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AROUND THE PRESS 8 NSC June 17 British Steel delivers first year profit British Steel has reported a profit for the first year as an independent business since being sold for £1 by Tata Steel. The company, which is primarily based at the Scunthorpe steelworks posted £47M in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation in the 12 months ending 31 March. British Steel Executive Chairman Roland Junck said: “In 12 months we have started transforming from an inwardlooking production hub into a profitable, more agile business by controlling costs, improving our product range and quality, and through strategic investments.” The buoyant results at the company, which was acquired by the investment firm Greybull Capital exactly a year ago, will renew hopes of a sustainable long-term future for the UK steel making industry. The company has also launched an employee share scheme that will give the workforce a 5% stake in the business. Full pay will be restored to workers who had agreed to a temporary 3% salary sacrifice to help the turnaround efforts. Scunthorpe Multi-Union Chairman Paul McBean said: “The share scheme and reinstatement of employees’ full salaries are both deserved and welcomed. I’m also pleased to see British Steel is continuing to make the significant capital investments this business needs but, people should be in no doubt, a lot of hard work lies ahead.” News Construction News 26 May 2017 ISG precision gives BBC a new home “With this project, everything is about the detail,” says ISG Project Director Kevin McElroy, pointing up at a colossal 2,000-tonne steel frame, which will ultimately be the floor of a rooftop garden about the BBC’s new Cardiff HQ. Building Magazine 19 May 2017 A stage for three stars The Storyhouse, Chester – The theatre itself is a dynamic construction. In order to achieve full acoustic separation from the other activities that take place in the building, it is formed from a steel frame filled with acoustically resilient construction. Building Magazine 12 May 2017 Are you ready to enter the fourth dimension? The steel-framed 22 Bishopsgate will be the tallest building in the City of London when complete. But it has another point of interest that is a good deal less obvious: the project is pioneering a radical form of BIM that incorporates advanced virtual reality and 4D modelling applications. Construction News 19 May 2017 From past to crescent: Vinci refurbishes a Georgian gem Buxton Crescent Hotel & Spa – The team has been unable to crane-lift anything into the building, with steel beams broken down into sections so they can be safely lifted in by hand. Construction Enquirer 5 May 2017 Parker keeps lid on construction price rises Steel is delivered directly to the firm’s fully automated processing facility in Shoreham where it can be processed and delivered to customers the next day. Kaltenbach’s new owners target more growth and innovation Steel processing machinery manufacturer Kaltenbach announced its new ownership at the International Partners in Steel (IPS) 2017, which is held every two years at its factory in Lörrach in southern Germany. The family-owned Zobel company, a firm with a mechanical engineering background, has acquired 90% of Kaltenbach. The deal was fully financed by the new owners and Kaltenbach is now financing its business without banks. Speaking at the IPS show, Zobel Director Prof. Dr. Noack said, the purchase was made after some in-depth and thorough market survey and analysis, which backed-up their decision to buy. Kaltenbach was found to be outperforming other businesses in the market in all of the relevant categories. Kaltenbach’s order book is currently 36% above the figure for this time last year and 16% above the company’s annual target. “Kaltenbach is celebrating its 130th anniversary, and we are now planning for the next 130 years. More innovations are expected in the future to maintain our market leading position.” Presenting the latest trends in steel processing, IPS 2017 was also attended by 44 partner companies, adding their products to the comprehensive range of services being exhibited. A full range of Kaltenbach machines was on show including one of the first KDH 1060’s. Designed for steelwork contractors and steel service centres, this machine is said to be the first to combine drilling, milling and sawing all running in parallel operations. With less downtime and less waiting on other processes to complete, Kaltenbach says customers using this machine could benefit from increased productivity. Severfield, together with trailer manufacturer Montracon, has designed and produced a specialist and bespoke trailer to safely transport steel erection plant equipment. Severfield Group Plant Supervisor Gareth McCormick said: “We had a requirement for a new trailer system and wanted to create something that was unique to us. “When designing, we considered our plant fleet and the requirements of adding tailored safety features.” With safety being of paramount importance, the company said it was essential to take into account the welfare of both the driver and anyone else who may be on the trailer during the loading and unloading process. “This was a key consideration during the development stage, during which we were greatly assisted by the team from Montracon,” added Mr McCormick. Some of the new features that formed part of the design, include an air assisted ramp, a gate system fitted to the front of the trailer to allow safe access from the tractor unit, side posts and sockets to secure back loads if required, twin strap edge protection the full length of the trailer on both sides, a fitted rear camera, and hydraulic ramps with side shift to suit all plant. Steelwork contractor produces bespoke plant trailer


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