Around the Globe: January 2016
As of press time Dec. 7, China had imported 3.9 million tons of bitumen for 2015. Source: Petrosil Media’s Bitumart.
The TII Group of Germany has acquired the civil business of TRATEC in India, announcing its “Make in India” program. Now TII India Pvt. Ltd, the Indian subsidiary of TII Group, will function as a link between the existing and future TRATEC civil business and the TII Group, offering transportation solutions.
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Mark your calendar to attend Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference & Equipment Show (RMACES) Feb. 24 through 26 at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport. Visit www.rmaces.org for details.
The Pavement Preservation & Recycling Alliance announced its keynote speakers for the Feb. 23 through 26, 2016, annual meeting in Bonita Springs, Florida, will be Shelley Row, P.E., and Keith Reester.
Subaru Industrial Power Products, Lake Zurich, Illinois, increased its distributor network in late 2015 with five new companies in 13 states. There’s a full list of Subaru Industrial Power dealers at www.subarupower.com/distributor-map/.
Intertek of Chicago has completed the acquisition of Professional Service Industries, Inc. (PSI), as of Nov. 23, 2015. The acquisition engages Intertek beyond building products testing and certification, and solidifies its position in the project section of the construction industry lifecycle.
The 91st Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT) annual meeting and technical sessions will be held March 13 through 16, 2016, at the Westin Indianapolis. Visit www.asphalttechnology.org for more information.
RFP: The Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has released a request for proposals to produce a guide that encourages a culture of innovation, which should include the importance of a culture of innovation, implement strategies, and specific examples. Proposals are due Feb. 3, 2016.
Ace Pump Corporation, Memphis, celebrated its 70th anniversary at the company’s world headquarters in Memphis Dec. 2. Roy Bell, Sr., Elmer Theis and Bob Berry founded Ace Pump in 1945, and the company continues today as a family-owned operation under the guidance of CEO Roy Bell III, providing pumping solutions for off-highway industrial equipment and other industry. In 2015 Ace Pump received The President’s “E” Award for Excellence in Exporting from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Momentum Rental and Sales, an Atlas Copco dealer in Port Lavaca, Texas, opened two new facilities in December—one in Corpus Christi and one in Richwood. With the new locations, Momentum extends Atlas Copco’s equipment and support offering to the growing petrochemical and refinery customers in those areas.
Nomination forms for the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA), Milwaukee, awards program are now available at the association’s website: www.cdrecycling.org. Entries are due by March 10, 2016.
Congress authorized the Fixing American Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), members of Congress are interested in seeing state DOTs spend the money allocated to them through this Act, which is $305 billion over five years.
A Few FAST Act Facts:
- The Act expires Sept. 30, 2020
- Highways get $230 billion over five years
- More funding and control is available to mayors and local/regional entities going forward with FAST
- The National Highway Performance and Highway Safety Improvement programs are continued