The 2020 Digital Construction Playbook

KRISTEN SYLVA | December 24, 2019

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2020 is almost here–and as construction professionals, we are sure that you have a lot to celebrate. Whether it’s winning new business or the topping out of a career-defining project, everyone in the industry has a milestone from the year and decade they should wear as a badge of honor.

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15 sites in the frame to become home to the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant

Article | May 15, 2021

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'Securing the talent of the future will not be the same as the past'

Article | August 25, 2021

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Catalysis Additive Tooling has the capability to design and 3D print tooling. We also can manufacture parts as well providing a One Stop Shop to our customers. At Catalysis Additive Tooling we can provide Mass Production level low to medium volume parts in half the time and half the cost compared to traditional tooling.

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