plant gives medium to large producers a compact, heavy-duty and easy-to-move finishing screen with a high output. IROCK developed the screener with hydraulically powered components, including conveyors, which allow operators to quickly and easily move the machine into place for production in as little as 10 minutes. 
    The TS-518 track screen delivers fast, easy maneuverability around the jobsite without the need for a trailer, saving time and hassle. 
    The screening plant optimizes productivity with its 12-cubic-yard hopper and 129 horsepower CAT® diesel engine. IROCK offers the TS-518 in two- or three-deck models. Both feature heavy-duty, high-energy, two-bearing screen boxes for sorting a wide range of materials, including aggregates, concrete and sand. Contractors can sort as many as three sizes with the two-deck unit and four sizes using the three-deck model. 
    The screener’s feed conveyor offers an adjustable speed for efficient and effective material loading into the screen box. Producers can sort and stockpile as many as three different materials at once with the unit’s tail conveyor and two side conveyors. The tail conveyor quickly sorts material into stockpiles as high as 15 feet, 2 inches, while its two side conveyors offer an adjustable speed for fast sorting into stockpiles as high as 16 feet, 8 inches — among the highest in the industry. This high stockpile height allows operators to put more material under the belt before moving the screener to the next stockpile.

    Manitou Introduces its Latest 220 TJ Platform

    Manitou truck

    The Manitou Group, the specialist in all-terrain handling equipment, previewed its new 220 TJ telescopic jib at the APEX show in Amsterdam. Building on the success of its 26 meter and 28 meter models, the Group is adding a model to its line with very high market demand. Manitou has come out with two models to meet increasing demand in the 22 meter segment. The first, the 220 TJ is light and compact, while the second, the 220 TJ+ has a high-capacity basket fully rated at 350 kg. This capacity holds regardless of the position of the articulated arm or the telescopic extension. These two products carry forward the design, technology and structural components that have accounted for the success of the 26 meter and 28 meter models. The structure consists of a pivot and three telescoping elements, giving an overall length of less than 10 meters. Both models are equipped with a 2 meter pendular arm that folds up, reducing the length of the machine when transported. They can also be slung, with four chains from a single point for easy lifting without extra tools or equipment. The 220TJ and 220TJ+ telescopic booms are equipped with a 4-cylinder 26 kW diesel engine coupled with a variable speed pump, giving the operator easy, accurate use. As is true of the whole line, these booms are equipped with a system that automatically adjusts the power of the engine to what is needed, thereby reducing fuel consumption and total cost of ownership. 

    NFT Supplies Potain Cranes to New Tech Hub in ME

    NFT supplies Potain cranes to new tech hub

    China State Construction Engineering Corporation is using nine Potain tower cranes to construct the 150k m2 Silicon Park by developer Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority. The nine cranes were all supplied by NFT. 
    Abdul Zidan, construction manager on the Silicon Park project for China State Construction, said “We are using the nine Potain cranes to cover 97,300 m2 of the project,” he said. “All are good-quality, reliable machines, and NFT has provided us with good service and maintenance support. Having NFT with us has helped keep this project moving swiftly despite its congested schedule, and delays have been kept to a minimum.” 
    Potain’s advanced topless designs make them ideal for busy job sites where multiple cranes need to work together. Because the cranes can overlap within shorter vertical spaces, working heights can be optimized. 
    The Potain MCT 205 topless cranes have a maximum capacity of 10 t and can lift 1.75 t at their maximum jib end of 65 m. The complete upper works can be assembled in four lifts, while the full 65 m jib can be placed in a single lift. 
    The MC 205 B is a regular-design, top-slewing crane and a proven performer on job sites across the world and has a 10 t maximum capacity, 60 m jib and 2.4 t jib end capacity. 
    Christophe Simoncelli, vice president, tower crane sales, Asia and the Middle East, at Manitowoc, said “Our designs aim to provide the lifting strength and speed that contractors need, but equally important is having strong local support.” 

