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News in Brief – May 2009

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Tekla Structures has launched its Tekla Structures 15 software package for modelling and detailing. The company said the latest version of its BIM solution offers improved construction project collaboration, management and delivery through enhanced inter-operability and visualisation. There is also a 64-bit version available that allows the user to tackle even bigger projects. To help users benefit from the new features, Tekla provides online videos and tutorials.

In an effort to help steelwork fabricators reduce costs, FICEP in partnership with Tekla and Steel Projects, has organised two seminars. Entitled 1-2-3 Seminars, they will highlight how the three companies can help reduce costs and aid productivity increases. The seminars will be held at Wembley Stadium on 5 May and Old Trafford Stadium on 6 May. Book a place by phoning FICEP and quoting ‘Seminars’ on 0113 265 3921 or email

Composite Metal Flooring (CMF) has moved into its new production facility in Mamhilad, South Wales. The new premises for the company, which is part of the Studwelders Group, comprises a 2,787m² manufacturing area and a 789m² office space.  Metal decking products are manufactured on three independent profiling machines which allow maximum flexibility to produce up to 3,200m² per eight hour working shift for each machine. When operating a two shift system a total of 19,200m² can be produced per day.

A scheme designed to fashion the business stars of the future by Bolton based coatings manufacturer, Leighs Paints, is proving to be a huge success. The commercial trainee programme has been devised by Leighs Paints ensuring that the skills and knowledge of current employees will be passed on to produce the future leaders of the company. Three trainees will be spending time in each department in the business, before choosing a preferred team to join upon completion of the course.

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