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Irish building material manufacturer Kingspan is acquiring the insulation business of US-based Pactiv Building Products for $82m (£50m) as part of a strategic move to gain access into the North American market for energy-efficient houses. 20 August 2014
Britain’s manufacturers have called for the creation of a permanent UK Infrastructure Authority to address the nation’s long-term strategic infrastructure requirements. 18 August 2014
Indian plastic pipe maker Astral Poly Technik is making significant investments in new capacity, including setting up its first plant in South India, as it expects that the country’s new government will dramatically speed up home building programmes. 11 August 2014
Longbenton’s Aquaseal Rubber has secured a project as part of the development of the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm. 30 July 2014
The UK composites sector should use its cross-industry knowledge to win contracts for the construction of the HS2 high-speed rail link, according to Jacobs and Atkins, an engineer and design contractor working on the project. 23 July 2014
The Sendenhorst, Germany-based Veka Group, a leading extruder of PVC-U profiles for doors and windows, has announced the completion of its acquisition of its competitor Gealan Holding. 14 July 2014
The 2014 glittering black-tie event takes place on Friday, 24 October at the London Hilton on Park Lane and will be hosted by comedian Al Murray, aka The Pub Landlord. 7 July 2014
Bayer builds on its material expertise in response to trends in glazing activity. 4 July 2014
Fibreglass membranes in the shape of palm leaves, tensioned between steel beams and coated with 3M Dyneon PTFE, are protecting spectators from the rain in Brazil’s Porto Alegre’s venue for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 4 July 2014
A surge in house building helped the UK construction sector to grow at its fastest annual pace in the four months to June. The monthly Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the construction sector rose to 62.6 in June, its highest level since February. 3 July 2014
Spectators at this year’s World Cup in Brazil are enjoying a clear view of the matches thanks to Sabic’s Lexan polycarbonate sheet, which was used in the construction of two of the tournament’s stadiums. 2 July 2014
The joint PDM/PRE event in Telford was lauded by both exhibitors and attendees, with some visitors coming from as far afield as Scandinavia, the Middle East and Japan. 26 June 2014
The government’s plan for a Leeds to Manchester high-speed rail link, HS3, has been welcomed by KPMG, which compared it to the building of the M25 and the Channel Tunnel. 23 June 2014
PRW’s 50th anniversary issue, published last week, is now available online in a digital format. 13 June 2014
The maintenance team at Chester Zoo has swapped out its wooden enclosure signage in favour of ones made from Stokbord, a material made entirely from recycled plastics by Liverpool’s Centriforce. 13 June 2014

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