    DLG launches New Variable Horsepower

    SDLG product Launch 

    Global construction equipment brand SDLG has launched variable horsepower versions of two of its biggest selling motor graders for Middle Eastern and African markets.
    The new G9190 & G9220 VHP automatic variable horsepower motor graders provide an automatic mode for transmission, allowing operators to shift seamlessly between manual to automatic transmission. This gives them greater control over the grading process while optimising fuel efficiency.
    “The new VHP models give the operator greater control over the grading process, with the freedom to shift from manual to automatic transmission when they choose,” says Shahir El Essawy, SDLG’s business manager for Hub South. “They are also fitted with a piston pump hydraulic system that always delivers the optimum oil flow to the hydraulic functions, regardless of engine speed.”
    Just last year, SDLG sold 28 G9220s – as well as 30 LG958L wheel loaders – to a Saudi Arabian customer to facilitate a large-scale road maintenance initiative.
    The graders are well-balanced with good traction and excellent blade down force. The G9190 features a blade width of 13 feet with a blade pull of 9,990 kg, while the G9220 has a blade width of 14 feet with a blade pull of 10,530 kg.
    The unique SDLG circle drive system comes with three support shoes and non-greasing slide bushings for better grading and easier maintenance.  The cab is designed to offer exceptional all-round visibility; with easy-to-use industry-standard controls, comfortable seating and air conditioning as standard.

    CO2 Monitoring in Green Building Applications

    Air conditioning nowadays is everywhere around the world as a basic facility in commercial buildings and residential homes. It is said that air conditioning is also the main problem causing global warming. When talking about outdoor air, it contains Ozone, molds, dust, NO2, SO2 and CO; while indoor air including gas or skin cells from people or pets, Formaldehydes, Molds, bacteria, TVOC and CO2. CO2 can save energy and also help the environment. To improve indoor air quality people always simply turn on the air conditioning, because they think there’s a “filter” function. But actually, ventilation is the only key to bring in fresh air and reduce CO2. The average of atmospheric CO2 was raised from 392.41ppm to more than 400ppm since 2012. The higher the CO2 concentration the more negative effect on humans causing such things as losing focus, lowering activity, irritability, and others. At this point, a CO2 transmitter in air conditioning systems with ventilation becomes very crucial. According to Autotronic Enterprise Co. Limited (Aecl) The ideal application of a CO2 transmitter is to install it in an office, meeting room and other individual spaces), and when the CO2 sensor detects higher concentrations then it triggers the ventilation and bring in fresh air to lower the CO2 levels. Applying a CO2 transmitter in the air conditioning system can save up to 26% energy as while the CO2 concentration is low, there’s no need to turn on the air conditioning.   

    Construction of Greenfield Plant in Bahrain

    Armacell, a global specialist in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams, kicked off construction of its manufacturing facility in Bahrain. Zayed R. Al Zayani, Minister for Industry, Commerce & Tourism said: “We are seeing more companies taking advantage of this business-friendly environment and company’s investment is a reflection of Bahrain’s strengths as regional hub for manufacturing and logistics.” Patrick Mathieu, President & CEO of Armacell International S.A., commented: “The greenfield construction of our own production site in Bahrain reinforces our commitment to the Gulf Region, strengthening our presence in this high-growth market where we have been operating since 2008.” Starting production in 2018, the Armacell Group, through Armacell Middle East Company S.P.C., will manufacture a comprehensive range of products including high-density materials and elastomeric insulation for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. Establishing a manufacturing facility in Bahrain is part of Armacell’s goal to grow the group’s manufacturing footprint in the Gulf Region. Located at the BIIP high quality 247 hectare business park, the plant will initially provide approx. 100 jobs. The company’s Middle East team has been active in the Gulf Region for a decade and is led by Neville D’Souza, general manager of Armacell Middle East Company S.P.C. The company is a global specialist in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams. It operates two main businesses: Advanced Insulation develops flexible foams for the insulation of technical equipment utilized for the transport of energy - such as heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) and heating & plumbing (H&P) in residential and commercial construction, process lines in the heavy- and oil & gas industry, equipment in transportation, as well as, accessories and acoustics. Engineered Foams develops high-performance foams for the use in a broad range of end markets including transportation, automotive, wind energy, sports and construction.

