Recycling robots to sort Chinese construction waste
ZenRobotics Ltd. and Jiangsu LVHE Environmental Technology Co., Ltd. have agreed on cooperation on the first robotic construction and demolition waste recycling facility in China. The first units will be installed in summer 2017.
The companies have also signed an exclusive partnership for the distribution of ZenRobotics Recycler, the first commercially available robotic waste sorting system, in China.
Jiangsu LVHE Environmental Technology Co., Ltd. is a state-owned holding enterprise under the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and Wujin Green Building Industrial Agglomeration Demonstration Zone. Dedicated to green development, LVHE Environmental Technology Co., Ltd. develops sustainable resource utilization and environmental protection. The company has become the forerunner in C&D waste recycling in China.
“We keep exploring and innovating in C&D waste recycling in order to develop the green building industry. However, it is very difficult to dispose the mixed C&D waste in China because of the massive quantities and multiple waste categories. Now we can solve the problems.
ZenRobotics’ technology is a great addition to our operations as we aim to employ the latest innovations, newest processes and modern equipment in producing new sustainable building materials”, commented Mr. Xue Feng, LVHE General Manager.
Robotic waste sorting has huge potential in China where the volume of construction waste has risen rapidly in line with the accelerating urbanization. Modern technological solutions are on demand especially in China’s Eco-cities.
Mr. Timo Taalas, ZenRobotics CEO, said: “We’re very excited about our cooperation with Jiangsu LVHE Environmental Technology Co., Ltd. and our entry to China. There are huge opportunities on the Chinese market as the volume of construction waste is mounting up. High-quality fractions and high cost-efficiency are key benefits of robotic waste sorting.”
This recent announcement adds to ZenRobotics’ aim to expand their operations. Previous partnerships include ML Environmental LLC in the US, who re utilising ZenRobotics waste sorting technologies.
The technologies enable the relocation of heavy objects, increased control and has become increasingly able to sort different materials over long periods of time through autonomous operations. Workers have also gained the ability to alter current operations through mobile devices, increasing efficiency, reducing costs and energy consumption.
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Skanska secures $84m Portland Airport upgrade contract
Skanska's share of the contract amendment is worth US$84M, which will be included in the US order bookings for the second quarter.
The amendment includes work on the Terminal Core Expansion project, comprising structural, mechanical and electrical work and enclosure. Construction is underway and scheduled for completion by 2025.
With annual travelers expected to climb to 33 million by 2045, the Terminal Core Redevelopment project is a vital expansion that ensures PDX will be able to serve the community well into the future.
Hoffman will install a new 9-acre large-span roofing system over the entire terminal core complex, build a 150-foot multi-floor addition between Concourses C and D, and add new pre- and post-security concessions.
The renovated passenger entry terminal will double the size of the current ticketing and lobby area when it opens in 2025. It is also replacing 16 old passenger boarding bridges plus equipment throughout the PDX concourses. Gate count is critical for PDX operation, so the team must coordinate with each airline to replace one bridge at a time. In addition, Hoffman is rebuilding and enlarging Concourse B. The project is targeting LEED Gold.
Skanska USA recorded sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 and has about 7,600 employees in its operations.
In other recent developments:
- Skanska has sold an elderly care home in Sollentuna outside Stockholm, for about SEK280M, to Altura and lease agreements have previously been signed with Nytida and Vardaga.
- The group has also divested a residential project consisting of rental apartments, senior apartments and a home for people with special needs in Malmö, to Bantorget Hyresbostäder for SEK300M.
- Skanska has joined the climate initiative Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) that gathers countries and leading companies committed to action to achieve the Paris Agreement.
- Skanska has, through Cementation Skanska, signed a contract with the Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture for major piling works for the London Tunnels section on the HS2 high speed railway.