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112 named in UK bid rigging probe
The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has alleged that 112 construction companies in the UK have engaged in bid rigging. The allegations, in the form of a Statement of Objections, follow one of the largest ever investigations under the UK's Competition Act.
Non-compliance illustrated
Despite their illegality and failure to conform to EU laws, non-compliant construction machines are still being sold and used in Europe. To help contractors avoid buying such equipment, CECE presents a brief guide to the main danger signs.
Golden rules
The FIDIC ‘Gold Book' is the first attempt by any organisation to produce a standard form for design-build-operate contracts. Sarah Thomas of Pinsent Masons asks whether it will fill the gap in the market.
Bribery scandal in Bulgarian roads
A bribery scandal involving two civil servants is threatening to bring major road construction projects to a halt in Bulgaria. The European Commission has asked for funds to be frozen pending investigations. Chris Sleight reports.
600 arrested after Sharjah riots
More than 600 Asian labourers were arrested in Sharjah yesterday after a violent protest in the Al Nahda district, reports the WAM newsagency.
Mixing it up
Mixing scaffold components is an age–old issue, and becoming more so with the increasing influx of cheaper products from Asia. Patrick Hill talks to scaffold manufacturers and users in Europe and North America about the dangers of mixing.
Bribes freeze Bulgarian roads
A bribery scandal involving two civil servants is threatening to bring major road construction projects to a halt in Bulgaria. The European Commission has asked for funds to be frozen pending investigations.
Bribe admission
A former executive with US pipeline contractor Willbros Group has pleaded guilty to charges of corruption. Jason Steph admitted to a court in Texas, US that he was involved in paying bribes of more than US$ 6 million to help win work in Nigeria.
Bid-riggers sentenced
Japan's Nagoya District Court has sentenced five ex–employees of five major construction companies to suspended prison terms for antitrust violations in a series of rigged bids for the Nagoya subway extension projects.
Cartel fined US$ 265 million
The European Commission has announced fines totalling € 184 million (US$ 265 million) to a group of five bitumen suppliers accused of operating a cartel in the Spanish bitumen market between 1991 and 2002.
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