    Shower Solutions with MOOV by Glass 1989

    Making a MOOV

    With Showering, Glass1989 further consolidates its presence on the Italian and international markets, becoming one of the key players in the shower enclosure world. 
    A range marked by innovation, elegant design, spaciousness and versatility, offering made-to measure and special solutions: these are the winning features of the Showering range by Glass1989, which is further expanded with new collections of shower trays, multi-functional shelving and doors, all presented at the ISH trade fair.
    Designed for large shower areas, the MOOV shower door range runs on ball bearings built into the top rail, specially designed to guarantee smooth, quiet movement. What's more, the Slow-Close mechanism cushions both the opening and closing of the door, for an even more impeccable operation.
    As well as the traditional niche and corner configurations, the range also includes a pocket door version ideal for creating shower enclosures integrated into the architecture of the bathroom. 
    The arrangement on display at the fair is brand new too, designed to separate functional and wellness areas, with a sliding door solution with glass partition element. 
    The range's distinctive feature is an integrated handle along the entire vertical profile of the door, for the widest possible opening angle. Some of the technical features include 8 mm glass thickness with anti-limescale coating as standard, clear and frosted, upper screen-printed band in three colour versions: black, white, silvery grey;
    Soft-Close door mechanism; door adjustment system; integrated handle along entire length of vertical profile; door releases for easier glass cleaning; ball bearings for smooth, and quiet movement.

    Middle East Construction Market to Top USD300 Billion by 2019

    Felt ceilings

    With the MENA’s construction market topping USD300 billion by 2019, felt solutions will cut costs and deliver comfortable spaces, architects and interior designers agreed.
    Demonstrating the potential for felt, the MENA’s construction market is set grow by 43% from USD 235 billion in 2016 to USD336 billion by 2020, according to a recent BMI Research report.
    “GCC mega-projects will host millions of people over their lifetime – meaning they need interior spaces that prioritize design and quality to cut costs, provide comfortable spaces, and are environmentally sustainable. Felt is set to be deployed from the deepest train stations to the tallest skyscrapers, and every interior in-between,” said Santhosh Vallil, Sales Manager of mega-project consultancy Hunter Douglas Middle East.
    Hunter Douglas has seen strong Middle East interest on the recently-launched world’s first new felt linear ceiling, called HeartFelt. The system can be customized to different settings, and also reflects light and absorbs sound.
    HeartFelt recently won the Red Dot: Product Design 2017 award. HeartFelt beat more than 5,500 submissions from 54 countries around the world.  
    HeartFelt’s non-woven thermoformed polyester fibers also allow the material to meet strict fire safety requirements. Felt is also resistant to dust and dirt, and is maintenance-friendly – particularly effective in the desert climates of the Middle East.
    “Most linear ceiling systems are made of metal, often aluminum. Felt ‘breaks’ the light so as to create an attractive, natural color, and at the same it is a natural sound absorber,” said Bjarne Hammer, of Denmark’s Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

    Casalgrande Padana Presents RESINA

    Resina grey line

    Flashes of light, markings evoking brushstrokes, splashes of color interspersed with a body of neutral tones inspired by the homogeneity of resin. This collection of porcelain stoneware transcends the modular nature of tiles to increase the potential of ceramics and create contemporary, original flooring. The Resina collection allows designers to a fresh new feel to any room, creating a metropolitan style synonymous with fluid spaces such as lofts and former industrial buildings. Part of the Granitoker line, the Resina porcelain stoneware collection interprets the dimensions and characteristics of every space, transcending the modular nature of tiles. A combination of unbroken surfaces and harmonious tones and materials, Resina creates a minimalist surface where the material itself is once again the star of the show, with detailing enhancing the neutral tones and warm colors and never once interrupting the continuous effect. Flashes of light and subtle shading invoke the qualities of resin, showcasing that sense of craftsmanship that can make any flooring or cladding unique and inimitable. Any imperfections only serve to boost the aesthetic appeal, while subjectivity becomes a form of decoration, a role reversal whose effect is to add further value to the product. All of this makes for a truly contemporary surface, where the impressive technical attributes of porcelain stoneware combine with a sophisticated and modern style created through the fusion of material, light and color. 

