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Eurostat figures show EU construction still growing
New data from Eurostat shows construction output in Europe was +2,1% higher in the first quarter of 2008, compared to Q1 2007. However, month-to-month and quarter-to-quarter data paints a more mixed picture.
Bil-Jax warns scaffolders against waiting to buy
The rising price of steel will very soon impact the price of scaffolding warns Bil-Jax, a US company which manufactures both scaffolding and aerial work platforms.
Russian rental market to reach €1 billion within five years
The Russian equipment rental market could reach €1 billion in revenues within five years, according to a leading Russian rental consultancy, MS Consulting.
Australian construction growth highlights need for coordination
Record growth in Australia's engineering and commercial construction sector's has highlighted the need for closer coordination between the government, unions and materials suppliers, according to the latest Australian Constructors Association (ACA) Construction Outlook survey by the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).
Oil answers
Dirk Verwim, sales manager for heavy lift and transport giant Sarens, speaks to IC about the crane market in the global petrochemical industry
PCA’s dire warning for US
The Portland Cement Association says the US construction industry is facing one of the worst downturns of the post-war era, based on its latest forecast for the cement, concrete and construction sectors.
Regional Report: Middle East
High global demand for oil, gas and minerals, alongside ever increasing population levels is driving the Middle East’s current round of infrastructure spending. Richard High reports.
Regional Report: US Prospects
What you think the future holds for the US construction market depends which sector you’re looking at. The residential sector certainly has its problems, but elsewhere there is buoyancy. Chris Sleight reports.
iC Yellow Table 2008: World’s 50 largest construction equipment manufacturers
There was little change at the top of the Yellow Table – iC’s ranking of the world’s 50 largest construction equipment manufacturers – in 2007, but various acquisitions made for movement further down. Chris Sleight reports.
Chinese construction equipment market continues to grow
Demand for construction machinery in China is projected to increase +12.7% per annum through 2011 to CNY 181 billion (US$ 25.9 billion), outpacing gains in most other regions of the world, according to Construction Machinery in China, a new study by the US-based Freedonia Group.
Growth again
The European market for construction equipment grew again last year and, according to the latest CECE economic report, exports once again accelerated.
Caterpillar tops the table
The 2008 edition of the Yellow table from International Construction shows Caterpillar still firmly at the top of the global construction equipment market, followed by Komatsu and Terex. The Yellow Table is a ranking of the world's top 50 construction equipment manufacturers, based on 2007 revenues.
Up-tick in construction growth
New data from Eurostat shows that growth in construction output increased in January compared to a year ago. The European Commission's statistical arm says output in the EU 27 was +0,7% higher in the first month of this year, compared to January 2007.
Record equipment sales
Construction equipment sales in Western Europe grew +12% to an all-time high of 211560 machines last year, according to the latest report from Off-Highway Research. However, the company forecasts that this will be the peak in the current cycle, with an -8% decline expected this year to take the market to 184159 units.
Access-20 2008: Biggest access equipment manufacturers in the world
The Access 20 shows continued growth in the industry due to companies moving into new market areas. Maria Hadlow reports on the shifts in this years Access 20 lifting of the biggest access equipment manufacturers.
Las Vegas perspective
To get a view of the US scaffolding industry, Patrick Hill took advantage of Conexpo/ConAgg last March to talk with the Scaffolding Industry Association, with a major US manufacturer with expansion plans, and with a major European manufacturer that wants to increase its US presence.
US non-residential still strong
The US non-residential construction market grew +12% in the 12 months to the end of March. However, difficult conditions in the residential sector meant construction spending as a whole declined over the year.
Cement demand growth
Demand for cement in China will rise +5.1% annually to 1.3 billion tonnes by 2010, according to a report by the US- based Freedonia Group, Cement in China.
Cat's plans for 500 new stores
Caterpillar said it wants to open more that 550 new Cat Rental Store locations worldwide within the next three years. The ambition was announced the weekend before the Conexpo exhibition as Cat marked the opening of its 500th US store and the 10th anniversary of the creation of the first Cat Rental Store.
Kaplan to speak at ERA convention
Renowned US rental consultant Dan Kaplan will give the keynote address at the European Rental Association’s annual convention in Amsterdam in June. The convention tales place alongside the new International Rental Exhibition (IRE) at the RAI exhibition centre on 3-5 June.
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