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D. Michael Wilson, president and chief executive officer of specialty chemicals and high performance carbon materials specialist Ingevity Corp., has been elected to the Vulcan Materials Co. board, and will serve on the Audit and Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs Committees.

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Volvo tests artificial intelligence in truck safety

Volvo Trucks North America, along with automated vehicle software provider Perceptive Automata and customer Dependable Highway Express (DHE), is proving the potential to raise drivers’ safety performance by leveraging human intuition artificial intelligence that predicts pedestrian, cyclist and motorist actions. The manufacturer recognizes the need for improved safety for all road users, specifically to augment situational awareness and better anticipate human behavior while on the road. It demonstrated a proof-of-concept, based on Perceptive Automata’s artificial intelligence software, with a Volvo VNR 300 regional-haul model at DHE’s Ontario, Calif., headquarters.

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The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute will participate in the National Concrete Masonry Association’s ICON-Xchange 2020 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. In addition to each group’s annual meetings, members are encouraged to attend the B2B Exchange and Marketplace events. Scheduled February 21-22, the former is a business-to-business meeting format that brings new opportunities with high impact 25-minute prearranged one-on-one discussions in reserved hotel rooms or suites between industry suppliers and producers. The Marketplace, February 21-23, is an intimate expo-type setting that consists of company displays on tabletops. Exhibits are limited to the display and description of materials, equipment or services used in the manufacture, marketing, sale or enhancement of manufactured concrete products as appropriate in the limited space.

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Marcotte Systems Ltd. of Montreal has added to its concrete batch plant and raw material production controls or information technology offerings the software division of Quadra Control & Weigh Systems Ltd., based in Surrey, British Columbia.

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Karl Watson Jr. has moved from executive vice president and chief operating officer at Summit Materials, Denver, to chief executive officer and board member of Forterra Inc., a top concrete pipe and precast drainage structure producer based in Irving, Texas. Succeeding Jeff Bradley, he arrives with 30-plus years in management and executive roles at major heavy building materials operators and, Forterra notes, “a track record of effectively leading through numerous business cycles and improving financial results.”

Read more: PRODUCERS - JULY 2019