    The BIG 5 Innovation in Precast Summit

    The Big 5 Workshops 

    Precast experts from around the world will gather in Dubai for the first Innovation in Precast Summit on 26 and 27 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre. New precast concrete admixtures are revolutionizing the construction industry, cutting costs and reducing both utility and energy consumption. While Dubai Metro line extensions’ precast blocks are being assembled in anticipation of Expo 2020, the application of precast concrete in the UAE built environment still offers immense opportunities, including an effective response to the booming demand for affordable housing. According to Dr. Ulrich Lotz, CEO of BetonTage, conference partner of the Innovation in Precast Summit, “Precast concrete is superior not only in terms of controllability and quality consistency compared to in-situ construction: it also perfectly responds to BIM demands”. Precast is providing a growing number of innovative solutions that enhance both the strength and smartness of concrete. “Some of today’s major precast trends include the integration of features that respond to heating, cooling and acoustic demands,” Dr. Lotz added. Precast concrete successfully meets the growing need for environmentally sustainable solutions within the construction industry too. “The integration of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) in the building process, for example, can improve resource efficiency by 50%, while drastically reducing CO2 emissions. Also, Titanium dioxid in the coverage cuts down NOx-emissions,” said Dr. Lotz. Other innovative solutions look at the integration of recycling materials within precast, thus creating a closed loop in the life-cycle of concrete.  

    Keep an ‘Eye’ on Critical Welds

    PurgEye API500 PHO 08C in Case Open and Closed

    Weld Purging is the act of removing oxygen from the vicinity of a weld before, during and after welding metals such as stainless steel, titanium, zirconium and nickel alloys. Without Weld Purging, the weld would be left oxidised and discoloured, which could then lead to loss of corrosion resistance and metallurgical imperfections. 
    In order to accurately read the residual oxygen level inside a tube, pipe, welding chamber or enclosure during the act of purging, Weld Purging Experts Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® have designed a Family Range of Weld Purge Monitors to suit all applications and budgets. Their PurgEye® Desk launched this month, is ideal for use with Welding Chambers and Enclosures as well as Orbital Welding Machines and other Automatic Welding Systems. 
    Georgia Gascoyne, CEO for HFT® said: “The PurgEye® Desk replaces the old PurgEye® 500, but with new and innovative features. One huge addition is our revolutionary PurgeNet™, for the in-line connection of several accessories that allows the Weld Purge Monitor® to actually control welding systems based upon oxygen level.”
    “PurgeNet™ controls welding power sources such as Orbital Welding Machines and any other Automatic Welding Systems, to switch them on and off according to oxygen levels. PurgeNet™ can be used with the integrated PurgeLog™ Software to transfer weld purge data for quality control of welds. PurgeNet™ connects with other smart accessories for weld purging, one of which is the Visual Purge Alarm which gives an indication during welding in case of rising or falling oxygen levels.” The PurgEye® Desk has automatic fault finding diagnostics, that can detect and report a number of possible faults and it also features an OLED (organic light emitting diode) display giving brighter, sharper readings at longer distances. 

    Blastcrete Introduces Mixer/Pump with 1-Ton Capacity, 20-tph Output


    The new MX-20MT mixer/pump from Blastcrete Equipment Company gives contractors a high-output, easy-to-use unit for superb productivity on shotcrete and refractory work in a variety of applications, including steel mills, cement plants and petrochemical plants. The machine provides twice the output of the company’s popular MX-10 mixer/pump yet has nearly the same compact footprint. It’s mounted to a single-chassis trailer for convenience as well as fast and easy transportation, setup and cleaning. The MX-20MT features a 1-metric-ton mixer with a high-speed hydraulic agitator that keeps materials blended and in suspension as it flows to the 4-inch swing-tube piston pump. The pump operates with up to 2,200 psi pumping pressure for consistent installation of as much as 20 metric tons of material per hour. Customers can vertically pump refractory material in excess of 300 feet and load the hopper with as much as 2,500 pounds of material. “To achieve high output often requires a separate mixer and pump, which doubles transport cost to jobsites as well doubles the setup time,” said Tripp Farrell, Blastcrete Equipment Company president. “We resolved these challenges and built a machine that is safe and simple to use, quick to clean and maintain and very user friendly.” Farrell added that designing equipment around customer feedback is in Blastcrete’s DNA. The company did it in 1996 with the release of the MX-20MT’s sister model, the MX-10, which became the industry’s most popular unit. 

