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Croatian outing for hydrodemolition: the Kirk Bridge
Conjet AB's hydrodemolition equipment has been used during the replacement of the salt-corroded concrete structure of the double arch Kirk Bridge in Croatia.
John Deere enhances ranges
It has been a busy start to the year for John Deere, with a number of new and enhanced products coming on to the North American market. D&Ri reports on these recent activities
Bauma launches for Powerscreen
Powerscreen has extended its product range with the addition of three new mobiles. D&Ri reports
Las Vegas days
The National Demolition Association's 34th annual convention, held at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, proved a singular success.
Berlin networking
The two day German demolition conference was once again held in Berlin on the 16th and 17th March and attracted more than 400 delegates from around Europe. D&Ri reports
Cool-down in May
After four months of strengthening sentiment, May saw opinions about the climate for construction in Europe cool slightly. Having said that, the industry remains very up-beat. Chris Sleight reports.
New highs all round
Renewed confidence in the US saw shares hit record highs in late May. The construction sector benefited from this – particularly equipment manufacturers – with the industry as a whole and its three individual sub-sectors all hitting new highs. Chris Sleight reports.
Managing changes
One of the biggest challenges in the construction industry is how to manage on-site changes. NEAL MORRIS and KEVIN JOYCE of Pinsent Masons consider how to manage change and ensure contracts are drafted with appropriate provisions.
Life-long safety
FIEC is supporting a number of health & safety training initiatives across Europe, designed to improve the health & safety culture in construction. There is a particular focus on young people, because statistics show they are much more prone to accidents than older workers.
Be prepared
The updated Machinery Directive will come into force at the end of 2009. CECE recommends that all construction equipment manufacturers act now to familiarise themselves with the requirements of this law.
Winning ways
Besides a plethora of new machines at Munich's Bauma exhibition in April there was the surprise announcement that Extec and Fintec had been bought by Sandvik. Crushing and screening manufacturers, including Extec, have also been busy picking up awards, increasing exports and responding to customer demands for simpler service and maintenance requirements. Richard High reports.
Comfortably automatic
Increased automation and operator comfort in the rock-drilling sector are two of the most significant factors that manufacturers are focusing on to increase machine efficiency and productivity. Complying with EU regulations on environmental and safety standards is also crucial. Becca Wilkins reports.
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