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News in Brief – March 2007

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Following SIAC’s acquisition of Bison Structures, now known as SIAC Tetbury Steel, the company has appointed Howell James as Managing Director and Chief Executive of its UK business. Mr James joins from AMEC and will be responsible for operations including glazing, facades, roofing and cladding.

Kaltenbach has announced the dates for the International Partners in Steel event 2007. Running from 25-27 April, visitors can see demonstrations of the latest steel processing and handling equipment, including a robotic, fully automated structural steel welding line. Anyone wishing to attend the event should contact Filomena Petronzi Tel: 01234 213201.

The Australian Steel Institute (ASI) will be holding a Steel Construction Convention from 28-30 October in Sydney. The ASI said it is expecting a strong attendance from UK delegates and partners. For further details contact the ASI at

A new CSCS card, the PQP (Professionally Qualified Person) card is now available. It is predominantly aimed at those with recognised qualifications and membership of institutions with CPD who need to visit sites, but are not site based.

The new CDM Regulations are with the Minister to be signed before implementation on 6 April 2007. The Approved Code of Practice is now prepared but will not be published until the regulations are signed. An official launch of the CDM will take place on 6 March at the Construction Confederation Offices.

Graham Wood Structural has announced a record turnover for 2006. Managing Director, Russell Thomson said: “Our success is born out of our reliable and flexible service and our confident belief in the future of the construction industry.” The company has recently invested more than £1m in new fabrication equipment for its Lancing, East Sussex facility.

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