A former winner at the World Demolition Awards caught up with Demolition & Recycling International at the recent Bauma exhibition in Germany – five years after a win that by his own admission came as a total surprise.

Peter Ward, managing director of the New Zealand-based Ward Group, entered his company for the Urban and Confined Space Demolition category at the World Demolition Summit (WDS) in Amsterdam in 2014.

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Peter Ward at Bauma 2019

A few months later, Ward Group beat off global competition from Keltbray (highly commended) of the United Kingdom, the USA’s Costello Dismantling and Indian firm Genesis Engineering to take the prize, for demolishing a building that included a radioactive bunker.

With Australia’s Liberty Industrial and Australian Decommissioning Services also collecting three awards between them, it was a golden year for the southern hemisphere.

The only problem for Peter – he was not there to see it.

“I didn’t think we would win the award, so we didn’t even go to the ceremony,” Peter recalled.

“I found out when I got a text from [awards judge] Bill Moore. It was a job, and we were good, but we were also lucky.

“I’ve been going to demolition shows for years, and I’ve been really fortunate since I first started to meet some of the industry’s premier people.”

If you think you can emulate the Ward Group’s triumph, you can enter the awards by visiting www.demolitionsummit.com and clicking on the awards tab for an entry form.

Please send in your completed version by 30 June.

And with shortlisted companies receiving two free tickets to the gala dinner and presentation ceremony on October 24, there is no excuse for not showing up to find out the result!

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Demolition & Recycling International - July-August 2019

Included in the issue: 

  • WORLD NEWS 
    Another record year for World Demolition Awards; Turcot Interchange project to feature at Summit; CECE leads circular economy call; Metso acquires McCloskey; decommissioning of nuclear power plants set to grow; O’Keefe in four-time safety award win; AR Demolition goes for remediation relaunch; EDA hails successful Japan study tour
  • INTERVIEW – JET DEMOLITION 
    American Joe Brinkmann grew up in farming, graduated in engineering and now heads an award-winning South African demolition contractor
  • EXCAVATORS
    Manufacturers find themselves meeting increasing challenges
  • D&RI100 HEADLINERS 
    A more detailed look at the stories behind the numbers for some of the companies involved in our annual listing of contractors by turnover
  • SPECIAL FEATURE – METSO & CAREY’S
    Two companies celebrating differing milestones during mid-2019
  • RECYCLING AKTIV SHOW GUIDE
    D&Ri looks ahead to Recycling Aktiv, the demonstration trade fair for recycling machines and systems taking place in Germany in September
  • HYBRID TECHNOLOGY
    How does technology tie in with what the customer wants to achieve?
  • HYDRODEMOLITION
    A challenging project at an oil terminal in Nigeria
  • WORLD DEMOLITION SUMMIT
    A look at the 10th anniversary of the World Demolition Awards
  • OPINION – RICHARD VANN
    Exactly how important is stakeholder engagement in demolition?
  • EQUIPMENT
    Demarec and Hammer to merge; Liebherr lightens the load for Dowideit Recycling in Germany; Costello Dismantling boosts volumes with Genesis bucket crushers; Sandvik introduces nextgeneration impact crusher
  • EDA NEWS
    All set for Think Tank 2019;Industry Report on its way

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