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BASF mills first fiber to pipe standard recognizing synthetic alternatives to steel

25 Pipei 150American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) and BASF Corp. (Admixture Systems) officials joined University of Texas at Arlington Structural and Applied Mechanics Professor Seyedali (Ali) Abolmaali for a World of Concrete 2016 presentation on how a new ASTM Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe standard positions dry cast structures more competitively against less robust drainage alternatives.

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International aims to regain severe service market ground

22 Truckii 150Leading major World of Concrete 2016 rollouts was the International HX Series, available in 115- and 120-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab (bbc), set-forward or set-back axle versions. Navistar Inc. CEO Troy Clarke characterized the HX as “an opportunity to recapture a leading position in the vocational market—a segment we previously led. The launch underscores our commitment to innovation, dedication to uptime and position as a leader.”

 

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W.R. Grace heritage business split repackages Grace Construction Products

24 Bell 150A year after management outlined a proposed split into two public companies, W.R. Grace & Co. in Columbia, Md., completed the separation of its namesake business from a new entity, GCP Applied Technologies Inc. The latter was officially formed February 3 in a distribution of new GCP stock, at 1:1 ratio, to W.R. Grace shareholders. Cambridge, Mass.-based GCP Applied Technologies’ two global businesses, concrete admixture mainstay Grace Construction Products and Darex Packaging Technologies, have 2,800-plus employees in locations on six continents, and serve customers in more than 110 countries.

 

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World of Concrete 2016 tops organizers’ bullish projections

20 WOCi 150World of Concrete 2016 exceeded expectations across the board, logging the largest attendee and exhibitor counts in seven years, Informa Exhibitions confirms. This year’s staging, February 2-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, drew just over 60,000 registered professionals, up from 55,800 last year; featured more than 1,532 manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, up nearly 300 year-over-over; spanned 744,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space, a gain of 67,000 sq. ft. compared to 2015. Seminar registrations were 6 percent higher this year over last.

 

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