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Bluescope Steel seeks Commission clearance for acquisition

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Bluescope Steel (NZ) Ltd (Bluescope) seeking clearance to acquire some of the assets of Pacific Steel Group’s (PSG) steel production business. Under the proposed acquisition, Bluescope would acquire PSG’s rolling and wire mill manufacturing operations in New Zealand, along with its long steel distribution, marketing and sales operations. Bluescope is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bluescope Steel Ltd, an ASX listed company....
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Masterspec NextGen2 a platform for the future

Construction Information Ltd, the producers of the Masterspec specification system, have developed and now released to its subscribing offices the Masterspec Nextgen2 operating platform. This is a fully cloud-based information management and sharing tool that “not only produces up-to-date and accurate specifications, but also enables the sharing of digital information between members of the design and construction team”. The move to digital information sharing and Building Info...
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 Innovative wood treatment obtains building code approval

Innovative wood treatment obtains building code approval

An engineered wood product that has the potential to transform construction has been included in the New Zealand Building Code. Laminated beams made from glued veneers of radiata pine are well known for their strength, stability and uniform sizing. Now improved durability can be added to the list. Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) treated with Azotek, a novel product developed by New Plymouth-based Zelam Ltd, has been included in the New Zealand Building Code as an acceptable solution for intern...
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Key Building Act changes to affect LBPs’ work

There have been recent changes to the Building Act (the Act) that affect the work of building practitioners and the home handyman. The changes are in the Building Amendment Act 2013 that became law on November 28, 2013. Some changes came into force immediately and some will come into effect this year. They include changes to the types of work that do not require building consent. More low-risk work is exempt from building consent, and there are limits on potentially high-risk work. You will...
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Housing company helps build successful futures

New Zealand group builder G.J. Gardner Homes is launching an exciting series of educational and development schemes that will aim to help those looking to secure a career in the construction industry. Starting imminently, the master franchise is introducing a Future Leaders Development Programme for G.J. employees across the country. It aims to encourage team members to reach their full potential by providing a structured training programme over a two-year period. In addition, the Rodney f...
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Royal Wolf creates ‘Ice Cream Factory’ in a container

Royal Wolf creates ‘Ice Cream Factory’ in a container

Leading shipping container company Royal Wolf has modified a 40 foot container into a portable ice cream factory for Auckland-based business Joy Ice Cream. The mini ice cream manufacturing plant will be based in Auckland and supply Joy’s retail-selling “Pods” which are located around the city. There are plans for three other ice cream factory containers — known as “Hubs” — to be produced by Royal Wolf for the Australian market which will be operation...
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Fire engineers celebrate Christchurch launch

O2 Fire and Risk celebrated the launch of their company in Christchurch recently at an event that was attended by many from Christchurch’s construction industry, and which coincided with the International Symposium on Fire Safety Science at the University of Canterbury. The new fire engineering consultancy is a joint venture between New Zealand’s OnFire Consulting and Australia’s Olsson Fire & Risk Consulting Engineers. O2 fire and risk director Per Olsson is confident ...
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Earthquake strengthening start up to guide building owners

Seitech is a newly-formed company offering earthquake strengthening expertise to building owners. The start-up has completed seismic strengthening projects at Britomart Precinct in Auckland, and Auckland Airport’s domestic terminal. The company’s launch comes at a time when building owners are coming under pressure to ensure their properties will perform well in the event of an earthquake. The Government recently announced new legislation that will give building owners 20 years t...
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