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AEM sees global growth
Global construction equipment sales are expected to rise +8.5% this year and a further +5.4% in 2009 according the latest ‘outlook' survey from the US-based Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).
Central and Eastern promise: boom times for construction
While Western Europe faces a slowdown, much of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is experiencing a boom across all sectors of construction activity. Steve Skinner looks at demand in the region and what the issues and expectations are for the future.
Surveying simplicity - developments in equipment and technology
Surveying equipment manufacturers are continuing to simplify the instruments used in the construction industry as skilled surveyors in the sector are becoming increasingly rare.
Digging deep - the latest foundations equipment and techniques
The latest foundation equipment and techniques are more environmentally friendly and technologically sophisticated allowing for increased productivity on challenging construction sites.
Germany's construction outlook
The German construction market continued along its path of recovery last year with construction growing albeit at a slower rate compared to 2006. Slower growth is expected again in 2008.
Events specialists see 2009 slowdown, but no disaster
The events rental market is preparing for a slowdown in 2009, but several major temporary structure rental companies and manufacturers told IRN that 2009 would not see a dramatic downturn in the sector.
Construction growth to slow to +2% in 2009
Global construction growth will slow to under +2% in 2009, according to economic forecasting company Global Insight. This will be the slowest growth rate since 2002, when the worldwide industry grew by just +0.1%, and a marked slowdown from the intervening years when global growth was between +4% and +6%.
Russian construction hit by global financial crisis
The booming Russian construction industry has succumbed to the global credit squeeze and slowed after a significant turn in business confidence in the past weeks according to PMR, a market research organisation specialising in Central and Eastern Europe.
Credit crunch hits European equipment sales
The turmoil on global financial markets will see the Western European equipment market fall -24% this year from 2007's record high of 211796 unit sales according to economic forecasting consultant Off-Highway Research. Denmark, Ireland, Spain and the UK are expected to see particularly sharp downturns.
Downturn ‘accelerates' Italian rental market
Italian rental companies are reporting continued growth in the country's rental market despite the economic situation, with particular opportunities in the south of the country.
European cross-border work rises
Last year saw a record € 64,6 billion of construction work carried out in Europe by contractors working outside their home market according to data from European International Contractors (EIC). This was a +4,5% increase on 2006, and the fourth straight year that the volume of international work within Europe has risen.
European monthly construction output up +0,2% in July
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Commission, reported a June to July increase of +0,2% in construction output in the EU27 Member States, although year-on-year 2007 to 2008 figures for July showed an overall decline of -1,8%.
Go East: infrastructure investment fuels strong growth in Eastern Europe
With house building turning down in the wake of the global credit crunch, European construction output will shrink this year. However, growth is still strong in the developing Eastern economies and the infrastructure market in general looks buoyant. Chris Sleight reports.
Repair and maintenance keep UK construction sector afloat
The latest figures from the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) show construction output in the second quarter of this year (2Q08) suffered a sharp slow-down in new build activity by the private sector.
Poland's residential sector booming
Residential construction in Poland is set to grow until 2010, both in terms of completions and the value of construction output, according to the latest report from market research company PMR.
Australian construction activity falls again, but rate slows
Australia's construction industry continued to decline in August, although the rate of contraction moderated for a third consecutive month, according to the latest report by the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).
Terex lowers outlook
Terex has revised its forecast for 2008. Instead of US$ 10.5 billion to US$ 10.98 billion revenues it now expects sales to come in between US$ 10.2 billion to US$ 10.6 billion.
US construction spending slips in July
US Construction spending slipped -0.6% in July to US$ 1.08 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to the latest report from the country's Census Bureau. Year-to-date (YTD) spending in the first seven months of 2008 was down -5.4% from the same period of 2007.
Indian equipment market to overtake Japan in two years
The Indian construction equipment market is set to grow +14% this year according to the latest report from Off-Highway Research. Last year's record volume of 50366 units is forecast to rise to 57350 machines in 2008.
European construction output slips
Mid-year data from Eurostat shows construction activity in the EU27 was –1,8% lower at the end of June than it was a year previously.
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