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Leading roof window and rooflight maker VELUX has agreed a new partnership with UK’s Housing Design Awards 2020 competition.

Founded by the UK Government, the Housing Design Awards were launched in 1948 in the same sitting of Parliament as the National Health Service, to reward better municipal post-war rebuilding. The Awards were extended to include private homes in 1960 by the then Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan.

SPATEX 2020 was a game changer

If there is one defining element of SPATEX 2020 it is the colour Green! This was the year the Show turned Green. From the bright green carpet welcoming visitors to the Ricoh Arena’s Ericsson Hall to the sea of green hats at the SPATEX Networking Party. All, of course, chiming with the Exhibition’s mission to promote a Greener, more environmentally friendly Industry. An endeavour that, in a year rewarded with a 3.6 per cent increase in visitor numbers (compared to 2019 stats), was well received by exhibitors and visitors alike.

P C Henderson Launch New Range of Flush Pulls and Lock Sets @PCHendersonLtd

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has launched a new range of flush pulls and lock sets as it experiences increased demand for different styles and finishes.

Available now, the new hardware collection caters for both traditional and contemporary applications and includes a variety of colours, styles and functionality types to choose from.

Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson, commented, “We’ve sold flush pulls and lock sets for a number of years now but the range was very focused. As the popularity of sliding door hardware in the home has grown, so has the requirement for increased variety. People naturally want their door hardware to complement the surrounding décor”.

Timber Company Turns Panels with Caldwell Posi-Turner

Freres Lumber Co. Inc. is using a 22,500-lb. (11.25-ton) capacity Caldwell Posi-Turner to turn loads at its Mass Plywood Panels facility in Lyons, Oregon.

The Posi-Turner, which is designed to rotate bulky and hard to handle objects during manufacture or assembly processes, is operated beneath the hook of a 15-ton capacity overhead crane to flip panels in the lumber and timber company’s finishing area.

The 180,000 sq. ft. facility (one of three Oregon locations) is serviced by seven overhead cranes, ranging in capacity from 5 tons to 15 tons, all provided by U.S. Crane & Hoist, also of Oregon. Some of them are fitted with two hoists and tandem lifts are commonplace at the world’s first veneer-based mass timber production facility.

CLF and TMB Sign Distribution Agreement for UK and Ireland

CLF Lighting Europe is very pleased to announce that TMB has been appointed CLF lighting fixtures’ exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland.

After much success as the brand “Nuri*Lites” in the US, now a broader range of CLF products – LED Fixtures, Moving Heads, and Spectrum Series – will be by offered by TMB UK under the banner “Nuri*Lites by CLF”.  Customers will enjoy all the service and support they expect from TMB, as well as benefit from TMB’s wide range of related products.

Pintsch Bubenzer Moves for Zuchowski in Ports, Offshore @PintschBubenzer

Pintsch Bubenzer USA has named Mike Zuchowski regional sales manager for ports in the western region of the states and Canada.

The manufacturer of high-performance disc and drum brakes for steel cranes and other severe duty applications is seeing high demand for its products from the ports and offshore market. Zuchowski will focus on the West Coast, Pacific Northwest and West Canada, while Sean Sheridan’s nationwide role has been refocused in line with ongoing growth in the sector.

Ports and offshore are two very different markets, however. Offshore has many subsegments in which Pintsch Bubenzer interfaces with; offshore drilling / exploration, wind energy, and maritime vessels are its strong suits. Ports, meanwhile, Zuchowski said, can be divided into two segments: bulk and container handling.

SME Developer transforms dilapidated Buildings but warns of Industry Challenges

The government report Living with Beauty, released by the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission in January 2020 calls for more industry action to recycle existing buildings that improve local communities. According to the CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England), there are more than 18,200 brownfield sites in the UK, covering in the excess of 26,000 hectares of land. Even allowing for a relatively low housing density of 41 homes per hectare, England has sufficient brownfield land to build more than 1 million new homes*.

Specialist lighting firm to bolster UK-US export links at CONEXPO @VentolaLighting

VENTOLA® Projects is heading to the bright lights of Las Vegas next month as part of plans to champion its booming export credentials at the famous CONEXPO.

And the firm will be representing a much wider UK Federal Trade Delegation that seeks to bolster its links in the US construction sector.

Ventola, a bespoke lighting specialist business from Leicester, has already been making waves in the US with its LED systems, completing installations from Florida in the south to Maine in the north and as far west as California and Las Vegas.

Straightpoint Load Cell Weighs Power Plant Cylinder @loadcell

Siaptek Indonesia provided a Straightpoint (SP) load cell, a Crosby shackle, and other rigging equipment to weigh a 1.35t fabrication cylinder at a power plant in Tangerang in the province of Banten recently.

A 25t capacity Radiolink plus load cell was rigged with a Crosby shackle of the same capacity, while 2t capacity webbing slings were double choked around the load to complete the below-the-hook equipment. The load, actually recorded at 1,360kg, was recorded on a Wireless Hand Held Plus, also manufactured by SP. An on-site overhead crane and hoist was utilised to provide the required lifting power.

Siaptek Indonesia received the scope of work from PT. Sinergi Adhi Pratama Abadi, a crane maintenance and structural fabrication company, which was delivering a contract at the Pusat Listrik Tenaga Uap (PLTU) Banten 3 Lontar Operation and Maintenance Services Unit (OMU) 3 x 315-Megawatt power plant. Limited access inside the facility was just one obstacle that the rigging team had to overcome.