Longer Reads

Mapping rental
Quantifying Europe's equipment rental market is one of the key tasks that the European Rental Association has set itself. IRN spotlights the work of the ERA's Statistical Committee.
A blind spot?
Is your company's brand enhanced by your website? In the first of a series of articles, David Caruso, managing director of Alert Rental Centre in Sydney, Australia, asks if online technology is your company's ‘blind spot'.
Back on top
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 April. The construction sector bounced back particularly well thanks to merger speculation in the contracting sector. Chris Sleight reports.
Limiting liabilities
In the second of two articles on acquiring construction businesses, Darius Lewington of Pinsent Masons looks at ways of structuring the deal and documentation in the most appropriate way, and how to limit liabilities following the transaction.
Greenhouse policies
The European Commission has set ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and the construction industry has a huge part to play in achieving these. However, FIEC believes a more coherent approach on tax and VAT, along with energy policies that encourage efficiency are vital to the success of this initiative.
Better regulation
The European construction equipment industry requires fewer and better written laws in order to function efficiently. As CECE has said, progress has been made towards better regulation, but more needs to be done.
Building blocks
OEMs are responsible for the end item but components are the units of design, and performance that manufacturers assemble to create construction equipment. Patrick Hill looks at new components that are the bits and pieces of better machines.
Zero heroes
One in three construction machines sold in Europe is a mini excavator, and increasing numbers of these are short-and zero tail swing machines. Chris Sleight reports on the latest developments in the industry's favourite equipment sector.
Going green
High demand throughout the region means pump manufacturers have been busy expanding their production facilities and their dealer networks, while contractors and rental companies are pressing for more environmentally friendly pumps that do not compromise on efficiency. RICHARD HIGH reports.
Eurocats
With a new factory under construction in the Czech Republic, Bobcat is putting its money where its mouth is in terms of building European spec machines for European buyers. CHRIS SLEIGHT spoke to Richard Pedtke and Scott Nelson, the two executives driving this initiative, to find out what it will mean for the region.
In control
Dinolift has increased its turnover over two and a half times since 2003. Murray Pollok visited the company to find out how it is coping with a booming European market.
Choice selection
Exhibitors at Bauma are stillreleasing details of the newmachines they will show atBauma. Here, we round upsome of the notable 'lastminute' news on the show, which takes place in Munichon 23-29 April.
Big wheels
Bronto and WUMAG continue to raise aerial platforms to working heights of 100 m and above, but their customers have chosen carriers of different types to fit under the huge booms. Patrick Hill reports on the lively debate surrounding truck chassis.
Motoring
The UK access business is seeing record levels of new machines and buoyant levels of demand for machines. Murray Pollok reports, and previews the SED and Access Daze events.
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