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Dear Ms Mustermann,
 
difficult times and setbacks, maybe even short-time work, from which our industry was also not spared in 2020. That can have a very demotivating effect. The start into the new year is therefore a good opportunity for taking a close look at the topic of motivation – in particular, employee motivation. Motivation is defined as the sum of motives that encourages an individual to act. It is driven by the aim of attaining specific goals. A first step towards boosting motivation, for example, could be improving the working environment. Just as decisive is how management communicates with their staff. Staff members must feel that they can trust their superiors and need not be afraid of a clarifying talk, even in critical situations. For good and open communication to succeed, much empathy is needed.
In this sense I wish you a motivated start into the new year and wish you much enjoyment in reading this newsletter.
Yours Karla Knitter
News
Teka celebrates its anniversary – 60 years of Teka Maschinenbau GmbH

Figure: Teka Maschinenbau GmbH

This year, Teka Maschinenbau GmbH based in Edenkoben in the German Palatinate region is celebrating its 60th anniversary. “This long and successful endeavor would not have been possible without our loyal customers, reliable suppliers, and experienced partners and employees,” says Markus Gartner, managing director of Teka Maschinenbau GmbH. “Working on ensuring our continued success is a daily task, and the way we do business has always been based on an outstanding customer service. Many thanks for your trust and many years of loyalty,” Gartner comments. Teka Maschinenbau GmbH remains a reliable partner of its national and international customers even amid the Covid-19 pandemic. During the crisis, the ...
 
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Cast stone opens up new options in monument protection

Figure: Dyckerhoff

The successful reconstruction of the belfry of Löwenburg castle in Kassel is a sensational example for the use of cast stone in the preservation of historical monuments. For a long time, Löwenburg castle, that was originally built of tuff, had led a dull existence as a permanent renovation case. Only the idea to use cast stone to reproduce the tuff gave rise to the impetus needed for the reconstruction. The mix design for the cast stone/concrete block developed at the Material Testing Institute of the University of Kassel is based on Dyckerhoff Weiss white cement as binder. The artificial tuff was manufactured at the Bad Langensalza facility of Dyckerhoff Transportbeton Thüringen/Germany. The company in charge with the cast stone works, Denkmalpflege ...
 
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Bolted connections for a huge warehouse in Spain

Figure: Peikko

Booming online business requires investments in the logistics infrastructure. Amazon meets the growing demand with a 100,000 m2 warehouse. A soon-to-be logistics hub to serve in the Madrid area, the Amazon warehouse rises three-storey high above the ground floor. The entire frame was designed with precast columns, beams and hollow-core slabs. Thanks to previous successes, the precaster Tecnyconta-Consolis chose Peikko. “With more than 400 columns with a length of 22 meters each, using bolted connections was a logical choice. Peikko’s solution increases work safety and reduces the risk of accidents,” says Óscar López de Sola, Technical Office Manager of Tecnyconta-Consolis. Having such a quantity of columns to ...
 
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30 years past, present and future of mixing technology
On 1 January 1991 Erwin and Lydia Kniele established the company Kniele Baumaschinen GmbH. In the past 30 years, until today, the company has developed into a healthy midsized company. German as well as international customers have placed their trust in Kniele quality, Kniele competence and Kniele innovation. Today, a workforce of some 30 employees manufactures mixing plants for meeting the challenges of today and for developing the technologies of tomorrow. The production facility in Bad Buchau on Federsee lake in Germany has been continuously extended and the machinery pool is always at the state of the art ...
Figure: Kniele
 
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Official media partner BetonTage congress 2021: Video message

Figure: Dennis Blomeyer

This year, the BetonTage will celebrate its digital premiere. The industry congress of the precast concrete industry will take place from 23 to 26 February 2021, exclusively online. By transforming the technical program and the accompanying exhibition into digital format, visitors will now have the opportunity to attend the program of lectures virtually, by visiting the exhibition and by networking via the interactive communication platform. The unique quality of the industry meeting can then also be experienced in a digital version. We, the BFT International team, are proud to be the official media partner of the event at this, the 65th BetonTage congress. To underline this, we have recorded a short video message for you. Have fun watching it!
 
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Specials
Virtually an all-rounder among the concretes

Figure: Alexander-Blumhoff / sbp

Research on infra-lightweight concrete as a monolithic and thermal-insulating construction material is conducted at the Chair of Conceptual and Structural Design at Technische Hochschule Berlin headed by Prof. Dr. Mike Schlaich. He and Dr. Alexander Hückler will present current findings of the research activities, among others, at the upcoming BetonTage congress held in Ulm. Generally, concrete is regarded as a heavy, solid, load-bearing and impermeable material. Infra-lightweight concrete, which etymologically derives from the Latin adverb infra = below/beneath, combines a range of properties and applications which are a novelty in respect of the construction material concrete. Due to the reduction ...
 
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Highly flexible pallet carousel plant for producing solid and sandwich walls at BWE-Bau in Lemwerder

Figure: BFT International

In 2019, BWE-Bau Fertigteilwerk GmbH, a member of the Zech Group, relocated its Wiefelstede production facility to Lemwerder. Zech Group SE is a strategic management holding company serving as the umbrella organization for three divisions with their operating entities. This parent company coordinates the activities of the three divisions, develops the overarching strategy, and defines the global targets and objectives for continuously developing the entire group of companies. Zech Group is a medium-sized, family-owned and managed company whose wide range of services make it an experienced partner in the building, real estate and hotel segments. This broadly diversified group of companies focuses on the entire value chain in the real estate industry. BWE-Bau produces a wide range ...
 
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European success in Alsózsolca, Hungary
The SW Umwelttechnik Magyarország Kft. is a subsidiary of SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner AG (Austria, Klagenfurt). The Austrian company was founded as a family business in 1910. Nowadays, it has 9 premises in Hungary, Austria and Romania. Based on the quantity of placed concrete SW Umwelttechnik Magyarország Kft. is the biggest manufacturer of concrete units in Hungary, whose legal predecessors have been manufacturing concrete, ...
Figure: MCT Italy
 
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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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