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Revision not needed
The European Commission’s decision to revise the Construction Products Directive could have far reaching implications for construction equipment manufacturers and materials suppliers alike. FIEC believes any fundamental redrafting is not necessary.
Machinery revision
From the end of 2009 the new Machinery Directive will make construction equipment safer and also improve the function of the internal market. CECE reviews the key improvements.
Infrastructure investment
Roads in Europe are among some of the busiest in the world but are also the safest. However, without construction of new routes and good maintenance of existing ones, the competitiveness of the region could be at risk. Claire Symes reports on the latest road construction and maintenance techniques and equipment.
Future proofing
Development of ground tools for satellite positioning technology has been rapid over the last decade while the satellites providing the signals have hardly changed. The latest ground receivers are already capable of receiving signals from the new generation of satellites, which will be launched over the next 10 years. Claire Symes reports.
Bringing them down
Most full-line construction equipment manufacturers in Europe offer demolition machines in their ranges and specialist companies who provide the taller machines are working to capacity to meet demand. Lindsay Gale reports on this currently buoyant sector and the machines themselves.
Organic growth plans
In terms of the construction equipment market, Hyundai is still a relative newcomer to Europe but the company has plans to move up the ranks and gain a larger market share. Claire Symes spoke to Hyundai Heavy Industries Europe’s managing director, J W Hwang to find out more.
Doubling the benefits
Laying up to 1000 tonnes of asphalt in an hour to form a pavement with double the service life of a conventional carriageway and at less cost, sounds too good to be true. But that is exactly what is being done on one motorway widening project in Germany. Claire Symes visited the site to find out more.
European GDP growth slows
Construction’s contribution to the rate of GDP growth in Europe slowed in the third quarter of 2006, according to the latest report from Eurostat, the EU statistics office. Claire Symes reports.
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