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Dear Mr Mustermann,
words of praise to the effect that “our industry is unique” are often heard in get-togethers with relatives, friends and neighbors. However, on looking deeper, this statement is sometimes quickly put into perspective by mentioning such issues as constant work overload, poor pay as well as frequent work on public holidays and on weekends etc. In these get-togethers, I personally cannot resist praising the benefits of our industry, the precast industry – garnished by positive examples from practice. In mid-August, for example, I was on a business trip to distant Brazil – but still to good friends. Apart from the Concrete Show in São Paulo, I visited four precast plants in the south of this gigantic country: Antares Pré-Fabricados, Torri Engenharia, Construtora Engemold and Sistemas Construtivos do Brasil.
I wish you much pleasure in reading this newsletter.
Yours Silvio Schade
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New, modern Test Center from BHS-Sonthofen
BHS-Sonthofen unveiled a new and state-of-the-art test center at its German site in Sonthofen. The investment of €3.8 million underlines the group’s leading position as a process consultant and solution provider for mechanical process technology with a focus on mixing, crushing, recycling, and filtration technologies. BHS will perform production-scale tests at the center on all machines and processes offered by the company.
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Gamuda invests in new production line for prestressed concrete elements
Quality, sustainability and efficient construction are key principles of business for Gamuda. Therefore, it was quite obvious for one of the leading infrastructure and landscape designers in Malaysia to invest in modern technology for the production of precast concrete elements. In 2016, a new precast concrete plant located near Kuala Lumpur was commissioned by Ebawe and Progress Maschinen & Automation. Opening this plant enabled the company to make the final leap from traditional construction methods towards ...
Figure: Echo Precast Engineering NV
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Concrete recycling: Building instead of dumping

Figure: Julia Bergmeister

The rubbish dumps on the site of the former „Bavaria-Kaserne“ are already now some meters high. Three year ago, the demolition works of the old barracks building erected by the Wehrmacht (former armed forces of Germany) had started there. The demolition will leave a total of 300,000 tons of concrete, brick and mortar remains. Rubble is a highly interesting object of research for Andrea Kustermann. Once a week, the university professor visits the construction site in order to take samples: „We use the pilot project that is funded by the local government of the Bavarian capital with an amount of 35,000 Euros to find out how a hundred percent of the concrete resulting from the demolition of the old buildings can be recycled.“ A hundred percent ...
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Tekla BIM software for precast concrete
The most powerful BIM software for prefabricated structures brings more profitable projects to your reach. Purpose-built for precast producers and detailers, Tekla software reduces manual work and human errors leading to more streamlined processes with better quality information. With unparalleled insight into work at hand everything simply falls into place at the office, factory and site.
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Understanding the interrelationships and tapping potentials of mixing technologies
Concrete mixing is an interesting system of process engineering with still many exciting, open questions and great potential for new solutions. Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH, which has been involved with the task of mixing technology for 65 years, has committed employees, superbly equipped testing facilities and a worldwide sales network. As a result, it is in an excellent starting position. The further development of mixed products and/or their formulations – to obtain new properties and enhanced qualities and to make manufacturing processes more efficient ...
Figure: Liebherr Mischtechnik
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New features in PLANBAR & TIM 2020
We are proud and excited to announce the brand-new versions PLANBAR and TIM 2020. According to the wishes and suggestions of our customers, we have further developed our software for the precast industry in the usual high quality.
An even higher performance, extended evaluation options and improved traceability of actions are only a small part of the highlights we offer our customers with PLANBAR and TIM 2020.

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Elis Pavaje invests in its third factory in Romania
Romanian paving slabs producer Elis Pavaje invests 10 million euros for its third factory in Romania, creating 40 new jobs. Elis Pavaje began its activity in 1991 as a small family business in its two factories located in Stoenesti, Prahova County, and in Petresti, Alba County, employing around 420 people. The company has recently concluded the construction of the new plant in Secuienii Noi, in Neamt County in northeastern Romania, and expects to start full production in May 2018. The investment project aims to meet growing demand of precast concrete and optimize logistics costs ...
Figure: MCT Italy
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Vinhomes Landmark 81: height record with Tekla and Trimble

Figure: Trimble

For the design of the skyscraper, the British architectural office Atkins drew its inspiration from the traditional bundle of bamboos, the symbol of strength and solidarity. Situated not far from the Saigon River, the tall building accommodates both luxury apartments and residential facilities, as well as a 5-star hotel, a shopping center, a cinema, and an indoor skating rink. Since its founding 15 years ago, the Vietnamese building contractor Coteccons has specialized in sustainable planning and building services. It was the first time that a project of this scale was awarded to a local contractor. Coteccons already implemented BIM solutions four years ago and was awarded, shortly afterwards, the third prize ...
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High-quality Prestressed Precast Components from Guaramirim in Southern Brazil

Figure: BFT International

The company Antares was founded in 1980 in Jaraguá do Sul in the northern part of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina by Vilmar Emmendoerfer and began first with the production of industrialized building systems, in order to be able to offer an economical, high quality alternative to traditional methods through prefabrication. Already three years later the enterprise began manufacturing, from precast concrete components all the way to entire warehouses, in the process becoming a pioneer of this type of construction in Brazil. Through constant innovation and investments in new technologies, the company was able to raise the bar with respect to higher quality, durability and cost savings in prefabricated products ...
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Call for Projects
Suggest your project involving precast concrete products for an exclusive report published in the BFT magazine, free of charge
You have completed a construction project with precast concrete products successfully and now, you intend to present this project to your customer base, prospective customers and partners in the BFT trade magazine? Then, send us an email shortly describing the project. Or just call us. If the project is of particular interest to our readers, our editors would even like to pay you a visit for preparing an exclusive coverage for the BFT magazine in close coordination with you. Our service in this regard is free of charge.
silvio.schade@bauverlag.de, +49 5241 8089-103
karla.knitter@bauverlag.de, +49 5241 8088-415
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