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Australia’s Brickworks enters North America through Glen-Gery

A major player in U.S. brick production and distribution is set to change hands this month as its parent company focuses on core United Kingdom markets. Ibstock plc of Leicestershire, England, has entered into an agreement to sell Glen-Gery Corp. to Brickworks Ltd. of New South Wales, Australia, for $110 million.

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Cemex R&D subsidiary sees the ups and downs of energy storage

Crane-suspended concrete segments, patterned like an enormous stave silo, power a commercial scale-ready system announced last month at Energy Storage North America in Pasadena, Calif. The technology is based on what Swiss developer Energy Vault describes as “the principles that underpin traditional gravity-based pumped hydro plants. The new technology combines conventional physics fundamentals of potential and kinetic energy with a proprietary, cloud-based software platform.”

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New York terminal shows McInnis capacity for conservation, disruption

New York City Council and community organization representatives recently joined McInnis Cement officials for a formal opening of the producer’s 44,000-metric ton (mt) capacity terminal in the Bronx—the first new industrial maritime project built on the borough’s south waterfront since the 1960s.

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Nanotech enables contractor to execute jointless slabs on grand scale

Atlanta-based Sinclair Construction Group has launched the Megaslab Jointless Concrete System, crediting its design and performance potential for large slab-on-grade project owners to “ground-breaking technology paired with powerful admixtures that create an incredibly dense and impermeable slab, eliminating the need for installing control joints and their associated costs.”

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Developer of rebar-tying robot takes top AGC-Autodesk award

Saxonburg, Pa.-based Brayman Construction and its affiliate, Advanced Construction Robotics, took first place and a $10,000 prize in the inaugural Associated General Contractors of America-Autodesk Innovation Awards program for an autonomous rebar-tying robot geared to bridge construction. The TyBot device ties continuously day or night, and takes over after construction crews carry, place and frame-in 10 percent of deck rebar.

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