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Oldcastle APG packaging business unit goes from sand to sanitizer

The Oldcastle APG division specializing in paver jointing sand and concrete hardscape unit surface treatments has added a medical-grade sanitizer aimed at supporting the industry and trade professionals during the current pandemic and beyond. Techniseal Hand Sanitizer abides World Health Organization-recommended guidelines for handrub formulas and is manufactured according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. With 75 percent alcohol content, it quickly rids hands of germs, bacteria and viruses in the workplace, public spaces or at home. The product is shipped in 5-gal. boxes, their built-in lockable dispensers allowing for easy use at sanitary checkpoints or mess-free filling and refilling of smaller-scale containers.

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LafargeHolcim, GE Renewable Energy turn 3D-printed turbine pedestals

The latest target in a LafargeHolcim Ltd. investigation of 3D-printed concrete elements or structures is a pedestal for a new class of turbines, 150-200 meters high, that have the potential to harness one-third or more energy than the shorter towers dotting wind farms the world over. After participating in a 10-meter scale model printing late last year, the Swiss concrete, cement and aggregates giant has entered a partnership with GE Renewable Energy and Copenhagen-based COBOD International A/S to develop supertall wind turbines with optimized, 3D-printed bases. GE Renewable Energy will provide expertise related to turbine design, manufacture and commercialization; COBOD, short for Constructing Buildings on Demand, will focus on robotics automation and 3D printing assemblies; and, LafargeHolcim will refine the concrete material or ink, along with its processing and application methods.

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Quikrete continues expansion into 3D printing with housing demos

On the heels of a cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to design next-generation concrete mixes ideal for printable construction of large-scale structures or components, Atlanta-based Quikrete Companies is branching out further into the 3D-printing process with its latest partnership.

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O&G Industries ups solar power sourcing in tandem with Energy Star pilot

Connecticut’s largest privately held construction and heavy building materials producer recently turned the switch on a 1.3-megawatt solar array at its Southbury quarry, ready mixed concrete and asphalt operation. O&G Industries couples the 3,762-panel installation with a 280-kilowatt energy storage system that will augment power supply during peak demand cycles—especially early morning hours when the sun isn’t strong enough to keep the array at full output while concrete, aggregate and asphalt production startup spikes electricity use.

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