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News: CGS acquires a share in the Masa Group

The longstanding German company Masa GmbH in Andernach, an international leader in the production of machines and equipment for the concrete block industry, will in future be majority-owned by the industry participation fund CGS III (Jersey) L.P. (CGS). However, the previous majority shareholder will continue to have a share in Masa GmbH via a newly founded intermediate holding company, Masa Industriebeteiligungen GmbH ...more

News: Product range expansion – Wasa takes over Tecboard

The Wasa Group has taken over its competitor Tecboard within the framework of an asset deal. In doing do, Wasa has further strengthened its strong position as one of the market leaders in production boards. The takeover of Tecboards is accompanied by the restructuring of the former Wasa GmbH to form Wasa AG, which will relocate its headquarters from Mossautal to Europaplatz in Darmstadt from 1 October 2014 ...more


Extensive research confirms the safety of hollow core floors under fire
In concrete floor construction the precast hollow-core slab is a very successful product. Every year around 20 to 25 million square metres of precast concrete hollow-core floors are erected in Europe. The estimated total stock of hollow-core floors currently installed in Europe is 1,000 million square meters. Experiences with past performance of hollow-core floors in real fires confirm that hollow-core floors have excellent fire resistance.

Production System for Precast concrete: L-Crane Pouring System
Toyota Kohki Co., Ltd., Tokio, 183-0035 Japan
For over 30 years, Toyotaforms provided many different types of the production line system for precast concrete manufacturers in Japan including design and construction. One of them is called “L-Crane Pouring System” and it will be introduced in this issue.

Innovative demoulding manipulator for railway sleepers in use at Cemex in Birmingham
Rekers GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, 48480 Spelle, Germany

Education, safety and automation driving concrete pipe quality
American Concrete Pipe Association, Irving, Texas 75063-2595, USA

Modernizing the construction process in India – Real estate developers rely on precast technology
Elematic, 37801 Akaa, Finland