Longer Reads

Sentiment softens
Although still in positive territory, sentiment about the European Construction industry softened further in August. It remains to be seen if this is a seasonal effect, or a more pronounced decline. Chris Sleight reports.
Down, down, down
The turbulence that hit the world's stock markets in August had a pronounced effect on construction shares, wiping -12,6%, or € 72 billion, off the sector's value. Chris Sleight reports.
Opportunities in Turkey
PPP is the cornerstone of the Turkish Government's modernisation plans. But as Beril Tandogan of Luther Karesek writes, the PPP market is still immature and there are opportunities for foreign companies with experience of this procurement route.
Harmonisation opportunity
Fiec believes the current reworking of legislation around 'ce marks' presents an opportunity to increase the flow of goods in the EU by providing better information and improving market surveillance.
October summit
This year's cece Summit promises to be the best ever, with seminars and forums augmented by the launch of three major new initiatives.
Gaining Growth
Construction in Germany enjoyed an upswing during 2006, relieving the country of its ten-year recession. Industry forecasters expect this growth will continue in 2007, if at a slightly slower rate. Becca Wilkins reports.
Flexible friends
Greater flexibility, easier maintenance requirements, longer service intervals and improved operator comfort are helping boost sales of skid steer and compact wheeled loaders throughout the region. Richard High reports.
Deep and dirty: Europe's foundation market strong
A flurry of acquisitions and strong results show the European foundations sector to be in good health, while manufacturers are busy responding to legislation in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of the industry. CE reports.
Parts of the action
The trend towards remanufacturing consumables is becoming increasingly popular with both manufacturers and their customers. Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) claim these parts are less expensive than new ones and are of the same, if not superior quality. Becca Wilkins reports.
Reshaped
In six years AMECO has transformed itself from a largely internal rental arm of Fluor Corp into one of the fastest-growing rental companies in the world. How has it done it? Murray Pollok asked AMECO president Gary Bernardez.
How do you rate?
How does your financial performance compare to your competitors? Finance specialist Jeff Eisenberg analyses the performance of the largest 100 equipment rental companies in theworld –the IRN– 100 – and calculates a set of benchmark numbers for the equipment rental industry.
Small but perfectly formed
Mini excavators in the sub 3 t category are enjoying a surging popularity, as rental companies respond to demand from their customers who recognise their benefits-simplicity, versatility and affordability. The last 12 months has seen a flurry of activity in the mini-excavator sector, as Kate Barker reports.
Small but perfectly formed
Mini excavators in the sub 3 t category are enjoying a surging popularity, as rental companies respond to demand from their customers who recognise their benefits-simplicity, versatility and affordability. The last 12 months has seen a flurry of activity in the mini-excavator sector, as Kate Barker reports.
Italy's big show
There may not be a special dedicated rental area at this year's SAIE, but that hardly reduces the interest level for rental companies looking for Italian-made products, and more.
Power up
Generator sets need to be tough, reliable and versatile, as well asmeeting rental companies various environmental demands. Kate Barker,IRN's assistant editor, highlights new products entering the market.
Lessons learned
Thinking about starting out on your own? Brian Dennis, who established his own tool rental company in Portugal before selling it last year, summarises the lessons he learned when he established his business.
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