Concrete Products

FEB 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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44 • February 2018 as the defining characteristic of the core product categories in the portfolio: air, power (including light) and flow. It will continue to comprise the Atlas Copco, Chicago Pneumatic and American Pneumatic Tools brands. "Our commitment to the construction industry is as strong as ever," says Power Technique North America President Scott Carnell. "However, we also serve customers in many other segments. The Power Technique name more accurately encompasses this and our overall product offering." Principal products, he adds, will be porta- ble compressors, generators, light towers and pumps, plus handheld pneumatic, electric and hydraulic tools. The name change follows three 2017 Atlas Copco moves: divest- ment of the Road Construction Equipment Division, including Dynapac rollers, pavers and planers, to French industrial and con- struction company Fayat Group; announcement of the planned 2018 split into two companies; and, an agreement to sell the concrete and compaction business to Husqvarna Group's Construction Division. Dodge Data & Analytics, New York, has been awarded a multi-year contract to continue providing data for a major benchmark, U.S. Construction Projects Started, to the U.S. Department of Commerce Census Bureau. Dodge projects are a key input to the Nonresidential Construction Spending forecast that tracks the monthly value of Construction Put in Place. Each month, the Census Bureau samples projects from the Dodge universe of newly started projects to survey builders regarding the amount of work completed on their projects during the prior month, and continues to survey them each month until construction is completed. From these surveys of the Dodge projects, the Census Bureau develops its estimates of the value of national nonresidential construction spending, which in turn con- tributes to the calculations performed each quarter by the Bureau of Economic Analysis to create the U.S. GDP figures. With a company tenure approaching 30 years, Richard Montani has been promoted from executive vice president to president and chief executive officer at Lyndhurst, N.J.-based Sika Corp.Man- agement credits him for a decisive role in the development of the construction materials business, and a successful track record in marketing, sales, business management, strategic planning, and mergers & acquisitions. The latter include five U.S. deals in the past three years. Swiss parent Sika AG announced the latest of those deals last month: a $38 million acquisition of Emseal Joint Systems, Ltd., a leader in structural expansion joint products for new construction and retrofit. The deal affords the North American region a comprehensive range of sealing and bonding solutions, plus production facilities in Westborough, Mass., and Toronto. Sika officials present Emseal as a well-established, technolo- gy-driven company with a strong brand and leading position among construction specifiers and contractors throughout North America; and, reputation for high-quality products, excellent customer service and innovative solutions for structural expan- sion joint applications in buildings, stadiums, parking garages and infrastructure facilities. BRIEFS MANUFACTURERS Make More Money with Your Concrete Partner with Rosetta Hardscapes to break out of the realm of concrete commodities and into the high-margin, wetcast world. As a national brand that has developed in-demand products and streamlined production, we'll help you remain relevant in the changing concrete industry. • Enhance Your Product Mix • Impress Your Customers • Grow Your Business Get your guide to start making more money at

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