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Impressions of the International Hardware Fair 2014

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The International Hardware Fair 2014 was a great success and once more proved its importance to the hardware industry. 2.783 exhibitors from 53 countries presented their numerous product novelties and exciting innovations in the field of industrial supplies, fastening and joining technology, fittings, tools and construction and DIY goods. weiterlesen…

toom Baumarkt invests in Green Buildings

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toom Baumarkt has embarked on an energy efficiency programme for its existing stores and also in the construction of new ones. This year toom will reopen more than 20 upgraded and enlarged stores, to be followed next year by two new ‘Green Building’ outlets. In the Spring of 2015 toom will open an additional Green Building store at Alzey in Germany’s Rhineland Palatinate. weiterlesen…

Industry Association: International Construction Record Level

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The German Construction Industry Association (Hauptverband der deutschen Bauindustrie) reports that last year the value of its members’ foreign operations were up nine percent to approximately 32 billion Euros, a new record level. During the same period, members took new foreign orders valued at 33 billion Euros, the second highest annual volume since 2010. weiterlesen…

Hardware Cologne – Fair Magazine Latest Issue

 

A team of specialists is already at work on the organisation, planning, preparations and decorations, so that exhibitors and visitors to Cologne’s forthcoming International Hardware Fair will find an innovative platform for all branches of trade and industry. But how well did they do at the most recent event; what did exhibitors and exhibitors really think? To find out, the Cologne Fair ran a survey – with interesting results. These and other interesting International Hardware Fair facts are published in the latest issue of Hardware Cologne. weiterlesen…

Back To Historic Roots

 

Friesach in Austria is the location for an ambitious research project now underway by Klagenfurt’s Alpen-Adria University. Since 2009, a research team and 30 craftsmen led by Johannes Grabmayer have been building a castle using only the tools and materials that were available in the Middle Ages. The only source of non-human power is a horse, to pull heavy loads: no cranes, no trucks. weiterlesen…

The perfect green cut

 

Will we soon see Tarzan and Jane swinging on vines between high-rise buildings? A dream from the Jungle Book? Not necessarily, if you live in Singapore. And this kind of sustainable architecture is now spreading green shoots through Europe, creating a great new opportunity for the tool industry. weiterlesen…

The Largest Stadium in Germany’s Football Bundesliga

 

It is 100 metres wide, 52 metres deep and 40 metres high. The angle of inclination on the upper terraces is 37 degrees – just about the same as a ski jump. Here, is where hearts beat and fans shout from the south stand of Borussia Dortmund football club. Up to 24,454 regularly stand cheek by jowl and blend into the ‘yellow wall’ on Europe’s largest standing room only spectator terrace. Just imagine the loads imposed on the structure and material when 48,908 boots stamp in time with the singing fans. weiterlesen…

High Wire Act

 

Whether the task is to secure furniture during transport, tow water skiers behind a speedboat, broken down automobiles, support a suspension bridge, or anchor the Queen Mary 2: wire ropes, cables and chains have to be capable of withstanding extremely high loads. weiterlesen…

Financial Nightmare, Architectural Dream

 

The developers of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall decided it should be seen as the undisputed symbol of the harbour city. But whether they attain this objective will depend in large measure on future progress with the construction. To date, there have been numerous explosions in cost and missed completion deadlines; construction of the so-called ‘Glass Wave’ has been the subject of public comment. No decision has yet been announced as to whether taxpayers will be asked to cough up the extra: the initial quote was for 77 million Euros, and now costs have risen to at least 323 million Euros. weiterlesen…