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China - Guangxi Liugong Machinery Co., Ltd announced on November 30 an RMB 546M (USD 85.24M) acquisition of 51 per cent shares in Shanghai Jintai Engineering Machinery Co., Ltd., which was formerly held by Guangxi Liugong Group Corp.
Canada - The City of Calgary released documentation to prequalify microtunnelling contractors on December 1.
USA - Elon Musk used Twitter to announce November 30 "The Boring Company will compete to fund, build & operate a high-speed Loop connecting Chicago O’Hare Airport to downtown."
Great Britain - The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), a statutory skills body for engineering and construction, has welcomed measures announced in the Autumn Budget designed to boost investment in infrastructure and skills.
China/Canada - Aecon has announced that it will be bought by CCC International. The agreement will see the Chinese company purchase all issued and outstanding Aecon shares for a total value of CAD 1.51bn (USD 1.2bn).
Great Britain - The two TBMs mining the Northern Line Extension project in London have broken through. Launched in February 2017, the two 6m-diameter EPBMs bored twin 3.2km tunnels running from Battersea to Kennington, with the second breakthrough taking place on 8 November.
France - The International Tunnelling Association’s annual awards were held last month in Paris. The awards alternate between Europe and a ‘rest of the world’ location, having been held in Singapore and Switzerland over the last two years.
India - On October 31 a 6.65m diameter Robbins EPBM broke through at Chennai Metro, making this the third tunnel the machine has bored for the project and for contractor Afcons Infrastructure Ltd.
Great Britain - Crossrail has released books on the extensive archaeological digs and studies undertaken throughout the project. The history of London is represented in these books, from the stone tools that are all that remain of the Mesolithic peoples, through to the skeletons of executed Romans and in to the mass graves of the Great Plague, the studies have been truly comprehensive.
Great Britain - VIP Polymers has been awarded a UK patent for a cast-in rubber gasket corner joint designed to reduce the risk of tunnel segment cracking during installation.