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Conservation award
Case and global alliance partner Sumitomo’s CX210B excavator has won Japan’s 18th Energy Conservation Award, the first time a product from the construction industry has ever done so.
New Cat family
Caterpiller has launched its new K-Series dozers.
Mini vision
Hitachi wants to sell more excavators to rental companies in Europe and is prepared to develop rental-specific machines to do it. Murray Pollok reports from Oosterhout, the Netherlands.
Something for everyone
Buoyed by selling more than 70000 machines in 2007, JCB has started this year in bullish spirits, with new mini and large-sized excavators, telehandlers and wheeled loaders. Chris Sleight reports.
Latest minis
Compact equipment manufacturer Komatsu Utility is updating and adding to its range of mini and midi excavators, adding features that will find favour with rental companies. Murray Pollok reports from the company's production plant in Este, Italy.
Samoter 2008 Stop Press
With the Samoter exhibition just around the corner, Chris Sleight takes a quick look at the last-minute news about new machines being launched at the show.
New frontier
RDT, the AB51, since it acquired Aveling-Barford's range in 2005. Developed from the RD44 Aveling Barford model, it has a 51 ton (46,3 tonne) payload capacity.
Lynch goes large
The UK’s Lynch Plant Hire has expanded its impressive 800-machine fleet with the purchase of 20 Terex ADTs. A mix of TA25 and TA30s they will be put to work on demolition and construction sites across the UK, according to managing director Merrill Lynch.
Fleet management
Bell Equipment's GPS-based Fleetm@tic system is available in three packages - Fleetm@tic Lite, Fleetm@tic Std and Fleetm@tic Max.
Efficiency gains
Greater fuel efficiency, easier service and maintenance requirements, coupled to more comfortable cabs, are pushing product development as manufacturers aim to meet European legislation on emissions and vibration and contractors’ demands for ever more productive and economical haulers. Richard High reports.
Concrete evidence
The boom in the European construction industry has seen concrete pumping and placing equipment in high demand. Contractors are demanding machinery that can complete jobs quickly in increasingly confined spaces.Becca Wilkins reports.
112 named in UK bid rigging probe
The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has alleged that 112 construction companies in the UK have engaged in bid rigging. The allegations, in the form of a Statement of Objections, follow one of the largest ever investigations under the UK's Competition Act.
Non-compliance illustrated
Despite their illegality and failure to conform to EU laws, non-compliant construction machines are still being sold and used in Europe. To help contractors avoid buying such equipment, CECE presents a brief guide to the main danger signs.
Lead Market Initiative
The development of sustainable construction practices is one of six key areas singled-out by the Commission's Lead Market Initiative. FIEC believes this could lead to better regulation, more standardisation and greater efficiency in the industry.
Golden rules
The FIDIC ‘Gold Book' is the first attempt by any organisation to produce a standard form for design-build-operate contracts. Sarah Thomas of Pinsent Masons asks whether it will fill the gap in the market.
Bribery scandal in Bulgarian roads
A bribery scandal involving two civil servants is threatening to bring major road construction projects to a halt in Bulgaria. The European Commission has asked for funds to be frozen pending investigations. Chris Sleight reports.
Beijing construction ban
City officials in Beijing have announced a two-month ban on construction projects, starting on 20 July, in a bid to improve the city’s air quality ahead of the Olympics. The Games get under way on 8 August.
More construction growth forecast
Construction output in Europe is expected to continue growing for the next three years but at a slower rate than seen in 2006, according to the latest forecast from Euroconstruct. Claire Symes reports.
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