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Conferences underscore convergence of SCC, sustainability practice

More than 300 producers, design and engineering professionals, and academics from 30-plus countries who attended the International Concrete Sustainability Conference (ICSC) and 6th North American Conference on Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC 2016) saw the green building revolution’s profound influence on the past two decades’ most consequential mix technology.

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Market, investment factors drive Caterpillar’s exit from on-highway trucks

CatCaterpillar Inc. is discontinuing production of its on-highway vocational truck series, citing the current climate for heavy-duty vehicles and a restructuring plan aligning company businesses with existing conditions. It will cease taking orders but maintain support for the Class 8 CT660, CT680 and CT681 models in the field.

 

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L.M. Scofield acquisition fuels Sika’s drive in North America

Sika iThe Swiss parent of Sika Corp. has closed on a forerunner in value-added flatwork, billing Los Angeles-based L.M. Scofield Co. as “a 100-year-old, family-owned company long established as the number one brand of concrete color additives and decorative products in North America.”

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Lignin researchers document new process for concrete-grade plasticizers

LigninA Finland research and technology specialist serving Europe’s forested Nordic countries cites a technique to convert lignin, a wood fiber binder and pulp mill byproduct, to a plasticizing agent competitive with synthetic and lignosulphonate-based concrete admixtures.

 

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Pedestrian, cyclist safety focus of awareness campaign, Innocon side guards

awareness iiConcrete Ontario, previously Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario, has launched a pedestrian and cyclist safety awareness campaign to educate the public on the various blind spots mixer drivers encounter, especially when it comes to persons and vehicles that may be crossing behind or passing the truck.

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