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Showtime
The ARA's Rental Show returns to Las Vegas in February 2008. IRN Editor Murray Pollok previews the show and highlights some of the first –time exhibitors.
Auction action
Ritchie Bros says an auction is the best way for both buyers and sellers – to move used equipment, under any market condition, reports Patrick Hill. Plus, Hewden's use of auctions and news on expansion plans at online auctioneer IronPlanet in the US.
Re-engagement
Hire Association Europe's new managing director Graham Arundell wants to expands the organisation's services and re-engage with its membership. He explains to Murray Pollok.
Pump economies
Netherlands pumps manufacturer and distributor BBA has cooperated with Hatz to create a range of low-maintenance, low-cost deatering and contractors pumps.
Italian innovation
Italian manufacturers of crawler mounted aerial platforms continue to supply the flexibility and transportability often important to renters of access equipment.
Aiming the light
Lighting tower manufacturer Towerlight is bringing to Europe the articulated boom AST8000 lighting tower it developed for open-pit mining applications in Australia.
Case launches Euro handlers in N America
Case has launched three of its Italian-made telehandlers in North America. The three are 7000 lb (3,2 t), 8000 lb (3,6 t) and 9000 lb (4,0 t) models (TX742, TX842 and TX945) with 42 ft (12,8 m) and 45 ft (13,7 m) reaches.
Extra service
UK rental company A-Plant is offering its customers an extranet facility giving them instant access to details of the equipment they are renting, and more. Here we describe how it worked for one A-Plant customer, Holroyd Construction.
Equipment codings
Would a standard classification system for equipment be beneficial for European rental companies? It is something that the European Rental Association (ERA) is considering, and there are several existing classification systems to choose from.
Making the break
Environmental concerns are among the drivers that are fuelling the growing use of specialised demolition attachments instead of more traditional hydraulic breakers. Lindsay Gale reports on the demolition attachment sector
A fine mix
With record-breaking figures reported for the 2007 World of Concrete event, the 2008 event is predicted to be even bigger. D&Ri sets the scene
Blasting off
Launch facilities at the Cape Canaveral Air Station, used by the US Department of Defense for Atlas-Centaur and Titan rocket launches for both civilian and military missions for more than 50 years, have reached the end of their working lives. It is now time for their removal and Marcor Remediation is now on site to do the job
Changing the skyline
The four cooling towers at the Calder Hall nuclear power station were brought down by CDI
On the up in Vienna
Amid the architectural splendours of the Hapsburg's capital city of Vienna, the European Demolition Association held its autumn conference. While this line of European monarchs has long since been off the throne, the early signs of a renaissance for the EDA were there to see. Lindsay Gale reports
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