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Association cautious about UK figures
UK construction output lower in February this year than in same month in 2011.
Editor's Comment: Yellow Table results
iC editor Chris Sleight discusses some of the more striking aspects of this year's suevey of the world's 50 largest construciton equipment manufacturers.
India: Getting back on track
Corruption scandals and inflationary pressures slowed the Indian construction sector last year, but long-term prospects remain good thanks to the government’s commitment to infrastructure investment.
Economic Outlook: Temporary slowdown in India
India’s construction market has hit a speed bump, due to monetary tightening and weak economic demand in the rest of the world. However, the long-term prospects remain strong.
Slovak residential optimism
Good news for residential but delays plus lack of preparation and planning expected to hit road construction.
iC's Yellow Table - record construction equipment sales
The results of International Construction's Yellow Table ranking of the world's largest construction equipment manufacturers shows industry revenues grew +25% last year to a record US$ 182 billion.
Altrad buys Generation Hire in the UK
French scaffolding group Altrad has acquired Generation Hire & Sales, a nationwide seller and renter of access equipment. The price has not been disclosed.
IPAF forecasts 40% annual fleet growth in Brazil
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is forecasting annual growth of 40% in the Brazilian access rental fleet for the next five years.
US construction slipped in January
Output slowed compared to December, but activity was still +7.1% higher than a year ago.
Serbian construction growth continues
Attempts to restore construction industry following crisis show success with growth since 2010.
North America: Back to growth
The US construction market should return to growth this year, although there will be weakness in several areas. A more convincing recovery is expected in 2013.
North America: Recovery beckons
After a tentative up-turn in 2011, optimism is creeping back into the US construction market as the economy strengthens. However, funding issues persist and the bitterly partisan nature of US politics is a further hurdle.
Rouse reports growing fleet utilisation
Rouse Analytics' February report indicates that utilisation of access fleets in North America has increased in the latter part of 2011, used equipment prices are up and rental rates are increasing slightly.
Snorkel to grow US workforce by more than 20%
Snorkel's North American President David Smith said that business outlook is such that, in the USA, the company expects to increase the workforce by 20 to 30% over the coming months.
Romania still not out of slump
Total construction in Romania drops only slightly in 2011, but it will be 2013 before pre-crisis figures achieved.
2011 ‘best forgotten’
UK government’s construction statistics said to continue to show downward trend.
Positive 2011 for German equipment
Optimism as earthmoving machinery market has doubled in two years, according to VDMA.
New direction for Chinese construction
After the stimulus-driven boom of 2009 and 2010 the Chinese construction industry paused for breath in 2011. Future growth is not likely to be as high as in the last decade, but China will still be a global powerhouse.
Bulgaria faces negative growth again
Bulgarian construction sector is lagging behind recovery in GDP, but has hit the bottom.
US construction ticked up in November
Gains in public construction lifted output, but industry watchers say they are not sustainable.
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