    Sealing System Tested for Rodent Resistance

    Rodent resistance

    Beele Engineering’s NOFIRNO system has been tested for rodent resistance by a public transportation company, with positive results. The NOFIRNO ¬¬rodent resistance consists of filler sleeves and a sealing kit which, as well as being thermally insulating, are also fire-resistant. The combination of sleeves and kit also creates a sealing layer which is both gas and water-tight. It thus combines rodent resistance with fire protection and waterproofing. 
    Rodents regularly find their way into electrical equipment and components through transit openings. The reason can be found in the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures: if the warmth is transmitted to the exterior through the transits, there’s a significant chance that they will be gnawed open. Alongside serious damage to cables and equipment, this could also cause total system failure. Not only does this lead to economic losses, but in the public transportation sector situations could also be life-threatening.  Attempts to keep rodents out, for example with PUR foam, often yield no result.  After extensive testing, Beele Engineering’s NOFIRNO sealing system turns out to be perfectly suited as protection against rodents. The rodent protection serves not only as a solution for external control cabinets for public transportation companies. Control cabinets for utility companies, at airports and airfields, for telephone exchanges and the operating centers of telecom operators, water utilities’ pumping stations and the transits for data centers etc., can all be better protected against rodents, fire and flooding by using the system. Beele Engineering, in Aalten in the Netherlands, specializes in solutions for the fire-resistant, gas-tight and waterproof sealing of pipe and cable transits. The company has its own R&D centres, test facilities, one of the most modern and comprehensive production centers in Europe, and high-quality logistics. This means that customers can be served with standard products quickly and smartly, but customized solutions can also be created for every specific wish. 

    Archroma Opens Global Competence Center

    Archroma team

    Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, has officially inaugurated its new Global Center of Excellence for Surface & Coating Technology. The brand new Global Center of Excellence for Surface & Coating Technology is based in Bradford, UK, at the location of Archroma's application laboratory team for deposit control. It hosts the global product manager for Surface & Coating and a team of application experts, all with close links to Archroma's Research & Development organization and the sales teams around the globe. Beate Plueckhan, President Region EMEA, commented: "Especially in the area of food packaging, consumers are looking for safe, convenient and sustainable packaging. This offers many opportunities to market new surface & coating solutions. With its technology and application know-how Archroma is well positioned to participate more intensively in this growing market." 
    The new application laboratory will also allow Archroma to quickly run application tests for packaging producers, as well as to develop customized recipes for them. 
    Archroma has launched several eco-advanced innovations in the area of food packaging. Examples include Cartaguard® KST liq, Cartaseal® HFU liq and Cartaseal® VWF liq. 
    "These products are great examples highlighting Archroma's ability to provide a specific solution for every individual packaging challenge: be it superior barrier properties to oil, water and water vapor, be it excellent printability, glueability, and heat sealability, or temperature resistance," said Andy Bell, Global Product Manager Surface & Coating.  

    Evonik opens coatings laboratory in Turkey

    Lab Work

    Evonik opened a new Coating Additives laboratory at its Tuzla (Istanbul) site in 2017. The state-of-the-art laboratory, which also includes a customer service center, will support customers with the development of innovative surface coatings in Turkey and throughout the Middle East.
    The application technology laboratory features top-of-the-line equipment for processing customer requests for a wide range of coatings and printing ink applications. This allows the lab staff to effectively formulate, apply, and test a variety of coatings and printing inks in water-based, solvent-based, or radiation-curing formats. The modern laboratory equipment also includes a spray booth and a climatic chamber.
    “The new laboratory strengthens our presence in the region,” emphasizes Gaetano Blanda, the head of the Coating Additives business line. “It enhances our market proximity and enables us to provide our customers with technical service and product solutions for the development of new formulations even faster.”
    Evonik Ticaret Ltd. manages the distribution for the Turkish domestic market and exports to adjacent growth markets with a staff of fifty employees. Evonik Ticaret will celebrate its 30th anniversary in Turkey in August 2017. 
    Evonik’s most important products in Turkey include monomers, amino acids, cyanides, silicas and superabsorbents. The Group also holds 51% of shares in Egesil Kimya Sanayi & Ticaret, for the production of silica. 
    Evonik recently completed the acquisition of the Performance Materials Division of Air Products, making the Group a leading provider of additives for the coatings industry. Among its globally known brand names are AEROSIL®, SURFYNOL®, and TEGO®.