Nabaltec AG posts strong growth in the first nine months of 2014


Nabaltec AG's revenues in the first nine months of 2014 amounted to EUR 109.6 million, up 6.8% from last year's value of EUR 102.6 million, and its operating profit (EBIT) was also up by a strong 14.3%, to EUR 10.4 million. In general, the company's very strong performance in the first half of the year carried over into the third quarter of 2014, as both revenues and earnings were up from the year before and from last quarter as well.  Consolidated revenues in the third quarter of 2014 were up 8.0%, from EUR 33.8 million in the same quarter of last year to EUR 36.5 million. Revenues were up slightly, by 0.8%, from the second quarter of 2014, when revenues were EUR 36.2 million. Johannes Heckmann, Member of the Board of Nabaltec AG, stated as follows: "We are more than satisfied w...

FLSmidth signs contract for large cement project


FLSmidth has signed an EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) contract with one of the world's largest cement producers CEMEX for the supply of a new cement production line to be installed at CEMEX's Odessa cement plant. The plant is located in western Texas, USA. Once the installation is finished, the cement production line is expected to have a capacity of approximately 2,540 metric tonnes per day. The expansion will utilize state-of-the-art production technology resulting in higher fuel efficiency and improved productivity. The equipment scope includes a 5-stage ILC preheater with a Low NOx Calciner, 3-pier kiln, FLSmidth® Cross-Bar® cooler, Duoflex® burner, Pfister® weighing and dosing systems, gas analyzers and three Fuller-Kinyon® pumps. Furthermore, an FLSmidth contro...

Noxilizer, Inc. Expands Contract Sterilization Operations


Noxilizer, Inc., the organization rapidly advancing the room-temperature, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) based sterilization process for life science manufacturers, announced expansion of their contract sterilization operations. This expansion was triggered by growing customer demand and increased industry acceptance of Noxilizer’s NO2 sterilization -- a powerful, efficient and cost-saving alternative to traditional sterilization methods. "Manufacturers have quickly recognized the advantages of NO2. This expansion was mandated by a significant increase in customer feasibility studies alongside contract sterilization work," notes Maura O. Kahn, Vice President, Business Development & Marketing. "Our facility now provides customers even greater access to our NO2 technology with efficient and eco...

Belaz wins Swedish Steel Prize 2014


This year’s winner of the international Swedish Steel Prize is Belaz from Belarus. The prize was awarded for the company’s innovative and new construction for axle suspension and slewing bearings for the world’s largest dump truck. The new construction takes full advantage of the properties of high-strength steel. “Belaz has boldly gone beyond the boundaries of what has earlier been considered possible using available technology,” says Gregoire Parenty, Chairman of the jury and Executive Vice President and Head of Market Development SSAB.  The current trend within mining and quarry operations across the world is that bigger is better. Demand is high, production must therefore be optimized. Using high-strength steel, the global mining dump truck manufacturer Belaz has create...

Survey winch survives the Arctic clutches of Siberia

Geophysical survey trucks are worked long and hard, yet are required to consistently produce massive amounts of accurate data; day after day. When the survey area is Arctic Siberia, the working conditions are such that only the best engineering components can be used in the specialist equipment. Siberia is a large region that extends in part north beyond the Arctic Circle where summers are short and climatic conditions can be among the worst on Earth. However, it also has some of the world's largest mineral deposits including diamonds, gold, silver, molybdenum, nickel, palladium, lead, coal, gypsum and zinc. Its oil and natural gas deposits are such that despite already being a major supplier to much of Europe, many of its reserves are as yet untouched. A manufacturer of geophysical surv...

PlasticsEurope’s reaction to the agreement on plastic bags


PlasticsEurope has expressed its concerns regarding the agreement reached between Member States and negotiators from the European Parliament on the proposal on plastic bags. While the plastics industry supports a mandatory charge on all bags regardless of which material they are made from, the European plastics industry fears that the possibility for Member States to ban lightweight plastic bags sets a precedent which will lead to a patchwork of national regulations on other types of packaging as well, thereby creating trade barriers and hindering the EU internal market. “The possibility to ban plastics bags goes against the general principle of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. It is concerning as it opens the door for Members States to ban not only plastics bags but other ty...



STRABAG, the internationally active technology group for construction services, is extending and strengthening the container harbour at Port Louis, Mauritius, together with its partner Archirodon Construction (Overseas) Co. SA. The project has a volume of about € 90 million (USD 115 million), of which STRABAG holds 50 %, and is to be completed in slightly over two years. The project is being carried out in four phases to allow the harbour to remain in operation while work is going on. Phase 1, with a length of 244 m, includes the new berthing quay to be founded into the sea bed on tubular steel piles and sheet piles (combi-wall), the corresponding concrete works, the quay facilities, and the relocation of three container cranes. Also forming part of this phase are the extension of the con...

European aluminium industry ready to drive industrial renaissance


The Italian aluminium association Centroal and the European Aluminium Association (EAA) hosted a landmark Roundtable in Rome under patronage of the Italian Presidency of the EU Council ‘A New Deal for European Industrial Renaissance: Concrete Measures towards a Competitive and Sustainable Economy’. Some of the aluminium industry’s most prominent customers including Ferrari and Nespresso convened with European and Italian policymakers to discuss the soaring demand for aluminium as a key driver of a visionary, innovative and resource-efficient Europe. Participants also exchanged views on policy solutions that will allow the EU to better support producers in meeting customer needs. Testifying to the unique benefits of aluminium in buildings, world-renowned architect Massimiliano Fuk...

SKF invests in new lubrication systems factory in the Czech Republic


SKF’s investment will support the Company’s growing lubrication systems business.  The new facility has achieved a LEED Platinum rating, in recognition of sustainable design, the first SKF factory to achieve this accolade. Gothenburg, Sweden, 19 November 2014: SKF is today inaugurating its expanded lubrication systems manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic. The expanded factory has been designed with a focus on reducing the building’s overall environmental impact, including more efficient energy and water usage and choice of more sustainable building materials. This has contributed to the building being awarded the US Green Building Association’s highest possible LEED Platinum rating. “We see substantial potential for future growth within our automated lubrication systems busi...

Major contract from Chinese GEELY Group underpins teamtechnik's global market leadership in passenger vehicle transmission testing


The international teamtechnik Group has been awarded another major contract from China. The Chinese automobile manufacturer GEELY has ordered a test facility for the latest generation of double-clutch transmissions for GEELY and Volvo. This puts the teamtechnik Group ahead of the global market in passenger vehicle testing. Delivery time on the 4-stand turnkey test facility is just 12 months. "This short delivery time on such a technically complex project is only possible because we have standardized our test benches so that we can produce them in series," explains teamtechnik CEO Stefan Rosskopf. "And that's exactly what our Chinese clients are looking for: a tried and tested standard test bench with high-tech processes and intelligent test software that can quickly be made available for ...

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