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SPMTs on the move: heavy lifting specilist
The use of self-propelled modular transport systems is on the increase worldwide. Havator in Scandinavia and Berard Transportation in the US are two users illustrating typical applications and developments of trailers made by Goldhofer. Gino Koster reports
Good as new
Long lead times from crane manufacturers are prompting many owners looking for new cranes to choose refurbishment over the lengthy wait for a new replacement – even if the machines would have been scrapped had the market been less busy. Euan Youdale reports
Doubling up
At two recent major construction equipment exhibitions in China it was clear that the unprecedented pace of growth is continuing among crane manufacturers. Sales increases of between 50 and 100% for 2007 over the previous year are typical for the Chinese manufacturers and exports are beginning to make a significant contribution. Alex Dahm reports
Breaking into the market
Peter Bigwood has been involved with Atlas Copco's North American construction tools operation for some 17 years, originally as national sales manager and now president. Lindsay Gale met up with him at the recent World of Concrete event in Las Vegas
D&Ri 100 2007: World's largest demolition companies
Its that time again – the annual D&Ri ranking of the largest demolition contractors around the has been completed. Lindsay Gale reports
biggest and best yet
The end of April will see the industry heading en masse to the Munich exhibition centre for the Bauma trade fair. Probably the biggest ever construction show on the planet, there will be much to see that is new. D&Ri sets the scene for the demolition and C&D waste recycling sectors
Nuclear clean-up
Demolition of nuclear installations during their decommissioning is a challenging activity for those involved. At Sellafield, on the Cumbrian coast of the Irish Sea, UK, a cluster of structures dating from the late 1940s onwards are all to undergo this process. Lindsay Gale visited the site and reports on the challenges being successfully overcome by British Nuclear Group Sellafield Ltd
Redesigning design
Caterpillar has been looking to the automotive industry to improve its design processes and the first machine to benefit is the new D6K dozer. Claire Symes reports on the new approach as well as the other latest machines to be launched by Cat
M&A lifts construction
Stock markets around the world took a steep dive at the end of February, but had recovered some of the losses by the end of March. The construction sector bounced back particularly well thanks to merger speculation in the contracting sector. Chris Sleight reports.
Due diligence
In the first of two articles on mergers & acquisitions, DARIUS LEWINGTON of Pinsent Masons explains what to look for when conducting due diligence and the key areas to be aware of when buying a construction business.
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